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  11/21/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Connor Bazelak threw a 2-point conversion pass to Daniel Parker Jr. to lift Missouri to a 24-23 overtime victory over Florida on Saturday. The Tigers (6-5, 3-4 Southeastern Conference) drew within a point on Tyler Badie's 13-yard touchdown run, and Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz elected to go for 2 rather than send the game to a second overtime with a PAT kick. Parker, a tight end, slipped undetected into the left side of the end zone and caught the lobbed pass. Badie rushed 27 times for 146 yards. Bazelak completed 15 of 26 passes for 165 yards and a touchdown. Florida (5-6, 2-6 SEC) got the ball first in overtime, and Emory Jones caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from wide receiver Trent Whittemore on a trick play to give the Gators a brief lead. Jones completed 20 of 32 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri entered the game with the nation's 118th-ranked defense, and Florida had yielded 92 points in its last two games. No matter - the defenses dominated in a stingy battle of field position and field goals. Missouri led 9-6 at halftime on three Harrison Mevis field goals. Florida finally broke the touchdown drought on its first drive of the second half. Jones hit Jacob Copeland on a 49-yard pass to set up a Dameon Pierce 2-yard scoring run. Missouri answered early in the fourth quarter when Bazelak connected with tight end Niko Hea on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Missouri missed a chance to take the lead with 1:04 left in regulation when Mevis - who had made 17 of 18 field-goal attempts this season - pushed a 46-yarder wide right. Florida coach Dan Mullen elected to run out the clock and take his chances in overtime rather than throw the ball. - Missouri/AP College Football


(DS#8 QB) rSo/2024 QB Connor BazelakMissouri
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  11/19/21 - Isaiah McGuireJr/2023, Missouri, 6-4, 266 (DS#30 DE) + More +

  NOV 15 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Isaiah McGuire, DL, Missouri,...McGuire racked up six solo tackles and 2.0 tackles for a loss of 17 yards - including one sack for a loss of 13 yards - in Missouri's Mayor's Cup win over South Carolina, 31-28...He forced and recovered the same fumble late in the first quarter; his turnover gave Mizzou the ball back to get on the scoreboard early in the second quarter...McGuire also had two quarterback hurries...Saturday marked his fifth-straight game with a tackle for loss. - SEC Football

(DS#30 DE) Jr/2023 DE Isaiah McGuireMissouri
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  11/16/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Tyler Badie is making the most of his first season as Missouri's featured back. The senior from New Orleans is the only player in the country to run for at least 200 yards in four different games this season. His latest was Saturday, when he carried 34 times for 209 in a 31-28 win over South Carolina. Badie came into the year having never run for more than 79 yards in any of his 34 career games. He's gone over 200 against Central Michigan, North Texas, Vanderbilt and the Gamecocks. Interestingly, his highest rushing total in his six other games was 81 yards. His 123.9 yards per game ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and fourth nationally. Badie in his first three years at Missouri had primarily been a changeup from starter Larry Rountree, now a rookie with the Los Angeles Chargers.

Badie is among three SEC players since 2000 to record four 200-yard games in a season and is the first to do it nationally since Oklahoma State's Chuba Hubbard and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in 2019. Badie has 1,239 rushing yards this season and needs 340 over the next two games and a possible bowl to break Devin West's single-season school record of 1,578 in 1998. Also turning in 200-yard rushing games this past week were UNLV's Charles Williams, who had 266 on 38 carries against Hawaii on Saturday and Central Michigan's Lew Nichols, who had 215 on 43 runs against Kent State on Wednesday. Nichols' 43 carries matched Duke's Mataeo Durant for most in a game this season. No one has had more attempts since 2017. - AP College Football


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  11/13/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Tyler Badie rushed 34 times for 209 yards and a touchdown and Missouri held off South Carolina's fourth-quarter charge to defeat the Gamecocks 31-28 on Saturday. The Tigers (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) built a 17-point lead when Badie scored on a 19-yard run with 12:31 left in the game. That's when the opportunistic Gamecocks (5-5, 2-5 SEC) made things interesting by converting two Missouri turnovers into touchdowns and slicing the deficit to three points with 4:32 left. But they never saw the ball again, thanks to Badie, who rushed for 63 yards on the final drive.

The game turned late in the third quarter when blitzing safety Martez Manuel jarred the ball from South Carolina quarterback Jason Brown and defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat recovered in the end zone to give the Tigers a 10-point lead. Missouri's Connor Bazelak completed 15 of 23 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Mookie Cooper had three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. Brown, who was making his second start of the year, completed 16 of 30 passes for 193 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Josh Vann had five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. But the Gamecocks rushed for just 57 yards against a defense that entered the game allowing 270 yards per game on the ground. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  11/05/21 - Harrison MevisSo/2024, Missouri, 5-11, 236 (DS#2 K) + More +

  NOV 1 SEC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Harrison Mevis, PK, Missouri,...Harrison Mevis netted three field goals from 46, 32, and 52 yards, including two in the fourth quarter to stretch Mizzou's lead to two scores...Against the Commodores, Mevis stayed perfect on PATs, going 3-for-3 on the day, improving to 34-for-34 on the season and 62-for-62 in his career...Mevis' streak of 19-straight made field goals (dating back to 2020) now leads the nation...Four kickers have made field goals of 56 yards in 2021. Of the four, Mevis is the lone kicker with multiple 50+ yard attempts who remains perfect (3-for-3)...Saturday marked Mizzou's first win in Nashville since 2017 and its first true road win since a 38-17 decision at Florida on Nov. 3, 2018. - SEC Football

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  11/04/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  NOV 1 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Badie, RB, Missouri,...Tyler Badie set career highs for carries (31), rushing yards (254) and all-purpose yards (294) in Mizzou's 37-28 road win at Vanderbilt. He also scored his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the season. He has scored a touchdown in all eight games this season and has five multi-score games this season...Badie also hauled in eight catches for 40 yards, good for an all-purpose yardage total of 294 - an SEC and Power 5 best this season and third nationally. • Against the Commodores, Badie ran his career rushing total to 2,125 yards and his season rushing total to 989 yards. His 254 yards were the fifth most in a single game in Missouri history and the seventh-best FBS output in 2021...Badie is the national leader in rushes of 30+ yards (9) and 40+ yards (7) and leads all running backs nationally in receiving TDs (4)...Badie is the first player in Mizzou history to rush for 200 yards in three or more games in a single season. He is the second SEC player to rush for 250+ yards this season, behind Tyrion Davis-Price from LSU, and the seventh to accomplish the feat in the country. - SEC Football

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  11/01/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  BYU's Tyler Allgeier turned in the top rushing performance of the weekend, running 29 times for 266 yards against Virginia. It was Allgeier's second 200-yard game of the season. Missouri's Tyler Badie had his third 200-yard game, going for 254 on 31 carries against Vanderbilt. Syracuse's Sean Tucker had 26 carries for 207 yards against Boston College. There have been 26 200-yard games this season. - AP College Football

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  10/30/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Tyler Badie set the offensive pace for the Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon with two rushing touchdowns and 294 total yards in a 37-28 Southeastern Conference win over Vanderbilt. Badie, who was leading the SEC with 143.6 all-purpose yards per game heading in, touched the ball 39 times - rushing for 254 yards on 31 carries and catching nine passes for 40 yards. "Tyler Badie is a great player," Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. "I have been saying it for a long time. He is the best player nobody is talking about. "He is really the engine that drives us. He has a big heart. He is a competitor. He wants to win. I want to win. This team wants to win." After allowing Missouri (4-4, 1-3) to take a 10-0 first-quarter lead, the Commodores rallied. An interception by Vanderbilt's Max Worship at the Commodores' 2-yard line set up a scoring drive, culminating with Mike Wright hitting Cam Johnson over the middle for a 7-yard TD.

The Commodores (2-7, 0-5), who have lost 18 straight SEC games, pulled ahead 14-10 in the second quarter on a 10-yard run by Patrick Smith. After a fake Vanderbilt field-goal attempt resulted in a 5-yard rushing loss by kicker Joseph Bulovas, Missouri took over with 15 seconds left in the first half. That was enough time for Connor Bazelak to fire a 45-yard scoring strike to Keke Chism, giving the Tigers a 17-14 lead at halftime. Missouri extended its lead to 24-14 on a 15-yard TD run by Badie with 5:28 left in the third quarter. Mike Wright connected with Gavin Schoenwald for a 4-yard TD - keyed by Wright's 70-yard run on first down - on the ensuing drive to pull the Commodores within three points heading into the final quarter. Wright also set up Vanderbilt's first TD with a 69-yard run. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  10/10/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz called running back Tyler Badie the "least-talked-about great player in the country." Badie turned in another under-the-radar classic Saturday, rushing for a career-high 217 yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 48-35 victory over North Texas. "That sucker is gritty," Drinkwitz said. Badie averaged 12.8 yards per carry and had four runs of at least 30 yards. Late in the third quarter, North Texas defensive back DeShawn Gaddie stood up Badie and had him in a headlock before he somehow slipped free and ran for 42 yards. Even Badie struggled to explain that one. "I closed my eyes, and I wasn't down, so I just kept running," he said. Missouri (3-3) opened a 31-7 halftime lead, but North Texas (1-4) started hitting big pass plays to keep the score competitive.

Austin Aune completed 16 of 26 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns. The Mean Green outgained the Tigers 493-474 but couldn't overcome three turnovers, including a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo. "We played hard and fought for each other, which is something we can build on," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "We played with emotion, but eventually we have to get out of our own way. We are taking turns making errors." Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak completed 21 of 32 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard scoring pass to JJ Hester. Dawson Downing put the game away in the final four minutes with a 60-yard touchdown run. By that point, Badie was relaxing on the sideline, getting a well-earned break. He had a low profile entering the season because he backed up workhorse Larry Rountree the past three years. With Rountree moving on to the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers this year, Badie is getting his chance to shine. - Missouri/AP College Football


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  09/18/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Connor Bazelak squeezed a full day of production into one half Saturday as he led Missouri to a 59-28 victory over Southeast Missouri. Bazelak completed 21 of 30 passes for 346 yards and three touchdowns for the Tigers (2-1). He spread the ball to 10 receivers and connected on a 46-yard touchdown pass to D'onte Smith and a 52-yard TD pass to Chance Luper. Missouri running back Tyler Badie entered the game as the national leader in yards from scrimmage with 392.

He played sparingly Saturday against an overmatched FCS opponent, but he made the most of his limited chances, rushing nine times for 81 yards and two touchdowns and catching two passes for 14 yards and another score. Missouri built a 38-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Brady Cook and Tyler Macon played quarterback for the Tigers. On his first career pass attempt, Macon connected with JJ Hester down the middle on a 65-yard touchdown. Quarterback CJ Ogbonna carried 12 times for 96 yards for SEMO (0-3). Shamenski Rucker scored two rushing touchdowns for the Redhawks. - Missouri Football/AP College Football


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  08/30/21 - Akayleb EvansrSr/2022, Missouri, 6-2, 198 (DS#9 CB) + More +

  Before transferring from Tulsa, the rangy 6-foot-2 cornerback had conversations with his family about turning pro but wanted to use his final year to compete against the best. He played in nine games last year and recorded 29 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes defended. "I knew I had three options: go to the NFL, go back to Tulsa and stay there for my last year, or transfer," he said. "I decided to come back just so I can grow as a person and grow into the young man that I know I will be and just develop as a player a little bit more." - Post-Dispatch

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  08/30/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 276 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  Earlier this summer, former Tigers great Markus Golden anointed Jeffcoat the next star along Mizzou's once-vaunted D-line. "He's up next," the Arizona Cardinal tweeted. Now, Jeffcoat gets to fulfill the endorsement. He was MU's most productive edge rusher last year, finishing among SEC leaders with six sacks. In Wilks' new four-man front, Jeffcoat will be in his natural element with his hand on the ground and could become Mizzou's first player with double-digit sacks since Shane Ray and Golden eclipsed the mark in 2014. - Post-Dispatch

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  08/29/21 - Connor BazelakrSo/2024, Missouri, 6-3, 212 (DS#8 QB) + More +

  Just about every Missouri football player has answered an interview question about Connor Bazelak over the past few months. That's par for the course of being the starting quarterback for a Southeastern Conference program on the rise, especially for a player whose personality differs from the head coach responsible for putting Bazelak in that dignified position. Eli Drinkwitz's role in Bazelak's elevation from ACL surgery a little less than 20 months ago to one of the league's top passers will be on display from play No. 1 against Central Michigan in the Tigers' season opener Sept. 4.

Drinkwitz is the bombastic savant who jokes "Twitter isn't real" at press conferences. Bazelak isn't nearly as outspoken publicly, but his methodical strategy is effective. "Just a guy who is in total control," Missouri wide receiver Keke Chism said of Bazelak. "He's already a great leader, being so young. Just for him, it was all about taking that next step, and I feel like he's done that within this offense. He's learned so much in so little time to where he has total control of this offense. "And we're 100% behind him. You look at a guy that's going to be able to go to the line of scrimmage and dissect defenses and be able to make changes on the fly to put us in the right situations to be successful. So having a quarterback like that ultimately gives you a step ahead of your competition." - Columbia Daily Tribune


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  08/27/21 - Tyler BadieSr/2022, Missouri, 5-08, 194 (DS#2 RB) + More +

  Tyler Badie's never had to be the dominating presence in Missouri's running back room before now. In his three-plus years in Columbia, there's always been a more experienced and older tailback in one of the seats next to him such as Larry Rountree and Damarea Crockett. Badie might not be the eldest among the running backs in 2021, with Dawson Downing entering his sixth season of college football, but he's expected to be the Tigers' primary running back for the first time. "I feel like titles are kind of overemphasized," Badie said. "I don't want to feel like I'm the guy. I just want to be a helpful person to the team. I feel like roles and titles get thrown around way too much and I feel like it's more of a team effort that helps the whole team win. That's the biggest thing for us." It's hard to ignore Badie's potential, however. In 2019, he was the first running back to lead the Tigers in pass receptions in a season since Brock Olivo accomplished the feat in 1995. Last season, Badie wasn't far off from headlining that category again with 28 catches, seven behind leader Keke Chism. He tied for the team lead in receiving touchdowns (2) alongside Tauskie Dove and Niko Hea. - Columbia Daily Tribune

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  08/23/21 - Trajan JeffcoatrJr/2023, Missouri, 6-3, 276 (DS#4 DE) + More +

  With a sudden and brief news release, Trajan Jeffcoat's college career nearly vanished two years ago. The Missouri defensive end, then a sophomore, was recovering from an elbow injury when just minutes before Mizzou's Oct. 5 kickoff against Troy, the school released a 36-word statement that ended Jeffcoat's season before it got started - and, it appeared, his Mizzou career. "Trajan Jeffcoat is not presently enrolled at Mizzou and will not be with the football team for the remainder of the season. In consideration of student privacy rights, we will not comment further on this matter." Jeffcoat, Tigers coach Barry Odom and school officials declined to discuss the matter. Sources later indicated his dismissal was a university decision and didn't come directly from the football program.

Skip forward nearly a year, and under a new coaching staff in a new season, Jeffcoat was the surprise addition of 2020. He re-enrolled at Mizzou last fall, rejoined the team under first-year coach Eli Drinkwitz and after missing more than a year of action, emerged as one of the Southeastern Conference's best pass rushers, earning first-team AP All-SEC honors. All of which begs the question: What can he do for an encore? "The sky is the limit," defensive line coach Jethro Franklin said. "We just need to get him going, to get him using that elbow and get him striking and shedding and running to the ball and playing with great effort and all that good stuff and then let the chips fall where they may. "He has the right attitude. He has the right mindset. He wants to do things right. As long as he brings those things to the party we're going to have a good time." - Post-Dispatch


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