Riding the momentum of 50k+ screaming fans, the Tigers were able to jump out to an early 10-3 lead. The game had all the makings of a blowout heading into the second quarter, but the Heat had other ideas.
On the field, the Heat began to chip away at Missouri's defense, notching two field goals before the end of the first half. It was their strategy off the field however, that was more effective. The Heat took aim at Mizzou's biggest weakness, their horrendous fanbase. What better way to negate home-field advantage than by coercing two-thirds of the fans to vacate the stadium?
Moments before the second half begins of an eight-point game, this is the east side of Memorial Stadium. pic.twitter.com/HLaGKbe0wl— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 7, 2013
Many fans are leaving Faurot Field. It's hot ... but those tickets weren't free and Missouri leading only by 8.— Joe Walljasper (@JoeWalljasper) September 7, 2013
The Heat's strategy started to pay dividends right away, and with 4:22 left in the third quarter the Missouri lead had been cut to one. The Heat had Mizzou on the ropes, and thanks to the absence of any form of support from the crowd, it seemed unlikely that the Tigers would be able to muster enough energy to pull out a win.
Unfortunately for the Heat, the level of talent on the Missouri roster was just too much to overcome. The dynamic duo of Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy found the end zone once each in the second half, propelling the Tigers to a 38-23 victory.
After the game, frustrated Missouri players took to Twitter to vent about their fanbase's embarrassing showing.
S/O to all the fans that left early yesterday, missed a good game and we know who the real fans are! Thanks to everyone who stayed out— Evan Boehm 7⃣7⃣ (@BIGboehmTHEORY) September 8, 2013
If Mizzou wants to compete in the SEC this year, they will need a much stronger performance from their fans.
Or cooler game-time temperatures. That would probably help too.