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Live Game Thread: Tigers vs. Bulldogs

Mizzou will open the season by hosting Louisiana Tech under the lights.

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Missouri 52 | Louisiana Tech 24


First Quarter Notes

  • LA Tech’s opening drive is aided by a pass interference call that overturned a Mizzou interception. Then, Jaylon Carlies took it upon himself to get the turnover off a tipped ball from Isaiah McGuire. An illegal block puts Mizzou back at their own 37.
  • Cody Schrader gets the first snaps at running back. Tigers go 3-and-out however, as a Dominic Lovett screen pass served for the only positive yardage on the drive.
  • Smoke Harris returns a punt from his own 3-yard line all the way out to the Bulldog 47.
  • Matthew Downing is getting the ball out of his hands quick to avoid that Tiger pass rush. Still, the Mizzou defense holds strong in the red zone and forces a Louisiana Tech field goal.
  • Cody Schrader still in at running back on the second drive.
  • Luther Burden takes a wildcat snap for a first down for his first in-game touch as a Missouri Tiger. Brady Cook then proceeds to run it on the next play, as Mizzou keeps it on the ground this drive.
  • Drive stalls out at the 44, Tigers pin LA Tech at their own 6-yard line.
  • Mizzou defense certainly seems to be faster this year, flying to the ball all over the field. Also, Blake Baker likes to blitz.
  • Defense forces the Bulldogs to punt from their own 2-yard line, setting the Tigers up at the LA Tech 41-yard line.
  • Cook keeps an option for a first down, but then just barely misses Luther Burden for a touchdown. Tigers driving in the red zone at the end of the first quarter.

Second Quarter Notes

  • Cody Schrader bulldozes his way into the end zone from 5 yards out to give Mizzou its first touchdown of the season.
  • Mizzou doing a great job of containing Smoke Harris early on.
  • Joseph Charleston gets some redemption by catching a tipped pass and returning it to the end zone. Kristian Williams tipped the pass, allowing for Charleston to grab it. Two INTs for the Tigers in the first half.
  • A lot of tipped passes from this Mizzou defense, a good sign.
  • Trajan Jeffcoat slow to get up after a roughing the passer call on him.
  • Jaylon Carlies flashing on the field today, multiple big open field tackles.
  • Another interception, this time from Ty’Ron Hopper, as the Tigers now have the ball at their own 38.
  • Elijah Young with an explosive run for 22 yards to start off the drive. Luther Burden follows with a nice first down catch, and then gets held on a deep route.
  • Tyler Stephens fumbles the ball inside the 10-yard line, Bulldogs recover.
  • Kris Abrams-Draine with a nice breakup on a third down to force another Bulldog punt.
  • Cody Schrader carrying on his tough play from the spring game, bouncing off tacklers virtually every time he touches the ball.
  • Nathaniel Peat getting some work in the red zone on this drive.
  • Luther Burden somehow scores a touchdown after being surrounded by 3 players, throwing them all off him as he dives into the end zone.
  • LA Tech responds with a 75-yard touchdown from Matthew Downing to tight end Griffin Herbert.
  • Tigers go 3-and-out in response.
  • Dylan Carnell stretches out an LA Tech sweep play for a 5-yard loss. Ty’Ron Hopper finishes off the drive with a sack to force a punt.
  • Tigers are stopped on 4th down on their final drive of the half. LA Tech takes over at their own 40-yard line.
  • Bulldogs miss a 50-yard field goal, and Brady Cook responds with a well-orchestrated 30 second drive, aided by some great grabs from Tauskie Dove. Harrison Mevis nails his first field of the year (31 yarder) to close out the half.

Third Quarter Notes

  • Tigers can’t get a push on third and one, have to punt to open the half.
  • Isaiah McGuire forces an intentional grounding with great pressure on Downing.
  • Brady Cook with two solid completions, one to Barrett Banister to convert a third down and a then drop-off to Tyler Stephens for a big gain.
  • A methodical drive ends with Luther Burden and Dominic Lovett running two straight wildcat plays, the former of which got the touchdown.
  • Defense shows the speed again, blows up a reverse on the ensuing drive.
  • Jayden Jernigan picks up his first sack as a Tiger, ends the drive for Louisiana Tech.
  • Nathaniel Peat gets a couple of touches on the ground and through the air on the next drive.
  • Mizzou drives into the red zone, but a pass that was intended for Luther Burden goes off of his hands and LA Tech secures their own interception. This was Brady Cook’s first interception.
  • Tigers force a 3-and-out on the next drive.
  • Cody Schrader has a nice 29-yard run on Mizzou’s next drive, and Cook caps the drive with a 20-yard run for a score, outrunning a Bulldog linebacker on the way.

Fourth Quarter Notes

  • LA Tech opens up the half with a 64-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Parker McNeil to Cyrus Allen.
  • Nathaniel Peat caps off a balanced drive with a 34-yard run for a touchdown as he sheds tacklers and shows off the speed.
  • DJ Jackson gets some time and comes up with a beautiful break-up on a deep ball in which he was beat.
  • Jack Abraham into the game now for Mizzou at quarterback and leads a solid late-game drive. BJ Harris ends the series with three runs in the red zone to score.
  • LA Tech scores late to cut the lead to 52-24.

Pregame Updates

Game Info

TIME: 7:00 CT

DATE: Thursday, September 1st, 2022

LOCATION: Columbia, MO

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Missouri-LA Tech Football: Betting odds, predictions

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Fan Questions:

  1. Who will lead the Tigers in rushing?
  2. How many turnovers will Mizzou force today?
  3. How many catches and yards will Luther Burden have?
  4. Predict Brady Cook’s stat line.
  5. Will Harrison Mevis hit a 50+ yard field goal?

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