Tyler Badie ran for a career-high 185 yards, and scored both a rushing and a receiving touchdown in Mizzou’s season-opening 34-24 win over Central Michigan. Mizzou started the 2021 season quickly, scoring on just the second play of the game.
Mike Kelly with the call from Learfield on the Tiger Radio Network and 99.9, The Captain, However, Central Michigan’s defense was able to lock the Tigers down for most of the rest of the first half, as the Tiger offense went 0-for-5 on third down. The Chippewas went up 14-7 before the Tigers scored ten points in the final two-and-a-half minutes of the half on Badie’s second touchdown of the game and Harrison Mevis’s 53-yard field goal. The Tigers finally got some separation from the Chippewas midway through the fourth quarter.
With former Tiger Larry Rountree now in the NFL, the senior Badie is now the team’s featured back. However, he wished he had done even more.
Bazelak completed 21 of 31 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns, with only one interception. The Mizzou defense recorded nine team sacks, the most since 2009. Middle linebacker Blaze Alldredge’s three-and-a-half was the most for an individual Tiger since 2006. He felt he started slow, but just kept working.
Coach Eliah Drinkwitz…
The Tigers start SEC play next Saturday night at Kentucky. We’ll have the pregame at 4:30, and kickoff at 6:30, on 99.9, The Captain.