The game between Arkansas State and Missouri was a heated battle that saw the Red Wolves pose a dire threat to the defending SEC East champions, but Sunday's Grumbling north of Jonesboro seemed mostly nonchalant about the victory. But those at the game know just how evenly matched this game was.
"A game No. 21 Mizzou wanted to play at Busch Stadium stayed here instead to showcase a newly renovated facility and what Arkansas State hoped would be the biggest win in team history.
Not so fast."
- St. Louis Post Dispatch, Missouri Avoids a Big Road Bump
"With a crowd of 29,143, Arkansas State did its best to put a season-opening 55-6 loss at USC behind it. Knighten, a week after throwing a pair of interceptions against the Trojans, made a pair of touchdown passes on highlight-worthy catches by Tres Houston."
Arkansas State players walked into the locker room wearing silly grins.
"We got 'em," some said. "We're ready," said others.
On a day the college football world saw some traditional powers fall or get pushed to the brink — an upset here, an overtime squeaker there — No. 21 Missouri (2-0) would not fall in Jonesboro, fending off the Red Wolves (0-2), 27-20.
– The Missourian, Wolves Huff and Puff, and Tigers Still Win
Arkansas State tried to show the country that a Sun Belt Conference team can compete with that other Southern conference that rhymes with "Hess Bee See."
But the Red Wolves could not get a passing game going at all as No. 22 Missouri was able to rattle A-State for a 27-20 win at their refurbished stadium in Jonesboro on Saturday. And even worse, their best player was injured and could miss some time.
Safety Bo Sentimore returned the interception 45 yards to the MU 7-yard line, setting up Knighten’s first touchdown senior receiver Tres Houston.
Doing his best Odell Beckham impression, Houston snared Knighten’s high pass with a one-handed, overhead grab that left senior cornerback Kenya Dennis stunned.