Football Faces Road Test At Kansas State Saturday - University of Missouri Athletics (2023)

COLUMBIA, Mo. -University of Missouri football will face a familiar foe from its Big 12 days in Kansas State on Sat., Sept. 10, in Manhattan, Kan. The game will kick off at 11 a.m. CT and air on ESPN2 and the Tiger Radio Network.

MU last faced a Big 12 team in 2019 (West Virginia).The Tigers and the Wildcats will tangle for the 98th time in Week 2. Mizzou holds a 60-32-5 edge over K-State with the first meeting in 1909 and the most recent in 2011. MU's last win in the Little Apple was 2009 (W, 38-12).

MISSOURI TIGERS
Head Coach:
Eliah Drinkwitz (3rd)
Career/Mizzou Record: 24-13 (3rd) • 12-12

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KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Head Coach:
Chris Klieman (4th)
Career/School Record: 93-29 (10th) • 21-16

GAME INFORMATION
Facility:
Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000)
TV: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins-pxp, Kirk Morrison-ana, Stormy Buonantony-sl)
Online: WatchESPN.com / ESPN App
Live Stats: KStateSports.com
Radio: Tiger Radio Network: 1580 AM / 105.1 FM / XM 192
• Mike Kelly-pxp, Howard Richards-ana, Chris Gervino-sl

BY THE NUMBERS
• With a Week 1 win, Mizzou advances to 85-42-5 in season openers (including 22 of the last 26), 96-32-4 in home openers (including 23 of the last 26), and 168-71-8 in home in non-conference matchups.
• The 52 points scored by the Tigers against Louisiana Tech are the most since October 20, 2018 in a 65-33 win over Memphis. Thursday's 28-point margin of victory is the largest for Mizzou since a 41-point victory over Vanderbilt in 2020.
• Mizzou saw 64 student-athletes play Thursday night with 18 making their Tiger debut.

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LAST TIME OUT: MIZZOU
Newcomers Luther Burden III, Joseph Charleston, Cody Schrader, Ty'Ron Hopper and Nathaniel Peat, among others, made significant contributions as the Tigers beat Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 52-24, to open the 2022 football season. Schrader, Charleston and Burden each scored their first touchdowns at Mizzou, propelling the Tigers to a 24-10 halftime lead. Schrader scored first on a five-yard run to put MU up 7-3, capping a 41-yard drive that was kept alive by a 18-yard reception by Barrett Bannister on a third-and-10. It made him just the third Tiger to catch a pass in five seasons, joining Lamont Downer (1974-78) and George Shorthose (1980-84). Moments later, Charleston intercepted a Matthew Downing pass and returned it 29 yards for a score. Hopper and Jaylon Carlies also intercepted passes in the first half – the first time Missouri had three picks in the first half of a game since 1982 vs. Colorado State. Hopper led the MU defense with six solo tackles including a nine-yard quarterback sack on a third-down play that snuffed out a Louisiana Tech drive in the second quarter. Missouri's defense limited Louisiana Tech to 337 total yards – just 11 of which came on the ground – and 176 of its yards came on three plays. On their other 64 plays, the Bulldogs averaged just 2.7 yards.

LAST TIME OUT: KANSAS STATE
Wide receiver Malik Knowles took a handoff and darted 75 yards for a touchdown on the very first play from scrimmage, the fastest opening score in K-State history, and Deuce Vaughn rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown, as the Wildcats rolled to a 34-0 victory over South Dakota. K-State outgained South Dakota, 393 to 270 overall, and stormed to a 27-0 halftime lead with three rushing touchdowns and another off a blocked punt. A total of 66 different K-State players saw action as the Wildcats substituted as the game wore on over the final two quarters. Adrian Martinez completed 11 of 15 passes for 53 yards and added 39 yards on 13 carries and a six-yard touchdown on the ground in his debut in the Wildcats' offense under first-year offensive coordinator Collin Klein.

THE ROCK
• Nine Tigers recorded carries against the Bulldogs, marking the first time they accomplished the feat since a win over Iowa State on October 15, 2011.
• Of the nine, five rushed in for scores (Nathaniel Peat, Cody Schrader, Brady Cook, Luther Burden III, BJ Harris). Peat led the squad in total yards with 72 as Schrader was the leader in carries with 17. Peat, Schrader and Cook all totaled 60+ yards on the ground.
• Peat and Schrader had their first touchdowns as Tigers while Burden III and Harris each had their first collegiate scores.
• MU racked up its most total rushing yards in a game (323) since a victory over Tennessee on November 11, 2017 (433 yards).

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TAKE YOUR PICK
• The Tiger defense snagged three picks in the first half vs. Louisiana Tech, the first time this feat has been accomplished since the 1982 season opener against Colorado State. The most recent game with three total picks for the Tigers is West Virginia in 2019.
• Junior defensive back Jaylon Carlies snagged his fifth career interception on the opening drive of the game.
• In his debut game in Columbia, Joseph Charleston - a transfer from Clemson - returned a 29-yard interception to the house, the first pick of his career. He's the only SEC defender to return an interception for a score in the first two weeks of play.
• Florida transfer Ty'Ron Hopper also snagged the first interception of his career in his first game in Black and Gold.
• From six different players, Mizzou's secondary snagged an interception in nine of the 13 contests played in 2021. Carlies led the way with four INTs while Kris Abrams-Draine had three.

AIR IT OUT
• On Thursday night, nine Tigers caught 20 receptions, including one touchdown from Luther Burden III. Six of the nine had multiple catches.
• 16 receivers hauled in 302 receptions while 10 Tigers hauled in 19 receptions for touchdowns a year ago. Five Tigers had multiple TD receptions.
Mookie Cooper was the 10th Tiger to haul in a touchdown reception in 2021 with his 60-yard bomb against South Carolina. The 10 players with a TD grab are the most by the Tigers since 2016.

LBIII
• Wide receiver Luther Burden III earned his first collegiate score on a five-yard reception after making a pair of defenders miss and splitting another pair.
• He punched in a second score early in the third quarter, this time a one-yard rush off a direct snap. He's the only SEC freshman with two scores in the first two weeks of play.
• He's one of just five Tigers all-time to score twice in their collegiate debut (Jeremy Maclin, 2007; Devin West, 1995; Tracey Mack, 1980; Johnny Roland, 1962).
• On the ground, he had three carries for 26 yards and a score with a long of 17. He hauled in three receptions for 17 yards – including 21 yards after catch – with one touchdown and a long 16.

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COOK GETS THE CALL
• On August 9, head coach Eliah Drinkwitz named Brady Cook the starting quarterback for the Tigers' season opener.
• Against LA Tech, Cook finished 18-of-27 for 195 yards and an interception. He also picked up 61 yards on seven carries, including a 20-yard touchdown rush.
• The St. Louis native threw 89 pass attempts before throwing his first career interception, ranking third in Mizzou history, and only six behind Brad Smith (95).
• He earned his first career start in the 2021 Armed Forces Bowl vs. Army West Point, completing 27-of-34 passes for 238 yards and a score. He also rushed for a career-high 53 yards and a touchdown against the Black Knights.
• Cook ran in a 30-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game, the longest rush by a Mizzou quarterback in 2021, and his first career rushing TD.
• His second score of the bowl game was a go-ahead touchdown pass to Keke Chism with just over a minute remaining.
• Also in 2021, he was a perfect 5-of-5 for 29 yards with one passing touchdown against Southeast Missouri State. Cook finished the season 47-of-59 for 350 yardsand two scores while rushing for 92 yards and a score.
• As a true freshman in 2020, he played in three games, completing 6-of-7 passes for 72 yards. His first career touchdown came on a 25-yard pass in Mizzou's 41-0 win over Vanderbilt in 2020.

THE THICCER KICKER
Harrison Mevis, a first-team preseason All-SEC selection by the coaches, enters his third season as arguably the nation's top kicker. His 19 field goals from at least 30 yards last year are the most by a returning kicker, as are the 14 of those that came from at least 40 yards out. His 88.9% career accuracy rate is the best by an active kicker with at least 40 career attempts.
• A two-time Lou Groza Award finalist, he was named preseason All-America teams by the Associated Press, The Athletic, Phil Steele, Action Network and Pro Football Network.
• He is one of just two Tigers in program history to make five or more kicks of 50+ yards, joining Tom Whelihan (6, 1984-87).
• In 2021, Mevis went 23-for-25, good for a 92-percent field goal percentage, setting a new single-season school record (min. 20 att.)
• Mevis totaled 109 points a year ago, taking sole possession of ninth on the Mizzou all-time single-season scoring list.

CODY'S AT HOME
Cody Schrader is living the Tiger tale. A transfer from Division II Truman State and native of St. Louis, he joined the Missouri program in January, 2022.
• In 2021, Schrader lead all of Division II with 2,074 rushing yards on 300 carries and 24 touchdowns. He played in 29 career games.
• Schrader earned his first DI start on Sept. 1, making the most of his opportunity with a five-yard touchdown to open up the second quarter.

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DOUBLE DUTY
• Graduate kicker Sean Koetting is now handling full-time punt duties for the Tigers, in addition to kickoffs.
• He totaled four punts for 184 yards and an average of 46.0 ypp with a long of 57 and one inside the 20 in Game 1.
• He also had nine kickoffs for 555 yards, averaging 61.7 ypk with eight touchbacks.

FIRST DOWN BANISTER
• Sixth-year receiver Barrett Banister has played in 45 career games and has hauled in 27+ receptions in three-straight seasons. He's made catches in four straight games, dating back to Florida in 2021.
• Banister's three receptions in Game 1 made him the third Tiger in history with a reception in five seasons, joining Lamont Downer (1974-78) and George Shorthose (1980-84).

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