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UConn's game-deciding fake field goal against Mizzou was brave, but terrible

The Tigers avoid an embarrassing non-conference home loss for the second straight season.

SB Nation

A week after the SEC showed quite a few warts with sluggish performances, Missouri opened Week 3 needing an interception on a fake field goal in the last minute to survive a threat from UConn.

The Huskies were driving while trailing 9-6 in the fourth quarter and had an opportunity to attempt a 42-yard field goal, but they bravely gambled to win instead of tie.

Anthony Sherrils picked it off to prevent the easy first down. Gary Pinkel said after the game they were set up for a fake just in case and it paid off.

It was an ugly game from the start. Missouri took the lead early on a safety after blocking a punt. UConn scored a touchdown soon after but the Tigers blocked the extra point to keep the score at 6-2. Mizzou doinked a field goal off the upright after that, preventing us from a glorious 6-5 score. Missouri even punted from the UConn 35-yard line in the fourth quarter.

In the end, the Tigers can claim the 9-6 triumph.