Despite a fourth quarter scare, Mizzou held off Middle Tennessee State 23-19 Saturday night at Faurot Field. The score was tied at 10 in the third quarter before a five yard pass from Brady Cook to Theo Wease put the Tigers up for good.
Mike Kelly with the call on the Tiger Network by Learfield and 99.9, The Captain. Wease said he felt love from the crowd after that.
Mizzou stretched the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Peat talked about it after the game.
The Blue Raiders pulled within four with just over six minutes left, when Justin Olson caught a 13-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal, and Cook fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a safety on the following drive. However, Middle Tennessee’s offense turned the ball over on downs on its final drive.
Coach Eliah Drinkwitz was glad his defense “put the fire out” late, but the earlier mistakes, like the safety, need to be fixed.
Drinkwitz wanted a faster start for his team.
Brady Cook completed 14 of 19 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns, and also ran for a score.
Cody Shrader had 23 carries for 84 yards, giving him more than four thousand career rushing yards combined between Truman State and Mizzou.
Luther Burden had eight catches for 117 yards, his first collegiate 100-plus yard game. The Tigers are now 2-0 and host Kansas State next Saturday at 11. Middle Tennessee falls to 0-2.