Running back Damarea Crockett, who suffered a bruised tailbone against South Carolina, topped the depth chart this week but did not play on the team’s opening possession. Ish Witter picked up the first carry for the Tigers, but Crockett said that was planned by offensive coordinator Josh Heupel.
“I knew that’s how it was going to go,” Crockett said. “I think it’s just because Coach Heupel just designed things. Can’t really go on the depth.”
Crockett, who missed the second half against the Gamecocks, said he “felt great” against Purdue, and his 10 carries were the most of the Tigers’ three running backs. He tallied 19 yards. Ish Witter led the team in rushing with 25 yards on seven carries, while Larry Roundtree III finished with 23 yards on six carries.
NO SPECIAL REPRIEVE
Special-teams woes continued from the South Carolina game. After Jonathan Johnson muffed a punt last week against South Carolina, Richaud Floyd got the Tigers’ first return opportunity Saturday. Floyd muffed the punt, and Purdue recovered it on the Missouri 35-yard line. The defense stopped the Boilermakers from converting on the turnover, as Purdue’s J.D. Dellinger missed a 48-yard field goal.
LACK OF POSSESSION
Missouri’s time of possession of 16 minutes, 17 seconds was its lowest in a full game since at least 2000. (It had a lower time of possession against Delaware State last year, but that contest had five minutes taken off the third and fourth quarters.) The Tigers went three-and-out four times, and its longest drive (six plays in the first quarter) lasted 1:51.
That mark was only 1:31 away from the Football Bowl Subdivision record for the least time of possession in a single game, which was set by Georgia State last season in a 48-14 loss to Air Force.
HALL INJURES SHOULDER
Junior Emanuel Hall was injured in the first half of Saturday’s game on a shallow crossing pattern. He did not return.
“They’re evaluating his right shoulder,” coach Barry Odom said after the game. “I don’t know his status yet. I’ll get it later tonight.”
THE GOLDEN LEG
Missouri punter, Corey Fatony was busy Saturday for the Tigers. The sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., punted nine times for an average of 48.2 yards. His career-high is 10 punts for an average of 44.8 yards, which came in last year’s 40-14 loss to Florida.
MASON SETS NEW MARK
Wide receiver Dimetrios Mason recorded a season-high with six receptions. The junior from Loganville, Ga., was second on the team with 40 yards.
Senior J’Mon Moore led the team with 61 yards on three receptions.
The attendance for Saturday’s game was 53,262. That number had diminished significantly by the second half.
The official attendance for the South Carolina game was 55,023 compared to 50,131 for the season opener against Missouri State.
HOWARD FINDS A HOME
Nate Howard, a former Missouri defensive lineman, played for Austin Peay against Morehead State. Howard registered eight total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and a sack. Howard was dismissed from the team in August after he was suspended indefinitely. Howard was arrested on alleged felony drug possession.