When you win a game 41-0, there’s usually a lot that you did well. We’ll start up front with the big boys.
- The impact of Xavier Delgado and Larry Borom returning to the lineup can’t be overstated. They really solidified an offensive line that has been in flux in the past few weeks. Bazelak had time, and they opened plenty of holes for Larry Rountree III. It goes to show how hampered the offense is when you get beyond that first string depth.
- With a couple of exceptions, Connor Bazelak has been pretty consistent all year long. Calm, cool, and never trying to do too much. The latter is probably my favorite trait, because as we’ve seen with our opponents the past few weeks, freshman quarterbacks have a tendency to do exactly that. He completed about 80% of his passes, had over 300 yards passing and finished this week with no turnovers. That is a win.
- One of the biggest things I’ve been concerned with is the lack of usage for Tyler Badie. He hadn’t been involved the way I would’ve liked, and it seems like Coach Drinkwitz heard me. Badie got involved more (especially in the passing game), and when he did, he typically made good things happen. He’s going to go down as an underrated back in Missouri history, but he’s sneakily been my favorite in his time here.
- Larry Rountree is a grown man who has doled out so much punishment to defenders this season, that it’s not even funny anymore. He topped the 100 yard mark again, and ran in three touchdowns as well. I’m running out of superlatives to describe him, but Larry Rountree has been so unbelievably steady, so consistent, and honestly I’m so happy for him that he’s getting the opportunity to finish his collegiate career as a winner.
- Nick Bolton and company clamped down on the Vanderbilt offense to the tune of a shutout. The defense had so many different names stepping up to make an impact. Both starting ends in Tre Williams and Trajan Jeffcoat had a sack. Darius Robinson did as well. Devin Nicholson was flying around making plays, and we saw Martez Manuel look like the building block of the future that he is. This defense as the year goes on looks better and better, and we’re seeing development from key pieces that figure to be a part of the Tigers’ future.
- Yeah, he missed a kick (only his third of the year), but Harrison Mevis continues to be a pleasant surprise for this team. I can’t remember the time where I have had more trust in a freshman kicker to make all of his kicks. He can get better, but he’s been awfully reliable all season long.
- I loved seeing some of the younger guys get in and get some time on the field. Every rep counts, and for you to be able to get younger guys like a Brady Cook or Elijah Young a few SEC snaps, it’s always a great thing for your program.
- He balled out with eight catches. He’s the most consistent receiver at the position this year. So again, I say: #FreeTauskieDove
There’s always a couple of things that you can point to. A few missed tackles, a missed throw or block. However, I am not going to nitpick this game. Missouri dominated it. They didn’t give up a point, and outgained Vanderbilt by over 400 yards. This game wasn’t ever close, and Missouri handled business.
A pass from me this week.
The ugliest thing about this game was having so many people tuned in to see a potentially awesome moment with Sarah Fuller possibly getting to attempt a field goal or an extra point, and the Vanderbilt offense was so bad that she couldn’t even get a shot. She deserved so much better.
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