Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews entered the game among the nations leaders in receptions, but his chances were few and far between in the first half.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Missouri rolled coverage his way, providing safety help on most snaps though cornerback E.J. Gaines manned up on him a few times and limited him to two catches for 8 yards as the Tigers built a 30-7 halftime lead.
We concentrated on stopping him and you basically stop the offense, Gaines said.
Matthews finished with seven catches for 123 yards, including his 22nd career touchdown, which broke a tie with Dan Stricker atop the Commodores all-time touchdown receptions list.
Matthews also became the programs all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,996.
Hes a great player, but I feel like Im a great player too, Gaines said. Anytime Im in a competition like that, its fun. Its fun for me and fun for him, too. I talked to him after the game and he said the same thing.
• For a few weeks, coach Gary Pinkel has talked up Missouris improving pass rush, which failed to record any sacks against Toledo or Indiana.
Five sacks against Arkansas State last week seemed like a step in the right direction, but the pass rush showed up with even greater authority against Vanderbilt.
The Tigers recorded seven sacks, including three by senior defensive end Michael Sam for the second consecutive week.
Junior Kony Ealy added two sacks, while junior Markus Golden added 1 1/2 sacks and junior Lucas Vincent registered a half-sack.
• The game was delayed for several minutes with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter when Marcus Murphy was shoved out of bounds at the end of a 29-yard run and leveled a security guard on the sideline.
The security guard, who had his back turned to the field to watch the stands, was taken from the field by stretcher.
I ran right into his back, Murphy said. I really dont know what happened to him, but Im sorry that it happened and I give my best wishes to him,
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