Recap: Missouri vs. Vanderbilt
Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maty Mauk tallied 199 total yards and two touchdowns, as the Missouri Tigers held off the Vanderbilt Commodores, 24-14, in an SEC bout at Faurot Field.
Mauk completed 11-of-23 passes for 141 yards with two touchdowns while adding 58 rushing yards for Missouri (6-2, 3-1 SEC). Bud Sasser had five receptions for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while Marcus Murphy (16 carries, 93 yards) and Russell Hansbrough (19 carries, 87 yards, TD) were both impressive out of the backfield.
For Vanderbilt (2-6, 0-5), Johnny McCrary was 17-of-31 passing for 196 yards with two touchdowns and a pick. Steven Scheu was McCrary's most trusted target with six receptions for 81 yards.
The only action of the first quarter came on the opening drive of the game, when Andrew Baggett kicked a 37-yard field goal to give Missouri an early lead.
With 3:19 to play before halftime, Hansbrough gave the Tigers a 10-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run. The score capped off a 12-play, 77-yard drive.
Vanderbilt answered just before intermission, driving 75 yards in 10 plays with McCrary finding Nathan Marcus for a 9-yard touchdown with just eight seconds left.
Missouri extended its advantage late in the third quarter when Mauk hooked up with Sasser on a 13-yard scoring strike.
The Commodores cut their deficit to just three, 17-14, with 6:53 to play when McCrary tossed a 29-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Duncan.
The Tigers put the game away on their next drive, marching 70 yards in 10 plays and capping off the possession with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Mauk to Sasser.
Missouri held on despite committing 14 penalties on the afternoon. It helped make up for those miscues by converting 9-of-16 third-down tries.Game Notes