Game notes: Missouri 24, Arizona State 20

Looking back on Missouri’s second win of the season, we can assume that a lot of the fine details will be overlooked. This could forever go down as the “Corbin Berkstresser surprise start” game. The other players, scores and missed extra points may fall through the cracks.

To ensure that doesn’t happen, here’s a few stray game notes from Missouri’s nonconference victory.

  • Memorial Stadium was sold out for the second straight game Saturday night, with 71,004 fans packing the stadium to watch Missouri jump to 2-1 on the season. Somewhat surprisingly, it was the first time Memorial Stadium was sold out for a nonconference game since Missouri hosted Notre Dame in 1984. For all of you who either don’t remember or weren’t born yet at the time (myself included), the Fighting Irish walked out of Memorial Stadium with a victory in that one, 16-14.
  • Redshirt freshman placekicker Andrew Baggett missed three field goals Saturday night, going 1 for 4 on the night. He’s now only 3 for 7 on the season. While Baggett certainly was underwhelming in fall camp and hasn’t done much to change that perception thus far, his lack of success Saturday night wasn’t all his fault.

At least three of long snapper Mitch Hall’s snaps were low, with at least one   skipping in to holder T.J. Moe. Moe also had trouble fielding and positioning the football,  a point coach Gary Pinkel noted in the post game press conference.

“When T.J. is fumbling the ball around, all your timing is off,” Pinkel said. “It’s like hitting a golf ball and you have to pause halfway down and start over again.” Pinkel also said that the kicking game will be reevaluated throughout next week.

  • Missouri’s offensive line escaped the Arizona State game without any major injuries, a small victory for a group that has been bitten by the injury bug throughout fall camp and the first two weeks of the season. Still, this is an incredibly young and inexperienced group, with two freshmen (Evan Boehm and Brad McNulty) and a former walk (Max Copeland) on making up three of the five starters.

“When you’ve got a redshirt freshman quarterback, a redshirt freshman center and a freshman out of high school left guard and a walk-on right guard and a redshirt sophomore at right tackle that had never played before, it ain’t going to look pretty all the time,” Pinkel said.

Senior right guard Jack Meiners, who missed the first two games with a sprained left knee, did play limited minutes Saturday night. His role should continue to expand as he gets healthier.

  • While freshman wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham only had one catch Saturday for two yards, it was clear that Missouri’s coaching staff was working to get the ball in the highly recruited receiver’s hands.

Green-Beckham ran the ball four times on jet sweeps, a play where he would line up as a receiver before sprinting in motion towards the quarterback and taking the hand off. While he only gained 19 yards on the carries, it appears that offensive coordinator David Yost is focused on getting Green-Beckham more involved in the offense than he was in Missouri’s loss to Georgia.

  • Linebacker Andrew Wilson and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson led the Missouri defense, with both claiming nine total tackles apiece. Defensive end Michael Sam was also busy, picking up 1.5 of Missouri’s three sacks in the win.
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