Grant Green – 23 Sports

Mizzou won 41-0, yet the talk on social media and by the press was all about Vanderbilt’s new kicker Sarah Fuller who became the first female to play in a Power 5 Conference game ever. As explained by the score, she did not get to see the field at all except for the second half kickoff. Where she (intentionally) squibbed kicked to the Mizzou 35 and was congratulated with cheers from the opposing crowd.

As far as the game is concerned, it panned out exactly as expected. Mizzou scored on seven out of their first ten possessions, the Tigers did not punt all game, which upset punter Grant McKinniss, the only time a player being upset is a good thing. It was a great way to avenge an embarrassing loss last year that kicked off their five-game losing streak, a loss Coach Eli Drinkiwitz said even he felt despite having no part in it.

When I say Mizzou played flawlessly, I mean it, there were a couple of turnovers on downs and a missed field goal, but on every possession, Mizzou made it to at least the 50-yard line.

Starting with Connor Bazelak, who went 30 for 37 and 318 yards, no touchdowns, however. Backup quarterback Brady Cook got one though, on a 25-yard dime to Damon Hazelton for the final touchdown of the game. Cook was flawless in his one drive as well, going 4/4 for 62 yards with that touchdown.

Then, of course, Larry Rountree III ran 21 times for 160 yards and three touchdowns. Despite being a strong, physical back, it was his elusiveness he can credit for his success. Tyler Badie got in on the big 223 yards rushing night for Mizzou after a screen pass to Badie was ruled down at the one. He was redeemed the next play with a run up the middle to make it 21-0 Mizzou at the time. Badie also had seven catches for 102 yards in his great week 13 performance.

And the final shoutout goes to the defense as a whole, of course, the zero points allowed but also five total sacks and a fumble recovery holding Vanderbilt to only 185 total yards.

This week was supposed to be Rivalry Week against Arkansas, but that game was moved to next week and will take place in Columbia, Missouri, at 11:00 a.m.

 

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