September 24, 2009

Penalties a concern for Tigers

With under nine minutes to go in the first half on Saturday, Missouri faced a second-and-ten on its own 42 yard line. For the second straight game, the Tigers struggled to get their offense going at the start of the game. Blaine Gabbert handed the ball to Kendial Lawrence, who rushed for only a one-yard gain.

When the whistle blew, Gary Pinkel must have thought, "Here we go again." Behind the line of scrimmage was a yellow flag. Illegal block in the back on an unnamed defender was the call, although all sources point to the perpetrator being sophomore tight end Andrew Jones.

Instead of third-and-nine at the cusp of Furman's territory, the Tigers faced a second-and-24, pushed all the way back to their own 28-yard line.

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