There was an attention-grabbing aura across the Missouri soccer program for many years primarily boiling right down to bizarre issues will occur to this staff. It’s only a matter of when chaos ensues. In as we speak’s version of batshit loopy Southeastern Convention soccer, we discovered a deal with field for a punter extends from Mizzou’s residence in Columbia to St. Louis, over 100 miles away. It’s a little bit of an exaggeration, however solely a bit. And the officers calling a deal with field half the scale of the Present-Me State screwed the Tigers out of their finest probability to win.
Missouri’s protection performed lights out for many of Saturday’s SEC East recreation towards Kentucky, with essential bowl eligibility implications. Wildcats quarterback Will Levis is a consensus top-10 choose in subsequent yr’s NFL Draft and is at worst the third-highest rated participant at his place for draft scouts behind Bryce Younger and C.J. Stroud. He seemed pedestrian towards Missouri, a credit score to how good the Tigers’ protection has been for many of the season. After the MU protection pressured a Kentucky punt to provide the ball again to its offense late within the recreation, the weirdest utility of roughing the kicker I’ve ever seen occurred.
Kentucky’s lengthy snapper heaved the ball by way of his legs to date over the top of Wildcats’ punter Colin Goodfellow that he needed to frantically dash over 20 yards to select up the fumble. Miraculously, he did beat any Missouri play to the ball. And had a cut up second to show round and boot it away to not give the Tigers’ first-and-goal to begin their subsequent drive. As Goodfellow well does so, he’s blasted by Missouri’s Will Norris, and a penalty flag is nearly instantly thrown for roughing the kicker.
Was the hit brutal? Certain. It’s additionally soccer and if Goodfellow is that fragile, Norris made the appropriate transfer to take him out. The ball would’ve popped free and a simple landing would’ve come the Tigers’ method. However in some way, the punter is a protected participant 37 yards behind the road of scrimmage. I by no means knew deal with containers have been that massive! Subsequent time Josh Allen scrambles away from stress and is about to be sacked, why doesn’t he kick it? It’ll be roughing the passer by this pondering.
Missouri’s offense solely scored 17 factors and didn’t by itself play nicely sufficient to win the sport. You possibly can’t win most SEC video games going 2-13 on third down. However dammit, MU obtained screwed on this one. And full disclosure — I used to cowl Missouri for 3 years because the hometown each day newspaper’s beat reporter. I known as out Mizzou for something they did flawed and nonetheless would as we speak. This one’s indefensible, and Tigers’ followers have each motive to be pissed.