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MV3: Tigers ride two great performers (and one great play) to victory

Propelled by two Tigers turning in all-time seasons, Missouri scraped its fourth victory in Nashville.

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1. Tyler Badie

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It feels pointless to pour out effusive words of praise for Tyler Badie, because it feels as if he’s bound to top himself week in and week out. I mean, what do you say about a performance that includes 39 touches for 294 total yards and 2 touchdowns? Of course it’s good, and of course Missouri would have certainly lost without it.

But it’s also starting to feel like Tyler Badie’s weekly greatness is a part of something bigger, something that we’ll need more time to dig into. So as we continue to marvel at Badie’s excellence, I’ll go ahead and start the discussion: is this the single greatest season a Mizzou running back has ever had, given the team circumstances? I think it’s at least worth a discussion and maybe a future post.

2. Harrison Mevis

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Speaking of greatness, is it possible we’re watching the greatest kicker Mizzou has ever had? Highest regards to Jeff Wolfert, who made the most of his opportunities in the historically great 2007 offense, but it seems obvious that we’ve never seen a kicker as purely talented as Mevis. The sophomore has already hit as many 50+ yard field goals (and three times as many 40-49 yarders) as his freshman season. He’s perfect through 8 games, including in some incredibly tense moments. And the wildest part, the part you have to see to believe? There’s never any doubt. He’s not squeaking kicks in, the 4th quarter, 56-yarder at Boston College aside. No, he’s booming them through the uprights. His 52-yard score against Vanderbilt couldn’t have been any more straight down the middle and looked like it had the distance for 60 yards at least.

Like Badie, we’re running out of words to describe how much fun it is to watch Harrison Mevis play. Just enjoy him while he’s here, because it’s hard to imagine he has much more to gain from playing two more years in college.

3. Keke Chism

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When Keke Chism left Angelo State to come to Missouri, it was assumed that his natural size and ball skills would lead to him becoming the next great red zone weapon to don a Tiger uniform. In the ensuing two years, Chism’s role has evolved into something more like a jumbo possession receiver. That’s not an indictment of Chism’s skills, but without a host of dominant pass catchers, Chism has had to step up in other ways.

Saturday’s clock beating Hail Mary, however, was the realization of Chism’s promise when he transferred. Mizzou’s WR1 high-pointed the ball perfectly above a crowd of Commodore defenders, giving the most woeful half of Missouri’s season a silver lining that would evolve into a win. The super senior had a respectable day otherwise, but only he could’ve made the play that turned the tide of Missouri’s victorious trip to Nashville.

Others receiving votes: Tyler Macon, Grant McKinnis

How about you? Who do you think were the three best contributors for Mizzou this week? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @RockMNation.