The Missouri Tigers had a common goal ahead of Saturday’s home game against the New Mexico State Aggies: honor the seniors with a win on Senior Night.
And behind a strong defensive performance and an all-round productive evening up front, the Tigers (5-6) sent their seniors off in style with a 45-14 win over the Aggies (4-6).
Let’s check out some takeaways from victory.
Cody Schrader the workhorse
Schrader finished with 18 carries for 70 yards and two touchdowns, but also caused tons of damage as a receiver. He had a season-high catches (four) but had a new season-high yards 47. Saturday marked the third time he had 20 or more touches overall this season.
The Tigers were able to establish an early lead due to Schrader’s efforts as he had five direct touches on Mizzou’s second drive of the game. He finished the same drive with a two-yard touchdown, having a total of eight carries and two possession catches.
Schrader didn’t stop there as he totaled five carries in seven plays on the next drive for the Tigers, which ended with a 32-yard touchdown for tight end Ryan Hoerstkamp.
Schrader saw his last real workload of the night early in the third quarter. He added five more carries, the final of which resulted in a five-yard touchdown. The former D-II running back has been a notable story this season and continued to prove he deserves to start in the SEC as a ball carrier.
Mizzou’s Defense bounces back
New Mexico State’s offense hardly resembles that of the Tennessee Volunteers, but the Tigers’ defense needed Saturday’s boost after allowing the Vols to open the game in last week’s loss.
The Tigers scored a first-half shutout and didn’t allow the Aggies to score until late in the third quarter. The takeaways didn’t start piling up until the fourth quarter, when the Tigers got back-to-back interceptions less than a minute apart. One went back to the house when Daylan Carnell made his pick 40 yards back for a touchdown, the second defensive result for the Tigers this season.
Mizzou allowed the Aggies another late touchdown, but that hardly mattered in a game well out of his reach. However, Mizzou defense coordinator Blake Baker will not be pleased to see the Tigers have allowed the Aggies to go third in 8th of 16.
Beret Banister has a fitting performance at Senior Night
Banister has been with Mizzou for five seasons and is the clear old man on the roster. And it could be his penultimate game as a Tiger if Mizzou doesn’t qualify for a bowl game, putting on his best performance of the season.
He finished the game as the leading receiver with seven total catches for a season-high 91 yards. Banister was stable in the midfield passing game as he had five grabs of 10 yards or more.
Unfortunately, he was eliminated in the fourth quarter and stumbled towards the sidelines after hitting his upper body.
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