Tigers Conclude Regular Season with Thrilling Victory

Seth Pollock, 23 Sports

The Mizzou football team kept it rolling Friday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, beating the Razorbacks 48-45 on a Tucker McCann field goal with five seconds remaining. It was an exciting conclusion to a game that was as nerve racking as any during Mizzou’s six game winning streak.

The game didn’t get off to a good start for the Tigers. Drew Lock threw a pick on only Mizzou’s fourth play from scrimmage, and it took five plays for Arkansas to march down the field and score on a one yard Austin Allen run.

An Ish Witter one yard run tied it three drives later, but Arkansas responded in only four plays. A 57 yard Allen pass to Jordan Jones gave the lead right back to the Hogs. After a Missouri three-and-out, Arkansas extended their lead with a 16 yard David Williams touchdown run.

Mizzou responded with a touchdown, a Drew Lock pass to Emmanuel Hall. That touchdown was Lock’s 39th of the year, which tied Chase Daniel’s 2008 Tiger record. But Arkansas responded once again with yet another score, a David Williams 22 yard run to give the Razorbacks a two score lead once again.

For the rest of the half, the Tigers dominated.

Lock hit Emanuel Hall once again for another score to cut the Razorback lead to 28-21. Not only did that touchdown break Daniel’s record, it tied the SEC single season touchdown record set in 2007 by Andre Woodson.

A Razorback three and out later, Mizzou got the ball back and Lock promptly broke Woodson’s record with a ten yard touchdown pass to Albert Okwuegbunam. Adam Sparks intercepted Allen on the next drive, and Mizzou was able to add a field goal before half to go up 31-28.

The offensive explosion continued in the second half, as a 28 yard Devwah Whaley run gave the Razorbacks the lead back at 35-31. Mizzou kept it going, with another Drew Lock-Albert Okwuegbunam connection giving the lead right back to the Tigers at 38-35.It took Arkansas six plays to take the lead right back. An Austin Allen touchdown pass to David Williams gave the Hogs a 42-38. Drew Lock gave the Tigers the lead right back the next drive, with a 24 yard pass to J’Mon Moore.

The next drive, it seemed like Arkansas was gonna take the lead right back. But after converting three first downs, the Tigers finally stopped the Razorbacks, leading to Connor Limpert’s 42 yarder that only tied it.

Given the ball and the chance to win, Mizzou moved the ball and ran the clock down. Finally the Tigers had a chance to win it with a field goal after Barry Odom called a timeout with nine seconds left. Tucker McCann made the 19 yarder, and Mizzou had their third Battle Line Rivalry win its four year history.

The reaction from Arkansas came quick. Less than half an hour after the game, head coach Bret Bielema was relieved of his duties. He was made aware of the decision before leaving the field. Bielema finished 29-34 and 11-29 in conference at Arkansas.

For Mizzou, it meant a perfect second half of the regular season. The Tigers finished 7-5, 4-4 in the SEC, and await word on their bowl selection.