Oct 21, 2023; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Cody Schrader (7) runs the ball against South Carolina Gamecocks defensive back Judge Collier (20) during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

No. 20 Missouri scores early, cruises past South Carolina

Cody Schrader rushed for a career-high 159 yards and two touchdowns as No. 20 Missouri extended its command of South Carolina with a 34-12 home victory Saturday in Columbia, S.C.

Brady Cook completed 14 of 24 passes for 198 yards, throwing one touchdown pass and running for another score as the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) beat the Gamecocks for the fifth straight time to retain the Mayor’s Cup.

The series was established when Missouri joined the SEC in 2012 as both schools are located in cities named Columbia.

For the first time in Shane Beamer’s three seasons as coach at South Carolina (2-5, 1-4), the Gamecocks have lost three straight games.

Facing a consistently heavy rush, South Carolina’s Spencer Rattler completed 23 of 40 passes for 217 yards and one interception.

Dominating an injury-riddled South Carolina offensive line, Missouri sacked Rattler six times.

The Tigers scored on four straight possessions, surging to a 24-0 lead before Mitch Jeter ended the Gamecocks’ drought with the first of his four field goals, a 51-yarder, in the final minute of the first half.

Rattler drove the Gamecocks to the Tigers 20 on South Carolina’s first possession. But Joe Moore stopped the march, sacking Rattler for a 13-yard loss and Jeter missed a 51-yard field-goal try.

Missouri answered quickly as Cook lofted a 42-yard touchdown pass to Luther Burden III, who beat double coverage to give Missouri a 7-0 lead.

Burden, who entered the game second in the FBS in receiving yards (808) and fourth in receptions (56), finished with four receptions for 90 yards.

On the Tigers’ next two possessions, Schrader capped a 59-yard march with a 10-yard touchdown run, then Cook culminated an 87-yard drive with a 17-yard dash that made it 21-0.

In the second half, South Carolina whittled the deficit to 27-12 before Jaylon Carlies made a game-clinching interception with 6:20 left and Schrader followed with an 11-yard touchdown run.

South Carolina’s top receiver Xavier Legette departed in the second quarter. He was injured as he was tackled on a kickoff return.

Harrison Mervis kicked field goals of 53 and 21 yards for Missouri. The senior has made 13 kicks of 50 yards or longer in his four seasons.

Mario Anderson rushed for 68 yards on 12 carries for the Gamecocks.

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Nov 12, 2022; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Missouri Tigers head coach Eliah Drinkwitz reacts to an officials call during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Five-star DE Williams Nwaneri chooses Missouri

The No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2024 is staying in-state to play his college football, and that’s welcome news for Missouri.

Five-star defensive end Williams Nwaneri committed to the Tigers on Monday, choosing them over Georgia, Oklahoma, Oregon and Tennessee.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pounder is considered the No. 1 defensive end and the No. 3 overall prospect by the 247Sports composite rankings. He hails from Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Nwaneri is the second five-star to commit to Missouri since Eliah Drinkwitz became head coach in December 2019. The first was wide receiver Luther Burden, who is now entering his sophomore season there.

Missouri now has 12 players committed for the Class of 2024. Per 247, only one of the previous 11 commits was a four-star.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

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.

–Field Level Media

Florida Gators safety Corey Collier Jr. (20) tackles Missouri Tigers running back Cody Schrader (20) in the first half at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, October 8, 2022. [Doug Engle/Gainesville Sun]

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Jaydon Hill’s 2 interceptions key as Florida beats Missouri

Jaydon Hill intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown as Florida defeated Missouri 24-17 Saturday in a Southeastern Conference clash in Gainesville, Fla.

Montrel Johnson Jr. rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown and Trevor Etienne added 83 yards on the ground for the Gators (4-2, 1-2 SEC).

Nathaniel Peat rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown for Missouri (2-4, 0-3). Brady Cook completed 22 of 30 passes for 220 yards, but he threw the two key interceptions.

The Tigers outgained the Gators 195-65 during the first half and built an 11-3 edge in first downs. But Florida got its ground game rolling in the second half to take control.

Florida took a 3-0 lead after Xzavier Henderson’s 48-yard punt return set up Adam Mihalek’s 37-yard field goal with just shy of three minutes left in the first quarter.

Hill’s interception and subsequent touchdown with a 1:01 left in the quarter pushed the Gators’ lead to 10-0. He stepped in front of Cook’s pass at the Missouri 49 and had clear sailing to the end zone.

Missouri cut its deficit to 10-7 with an 11-play, 67-yard touchdown drive capped by Cody Schrader’s 5-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left in the half.

After Missouri recovered an Anthony Richardson fumble, the Tigers tied the game 10-10 with Harrison Mevis’ 28-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the half.

Florida got a 41-yard run from Johnson on its second play of the second half, but Mihalek missed a 47-yard field goal try.

Runs of 39 yards by Etienne and 32 yards by Richardson set up Johnson’s 3-yard touchdown as the Gators moved ahead 17-10.

Missouri marched back down the field, but Hill intercepted Cook again — this time at the Florida 4-yard line — late in the third quarter.

Johnson’s 36-yard run got the Gators rolling toward another score, which came on Richardson’s 9-yard TD pass to Ricky Pearsall for a 24-10 lead with 11:10 remaining in the game.

The Tigers responded with a 75-yard drive, capped by Peat’s 18-yard TD run to cut the lead to 24-17.

Missouri got a final chance to come back when Daylan Carnell intercepted Richardson with 2:57 left at the Tigers’ 32-yard-line, but the Tigers failed to capitalize.

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Florida Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson (15) looks at the defense during the second half against the Eastern Washington Eagles at Steve Spurrier Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on Sunday, October 2, 2022. [Matt Pendleton/Gainesville Sun]

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Florida has revenge on its mind vs. Missouri

Florida will seek a payback victory when it hosts Missouri in a Southeastern Conference game Saturday.

The Gators will try to avenge their 24-23 overtime loss to Tigers last year at Columbia, Mo., when the teams square off at Gainesville, Fla, this week.

“The guys that we’ve got, we’re a different team,” Florida defensive lineman Tyreak Sapp said. “We’re a better team. I know we can take the right progressions in order to come out victorious in that game. We’re just going to work towards that this week.”

The Gators (3-2, 0-2) are coming off a 52-17 victory over Eastern Washington on Sunday. That game was delayed one day due to Hurricane Ian, leaving Florida with a shorter preparation week for Missouri (2-3, 0-2).

First-year Florida coach Billy Napier grew accustomed to such scheduling quirks in his previous job.

“One of the valuable things about the experience at Louisiana, we played about every turnaround possible,” he said. “Last year we had two five-day turnarounds, we had six, we had eight, we had 17 one time.”

Missouri staged an upset bid against then-No. 1 Georgia last week before losing 26-22.

“They’ve got some weapons. They’ve got some guys that can do some damage,” Sapp said of Missouri. “We’re going to make sure we take all the steps that are needed to be made to actually go out there and play against that team.”

Missouri played stout defense against Georgia until it wore down late, and the Tigers will need another strong performance to contain the Florida offense.

“They’re very big and physical up front with their offensive line,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “They’ve got a tremendously talented running back room. So it’ll be a very difficult challenge.”

Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson has thrown for 693 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions, in his last two games. He also has rushed 18 times for 107 yards and two TDs.

“If you don’t hit him in the mid-sternum to the thighs, you’re not going to get him down,” Drinkwitz said. “Very big, physical player, whether that’s a free runner on a sack or in the run game. You’ve really got to run your feet through the tackle.”

Florida has used a rotation of three running backs: Montrell Johnson Jr. (282 yards, four touchdowns), Trevor Etienne (223 yards, two TDs) and Nay’Quan Wright (153 yards, two TDs).

Missouri features a running back tandem of Nathaniel Peat (262 yards, one TD) and Cody Schrader (263, three TDs). First-year starting quarterback Brady Cook (88 of 140, 992 yards, five TDs) has a speedy receiving corps. But the Tigers might be missing their top receiver, Dominic Lovett (27 catches, 460 yards, two TDs).

“It’s a lower leg injury,” Drinkwitz said. “He is day-to-day. … I think right now it’s probably 50-50.”

–Field Level Media

Oct 1, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive back Daylan Carnell (13) is tackled by Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) after Carnell s interception during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

No. 1 Georgia rallies for 26-22 win over Mizzou

Daijun Edwards’ 1-yard touchdown run late in the game lifted top-ranked Georgia to a 26-22 win over Missouri as the Bulldogs rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit on Saturday in Colombia, Mo.

Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett went 24-for-44 for 312 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. Kenny McIntosh rushed for 65 yards on 10 carries, and Kendall Milton had 61 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Edwards finished with 10 carries for 51 yards for Georgia (5-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference).

Georgia kicker Jack Podlesny made all four of his field goals, while Missouri’s Harrison Mevis was a perfect 5-for-5.

Missouri quarterback Brady Cook went 20-for-32 for 192 yards, with a touchdown and no interceptions. Cody Schrader had six carries for 89 yards while Dominic Lovett had six catches for 84 yards for the Tigers (2-3, 0-2), who lost for the ninth straight time to Georgia.

After trailing 16-6 at halftime, Georgia trimmed the lead on Podlesny’s 28-yard field goal with 5:53 left in the third quarter.

Missouri matched Georgia on its next possession when Mevis connected on a 52-yarder with 4:31 left in the third quarter. Podlesny responded with a 29-yarder a little more than two minutes later to make it 19-12.

But less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Mevis connected from 56 yards to extend the lead to 22-12.

Georgia found the end zone on its ensuing possession, with Milton’s 1-yard run capping a 75-yard drive with 9:39 remaining.

After Georgia forced Missouri to punt, the Bulldogs drove 68 yards in seven plays, with Edwards scoring from a yard out with 4:03 left for a 26-22 lead.

Missouri failed to get a first down on its ensuing possession and punted, giving Georgia the ball on its own 36-yard line with 3:02 left. The Bulldogs gained three first downs to run out the clock.

After Missouri took a 3-0 lead on Mevis’ 41-yard field goal with 4:11 left in the first quarter, the Tigers found the end zone when Cook capped a nine-play, 81-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Stephens for a 10-0 lead with 12:43 left in the half.

Missouri extended its lead to 13-0 on Mevis’ 49-yard field goal on its next drive before Georgia countered with Podlesny’s 40-yarder with 6:36 left in the half.

Missouri pushed its lead to 16-3 on Mevis’ 22-yard field goal with 3:16 left in the half before Georgia cut the deficit to 16-6 when Podlesny connected from 34 yards out before halftime.

–Field Level Media

Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Cumbie (file photo) celebrates at Texas Tech in a 34-7 win over the Mississippi State Bulldogs at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.


Re-imagined Mizzou introduces newcomers in La Tech visit

Missouri hopes its third season under head coach Eliah Drinkwitz is a breakthrough.

Louisiana Tech is making a new start under first-year coach Sonny Cumbie as it visits the Tigers on Thursday night.

Missouri was 6-7 and 3-5 in the SEC last season after going 5-5 in Drinkwitz’s first season in 2020. Drinkwitz brought in 19 transfers and a second consecutive highly regarded freshman class to boost the roster.

“Although we’ve had changes in both staff and players,” Drinkwitz said, “there is a continuity to our program, there’s a foundation to the program.”

The Tigers brought in a new defensive coordinator in former LSU linebackers coach Blake Baker, who was previously defensive coordinator at Miami and Louisiana Tech.

“We will be improved on defense,” Drinkwitz said.

The Tigers entered preseason camp with a four-man battle to be the starting quarterback. Drinkwitz didn’t take long to make a decision, naming Brady Cook, a backup for each of the coach’s two seasons, on Aug. 9 to start the opener.

The newcomer drawing the most attention is wide receiver Luther Burden, who was ranked as the No. 3 freshman nationally in this year’s recruiting class.

Cumbie, who finished last season as interim head coach at Texas Tech and previously was offensive coordinator with the Red Raiders and TCU is going with Matthew Downing (a redshirt junior from TCU) over Parker McNeil (a redshirt senior from Texas Tech).

This is the third consecutive season that the Bulldogs, 3-9 and 2-6 in Conference USA last season, had a quarterback battle into the middle of camp.

“Quarterback is where it really starts on offense,” Cumbie said. “It is not a job that is decided by one play or one day. It is decided by consistency throughout fall camp and how they prepare and execute in live situations.”

Cumbie hired former Stephen F. Austin defensive coordinator Scott Power to try and upgrade a unit that finished 106th nationally in total defense (434.3) and 114th in scoring defense (34.0) last season.

–Field Level Media

Georgia Bulldogs head coach Kirby Smart walks out of the tunnel with his team at the start of the annual Florida Georgia rivalry game at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville Fla. October 30, 2021.

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Mizzou keeping QB a mystery; 5-TD underdogs at No. 1 Georgia

Top-ranked Georgia and visiting Missouri will collide Saturday in a game between teams aiming for different results for the 2021 season.

Georgia (8-0, 6-0 SEC) clinched its fourth conference East Division title in five years by coupling a win over Florida with Kentucky’s loss to Mississippi State last week.

The Bulldogs, already assured of a spot in the SEC title game Dec. 4, also are in control to reach the College Football Playoff for the first time since losing in the championship game in 2018.

“We are not really focused on that right now,” Georgia offensive lineman Justin Shaffer told reporters. “We are focused on Missouri because we have Missouri this week. When the time comes, we will celebrate, but right now we are still locked in for each game week by week.”

Missouri (4-4, 1-3) enters with a 37-28 win over Vanderbilt — the Tigers’ first conference victory this season — and stands two wins shy of becoming eligible to play in a bowl game.

Missouri is entering a stretch in which their final four opponents are .500 or better and all jockeying for bowl position.

After facing Georgia, Missouri hosts South Carolina (4-4, 1-4) on Nov. 13 and Florida (4-4, 2-4) on Nov. 20 before closing at Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) on Nov. 26.

But first, the Tigers have to get past Georgia after being installed by oddsmakers as 37-point underdogs.

Beating Georgia has been the impossible mission for Missouri since joining the SEC prior to the 2012 season. Georgia has won seven meetings in a row and eight of their past nine. Missouri is the lone SEC East that hasn’t beaten Georgia since coach Kirby Smart took over the Bulldogs before the 2016 season.

Under Smart, the Bulldogs are 5-0 against the Tigers, winning by an average of 20.4 points. Georgia has outscored Missouri 76-14 in the teams’ past two meetings.

Missouri’s offense is inconsistent and hasn’t been tried against a defense as loaded as this Georgia group.

The Bulldogs have given up a national-best 6.6 points per game. That’s more than a touchdown less than Cincinnati, which ranks second at 14.2 points per game. Georgia also ranks second nationally in total defense (226.6) and first downs allowed (104), rushing defense (75.6 ypg) and passing defense (151 ypg).

Georgia and Missouri have questions at quarterback.

Missouri quarterback and team captain Connor Bazelak suffered what coach Eli Drinkwitz said was a soft-tissue injury midway through the fourth quarter against Vanderbilt. He was replaced by true freshman Tyler Macon, who didn’t attempt a pass.

On Tuesday, Drinkwitz said there would be no injury updates, including those impacting his QB situation.

Macon and redshirt freshman Brady Cook were going to receive plenty of snaps in practice this week.

“I have no idea about anything other than practice today,” Drinkwitz told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re talking about practice today.”

If Macon makes his first start on Saturday in place of Bazelak (2,138 yards, 13 TDs, 8 INTs), he’ll look to get the ball to leading receivers Keke Chism (29 catches, 383 yards, 2 TDS) and Tauskie Dove (26 catches, 370 yards.)

Drinkwitz said he wants his team to focus on Georgia, and denied the team is anxious about measuring up to the No. 1 team in college football.

“Crud, why else would you do it? I don’t want to live life in the shadows,” he said. “Go out, see what you got. Take your best shot. … I’m not anxious about it at all. See you Saturday at noon.”

The Tigers will continue to lean on running back Tyler Badie, who rushed for 254 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries against the Commodores, bringing his season total to 989 yards and 11 touchdowns. He’s also caught a team-high 40 passes for 305 yards and four scores.

Georgia’s Stetson Bennett has started the past five games for the Bulldogs in place of the injured JT Daniels, who has been out with a strained oblique.

Daniels has been able to practice recently.

Smart, who made reference to the importance of mobility at the position, said he’ll name a starter based on practice this week after Bennett went 10-of-19 passing for 161 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 34-7 win over Florida last week.

Zamir White (97 carries, 505 yards, 8 TDs) and James Cook (57 carries, 342 yards 3 TDs) fuel the ground game.

True freshman tight end Brock Bowers leads the team in receptions (26), yards (454) and receiving touchdowns (6), with redshirt freshman receiver Ladd McConkey also having a breakthrough season with 18 catches for 302 yards and two scores.

–Field Level Media