Nov 25, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Brady Cook (12) drops to throw against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri beats rival Arkansas to gain bowl eligibility

Brady Cook passed for 242 yards and a touchdown and ran for 138 yards and a score as Missouri defeated Arkansas 29-27 Friday in Columbia, Mo.

Dominic Lovett caught six passes for 130 yards for the Tigers (6-6, 3-5 Southeastern Conference), who won the Battle Line Rivalry trophy and gained bowl eligibility.

KJ Jefferson completed 20 of 27 passes for 205 yards two touchdowns and ran for another for the Razorbacks (6-6, 3-5).

Missouri outgained Arkansas 468 to 318, earned seven sacks and forced two turnovers.

The Tigers struck first with a 40-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis 5:26 into the game. Cook’s 27-yard run sparked the 46-yard scoring drive.

The Razorbacks responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive to move ahead 7-3. Jefferson completed a 37-yard pass to Matt Landers to get Arkansas rolling and he capped the series with 3-yard TD run.

The Tigers countered with their own 75-yard march to take a 10-7 lead. The key play was Cook’s 27-yard pass to Lovett and the finish came on Cody Schrader’s 3-yard touchdown run.

Cook’s 55-yard pass to Lovett set up the quarterback’s 9-yard touchdown run as Missouri expanded its lead to 17-7 to open the second quarter.

Arkansas cut its deficit to 17-14 with Jefferson’s 27-yard TD pass to Landers.

Mevis hit a 27-yard field goal to push the Missouri lead to 20-14 with 5:26 left in the first half.

But the Razorbacks countered with another 75-yard touchdown drive to take a 21-10 lead. This time, Jefferson hit Raheim Sanders with an 8-yard touchdown pass.

Missouri scored on its first second-half possession on Cook’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Luther Burden III. The Tigers settled for a 26-21 lead when their 2-point conversion attempt failed.

Mevis made it 29-21 with a 29-yard field goal. Cam Little’s 46-yard field goal for Arkansas cut the lead to 29-24, then his 20-yard field goal cut it to 29-27 with 12:40 left to play.

The Tigers’ defense held firm from there, forcing two three-and-outs and a fumble on the Razorbacks’ last-ditch final play.

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Nov 19, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Brady Cook (12) celebrates with fans after a score against the New Mexico State Aggies during the second half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri, Arkansas swing into Battle Line Rivalry

Missouri can secure bowl eligibility while Arkansas will try to raise its bowl profile when these Southeastern Conference rivals meet Friday in Columbia, Mo.

The Tigers (5-6, 2-5 SEC) and Razorbacks (6-5, 3-4) have dubbed this annual game the Battle Line Rivalry. A trophy will be at stake on Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium.

Missouri won five straight games in the series before Arkansas prevailed 34-17 last season.

“The only thing we’re focused on is it’s a rivalry game and it’s trophy week,” Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz said. “That’s it. None of the other stuff matters. The most important thing to us is that they have a trophy and we want it and the only way to get it is to play our best game and to prepare the way that we know how to prepare and to play with unbelievable effort.

“That’s the focus and that’s why we did Senior Week last week. This week is all about rivalry week, Arkansas and the Battle Line trophy.”

Missouri rolled to a 45-14 victory over New Mexico State in their previous game after suffering a 66-24 beating at Tennessee. Brady Cook continued his improved play by completing 19 of 27 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 71 yards on seven carries.

“I felt like with the way things ended against Tennessee, I thought it was really important for us to bounce back,” Drinkwitz said. “Offensively, to score on our first three drives, to score on this opening series of both the first half and second half which was the first time we’ve done that all year ? there was real growth there to convert some big third downs and we converted the fourth down.”

The Razorbacks are coming off a 42-27 upset of then-No. 14 Ole Miss. They got quarterback KJ Jefferson back from his clavicle injury and their offensive clicked back into high gear.

“Man, it’s nice to have KJ back,” Arkansas coach Sam Pittman said. “We weren’t too clean on the first two drives, first two scoring drives, but he made us clean because of his athleticism.”

Jefferson completed 17 of 22 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns against the Rebels. He also rushed for 47 yards on eight carries.

“When you have a guy behind you like that, it builds confidence in you when you have a big runner that can physically run over people,” Pittman said. “I mean, on the draw play, they all came inside, and he cut outside for 20, 30 yards. When you have a guy back there that can break tackles and make things happen, you play a little bit better, to be honest with you.”

The Arkansas offense has averaged 34.9 points per game with Jefferson and just 13.5 in two games in which Jefferson has been sidelined.

On defense, the Razorbacks may be missing cornerstone linebacker Bumper Pool, who is battling hip and back injuries. Pool is second on the club with 92 tackles.

“Bumper is still Bumper and trying to hang on,” Pittman said. “I don’t know that he’ll be able to or not. He’s beat up, not healthy. We’re bowl eligible. I don’t know if he’ll be able to play or not.”

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Tennessee linebacker Solon Page III (38) and defensive lineman/linebacker Tyler Baron (9) pressure Missouri quarterback Brady Cook (12) during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, November 12, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Missouri meets New Mexico State, looks to rebound from lopsided loss

Missouri will continue its quest for bowl eligibility when it hosts New Mexico State on Saturday night in a non-conference game in Columbia, Mo.

The Tigers (4-6) will try to rebound from last week’s 66-24 loss at No. 5 Tennessee when they play the Aggies (4-5).

A victory would allow Missouri to bid for a 6-6 finish when its faces Arkansas in its regular-season finale next week.

Missouri’s previously strong defense gave up 724 total yards to the Volunteers.

“Obviously, Tennessee is really good and [quarterback] Hendon Hooker and those guys play really well,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “But we weren’t ourselves. We missed some tackles. Didn’t cover the way we normally cover.”

Tigers quarterback Brady Cook passed for 217 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards against the Volunteers. But the offense bogged down in the second half, and the game go out of hand.

Now Missouri is looking to bounce back on Senior Day.

“The best thing we can do right now is look ahead and come back home to Faurot Field and celebrate the seniors who fought through a lot to be here and find a way to stop the momentum from this game and try to carry it on to the next game,” Drinkwitz said. “We can do that.”

The Aggies are riding their first three-game winning streak since 2017. They have consecutive victories over New Mexico (21-9 score), UMass (23-13) and FCS opponent Lamar (51-14) under first-year coach Jerry Kill.

“I feel like it says that we are learning how to win,” Aggies defensive lineman Izaiah Reed told the Las Cruces Sun News. “It’s really easy to play down to the competition, but we have been focusing on it, and coach Kill has been expressing to us that any team on any given Saturday can beat anybody.”

Aggies quarterback Diego Pavia had a solid game against Lamar, completing 13 of 18 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 81 yards on eight carries.

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Nov 12, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) during the game against the Missouri Tigers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Hendon Hooker, No. 5 Tennessee topple Missouri

Hendon Hooker passed for 355 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for a score to lead No. 5 Tennessee to a 66-24 victory over Missouri in Southeastern Conference play on Saturday afternoon at Knoxville, Tenn.

Jaylen Wright rushed for two touchdowns and Princeton Fant caught two scoring passes as the Volunteers (9-1, 5-1) avenged last week’s loss to now-No. 1 Georgia.

Jalin Hyatt had seven receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown and Bru McCoy caught nine passes for 111 yards as Tennessee scored 40 or more points for the seventh time this season.

Hooker completed 25 of 35 passes and also rushed for 50 yards for Tennessee, which racked up season bests for points and total offense (724 yards).

Brady Cook completed 19 of 32 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 106 yards for Missouri (4-6, 2-5). Tauskie Dove and Dominic Lovett caught touchdown passes and Luther Burden III was credited with a rushing score.

The Tigers finished with 389 total yards.

Missouri trailed 28-24 after Cook threw a 38-yard scoring pass to Lovett with 8:55 left in the third quarter but the Volunteers responded with 38 unanswered points.

First, Hyatt came out of the backfield and was left uncovered and caught the ball just before midfield and scampered 68 yards to make it an 11-point game with 8:30 left in the period.

The next time the Volunteers had the ball, Hooker finished it with a 2-yard scoring pass to Fant to make it 42-24 with 4:34 remaining.

Tennessee increased the lead to 25 when Wright scored from the 1 with 1:19 left in the quarter.

Chase McGrath’s 46-yard field goal made it 52-24 with 7:54 left in the game. The Volunteers piled on with backup Joe Milton III tossing a 46-yard touchdown pass to Ramel Keaton and Dylan Sampson scoring from the 2.

Hooker passed for 229 yards and rushed for 57 in the first half as the Volunteers led 28-17.

Tennessee drove 91 yards on its first possession with Jabari Small scoring on a 10-yard run. The Tigers tied it when Burden caught a backward pass and took it 4 yards for the score with 1:56 left in the opening quarter

Wright scored from the 3 as the Volunteers took a 14-7 lead 19 seconds into the second quarter. The lead increased to 14 when Hooker tossed a 19-yard scoring pass to Fant with 10:24 to play.

Cook tossed a 43-yard touchdown pass to Dove to pull the Tigers within 21-14 with 5:48 remaining in the half. Tennessee answered with Hooker’s 14-yard keeper.

Harrison Mevis booted a 32-yard field goal to bring Missouri within 11 as time expired in the half.

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Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) is sacked by Georgia defensive back Javon Bullard (22) during the second half of a NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Georgia in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. Georgia won 27-13.

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No. 5 Tennessee looks to bounce back in meeting with Missouri

Fifth-ranked Tennessee will try to rebound from a punishing setback when it squares off with Missouri in Southeastern Conference play on Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Volunteers were No. 1 in last week’s initial College Football Playoff rankings but fell out of the top four after losing 27-13 to then-No. 3 Georgia last weekend in an outcome that was wider than the final score indicates.

Tennessee (8-1, 4-1 SEC) was sailing prior to the loss against the Bulldogs, so coach Josh Heupel doesn’t see any reason to panic.

“There’s a whole month of football left,” Heupel said Monday. “There’s a lot of ball left to be played by everybody in the country. Up until this point we have done a lot of things right. Obviously in that ballgame … we didn’t come out on the right side of the scoreboard.

“There’s nothing that we can control other than how we are, how we approach it and how we go play and compete. At the end of the day, it’s about trying to find a way to be the best team on the field during the 60 minutes. That’s all we are concerned about.”

The Volunteers had a season-low 289 yards of total offense against Georgia after topping 500 six times this season.

Tennessee also established a season low for points after scoring 40 or more in four straight games and six overall.

Heisman Trophy candidate Hendon Hooker had his worst showing with 195 yards and one interception. His school record of 20 straight games with at least one touchdown pass also ended.

“A lot of self-inflicted mistakes,” said Hooker, who has thrown for 2,533 yards, 21 touchdowns and two interceptions. “Georgia came out and played a great game. Hats off to those guys. We definitely left a lot of plays out there from not doing things that we normally do on a daily basis. It comes back to little things, paying attention to detail.”

Missouri (4-5, 2-4) lost 21-17 to Kentucky last weekend and another defeat would make it impossible for the Tigers to finish with their first winning season in Eliah Drinkwitz’s three campaigns as coach.

Still, Missouri announced a contract extension through the 2027 season for Drinkwitz, who is 15-17 with the Tigers entering the matchup with the Volunteers.

“We are heading in the right direction,” Drinkwitz said. “Have to get everybody pulling in the right direction and we got three games left, we got a lot of opportunities ahead of us, two of those at home. This team will stay together and fight.”

Missouri’s four SEC losses are by a combined 18 points. All have been by seven points or less with one of the close calls being a 26-22 loss to Georgia.

Drinkwitz was asked if the tight encounters are a sign of progress or a source of frustration.

“Both,” he said. “It’s frustrating because we haven’t found the play to win but it’s also a sign of progress in that we are in the fight and now we have to find a way to win that fight.”

Against Kentucky, the Tigers gained just 232 yards but limited the Wildcats to 252. Missouri posted a season-high five sacks.

Outside linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper leads the Tigers with 52 tackles, while safety Jaylor Carlies has 48 stops, including a team-best two interceptions.

Brady Cook has passed for 1,795 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions.

The Volunteers have won the past three meetings.

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Oct 22, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz leaves the field after a game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Mizzou extends Eliah Drinkwitz’s deal through 2027

Missouri football coach Eliah Drinkwitz received a two-year contract extension Saturday through the 2027 season.

Drinkwitz is in his third season with the Tigers and owns a 15-16 record, including 4-4 this season.

The university’s Board of Curators voted 7-0 to approve the extension, athletic director Desiree Reed-Francois said. Financial terms were not released.

“My family and I want to thank the Board of Curators, President (Mun) Choi, and AD Reed-Francois for their faith in me as a coach and leader,” Drinkwitz said in a news release. “You can’t do this alone, and our players, coaches and staff have worked their tails off and stuck with the process as we’ve built this program. We feel strongly about our trajectory and are proud to represent our state’s flagship institution. We are grateful for the investment in our program from the administration and excited about the future of Mizzou Football!”

Drinkwitz led Missouri to the Armed Forces Bowl last season. His teams are 10-13 in Southeastern Conference play, including 2-3 this season entering Saturday’s game against Kentucky (5-3, 2-3) in Columbia, Mo.

Drinkwitz, 39, guided Appalachian State to a 12-1 record in 2019 before being hired at Missouri to replace Barry Odom.

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Kentucky running back Chris Rodriguez Jr. (24) holds back Tennessee defensive back Trevon Flowers (1) during the NCAA college football game between Tennessee and Kentucky on Saturday, October 29, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn.

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Unranked Kentucky tries to end slide vs. improving Missouri

Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz expects Kentucky to arrive eager to reestablish its standing at his team’s expense.

After rolling toward a 4-0 start, the Wildcats (5-3, 2-3 SEC) have lost three of their last four games heading into Saturday’s game in Columbia, Mo.

Kentucky is coming off an ugly 44-6 loss at Tennessee that kept it outside the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season.

“My anticipation is they’re going play their best game of the year,” Drinkwitz said. “They’re going to want to atone for last week. I know they’re all going to sit there and think that this is a game that they can come in and win and so it’s going to be important for us to play our best game.”

But Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is taking nothing for granted. The Tigers (4-4, 2-3) lost by three points in overtime at Auburn, by four points to Georgia and by seven points at Florida before beating Vanderbilt and upsetting South Carolina in their last two games.

“I give Coach Drink a lot of credit, because they had a brutal loss a few games back, with the Auburn game, where they were essentially an inch from winning the game,” Stoops said. “The team could’ve went any which way, and they turn around and play an incredible game, play Georgia as good as anybody has played them and had a tough loss, and go to Florida and play incredibly well. You could take a few plays out of that one and they can win.”

The Wildcats will be looking to get quarterback Will Levis back on track after he completed 16 of 27 passes for just 98 yards and three interceptions against Tennessee.

“It was tough,” Stoops said. “I think when the game was starting to get away from us, he’s forcing things. That’s the competitor in him. That’s human nature. We’re trying to force, trying to make plays.”

Kentucky is averaging just 112.6 yards per game on the ground this season, second-lowest in the SEC. But Chris Rodriguez Jr., La’Vell Wright, JuTahn McClain and Dee Beckwith combined for 130 yards rushing against Tennessee and Drinkwitz expects the Wildcats to prioritize the run.

“I think last year there was a stretch when they had 18 straight runs against us,” Drinkwitz said. “So we know this is going to be a tough physical matchup and the trenches.”

Missouri ranks second-to-last in the SEC with 210.8 passing yards per game. But quarterback Brady Cook passed for 224 yards and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown against South Carolina.

His top target is Dominic Lovett, who caught 10 passes for 148 yards against the Gamecocks. Lead running back Cody Schrader had 113 yards from scrimmage in that game.

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Oct 22, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers quarterback Brady Cook (12) throws a pass against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the first half of the game at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri upends No. 25 South Carolina, 23-10

Quarterback Brady Cook compiled 277 total yards and rushed for a touchdown as visiting Missouri upset No. 25 South Carolina 23-10 Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

Cook completed 17 of 26 passes for 224 yards and rushed for 53 yards for the Tigers (4-4, 2-3 SEC). Missouri earned its fourth straight victory over the Gamecocks (5-3, 2-3) in the Mayor’s Cup game and spoiled their Homecoming.

Dominic Lovett caught 10 passes for 148 yards, Cody Schrader rushed for 81 yards and a touchdown, and Harrison Mevis kicked three field goals for Missouri.

Quarterback Shane Rattler completed 20 of 30 passes for 171 yards and rushed for a touchdown for the Gamecocks, whose four-game winning streak came to an end.

Gamecocks running back MarShawn Lloyd was limited to 30 yards on seven carries while trying to play through an apparent leg injury.

Missouri outgained South Carolina 367 to 203, earned a 20-14 edge in first downs and built a 13:10 advantage in time of possession.

The Tigers struck first by marching 96 yards on 15 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Cook completed 5-of-6 passes for 56 yards on the drive, which he capped with a 3-yard touchdown run with 3:50 left in the first quarter.

The Tigers doubled their lead to 14-0 with 11:29 left in the first half. Cook completed a 57-yard pass to Lovett and Schrader finished off the scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge.

Cook’s 23-yard run set up Mevis’ 19-yard field goal that put the Tigers up 17-0 with 4:59 left in the half.

South Carolina cut the lead to 17-7 with an 82-yard touchdown drive, capped by Rattler’s 7-yard run with 47 seconds left in the half.

The Tigers missed an opportunity to expand their lead early in the third quarter. Daylan Carnell recovered a Rattler fumble and returned it to the South Carolina 10-yard line, but Mevis missed a 21-yard field goal try.

The Gamecocks cut their deficit to 17-10 with Mitch Jeter’s 39-yard field goal with 4:12 left in the third quarter. Mevis countered with a 50-yard field that restored Missouri’s 10-point lead.

Mevis banked a 32-yard field goal off the right upright to make it 23-10 with 12:51 to play.

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Oct 22, 2022; Columbia, South Carolina, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) passes against the Texas A&M Aggies in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports

Newly ranked No. 25 South Carolina seeks latest win vs. Missouri

South Carolina has climbed back into the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since Week 2 of the 2018 season.

Now the No. 25 Gamecocks (5-2, 2-2 SEC) will try to maintain their national ranking when they host Missouri (3-4, 1-3 SEC) Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

“When you are the head coach and you are ranked, it is certainly something we are proud of but not satisfied with,” South Carolina coach Shane Beamer said Tuesday. “I look at it more as it is just the next step. Credit the players and the people in this program.”

South Carolina moved back into prominence by winning at No. 13 Kentucky 24-14 on Oct 8, then holding off Texas A&M 30-24 at home last Saturday.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever beaten A&M. We knew this was a huge game, one of the biggest ones of the season, and we were locked in all week,” Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler said. “We expected to come out here and win.”

Rattler passed for 168 yards against Texas A&M as the Gamecocks extended their winning streak to four games, their longest since 2013. He has completed 124 of 195 passes for 1,466 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions this season.

“He does a good job handling their pro-style offense,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said of Rattler. “He’s able to create space with his feet and keep his eyes down the field to extend plays. He’s able to throw the ball vertically down the field. He’s been doing a good job of getting his playmakers the ball.”

Running back MarShawn Lloyd paced the South Carolina offense by rushing for 92 yards and two touchdowns against the Aggies. Overall, he has 699 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing and receiving this season.

Missouri overcame a series of offensive breakdowns to edge Vanderbilt 17-14 in its last game. Drinkwitz came into this practice week looking to fix problems with pass protection and run blocking.

The Tigers mustered just 76 yards offense in the second half against the Commodores. Brady Cook completed 17 of 25 passes for 211 yards and one touchdown, but he suffered three sacks, one that led to a fumble, and threw an interception.

“The way Brady is getting hit right now, we aren’t going to survive at quarterback allowing free shots like that,” Drinkwitz said. “We got to fix it in protection and scheme because that crap is unfair.”

Cook has completed 128 of 196 passes for 1,428 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions this season. Drinkwitz had prepared freshman quarterback Sam Horn to play some against the Commodores, but the blocking breakdowns prompted him to nix that plan.

Wide receiver Luther Burden III caught four passes for 66 yards and a touchdown and added a 10-yard TD run against Vanderbilt. Running back Cody Schrader gained 84 yards on 14 carries.

Missouri is 7-5 all-time against South Carolina and has won three straight in the series.

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Oct 15, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Vanderbilt Commodores head coach Clark Lea reacts on the sideline against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri hosts Vanderbilt as both search for first SEC win

Vanderbilt will try to snap its 24-game Southeastern Conference losing streak when it faces Missouri on Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

The Commodores (3-4, 0-3) last won an SEC game on Oct. 19, 2019, when they defeated Missouri 21-14. This season, Vanderbilt has lost its three conference games by a combined score of 162-31.

“It was a tough stretch,” Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea said. “We wanted to play better. But we have a program that we’re building, and so we have to reach for confidence every day.”

Missouri (2-4, 0-3) is coming off a bye week. The Tigers have suffered close losses at Auburn (17-14 score), at home to Georgia (26-22) and at Florida (24-17) in league play.

“We’re maybe three or four plays away from being 5-1 right now,” Missouri defensive back Martez Manuel told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “So, as a captain it’s my job to make sure that the guys truly believe that. I mean, we believed that when nobody else did against Georgia, and it showed on the field.”

Missouri quarterback Brady Cook has completed 110 of 170 passes for 1,212 yards and has rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns. But he has thrown six interceptions to just five touchdown passes.

Tigers coach Eli Drinkwitz used the bye week to work out backup quarterbacks Sam Horn and Tyler Macon.

“I thought both Sam and Tyler practiced well on Wednesday and Thursday,” Drinkwitz said. “In the scrimmages, both led touchdown drives. Sam led multiple touchdown drives. So it was good to see. It wasn’t perfect, but better ownership of what we’re trying to accomplish.”

Running back Nathaniel Peat has rushed for 379 yards and two touchdowns while Cody Schrader has 279 yards and four TDs. Dominic Lovett (31 catches, 499 yards, two touchdowns) has been Cook’s primary target.

AJ Swann (81 for 133, 953 yards, eight TDs) has taken the lead for Vanderbilt at quarterback, while running back Ray Davis (536 yards, four touchdowns) drives the ground game. After dressing just two running backs against Georgia, Vanderbilt expects Cooper Lutz to return this week.

–Field Level Media