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Missouri routs New Mexico State, nears bowl eligibility

Field Level Media
20 Nov 2022, 14:19 GMT+10

Brady Cook threw three touchdown passes as Missouri kept its bowl hopes alive by beating New Mexico State 45-14 in a non-conference clash in Columbia, Mo.

Cook completed 19-of-27 passes for 251 yards for the Tigers (5-6). He also rushed seven times for 71 yards.

Missouri's rushing attack was paced by Cody Schrader, who ran for 70 yards and a pair of scores on 18 carries. Schrader also made four catches for 47 yards.

Gavin Frakes and Star Thomas scored rushing touchdowns for the Aggies (4-6), both in the second half.

Missouri scored on its first three possessions, building a 21-0 lead heading into halftime.

The second of those drives was a long and grinding one, as the Tigers covered 81 yards in 17 plays and chewed more than six minutes off the clock. It was capped by Schrader 2-yard scamper for a touchdown.

After the Aggies finally got on the board in the third quarter with Thomas' 10-yard touchdown run, the Tigers responded with two more touchdowns and a field goal.

The first touchdown came when Cook connected with Luther Burden III for a 14-yard score, and then redshirt freshman defensive back Daylan Carnell picked off New Mexico State and ran it back 40 yards for a pick-six.

A 43-yard field goal by Harold Mevis gave the Tigers their largest lead of the day at 45-7 with just under 10 minutes to play.

Burden also caught Cook's first touchdown pass, hurdling a defender to reach the end zone from 12 yards out.

Missouri converted 9-of-14 third downs and turned the ball over just once. The 31 points was the Tigers' largest margin in a victory this season.

The Tigers will need a victory next Saturday at home against Arkansas to get to six wins and bowl eligibility.

--Field Level Media

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