University of Missouri

Missouri notes

Updated: 2013-09-22T05:17:14Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Wilson makes impact

Senior linebacker Andrew Wilson, who was suspended for the first half after being ejected from the Toledo game Sept. 7 for a targeting penalty, returned at halftime and finished with three tackles, including one for a loss.

Upon Wilson’s return, Missouri shifted to a “30” defense. He made a great stop on Indiana’s second drive after halftime, stuffing the Hoosier’s dual-threat backup quarterback, Tre Roberson, on a third-down keeper to force a punt.

Wilson, a graduate of Raymore-Peculiar and one of four permanent captains for the Tigers, wasn’t allowed to participate in the pregame coin toss.

• Missouri needed only two and a half games to eclipse its interception total from last season (seven).

Sophomore linebacker Kentrell Brothers picked off Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld’s Hail Mary try heading into halftime. It was the Tigers’ eighth interception already in 2013.

Defensive end Kony Ealy had snuffed out the Hoosiers’ previous drive with an interception, while defensive back Devin Ruise added Missouri’s ninth interception early in the fourth quarter. The Tigers also picked off three passes against both Murray State and Toledo.

• Senior left guard Max Copeland played the second half against Toledo two weeks ago on a severely sprained left ankle. He practiced early in the week with no limitations, but Copeland wasn’t on the field at game time.

Instead, junior Anthony Gatti and sophomore Brad McNulty split snaps. Gatti is listed as the second-string left tackle and McNulty is sophomore center Evan Boehm’s backup.

• Missouri had two wide receiver top 100 yards for the first time since the 2010 Insight Bowl when Marcus Lucas and Dorial Green-Beckham both topped the century mark.

Lucas, a native of Liberty, finished with 10 catches for 101 yards, while sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham snagged eight for 105 yards — his first career 100-yard game.

During the 2010 bowl loss to Iowa, T.J. Moe hauled in 15 passes for 152 yards and Jerrell Jackson added nine catches for 129 yards.

• Missouri debuted a new helmet for the game. The matte black helmets featured a chrome Tigers logo on the side and a silver facemask.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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