Dreadful defense was the takeaway from Missouri’s first game. Feeble offense defined the next contest.
For the third game, Missouri put it all together … in a bad way. Ineffectivness on both sides of the ball doomed the Tigers to a 35-3 blowout loss to Purdue on a sun-splashed Saturday before a dwindling number of Tigers fans at Faurot Field.
Mizzou was pushed around all afternoon and made enough mistakes to turn game tape into a horror film.
Where to begin?
The Boilermakers scored on their first three possessions. The second one was particularly humiliating for Mizzou.
Purdue had a touchdown called back by a penalty, converted a third-and-11 and would have lost a fumble if Missouri cornerback DeMarkus Acy hadn’t run past the ball. Boilers running back Tario Fuller ran untouched through a Missouri defense from 36 yards for the score.
Then there was the Tigers offensive possession in the second quarter that produced three false starts and a holding penalty on four snaps.
Purdue, a seven-point underdog, made it 28-0 late in the second quarter before Mizzou created an opportunity.
Safety Thomas Wilson was in…