The University of Missouri football squad called upon Redshirt Freshman Corbin Berkstresser to quarterback a heart-stopping 24-20 win over Arizona State on Saturday night.
Berkstresser took snaps for starter James Franklin, who was suffering from a sore arm. He completed 21 passes out of 41 attempts for 198 yards, and ran for 43 yards, six of which led to Mizzou’s first touchdown on the night.
“I thought he did a lot of good things,” said Head Coach Gary Pinkel, “It’s a tough environment. We watched what we did with him, we were very conservative. Even at the end, we felt that if we were going to win, we’d win with our defense.”
And it did come down to defense.
Late-game heroics came from Kenronte Walker. He deflected a pass on fourth and goal on Mizzou’s two yard line, and made an end-zone interception to ensure the Tigers’ four point lead would stand for the win.
Missouri travels to Columbia, South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks next Saturday.
There’s no word on whether Franklin will be back for the team’s second SEC game.