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Missouri routs New Mexico State, nears bowl eligibility

Nov 19, 2022; Columbia, Missouri, USA; Missouri Tigers wide receiver Barrett Banister (11) runs the ball against New Mexico State Aggies defensive lineman Donavan King (16) during the first half at Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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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