Mizzou welcomes Tennessee for SEC home opening
COLOMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football (2-2, 0-1 SEC) hosts Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 2 for an 11 a.m. CT kickoff between the Tigers and the Volunteers . The game will be broadcast on SEC Network with Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister and Andraya Carter on call.
Mike Kelly, Howard Richards and Chris Gervino will have the call on the Tiger Radio Network.
All Mizzou Athletics events will offer mobile tickets for the 2021-22 season. Tiger fans can easily download their tickets using the Mizzou Mobile app on their smartphone. Fans are encouraged to download all tickets before arriving at Memorial Stadium to ensure a smooth entry.
To learn more about mobile ticketing and how to download tickets, visit MUTigers.com/MobileTix.
GAME DAY IN MIZZOU
- 7:00 a.m. – Open car parks
- 8h00 – Tiger Town opens | Hearnes West Lawn Center
- Enjoy food trucks, drinks, tailgate games, a DJ, and other soccer games from all over the country
- 8h00 – MU Health Care Kid’s Zone opens its doors | SE corner of Stadium Blvd. & Mick Deaver Dr.
- Young tigers can get ready for game day with face painting, inflatables and more
- 8:30 am – tiger walk | Intersection of Champions Dr. & Mick Deaver Dr.
- 9:30 AM – Opening of the gates of the memorial stadium
- 11:00 – To start up
SERIES vs. TENNESSE
• Mizzou has a narrow 5-4 advantage in the all-time series with Tennessee. All nine meetings were held as members of the SEC.
• The Tigers won the first three games of the series from 2012 to 2014, but the Vols have won the last two competitions, including a 35-12 victory at Knoxville in 2020.
• Mizzou and Tennessee shared four games in Colombia, with the Vols winning the 2019 game 24-20 at Memorial Stadium.
LAST TIME: MIZZOU
Missouri quarterback Connor bazelak devised a spectacular last-ditch practice to establish a game-tying 56-yard field goal Harrison mevis which forced overtime. But after Boston College took the OT lead on a 10-yard pass from Dennis Grosel to Zay Flowers, Bazelak’s first pass of the extra period was intercepted at the goal line by Brandon Sebastian allowing the Eagles to score a 41-34 victory. . The pass was intended for Kéké Chisme who was Missouri’s main receiver with seven catches for 67 yards. Bazelak completed 30 of 41 passes for 303 yards and a touchdown.
LAST RELEASE: TENNESSEE
Led by just three at halftime, Tennessee were outscored 21-0 in the second half, falling to Florida’s No.11, 38-14, in their Southeastern Conference opener. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Hendon Hooker completed 13 of 23 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns, while a balanced rush attack from Jabari Small, Tiyon Evans and Hooker ran for 148 yards. The Vols (2-2, 0-1 SEC) never returned the ball and forced their first fumble of the season late in the second quarter, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Florida’s offensive attack. . Trevon Flowers led all tackles with a career-high 15 on the night. Flowers’ 15 tackles were the most important in a game for Tennessee since Daniel Bituli scored 19 in a 17-13 win over Kentucky on November 9, 2019.
IN THE ZONE
• Mizzou is one of 11 teams across the country to have scored every trip to the red zone this season. The Tigers have 13 touchdowns and two baskets during their 15 trips to the red zone.
• The Tigers have scored touchdowns on 86.7% of their trips in the red zone, giving Mizzou the best touchdown efficiency among 11 teams with perfect scores in the red zone.
• Mizzou has five rushing touchdowns and eight passing touchdowns within the 20s this season.
• The Tigers are one of two SEC teams that are perfect in the red zone in 2021, joined by LSU who have converted on each of their 10 possessions.
THIRD DOWNWARD TREND
• Mizzou leads the SEC and ranks seventh in the country with its 54.7% conversion rate in third place. The Tigers have moved the sticks in 29 of their 53 third downs this season.
• After getting just 1-for-11 on the third downs in the season opener against Central Michigan, Mizzou has converted the third downs at a rate of 66.7% (28-for-42) over the past three weeks .
• Mizzou was 9 for 15 in the third down at Kentucky, 11 for 15 against SEMO and 8 for 12 at Boston College.
• Mizzou’s offensive line has been among the best in the country to keep its right quarterback in 2021. The Tigers have allowed just three sacks in the first four games.
• With 0.75 sacks given up per game, Mizzou ranks sixth in the country and second in the SEC for sacks allowed.
• Two of the three sacks awarded this season came in the first game of the season while the other came in the second week.
• Mizzou has allowed just four rushed quarterbacks in the past two weeks combined. As a result, QB Connor bazelak completed 71.8 percent (51 of 71) of his passes in the last two games while throwing more than 300 yards apiece.
BADIA APPROACH STORY
• senior running back Tyler badie is only five yards on receipt of becoming the first Mizzou player to record 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in his career.
• The senior is averaging 149.5 all-purpose yards this season, good for ninth-seed nationally and first in the SEC.
• Badie ranks fourth in the country with 48 points scored over the year. Total co-leads the SEC with LSU wide receiver Kayshon Boutte.
THE MAGIC OF MEVIS
• Second year kicker Harrison mevis got off to a flying start, dropping a 53-yard field goal in the dying seconds of the first half to give Mizzou a lead over mid-Michigan. The kick was a long career for Mevis and had a lot of leg to spare.
• He was equally impressive at Boston College, hitting a 56-yard kickstart his career to send the game into overtime.
• Mevis is now 5-for-6 in his 50-plus-yard career through 12 college games. His 56-yard player is the national leader.
• Mevis has scored 13 consecutive goals, placing third nationally and leading the SEC.
• He is one of two Tigers in program history to have landed five or more kicks from over 50 yards, joining Tom Whelihan (6, 1984-87).
BAZELAK BRINGS GROWTH
• Redshirt in second year Connor bazelak has already produced a career-high 10 touchdown passes in just four games this season. The QB completes 68.8% of his passes in 2021.
• Bazelak has thrown for over 250 yards in all four games this season, including back-to-back 300-yard performances in the past two weeks.
• Bazelak picked up where he left off in 2020, going 21 for 32 for 257 yards and two touchdowns against Central Michigan.
• Bazelak and the Tigers quickly jumped out of the gate, hitting a 63-yard shot in the first play of the season. The pass was the second longest of Bazelak’s career (69 yards – 2020 against LSU).
• In Kentucky, Bazelak equaled his career high with four touchdown passes. He finished the day 34-for-51 for 294 yards in the air. The 34 goals mark a career high for the Tiger QB.
• In the Kentucky game, Bazelak passed the 3,000-yard career pass mark in his 15th game played.
MAKE YOUR CHOICE
• Mizzou’s secondary has had one interception in each of the first four games this season.
• The Tigers have one interception in five straight games dating back to the 2020 season finale against Mississippi State.
• Four different Tigers have an interception this season, totaling five as a team.
• Jaylon carlie leads Mizzou with two INTs while Kris Abrams-Draine, Akayleb Evans and Shawn robinson have one each.