The game between the Missouri Tigers and the Vanderbilt Commodores produced some good, bad, and ugly moments for Ole Mizzou. Let's take a look.
First of all, Mizzou won 37-28, and that's good.
Second, thank the football gods for Tyler Badie and Harrison Mevis. Because without them, Mizzou wouldn't have won on Saturday, or be 4-4 for the season.
Badie's 254 rushing yards were fifth most in team history, and his 294 all purpose yards were the fourth most in team history for a single game. In fact, Badie accounted for 58.6% of Mizzou's total yardage against Vandy. The 5-8, 194lb. running back now ranks in the top four nationally in rushing (989 yards, fourth), yards from scrimmage (1,294, second), all purpose (1,299, third), and touchdowns (15, third). For his career at Mizzou, he now has 3,774 all-purpose yards, fifth all time at Mizzou.
On to Harrison Mevis. The Mizzou kicker nailed three more field goals on Saturday of 46, 32, and 52 yards. It extended his streak of 19 straight, dating back to 2020. He has also been perfect on extra point attempts this year, going 34 for 34. This also extends his career perfect streak of 62 for 62.
Mevis' 19 straight field goals leads the nation and he also leads the nation as the only kicker with multiple 50 yard field goals(3).
Other positive's to take from this game are:
Connor Bazelak 45 yard Hail Mary pass to Keke Chism to end the first half with Mizzou taking a 17-14 lead. Coach Eli Drinkwitz's call to use Tyler Macon instead of Brady Cook, after Bazelak went down with an injury in the 4th quarter. Macon came in and picked up 6 yards to put Mevis in field goal range. He also scored Mizzou's final touchdown. Coach Drink called his decision to go with Macon over Cook, "situational".
Finally, Mizzou special teams stopped Vandy trying a fake 51 yeard field goal attempt in the second quarter.
Connor Bazelak’s injury in the fourth quarter leads to some uncertainty on his availability for the upcoming game against Georgia. Although the injury didn't appear to be serious, if Bazelak is unavailable on Saturday, that puts the offense in the hands of two freshmen quarterbacks, Brady Cook and Tyler Macon.
In the 1st quarter, Mizzou appeared to be driving for another touchdown to take a 17-0 lead. However, Bazelak threw an interception at the goal line, which changed the momentum of the game and led to a Commodore score.
As far as Mizzou's penalty issues were concerned, the bye week didn't help. The Tigers were flagged nine times for 100 yards. Tight End Daniel Parker, Jr. had three of the penalties, two holds and an unnecessary roughness.