Missouri finds life on the road tough again with upset loss at Vanderbilt

The Missouri Tigers got a rough reminder Saturday of how tough it can be on the road n the SEC.

Favored by 21 points and coming off five consecutive wins, all at home, the Tigers went back on the road to play Vanderbilt in Nashville and lost 21-14.

It was the first time this season Missouri scored less than 31 points in a game as the Commodores’ defense shut down both Missouri’s running and passing game.

The Tigers were held without a point in the first quarter for the first time this season and trailed 14-7 at the half. Missouri tied the game on a 6-yard touchdown rush by Larry Rountree III with 1:37 left in the third quarter but Vanderbilt scored on a 21-yard pass midway through the fourth quarter to break the tie and held on for the win.

Quarterback Kelly Bryant was intercepted in the end zone and sacked three times for the Tigers, who gained just 293 yards of total offense, converting only three first downs in 15 opportunities. They also were assessed 120 yards in penalties.

Missouri, now 5-2 on the season, will be on the road again next week at Kentucky.

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