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GAME THREAD: Missouri hosts Memphis for homecoming

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Missouri (3-3, 0-3 SEC) hosts Memphis (4-3, 1-3 AAC) for homecoming on Saturday, as Barry Odom’s team looks to end a three-game losing streak.

Follow along for game updates and analysis from Faurot Field, and discuss the game with other fans in the comment section.

Missouri-Memphis football: Game updates, score, stats

FINAL: Missouri 65, Memphis 33

Good win for Missouri against a talented if inconsistent Memphis team.

15:00 4Q: Missouri 62, Memphis 27

Boy, that escalated quickly.

Lock threw a third touchdown pass to Okwuegbunam, Rountree ran for his third touchdown on the day on a 59-yard jaunt, and this one is over.

8:55 3Q: Missouri 48, Memphis 27

Missouri’s momentum has been quelled a bit, after its first offensive series of the second half ends with a short missed field goal. Memphis then drives down the field and scores on a 9-yard run, cutting the lead to 21 points.

HALFTIME: Missouri 48, Memphis 20

Adam Sparks gets ejected just before halftime for a questionable (to say the least) targeting call on a punt block. Missouri will start the second half with the ball.

1:07 2Q: Missouri 48, Memphis 20

Memphis settled for a 52-yard field goal to cut into Missouri’s lead, but on the ensuing drive, Lock hit Okwuegbunam for a 47-yard touchdown pass. Lock is 13-16 for 248 yards and three touchdowns; Okwuegbunam and Jalen Knox are each over 100 yards before halftime.

5:35 2Q: Missouri 41, Memphis 17

Missouri marches down for another short TD run by Larry Rountree. In the span of five minutes, Missouri’s blown this one open again. Quite an answer.

8:28 2Q: Missouri 34, Memphis 17

Mizzou back! Interception by Adam Sparks, followed by a 44-yard touchdown from Lock to Knox and Missouri has doubled-up Memphis in a matter of seconds.

8:47 2Q: Missouri 27, Memphis 17

Missouri answers a Memphis touchdown with a TD of its own, a 58-yard pop pass from Lock to Okwuegbunam.

The mistakes Missouri makes in games like this should be inexcusable in Year 3 under Odom, yet here we are. This game should be over by now, but instead, Memphis has plenty of momentum, even after that touchdown.

13:01 2Q: Missouri 21, Memphis 10

Missouri had a chance to put this away, with the ball and up 21-3 before the end of the first quarter. Instead, the Tigers went three-and-out, and then gifted Memphis two first downs with penalties. Memphis used those gaffes to score on a short run to make this one a two-possession game with plenty of time left.

2:15 1Q: Missouri 21, Memphis 3

Missouri used a quick-strike offense to score on its second offensive series of the game, ending in a 13-yard TD run by Crockett.

Memphis puts a drive together, converting on 4th-and-10 before bizarrely settling for a short field goal a few plays later on 4th and 3.

9:18 1Q: Missouri 14, Memphis 0

Is Christian Holmes Missouri’s best DB? I think yes. He has another interception off an attempted screen pass (that fooled no one) and returns it for a 42-yards touchdown. This is the moment now where Missouri cannot let up on the gas pedal; they need to put Memphis away before halftime. Memphis’ offense is too explosive to let them stay within reach.

11:55 1Q: Missouri 7, Memphis 0

Heck of a start for Missouri. On defense, Rashad Brandon gets a sack of Brady White, helping to set up a punt that Missouri blocks. Lock, on 2nd-and-15, keeps on an option-read and runs for 19 yards. Two plays later, Larry Rountree takes it in for six from 2-yards out.

Pre-game: Missouri receiver Nate Brown will be inactive for this game, joining Emanuel Hall. Hall was already ruled out; while it was doubtful Brown would play, he still practiced this week.

Missouri-Memphis football: Game information

Time: 3 pm CT

Date: Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018

Location: Faurot Field; Columbia, Mo.

TV: SEC Network

Betting odds: Missouri opened as a seven-point favorite and is currently a 9 1/2-point favorite, via the Action Network.

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Missouri-Memphis football: Preview, predictions

Pete Scantlebury: This has Middle Tennessee State 2016 written all over it, right? Right. However, I think Missouri paces the game just enough with its ground game to keep Memphis off the field and win this one, 49-34. What does it mean for the rest of the year? Nothing. This is a game Missouri has to win, but I don’t think a win will re-write the current narrative about this team. That’s going to have to wait until Kentucky the following weekend.

Mitchell Hill: Mizzou wins by 17 (Let’s say 48-31), but it’s close entering the 4th. This close victory and a stifling run defense helps Mizzou build momentum for Kentucky’s run game coming into town and Mizzou is going to finish the season 8-4 or hey, if they’re really feeling up for it, run the table to finish 9-3, why not?!

Josh Matejka: I’m probably less confident about this prediction than any I’ve made all year, but I think Missouri wins 31-28. That kind of win wouldn’t really say much about where they’re headed for the rest of the season, and I agree with Pete: Kentucky will be the ultimate test.

AlaTiger: Missouri wins 45-42 in a shootout, priming themselves for second successive successful second half of the season.