Classification of the Tigers after a well-deserved victory
Stacey mickles | 5 hours ago
Missouri’s 48-35 victory over north Texas on Saturday was essential on several fronts.
First, it stopped the bleeding after back-to-back losses to Boston College and Tennessee. But the most important things were running back Tyler Badie and the Tigers defense.
Badie hadn’t had a 100-yard running game since Week 1 until he changed that by rushing for 217 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Mean Green.
Badie needed it to boost his confidence, as did the Mizzou offense. Badie is one of the best running backs in the SEC, and he and the offense had no problem sticking him to Mean Green. Quarterback Connor Bazelak also had a good game, with zero turnovers.
The victory also gave a boost of confidence to the Mizzou defense, whose struggles against the run have been well documented. While last week he gave away significant chunks of real estate on the land in Tennessee, he pretty much held the Mean Green in check, at least in the first half of the year. North Texas running back DeAndre Torrey, who entered the game with nearly 600 rushing yards, didn’t have a chance to do much.
The Mean Green did not start quietly, scoring 28 points in the 2nd half. But unlike the previous 2 games, Mizzou’s defense created its own opportunities by forcing turnovers and putting pressure on UNT’s quarterback. You could see the defense attacking a bit better and feeling more confident as the game progressed.
But the star of the game was definitely Badie. The UNT defense had no answer to give it. The victory must have appealed to head coach Eli Drinkwitz, who wanted to see what his team was made of.
Mizzou came out refreshed and revitalized. His defense made plays at times, and Badie got back on track.
Missouri fans should be encouraged to know that this team hasn’t given up and will continue to fight for the rest of the way. Yes, it was North Texas, a lesser struggling opponent. Still, this team could have walked out of the Tennessee game without motivation or enthusiasm to play a team like this, and they don’t.
Maybe Drinkwitz made some changes to his defensive team made a difference for these players. It really felt like it was.
The players played with more confidence and a little pep in their approach because, for them, it was also a new beginning.
Now the question is whether this performance can be transferred to the Tigers game against Texas A&M? Defeating the Aggies won’t be an easy task. While A&M struggled at times on offense, their defense has been mostly their bread and butter all season.
Mizzou’s defense has yet to play a full 60 minutes. While he did a decent enough job of keeping Mean Green in check, there were times – especially in the 2nd half – where he reverted to his bad habits of bad tackling and not being able to close. the game.
Luckily, Missouri was so far ahead that Mean Green’s late scores made no difference – unless you got a few bucks on that game.
The bottom line is that the Tigers have ended their losing streak and played better on both sides of the ball. This will hopefully boost their confidence heading into next week’s game with the Aggies.