It came down to last second, but Missouri came away victorious over Florida with a 33-31 victory to move to 9-2 on the year. The Tigers sent the seniors out in a special way, but it was the group that helped step up and contribute in what is many of them’s last time playing at Faurot Field. Out of the senior group, here’s who gets the most credit in a two-point victory.
Harrison Mevis: 30%
There couldn’t have been a better way for Mizzou’s all-time leading scorer to go out in his final home game. Harrison Mevis split the upright with under 10 seconds to play encapsulating his time as the Tigers kicker for the last four years.
“I call him Money Mevis, y’all call him Thiccer Kicker. I call him Money Mevis,” Eli Drinkwitz said.
He’s nailed some elite kicks over the course of four seasons at Mizzou: Arkansas (2020), Boston College (2021), Kansas State (this year) and now a game winner in his final home game. In a game, where there were plenty of mistakes made on the winning side of the ball, Mevis was perfect on the night going 4-4 on field goals and 4-4 on extra points.
“I’m an operation kicker,” Mevis said. “You know those kicks, I’m supposed to go in and make those kicks for this team and help us win.”
Cody Schrader 20%
There is no senior on this team that has put his name on the college football landscape more than Cody Schrader. The workhorse once again powered his way to a productive performance finishing with 148 yards on 23 attempts equaling a 6.4 yards per carry average. He was bottled up a bit in the second half, but this was after he already picked up 123 yards and a score through the first 30 minutes of game time.
Schrader has been on a tear the past four games going over the 100-yard mark in each game in each contest. He’s the first Tiger to accomplish this feat since Henry Josey did it back in 2011 against Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor.
“It’s something that I don’t think about, but I think you know, hearing it now I think it’s something that’s a huge honor,” Schrader said. “Just knowing the greatness of the running backs have been at Mizzou and just to be in the conversation in the name of some of those guys is something special.”
His final road game wraps up an impressive home streak in the ground. Only Brad Smith in 2002u and 2003 had accomplished better than what Schrader did in Faurot Field history.
Cody Schrader with 100 yards rushing in 4 straight home games, most since Brad Smith had 5 in 2002 & 2003— Tom Orf (@MU4124) November 19, 2023
Theo Wease Jr. 15%
Both teams couldn’t escape each other, and it was a one possession game for the most part. NBut then in the third quarter, Theo Wease took a short pass from Brady Cook and proceeded to race 77 yards down the sideline for his longest reception of the season, putting Mizzou up 31-20 early in the fourth quarter. It was Wease’s only reception, but perhaps the touchdown was the most important of the night as it was MU’s only touchdown of the quarter.
Kristian Williams 10%
Now, let’s talk about what had to transpire for the opportunity of Wease getting into the end zone. Missouri’s defense was gassed, it was pretty much gassed all game as Florida tallied 500 total yard performance, including 261 yards on the ground. But, with the Gators down two in Tigers territory, Mizzou needed a turnover to preserve the lead, and it got its wish. Backup quarterback Max Brown put the ball on the turf, which ended up in the hands of no other than big 6-foot-2, 303-pound defensive tackle Kristian Williams, and on the next play...BOOM! Mizzou goes up two scores in a game where the margin of error is so slim.
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Javon Foster and Xavier Delgado 10%
Let’s take another look at Cody Schrader’s touchdown run.
Don’t look at the running back on this play, but instead along the front five. You may notice that here is a huge lane for No. 7 to run through. Last week, Cody Schrader mentioned that Missouri’s offensive line was the best in college football, and is a hill that he would stand on. Well, his statement stood on business on his 41-yard touchdown run.
The left side of the offensive line, Javon Foster and Xavier Delgado is full of experience, and you can on the clip, that it’s Foster completely taking Andy Jean out of the play on a stunt, while Delgado helps seals off two defenders with Connor Tollison helping part nothing but daylight for Schrader.
“I think we’re just seeing the game well right now up front,” Schrader said. “I think they’re blocking their butts off up front.”
Jaylon Carlies 5%
You want to for the most part play complementary football throughout the entirety of a game. It was accomplished last week against Tennessee. Not so much against Florida, but the was some of that living up to the hype. A Mertz pass was tipped a Gators wide receiver which landed into the hands of J.C Carlies who came down with his third interception. It led to Mevis’ second field goal of the night.
Carlies also came up huge with a tackle for loss on the play before Williams fumble recovery and finished the night with seven total tackles, four solos, and a pass breakup to go along with his interception and TFL.
Darius Robinson and Jay Jernigan 5%
Florida ran for 88 yards and a 5.9 yards per carry on the ground, so the front seven was getting beat up. But that doesn’t disrupt the fact that Jay Jernigan made an impact close to halftime. No. 0 broke through the Gator line getting pressure on Mertz, before the Gators QB had to throw the ball out of bounds resulting in a) an intentional grounding penalty, b) a loss of down, c) a loss of yards, and d) a 10 second runoff. The disruption left little if any time for the Gators offense to try and get any points before half.
Darius Robinson on the other hand was active recording three solo tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and a quarterback hit. While he mentioned that he needs to player better following Saturday’s win, nevertheless, a senior day victory is special.
“Just to see us winning more games, just to see guys happy...everybody’s is just thriving right now in their own personal journey’s. It’s been a lot man,” Robinson said.
Mookie Cooper: 5%
Finishing with 29 yards on three receptions, Mookie Cooper was notably effective for Mizzou, especially the final minutes. He did catch a first down right before Schrader's first score, but perhaps his biggest play came as Cook found him near the left sideline creating a 16-yard difference for Mevis’ game winner and instead of a 46-yarder it was a routine 30-yarder.