Johnny Montesantos and I broke down the Insight Bowl and talked some Mizzou hoops on the final 2010 installment of The Midweek Roundtable on HSB Radio.
Same old, Same old for the Tigers
Tuesday night’s loss to Iowa in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday night was probably the toughest one of the season. This game was a display of everything that went wrong for this team in games it either lost or won by a closer margin than it should have been.
Gary Pinkel fell in love with the pass after his first few run attempts were stuffed. The pass-happy Missouri offense moved the ball well, but seemed to hit a wall on every drive before even getting into field goal range. Despite what the numbers say, Blaine Gabbert was decent. He made some bad decisions and his accuracy throughout the night was inconsistent (TJ Moe, Wes Kemp, and Jerrell Jackson bailed him out numerous times).
Finally, and probably the most disappointing aspect of that game, was the Missouri defense’s horrific performance early in the game. Just like the Nebraska game, Missouri allowed one guy to run all over them. Then it was Roy Helu Jr., this time, it was Marcus Coker, Iowa’s fourth string running back. Coker, who had very little experience, ran for 221 yards on 33 carries with 2 scores.
Missouri’s pass defense and pass rush were equally disappointing. The Iowa offensive line dominated Aldon Smith and company giving Ricky Stanzi more than enough time to find the wide-open receivers down field. I don’t understand how this team could play so well during the regular season with the exception of that Nebraska game and just come out and get run over by Iowa.
The MU D did settle in during the 2nd half, but by then it was too late for the Missouri offense which was failing to generate points, as was the case against Tech.