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Missouri wins 20-16 over BYU behind Russell Hansbrough and Tyler Hunt

The Missouri Tigers improve to 5-5 with a 24-17 win over the BYU Cougars

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The last non-conference game of the 2015 season sees Mizzou and BYU meet for just the second time ever in what will be Gary Pinkel's last trip to Arrowhead Stadium as the head coach of the Missouri Tigers. Gary Pinkel's Tigers defeated Kansas 24-10 in 2011, the last meeting of the arch-rivals before Mizzou moved to the SEC. The last time Mizzou faced BYU was in 1983 when the Cougars, led by Steve Young, beat the Tigers and current Associate Head Coach Andy Hill, with a last minute touchdown, 21-17.

First Quarter

Early in the first quarter, Terry Beckner Jr went down with an ankle injury and was ruled out the rest of the game after this play:

The first lost fumble of the Mizzou season is by Ish Witter, ending an 11 play drive at the BYU 21. Nate Crawford went down with a leg injury and was replaced by Alec Abeln at LG. RG Mitch Hall was replaced by Kevin Pendleton in the first quarter though it didn't appear that Mitch Hall had an injury. Andrew Baggett kicks a 23 yard field goal, giving the Tigers their first lead since October 17th in the Georgia game and Mizzou has 128 yards of offense already in the first quarter. BYU gets their first first down of the game right as the first quarter ends.

Second Quarter

Nate Crawford and Mitch Hall return to their LG and RG positions respectively but Mizzou was largely unable to do anything on offense early. BYU ties the game up with a field goal of their own. Mizzou matriculates the ball down the field, including a key 4th and 1 conversion that involved a fumbled exchange between the center and Drew Lock, but Lock picks it up and gained three. Mizzou ends an 18 play drive with a 34 yard field goal to take a 6-3 lead into halftime.

Kentrell Brothers prevented a BYU touchdown in the second quarter with this key breakup.


Third Quarter

BYU started with the ball in the second half and was driving before BYU fumbled the ball and it was recovered by Kentrell Brothers. Unfortunately Drew Lock underthrows a pass to Wes Leftwich and it's intercepted. BYU lined up for a field goal but gets a bizarre "abrupt movement" penalty against Walter Brady that creates a first down. #Big12Refs

BYU takes a 10-6 lead with 6:21 left in the third quarter. Drew Lock sets a new career-high with 154 yards passing after an 8 yard pass to Cam Hilton late in the third quarter. Mizzou manages a 49 yard screen to Ish Witter. Some hijinks ensued, first a call against Cam Hilton on the screen, then a pass interference call against BYU that negated an awful Drew Lock interception, then Tyler Hunt fumbled but it was recovered by Drew Lock. On to the fourth quarter with Mizzou on 3rd and goal on the BYU 12 yard line.

Fourth Quarter

BYU extends Mizzou's drive with a targeting hit on Drew Lock

Drew Lock hits J'Mon Moore with this 4 yard touchdown to put Mizzou up 13-10:

Then after Marcell Frazier strips Tanner Mangum, Mizzou managed to get the ball all the way to the 1 yard line where Tyler Hunt did what he does best:

Logan Cheadle gets burned on a deep PI and then Kenya Dennis comes in and gets called for a taunting penalty that allows BYU to score, but they miss the XP and the score is 20-16 with 7:19 left. Mizzou reached a season high offense ahead of their production vs SEMO.

Ga-ry Pin-kel!

Box Score

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Russell Hansbrough: 26 carries for 117 yards and Tyler Hunt 10 carries for 14 yards and the game clinching touchdown. #RanTheDangBall