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Special teams not so special for MU right now

Special teams not so special for MU right now

September 19th, 2012 in News

Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel applauds his team after a score during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arizona State, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Columbia, Mo.

Photo by The Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The fourth quarter of games was a strength for Missouri last year.

It's been anything but this season.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel was blunt in his assessment of the Tigers' fourth-quarter woes this season: the kicking game must improve. After winning the fourth quarter 143-59 last year, the Tigers have been outscored 37-14 in the final frame this year.

The Tigers blew a 17-9 third-quarter lead against Georgia, and nearly squandered a 24-7 lead Saturday against Arizona State.

While it's been a mix of issues that has included turnovers, Pinkel made it clear the Tigers must get a grip on the situation at kicker to see an improvement in fourth quarter scoring.