COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Eli Drinkwitz arrived at Missouri with a reputation for being one of college football’s brightest offensive minds yet his first two games of his COVID-19-delayed tenure in Columbia were hardly impressive.
But with freshman Connor Bazelak at quarterback, and despite missing three crucial wide receivers to COVID-19 protocols, the Tigers unleashed that offense in a 45-41 defeat of No. 17 LSU on Saturday.
Mizzou senior RB Larry Rountree III ran for 119 yards on 18 attempts, becoming just the fourth Tiger ever to rush for 3,000 career yards, and just the third running back.
Bazelak was brilliant in his first start of the season, connecting on 29-of-34 passes for 406 yards and four touchdowns, doing so down three starting wideouts. He completed 15 consecutive passes at one point.
Mizzou remains at home next Saturday (Oct. 17) for Homecoming, as it welcomes Vanderbilt for a 6:30 p.m. (CT) on SEC Network+.