Euphenie Andre – 23 Sports

After losing twice in a row this season to Alabama and Tennessee, the Mizzou Tigers proved themselves this past weekend by defeating the National Champion team LSU Tigers. The game was originally intended to be played at Death Valley, but due to hurricane Delta, it was moved over to Faurot Field. It was coach Drinkwitz’s first time winning as head coach of the Missouri Tigers. 

This triumph broke decades of achievements for the Tigers. It has been 42 years since Mizzou has defeated national champions. The last time was Sept. 9, 1978 when the Tigers played against Notre Dame with Warren Powers as their coach. This win against LSU also marks their first win against a ranked opponent since the Florida Gators on Oct. 3, 2018 with a score of 38-7. It was also the most points scored on a ranked opponent since beating Illinois. Other than LSU’s seven overtime thriller against Texas A&M in 2018, Mizzou is the first offense to score 45 against LSU in regulation since Florida 2008. 

Mizzou had a total of 586 yards of offense, and redshirt newcomer Connor Bazelak bringing in 406 through the air. The first-year quarterback had four touchdowns, completed 15 consecutive passes, and connected 29-of-34 passes. Bazelak now holds the record for Mizzou’s highest pass completion percentages (85.3) in a single game by a freshman. The percentage stands second overall in Mizzou’s history to Chase Daniel’s 94.1.

Running back Larry Rountree III also had an astonishing game, the senior running for 119 yards on 18 attempts becoming the fourth Tiger to ever rush for 3,000 yards. Freshman kicker Harrison Mevis breaks the record of having the longest kick in Mizzou history with a 52-yard field goal. 

Junior linebacker Nick Bolton led the team with 11 tackles, marking his seventh career game with 10 or more tackles. Bolton also recorded a career-high with three passes broken up. Senior defensive linemen Markell Utsey acquired a new career-high with four total tackles. Junior wide receiver Jalen Knox got 16 yards rushing touchdown in the second quarter marks his longest rush and the first touchdown of the season.  

The Tigers will play Oct. 24 against the No. 4 Florida Gators in Gainsville.

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