Missouri 24, Arizona St. 20

Corbin Berkstresser ran for a score in his first career start at

quarterback in place of injured James Franklin, and Missouri’s

defense forced four turnovers to ease the pressure on the redshirt

freshman in a 24-20 victory over Arizona State on Saturday

night.

Missouri (2-1) built a 17-point cushion in the third quarter in

front of a sellout crowd of 71,004, the school’s first for a

non-conference game since Notre Dame in 1984. The Tigers held on

late a week after fizzling late in a 21-point loss to No. 7 Georgia

that spoiled the school’s SEC debut.

Marion Grice scored on a pair of fourth-quarter runs that cut

the deficit to four for Arizona State (2-1), which had a fumbled

snap on the second extra-point kick.

Kendial Lawrence scored on a pair of short runs, and T.J. Moe

was strong overall with eight catches for 88 yards and a 43-yard

kickoff return to open the game for Missouri.

Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett made a 46-yard field goal early

but missed from 37, 45 and 48 yards.

Kenronte Walker made two big plays late, a pass deflection on

fourth and goal from the 2 to turn it over on downs and an end-zone

interception and 49-yard return to clinch it in the final

minute.

Missouri had quarterback suspense until just before kickoff with

Franklin the final starter announced, followed by intrigue when

Berkstresser took the field while Franklin wore a cap and headset

on the sideline, nursing an elbow injury. It was the first start

missed by the Tigers’ No. 1 quarterback since coach Gary Pinkel’s

first season in 2001.

Brad Smith didn’t miss a start in four seasons, Chase Daniel

made it three years in a row and Blaine Gabbert started every game

two years. Franklin had made 15 consecutive starts and warmed up

without obvious discomfort prior to the game, throwing several

passes of 20 or more yards while watched closely by offensive

coordinator Dave Yost.

Berkstresser, who subbed in the season’s first two games, got

plenty of help early as Missouri built a 17-0 lead. He cost the

Tigers a scoring opportunity in the second quarter, throwing into

coverage on Brandon McGee’s interception at the Sun Devil 3.

The Tigers got touchdown runs from Berkstresser and Lawrence on

a pair of 18-yard drives off turnovers, with Kip Edwards recovering

a fumble and intercepting Taylor Kelly on consecutive

possessions.

Arizona State had 27 total yards before putting together a

66-yard drive near the end of the half fueled by quick hitters and

capped by D.J. Foster’s 33-yard score on a screen pass from Kelly

that took advantage of an overzealous pass rush.

ASU punter Josh Hubner fumbled a snap late in the third quarter,

recovering the ball after it slipped through his hands and rolled

over the top of his head. He still managed to kick the ball, and

the desperation 11-yard effort gave Missouri possession at the Sun

Devils’ 33. Lawrence had a 14-yard reception to the 2, then ran it

in from the 1 for a 24-7 lead.