The Missouri Tigers defeated the Arizona State Sun Devils, 24-20, on Saturday night in Columbia, Mo. After building a big lead, Missouri needed an interception at the goal line in the final minute secure the win.
After creating a 24-7 lead, Missouri allowed two scores early in the fourth quarter as Arizona State began a comeback. Running back Marion Grice put both scores in the end zone for the Sun Devils, cutting the deficit to 24-20. The second touchdown should have made it a three-point game, but Arizona State mishandled the snap on the point-after.
The Sun Devils would get a final shot with two minutes left in the game. A 25-yard punt return from Jamal Miles, who gave Missouri a 15-yard field in the first quarter with a fumbled return, set up Arizona State with a 21-yard field. On third down, however, ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly threw an interception to Kenronte Walker at the goal line, and Missouri hung on to the win.
Freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser was 21-41 for 198 yards in his first start, filling in for the injured James Franklin. His main target was the reliable T.J. Moe, who pulled down eight receptions for 88 yards. Running back Kendial Lawrence scored two rushing touchdowns while adding 62 yards on the ground.
Missouri takes its 2-1 record on the road next week as the SEC test continues. The Tigers will square off against No. 8 South Carolina.
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