1. UW’s defense held up its end of the deal during the first quarter against highly-touted Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, limiting the Tigers to 88 yards over four drives as Missouri took a 3-0 lead.
2. The Tigers started to take control of the game midway through the second quarter, scoring touchdowns on drives of 97 and 73 yards for a 16-0 halftime lead. UW’s offense totaled just 88 yards during the first half with its seven drives ending with a fumble and six punts.
3. While Missouri continued to pile on the points during the third quarter, UW’s offense finally showed some signs of life. The Cowboys drove to the Tigers’ 34-yard line – the deepest penetration of the game to that point – and Cooper Rothe hit a 51-yard field goal to get UW on the board. It was the longest field goal of the junior kicker’s career.
4. UW found the end zone late in the third quarter by marching 70 yards in just four plays. UW redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal hit senior tight Tyree Mayfield for 28 yards on the first play and Jevon Bigelow ended the drive with a 7-yard scoring run.
– Late in the first quarter, UW defensive back Antonio Hull had just stripped the ball from a Missouri receiver and gave the Cowboys offense the ball on the UW 46-yard line in a 3-0 game. The Cowboys picked up one first down and then punted. A score there might have changed the direction of the game.
Stats within the stats
– While the Tigers never seemed to leave the field offensively, the Cowboys had a much harder time staying there. UW converted just 3 of 13 third downs for a 23-percent clip.
– A lot is made of Lock, and rightfully so. But Missouri also ran the ball well Saturday, rushing 46 times for 203 yards and averaged 4.4 yards per attempt.
– After committing 13 penalties for 109 yards last week in a loss to Washington State, the Cowboys cleaned up that area Saturday with only three penalties for 17 yards.
“We got physically beat, and it has been a few years since that happened. We truly got Missouri’s best shot.” – Cowboys coach Craig Bohl
“I thought we got off track offensively in the first half, and Missouri has a very imposing defensive front.” – Cowboys coach Craig Bohl