Missouri obliterated Delaware State Saturday afternoon. I predicted 70-0, which was like a quarter-joke. It turned out that prediction was a bit conservative. This game was over in about five minutes, as the Tigers romped to a 79-0 victory. Things might have been worse had Delaware State not agreed to 10 minute quarters in the second half.
Normally what we do after a game here at Team Speed Kills is try to assess what we learned about the team in question. This game taught us nothing, so we’re not going to do that. There have been spring games where there was less doubt about which school would win, and Missouri’s performance in this game tells us essentially nothing about how they’ll perform going forward. This game is in no way comparable to next week’s game against LSU, let alone the homecoming tilt against Middle Tennesee.
Instead, let’s go back and review what I laid out in my preview column as the keys to the game, and assess whether Missouri was able to accomplish those goals or not:
Check. Missouri led 30-0 after one quarter, and even that might not be an accurate reflection of how lopsided this was. By halftime, quarterback Drew Lock had tied the school record for touchdown passes (5) and wide receiver J’Mon Moore had tied the school record for touchdown receptions (4). The starters on both sides of the ball were largely out of the game before halftime.
This one did not go as well. Right guard Alec Abeln left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, while a handful of contributors didn’t suit up in the first place. It remains to be seen whether Abeln and guys like running backs Alex Ross and Nate Strong, and wide receivers Ray Wingo and Justin Smith will miss any additional time, but it’s got to be at least a small concern at this point.
This one was also a success. Mizzou did run a fake punt, but their offensive gameplan was largely vanilla. Save the run stuff for LSU next week and beyond.