Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Missouri rides baddie to victory over South Carolina

Columbia, Mohd. (AP) — Tyler Baddie ran 34 times for 209 yards and a touchdown and Missouri captured South Carolina’s fourth-quarter charge to beat Gamecock 31-28 on Saturday.

The Tigers (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) took a 17-point lead when Baddie scored a 19-yard run with 12:31 in the game. That’s when the opportunistic gamecock (5-5, 2-5 sec) made things interesting by converting Missouri’s two turnovers into touchdowns and reducing the deficit to three points in 4:32. But he never saw the ball again, thanks to Buddy, who covered 63 yards on the final drive.

The game turned late in the third quarter when blitzing safety Martez Manuel slammed a ball off South Carolina quarterback Jason Brown and defensive end Trajan Jeffcott recovered in the end zone to give the Tigers a 10-point lead. Missouri’s Conor Bazelek completed 15 of 23 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns. Mookie Cooper took three catches for 72 yards and a touchdown.

Brown, who was making his second start of the year, completed 16 of 30 passes for 193 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. Josh Wan took five catches for 62 yards and a touchdown. But the gamecock ran for just 57 yards against a defense that entered the game and allowed 270 yards per game on the ground.


South Carolina: Gamecock had a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and a chance to control the game with the ball at Missouri’s 17-yard line. By that time, the Tigers had already heard the boo from the home crowd after a slow start. But MU defensive end Isaiah McGuire pierced through the South Carolina offensive line and took the ball away from running back to Marshawn Lloyd. Turnover gave a fresh start to Tigers.

Missouri: The position of the Tigers quarterback is complicated. After losing to Georgia last week due to an injury, Bazelek returned to the starting lineup and got off to a shaky start. On the first drive, he inexplicably swam a pass into the arms of defensive back Cam Smith. But he made up for it in the second quarter when he passed a 60-yard touchdown pass to Cooper while injuring South Carolina’s RJ Roderick in the face. But after Bazelek threw another interception in the fourth quarter, Brady Cook was replaced by MU coach Eli Drinkewitz.


South Carolina: Gamecock completed its SEC schedule on November 20 with a home game against Auburn.

Missouri: The Tigers will play their home finale on November 20 against Florida.


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