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Missouri Looks to Turn Season Around in Homecoming Game vs. Idaho

Missouri This Season

The Tigers are struggling to put all of their talents together for an entire game and this has resulted in their 1-5 record up to this point. Missouri has not had this record since 1992 and Head Coach of the Missouri Tigers, Barry Odom, says this game is one the team is especially eager to get a victory on at their home field this weekend.

Match-up

Coach Odom says he knows his team is banged up like most other teams at this point in the season. One threat Coach Odom is looking forward to having back out on the defensive-line is AJ Logan.

Red-shirt Senior AJ Logan finished last season with 15 tackles and 5 solo tackles. Logan had a 6-game suspension from the NCAA and will start his first game of the season on Saturday.

Missouri’s defense has been something that has been giving the team several issues. Last week, Missouri allowed the Georgia Bulldogs 696 yards in their 53-28 loss. Missouri’s long-ball play is something that has given the team an offensive spark. Junior Quarterback Drew Lock leads the offense with 1,723 yards this season including 253 yards last weekend against the No.4 ranked Georgia Bulldogs. Lock will need to make connections with Junior wide receiver Emmanuel Hall this weekend in order for the Tigers to find success. Hall has completed 374 yards this season averaging 28.8 yards per catch.

Senior quarterback Matt Linehan and the Idaho Vandals are 2-4 on their season (1-2 in conference play). Linehan has a total of 1,275 yards this season. Idaho has been making stops on defense but their offense is struggling. One major reason could be due to Linehan losing four of his top six receiving targets from last season. The Vandals offense has a solid run game with Aaron Duckworth completing 552 yards on the season averaging 5.9 yards per rush. Junior running back Isaiah Saunders has 314 yards this season and will need to be an addtional threat this weekend in order for Idaho to wear down Missouri’s defense.

This Weekend

Missouri is looking to get this homecoming win for more reasons than one. If the Tigers are able to turn around their season, they can make history for their school by being bowl eligible for the first time in consecutive years.

Kickoff is set for noon at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri.

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