What happened and what mattered in the Alabama 39-10 win over Missouri?
Alabama 39, Missouri 10
Tua is fine. At least, Nick Saban says his star quarterback is fine. Tagovailoa already had a banged up knee, and he apparently hurt it further on a slide. The team was fine, and he was his typical great self – completing 12-of-22 passes for 265 yards and three scores – but can he be ready with a trip to a suddenly-okay Tennessee up next? If not …
Jalen Hurts had himself a game. It’s ridiculous when you have a national championship-caliber quarterback ready to fill in. Hurts completed 7-of-8 passes for 115 yards, ran for 31 yards, and he even caught a pass for seven yards. With a trip to LSU coming up in a few weeks, Tagovailoa’s injury will be a daily thing the media will annoy Saban about.
Missouri was solid in the first quarter, going on a good touchdown drive to stay in the game at 13-10 going into the second quarter. And that was it. The Bama defense put the clamps down, the offense went on a run of 26 unanswered points, and that was it. Drew Lock completed 13-of-26 passes for 142 yards and a score with two picks. The Mizzou running game managed just 70 yards.
The Alabama defensive line lived behind the Tiger line. Mack Wilson made 11 tackles with a sack, and the team finished with four sacks and eight tackles for loss. In all, Alabama allowed a mere 212 yards, most of them in the first quarter. After the Arkansas game, this was the performance the defense needed to have.