The Missouri Tigers are in the win column for the first time this season after a stunning 45-41 victory over the LSU Tigers Saturday afternoon in Columbia.
The game was originally set to be held in Baton Rouge, but was moved due to Hurricane Delta. This circumstance seemed to greatly benefit Mizzou, who came out locked and loaded and ready to go, connecting for a flea flicker touchdown on their very first drive when Connor Bazelak found Tauskie Dove for the 58 yard score.
Mizzou works the flea-flicker to perfection.— theScore (@theScore) October 10, 2020
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Based on that, we all should have seen how the game was going to go.
LSU’s defense has been in shambles this season, aside from the game against Vanderbilt. Bo Pelini is just three games in and he’s already looking like he’s in over his head. There are so many worthwhile coaches throughout college football who LSU could have brought in to replace Dave Aranda, it’s pretty amazing that they settled on Pelini in the first place.
Bazelak and the Tigers were able to do whatever they wanted on offense all day long, as the redshirt freshman finished 29-34 with 406 yards and four touchdowns. It was a welcome sight for Mizzou to pick a quarterback and stick with him after looking like it would be a split between Bazelak and Shawn Robinson for the first month of the season. Mizzou has their guy, and they’re going to run with him.
After Mizzou came out and scored on their first drive, LSU punched back. Myles Brennan found Terrace Marshall for a six-yard TD to cap off a long drive, then after forcing a Mizzou three-and-out, Brennan found Marshall again for a two-yard score.
Mizzou didn’t fold, though. By halftime, the game was knotted up at 24 as it was clear the battle of the Tigers would be coming down to the wire.
Brennan found Marshall again for a 75 yard score in the third quarter, but Tyler Badie answered for Mizzou to tie it back up. Cade York hit a 51 yard field goal to put LSU back on top, but with five minutes to go, Bazelak found Niko Hea for a five-yard score to put Mizzou up 45-41.
LSU got the ball back and began driving down the field, taking it all the way to the Mizzou one-yard line. Ty Davis-Price got stuffed twice, and Brennan threw two incomplete passes as Missouri’s improbable defensive won the game.
LSU falls to 1-2 on the season and heads to Gainesville to face Florida next week, while Mizzou improves to 1-2 and hosts Vanderbilt next week.