Mizzou takes care of business against Nebraska in Lincoln, Glascott leads the way with a hat-trick.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers, a newcomer to the Heart of America this year, hosted Mizzou last Saturday in the first matchup between the teams in over 5 years. A rainy day stifled the offenses a bit, but the Tigers still managed to put up 41 points as opposed to Nebraska’s 12.
The hard rainfall during the first half of the game caused a significant portion of the offensive phases to include forward play. Mizzou scrumhalf J.T. Schlegel directed the forward’s offensive game plan as he dished the ball out of the rucks to crashing forwards. Nebraska’s forwards, on the other hand, picked the ball directly from the rucks and powered ahead for 4 and 5 meters at a time. After the Tiger forwards sucked in the Nebraska defense, the backline swung the ball out to wing Kellen Shockley, who made a break and quickly offloaded to Shane Glascott. Glascott used his speed to beat the final defender down the sideline from 20 meters out, giving the Tigers a 5-0 lead.
After receiving the ball back, the Mizzou offense drove their half of the field to position themselves 5 meters out from the try line. Off a penalty, Junior forwards captain Mickey Watson took a pass from Schlegel and powered between two defenders across the try line. Gareth Jones missed his first two conversions, giving the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
Near the end of the half, Glascott broke through the back line for a long try, his second of the game. Jones converted to take a 17-0 lead. Nebraska’s forward pack, which was much larger than Mizzou’s, powered the ball down the field, one phase after another, to put Nebraska on the board before the half, still trailing 17-5. The second half began with Mizzou quickly positioning themselves deep in Nebraska’s end. They swung the ball into the backline where senior inside center Colin Kreager ran through the tackle of Nebraska defender to finish the try. After the Jones conversion, the Tigers led 24-5.
Another penalty play deep in Nebraska’s territory led to a try by senior prop Connor Fairfax and Glascott finished his hat-trick later on with a fake pass to the outside and beating a defender from 10 meters out. Near the end of the game, sophomore flanker Adam Cooley took a ball from Schlegel on the weak side of the ruck and scored the try from 25 meters out. Nebraska got on the board once more before the final whistle, making the final score 41-12 Mizzou.
The Tigers now are 5-0 in the Heart of America and trail Arkansas (also 5-0) by a bonus point. Mizzou has a third consecutive road game as they travel to Truman State next Saturday, March 19th. Then its back home to face Arkansas, likely for the Heart of America Conference championship.