Following the season-opening loss at Wyoming, the Missouri Tigers had two paths staring them in the face. With a five-game homestand upcoming that would take them into early October, the Tigers could either burn the tape and forget about the Wyoming game and move on, or they could dwell on it and let it impact them all season. Missouri chose the former.
Saturday evening in Columbia marked Mizzou’s (5-1, 2-0) fifth straight victory, capping off said homestand with a 38-27 win over Ole Miss (3-4, 2-2). Missouri outscored opponents 240-58 over the five-game stretch.
Saturday was more of the same for the Tigers, as their offense looked to be in sync, getting better as the game moved on. Bryant finished the evening with 329 yards and a touchdown, completing 23-of-35 passes. Larry Rountree added a pair of rushing touchdowns, gaining 126 yards on 21 carries.
Mizzou’s defense struggled a bit in its first game without captain Cale Garrett (pectoral surgery), but were able to do enough to fend off Ole Miss’ two-quarterback offense, as John Rhys Plumlee had 17 attempts, and Matt Corral had 13. Plumlee also had two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.
As the old adage goes: if you have two quarterbacks, you have no quarterbacks.
As noted, Mizzou improves to 5-1 on the year and hit the road to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores next week in Nashville. Ole Miss falls to 3-4 and host Texas A&M next week.