Missouri leads IU 28-14 at the half

By Evan Hoopfer
Published Sep 21, 2013 9:52 pm

Turnovers have played a major part in the first half.

Despite leading 28-14 at the half, Missouri has three turnovers on the night, keeping the Hoosiers within striking distance.

IU has had a costly turnover themselves. An interception by Kony Ealy was returned for a touchdown, giving the Tigers the lead at the half. The two teams have combined for 627 yards.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin and IU quarterback Nate Sudfeld have had a busy day thus far. The two have 31 and 33 pass attempts, respectively. Both have one touchdown, two interceptions and are over 220 yards.

Wideout Cody Latimer has seven catches for 134 yards and one touchdown. Last week, Latimer had six catches for a career high 137 yards.

In the first quarter, it was feast or famine for the Tigers. Four times they drove the ball deep into IU territory, with mixed results--two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Senior safety Greg Heban had both picks, with both coming inside the Hoosier 5-yard line.

Missouri had 202 total yards in the quarter, and moved the ball effectively for the entire quarter.

Tiger quarterback James Franklin through the first touchdown of the game, a 7-yard fade route. Marcus Murphy then had a ten yard touchdown run, making it 14-0 for Missouri.

Another Missouri turnover led to IU's first score of the game. On third-and-three from the Tiger 10-yard line, Sudfeld found Latimer for the score.

Latimer ran an out route, and his outstretched arm caught the corner of the end zone, cutting the deficit in half at 14-7.

The Hoosiers didn't force their first punt until mid-way through the second quarter. And they responded on their next drive.

On a drag route, Sudfeld found Latimer who did the rest. The junior took the reception 77 yards down to the 2-yard line. Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman ran it in on the next play for the touchdown, making it 14-14.

Missouri was quick to respond on their next drive. On just seven plays they traveled 75 yards to make the score 21-14. Missouri quarterback James Franklin escaped the pocket, and ran it in the for one-yard score.

On third-and-three, Sudfeld's pass was intercepted at the line of scrimmage by Kony Ealy of Missouri. Ealy took the interception all the way to the end zone, making it 28-14 Missouri at the half.

IU will receive the ball to start the second half.

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