Missouri Tiger vs. New Mexico State Seniors Night Recap

On a cold seniors night, the Missouri Tigers came out hot. The loyal fan base needed to see a Missouri Tigers team dominate a smaller team. The Tigers have been beating underrated non-conference teams all season. Saturday night was no different.

The Tigers won 45-14. The conditions were rough. The weather was unfriendly. The competition was mediocre. With bowl eligibility for Mizzou at stake, they showed up and played well. A strong favorite coming into play, few expected a close game.

The Missouri Tigers took the lead by a wide margin and were up 21-0 at halftime. Midway through the first quarter, Brady Cook brought the ball to wide receiver Luther Burden for a 12-yard touchdown. The first of two goals that day for Burden.

Running back, Cody Schrader made hay early in the second quarter by completing an 81-yard drive with a 2-yard run for a touchdown and giving the Tigers a 14-0 lead. A few drives later, tight end and red-shirt rookie Ryan Hoerstkamp caught a 32-yard pass and landed on the touchline for his first catch and touchdown, all in one game. The Missouri Tigers went into halftime with a 21-point lead.

The Missouri Tigers came out in the second half and picked up where they left off

The senior, Cody Schrader, scored his second touchdown of senior night. A 9-play drive ended in a 5-yard Schrader run. Cody Schrader has been solid and, while limited, one of the key drivers of the Tigers’ success. All year Schrader has hinted that he will return and play a second season with the Tigers. A standout in Division II, he joined the Missouri Tigers team and immediately captured first place on the running back depth chart.

The New Mexico State Aggies put up a nice drive and scored on a 10-yard run running back, Star Thomas making it 28-7. The Tigers responded with another long drive. This was for 70 yards played by a sonven. The second result of the game for standout first year Luther Burden, making it a 35-7 game.

The Missouri defense came on when Missouri defenseman Daylan Cornell intercepted NMSU quarterback Diego Pavia for a 40-yard touchdown. Cornell read the piece perfectly, skipping the route and taking it to the house for the score, sealing the game for Mizzou.

The Tigers would add a 43-yard field goal from Harrison Mevis. Mevis continues to be one of the best kickers in college football. A near-perfect season aside from the miss in Auburn, that’s all you could ask for from a college pitcher.

Brady Cook was exactly what the Tigers needed from him. He was determined and considered in his decision-making. Throughout the season, Cook has used his legs when the bag collapses and/or there are no open receivers. Brady finished with 71 rushing yards on 7 attempts. He was 19 for 27 for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Both backup quarterbacks, Jack Abraham and Sam Horn, were up for a few snaps. Neither could do much. In a one-sided game, it was the perfect time to give these guys some snaps of what the scoreboard looks like. But on a chilly night, two guys who had been seated probably felt like entering the game in ice boots. Not much can be done with their short time on the field.

The 45-14 win over New Mexico State means the Tigers remain eligible for the Bowl as they look for a win in Arkansas to end the season at .500 in their annual rivalry game.

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