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Live Game Thread: Mizzou vs. Vanderbilt

Mizzou hosts Vanderbilt for Homecoming in a battle between two programs searching for their first SEC victory.

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NCAA Football: Missouri at Florida Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri 17 | Vanderbilt 14


First Quarter Notes

  • Vandy won the toss and elected to defer. Mizzou will receive and start on offense against a defense that has allowed 162 points throughout its last three games.
  • Luther Burden III breaks multiple tackles en route to a 35-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Cook looked poised and comfortable in the pocket, completing all four of his passes for 72 yards.
  • Vanderbilt’s 45-yard field goal attempt goes wide left, giving the Tigers the ball right back. Aside from a 31-yard third down competition, the Mizzou defense showcased its speed and physicality up front.
  • Looking to find Cody Schrader, Cook throws an interception on the first play of the drive. The ill-advised throw sailed right over Schrader’s hands.
  • A pass interference penalty kills the Vanderbilt drive, forcing them to punt. Burden fields the punt at the goal line and returns it to the 29-yard-line.
  • Burden is up to three receptions for 57 yards, but the offense stalls out and punts once again. It’ll be Vanderbilt ball at the 28-yard-line after a 35-yard punt from Sean Koetting.
  • Vanderbilt immediately goes three and out. Punter Matt Hayball launched a 57-yard punt, and Mizzou will start at its own 15.
  • The script flips once again. Mizzou goes three and out, bringing a 40-yard punt from Jack Stonehouse. Vanbderbilt will start at its 41.
  • Joseph Charleston laid a booming hit on Will Shepard to force a first down incompletion and Carlies added a pass breakup of his own on third down to force a punt. Hayball’s 42-yard punt will have Mizzou starting on its own 11.
  • Through one quarter, Mizzou only holds a seven point lead over Vanderbilt. The Tigers started strong with a touchdown drive, but have since traded punts with the Commodores. Burden leads all receivers with four receptions for 66 yards, but Cook does have an interception.

Second Quarter Notes

  • Cook spoke on the importance of red zone conversions earlier this week, and the Tigers cash in on their first attempt. Burden notched his second touchdown of the game on the play, utilizing his speed and athleticism to tally a 10-yard rushing touchdown.
  • After a Mizzou fumble recovery is overturned due to replay, Vanderbilt fails to convertor its third down attempt. The Commodores punt once again, giving the Tigers possession at their own five-yard line.
  • Two sacks wipe out Mizzou’s drive. The Tigers punt it away again, this time a 50-yard boot from Stonehouse to set the Commodores up at their 38.
  • Abrams-Draine with a touchdown-saving pass breakup. The secondary has been everywhere so far, effectively quieting the Vanderbilt pass game.
  • Mizzou’s defense steps up following the timeout as Jaylon Carlies picks off a pass in the end zone. Swann’s interception was his first of the season.
  • Cook, utilizing the short yardage passing game and sidelines, works Mizzou into field goal range. Harrison “Thicker Kicker” Mevis drills a 39-yard field goal to extend the lead to three possessions.
  • Mizzou out-gained Vanderbilt 232-119 in the first half, culminating in a shutout performance from the defense thus far. The secondary for the Tigers looks much improved with the addition of Abrams-Draine, who missed their last game. On offense, Burden has excelled with 76 yards and two touchdowns, while Cook has completed 14 of 19 passes for 195 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Third Quarter Notes

  • The big question entering the second half will be whether Mizzou fans will see their first look at true freshman quarterback Sam Horn. The four-star recruit has been rumored to make an appearance at some point in the contest. However, he is in shorts on the sideline.
  • Ray Davis, Vanderbilt’s leading rusher, was just helped off the field. Patrick Smith will likely take over lead back duties.
  • After a fake punt, the Commodores fail to convert much else. Hayball punts once again to the Mizzou 10-yard-line.
  • Anfernee Orgi sacks Brady Cook and CJ Taylor recovers it for a touchdown in the end zone. Not only did Taylor recover the fumble, but he hurdled Schrader as well. Quite the play for the Vanderbilt defense, which records the Commodores first points of the game.
  • The kickoff bounced off of a Mizzou player during the return, handing Vanderbilt the ball right back. That’s the Tigers second turnover of the game.
  • Mike Wright is in at quarterback for Vanderbilt, replacing AJ Swann. Vanderbilt misses its second field goal of the game after a rough hold. So far, off two turnovers in Mizzou territory, the Commodores have 0 points.
  • Mizzou works itself toward midfield, but punts once again. Burden has yet to catch a reception in the second half, and Vanderbilt will start at its 13-yard-line.
  • Wright in at QB, Davis back in at RB for Vanderbilt. The Commodores punt it right back, and the Tigers will begin the drive at their 45-yard-line.
  • The third quarter had a combined 84 total yards from both teams. Not known for its defense, Vanderbilt is holding its own against the Mizzou offense. The Tigers defense, meanwhile, has not allowed a single point to the Commodore offense.

Fourth Quarter Notes

  • Today’s Attendance: 60, 618 (Highest Attendance since 2019 Homecoming against Ole Miss)
  • A Nathaniel Peat fumble hands Vanderbilt another opportunity on offense. That’s the Tigers’ third turnover of the game.
  • Charleston nearly picks off Wright, but it drops out of his hands. However, despite the missed turnover, the Mizzou defense steps up to force a turnover on downs. It’ll be Tigers’ ball at the Vanderbilt 47.
  • After working the clock with runs and short yardage gains, Mevis misses a 36-yard attempt. That’s his fourth miss of the season, moving him to 12-16, and the first miss since Auburn.
  • On a short pass to the far sideline, Vanderbilt’s Gamarion Carter takes it 80 yards for a touchdown. Mike Wright and the Commodores offense have cut their deficit to one possession.
  • Mizzou goes three and out on offense. After a punt, Vanderbilt will take over at the Tigers’ 38-yard-line. The Commodores will have the opportunity to take the lead on this drive.
  • The Tigers defense comes through with the biggest stop of the game by far. Darius Robinson and Realus George Jr. forced in the stop on Ray Davis, holding him inches from a first down.
  • Cook takes the victory snaps, ending Mizzou’s losing streak and giving the Tigers their first SEC victory of the season. Vanderbilt falls to another Power Five team, but the fight from the Commodores nearly snapped their streak.
  • The Mizzou defense stepped up, holding the Vanderbilt offense to 300 yards, including only 57 yards on the ground. They provided the biggest stop of the game with the fourth down tackle, and highlight a main reason for the Mizzou victory.
  • Cook finished 17 of 25 passing for 211 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Schrader led the ground game with 84 yards on 14 carries. Horn did not make an appearance despite the rumors, so Mizzou fans will need to wait to see the first of the true freshman.

Pregame Updates

Game Info

Missouri-Vanderbilt football: Time, Location

TIME: 3:00 p.m. CT

DATE: Saturday, October 22, 2022

LOCATION: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium; Columbia, MO.

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Missouri-Vanderbilt football: Betting odds, predictions

As of Saturday morning, Missouri is a 14-point favorite over Vanderbilt, according to DraftKing’s Sportsbook. The total points (over/under) is 51.

Fan Questions:

  1. What is your favorite Mizzou Homecoming memory? Why?
  2. Who will lead the Tigers in rushing? What about receiving?
  3. How many turnovers will Mizzou force today?
  4. How many catches and yards will Luther Burden have?
  5. Will the two teams combine for more than 50 points?
  6. Will Harrison Mevis hit a 50+ yard field goal?

Last... Give us your score predictions, and MVP for the game in the comments below!