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Mizzou Football Live Game Thread: Gasparilla Bowl vs Wake Forest

The Missouri Tigers face Wake Forest in the Gasparilla Bowl.

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NCAA Football: Gasparilla Bowl-Wake Forest at Missouri Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri 17 | Wake Forest 27


First Quarter Notes

  • Mizzou went three-and-out to begin the Gasparilla Bowl, but Barrett Banister recorded a catch in his return.
  • Wake Forest and Sam Hartman start off on the right foot, finding A.T. Pratt for a pair of receptions.
  • A pass interference call on KAD negates a third down stop for Mizzou, and Wake Forest scores on the ensuing play as Taylor Morin catches a five-yard touchdown pass from Sam Hartman. That pass was a record breaker for Hartman, as he moved to No. 1 all-time in ACC passing touchdowns.
  • Brady Cook and Luther Burden III connect on a pair of passes, showcasing a look at the future with multiple double-digit yard receptions. Mookie Cooper and Demariyon “Peanut” Houston also have popped up in the stat sheet on this drive too.
  • Harrison Mevis caps a 13-play Mizzou drive with a 35-yard field goal, giving the Tigers their first points of the evening.
  • The Mizzou offense is clicking well in the passing game, as Cook has eight competitions for 78 yards. In the run game, however, the Tigers have gone backward six yards. It’ll be time to see whether the Mizzou defense can bounce-back.
  • Johnny Walker and KAD stuff Justice Ellison on a 3rd & 1, helping the defense to respond after allowing a touchdown on Wake Forest’s opening drive. Wake Forest punts and the Tigers begin at their 30-yard-line.
  • At the end of the first quarter, the two teams are nearly identical in total yards, first downs and plays. The Demon Deacons are averaging over 12 yards per completion.

Second Quarter Notes

  • Cook is sacked on third down after failing to find any open down the field, and Wake Forest will start its first drive of the second quarter at its own 37-yard-line.
  • Mizzou right guard Connor Wood was carted to the locker room and has since returned to the sideline with a boot on his leg. Mitchell Walters replaced him.
  • Justice Ellison with a one-yard touchdown carry to extend the Wake Forest lead. Hartman notched completions of 27 and 12 yards, respectively to begin the drive, before handing it off to the sophomore running back to finish the drive.
  • A pair of Tigers, center Connor Tollison and wide receiver Tauskie Dove are both on the ground following a Brady Cook incompletion. Drake Heismeyer is now in the game at center.
  • Mizzou calls its first timeout ahead of a 3rd & 16, and the Tigers will be looking for a crucial conversion despite having back-ups at both center and right guard.
  • The ensuing play goes incomplete to Banister, forcing Mizzou to punt once again with Sean Koetting. A 38-yard punt pins Wake Forest at its own 14-yard-line.
  • The Tigers’ defense puts up another stand, at a time when it looked essential. However, a miscue on the punt from Burden hands the ball right back to Wake Forest. The call is confirmed, and this’ll be a play circled throughout the evening.
  • Mizzou calls its second timeout ahead of a Wake Forest third down, and the Demon Deacons will have an ability to add to the damage afterward.
  • After what appeared to be jumps from both sides, especially for the Tigers, Sam Hartman throws an interception to Jaylon Carlies. The Tigers’ defense earns an invaluable turnover.
  • Luther Burden entered the locker room with an apparent injury, likely following the hit he received following the fumble on the punt return.
  • Brady Cook and Cody Schrader finally jumpstart the Mizzou running game, combining for 52 yards on two carries. Then, using his athleticism, Cook works out from the pocket following a high snap and throws a one-yard touchdown pass to Peanut Houston.
  • Darius Robinson commits a roughing the passer penalty, and then Chad Bailey exchanges words with teammate Ennis Rakestraw Jr. The penalty negated a third down stop once again.
  • Per Brandon Kiley, Mizzou is now currently without Luther Burden, Tauskie Dove, two offensive line starts, three defensive ends and a starting safety via injuries and prior decisions regarding NFL Draft preparation. Tyrone Hopper is out too.
  • Mizzou, with no timeouts remaining, will receive the ball before the half ends at its own nine-yard-line. The Tigers a pair of third downs but ultimately fell short of working into field goal range.
  • Per Kenny Van Doren, Chad Bailey and Ennis Rakestraw Jr. got into a second scuffle as they entered the halftime locker room at halftime. Players and coaches diffused it, but it’s not the look that Tigers’ fans expected from two players who have announced they will return.
  • Mizzou won the yardage battle in the first half, including in each phase of the game. Perhaps the biggest weakness for the Tigers has been their six penalties for 50 yards.

Third Quarter Notes

  • Wake Forest begins at its own 25-yard-line and Hartman finds Perry on a 3rd & 1 to continue the drive. Perry is up to eight receptions on 86 yards after his 32-yard gain is overturned via replay.
  • Realus George Jr., who announced his intention to return next season earlier this week, drops Ellison for a one-yard loss on third down to force a punt. Brady Cook will take over at Mizzou’s 17-yard-line.
  • Cook, despite the presence of a QB spy, continues to torch the Demon Deacons with his legs. He’s up to 47 yards rushing on six carries, and he then benefits from a roughing the passer call to push Mizzou into Wake Forest territory.
  • Cody Schrader with a 14-yard carry on 3rd & 17 before Cook earns the first down with another efficient dash as he avoided a sack in the process.
  • Burden is back in the game!
  • Mizzou takes its first timeout, as the play clock nears zero on a second and goal.
  • Add punter Sean Koetting to the growing list of Tigers to walk from the medical tent.
  • Cody Schrader rushes into the end zone for four yards, giving Mizzou the lead.
  • Sam Hartman avoids the sack and finds Jahmal Banks for a 48-yard touchdown pass. A missed extra point leaves this a three-point game though. Wake Forest hadn’t missed an extra point since 2017, a streak of 269-consecutive makes.
  • Banister nearly pulled in a first down completion, but the Tigers are instead forced to punt. It’ll be Wake Forest ball at its own 25-yard-line.
  • Chad Bailey and Josh Landry drop Hartman for a sack and an uninspiring 19-yard punt will give Mizzou possession at the Wake Forest 4-yard-line.
  • Mizzou fails to capitalize on the prime field position, as Cook misses Mekhi Miller on third down and the pass to Miller clips off his hands for an incompletion on fourth down. Wake Forest takes over at its own43-yard-line.
  • A holding penalty, on Wake Forest, eliminates a fourth down conversion and forces the Demon Deacons to punt at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter Notes

  • Mizzou starts on its own 19-yard-line once again. Cook took a shot down the sideline to Burden on fourth down, but the pass falls incomplete. Interesting play selection there.
  • Daylan Carnell prevents a wide-open third down conversion following a holding penalty that wiped out a first down, and Wake Forest punts once again. The Tigers start at their own 15-yard-line.
  • It’s either a fumble-return touchdown for Wake Forest or an incomplete pass for Cook. Monumental call here for the officiating crew—The call is incomplete.
  • Wake Forest begins at its own 25-yard-line after the Demon Deacons stopped the Mizzou offense with a Tyler Williams sack and a tackle on Cook’s third down scramble.
  • The Demon Deacons convert on a key third down, as Hartman finds Perry for his 11th reception. Hartman follows with his first rush of the evening, a 15-yard gain.
  • Mizzou calls its second timeout of the half, seemingly implying the importance of this upcoming 2nd & 8 for Wake Forest.
  • Taylor Morin strikes again, as Hartman hits the receiver for a 16-yard touchdown pass through the middle of the field.
  • This last drive has been an embodiment of Mizzou’s offense line struggles all season, as Cook is dropped for losses of 11 and 12 yards, respectively. To the delight of Tigers’ fans, Burden did receive the final touch on offense, but he was ruled down at the nine-yard line.
  • Sam Hartman is named the 2022 Gasparilla Bowl MVP.
  • Mizzou ends the 2022 season at 6-7, marking yet another season below .500, while Wake Forest finishes 8-6.

Pregame Notes

Missouri-Wake Forest football: Time, Location

Time: 5;30 P.M CT

DATE: December 23, 2022

LOCATION: Raymond James Stadium at Tampa, Florida

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Missouri-Wake Forest football: Betting odds, predictions

As of game-time, Wake Forest is a 4.5 point favorite over Missouri, according to DraftKing’s Sportsbook. The total points (over/under) is 59.5.

Fan Questions:

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

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