Luther Burden III delivered a spectacular performance in his first collegiate game in his hometown, capturing the spotlight by hauling in a career-high 10 receptions for a remarkable 177 yards, leading Missouri to a 34-27 victory over Memphis on Saturday night in St. Louis.
Fellow St. Louis native Brady Cook completed 18 of 25 passes for 341 yards and two touchdowns, igniting Missouri to its first 4-0 start since 2013.
Seth Henigan completed 31 of 47 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns but also threw two interceptions for Memphis (3-1).
Harrison Mevis successfully converted both of his field goal attempts from 25 and 32 yards, following his remarkable SEC record-breaking 61-yard game-winning field goal against then No. 15 Kansas State. He also executed an onside kick on the opening kickoff, but it was nullified due to a Missouri off-side penalty.
Schrader led Missouri with an impressive 123 rushing yards on 14 carries, sealing the game with a spectacular 37-yard touchdown run with 2:46 remaining.
Tanner Gillis contributed a 22-yard field goal with 5:18 left in the fourth quarter, narrowing Missouri’s lead to 27-20.
Burden briefly exited the game due to cramps after a spectacular 56-yard reception from Cook with 9:34 remaining in the third quarter before making a triumphant return in the fourth. Missouri extended its lead to 24-10 on the ensuing play when Cook found Theo Wease Jr. for a 19-yard touchdown.
Missouri wasted no time making an impact, covering 91 yards in just three plays on its opening drive, culminating in Cook connecting with Marquis Johnson on a stunning 76-yard touchdown pass.
SEC scores from Saturday, September 23, 2023:
#12 LSU 34, Arkansas 31
South Carolina 37, Mississippi State 30
#13 Alabama 24, #15 Ole Miss 10
Kentucky 45, Vanderbilt 28
Texas A&M 27, Auburn 10
#23 Tennessee 45, UTSA 15
#25 Florida 22, Charlotte 7
Missouri 34, Memphis 27
#1 Georgia 49, UAB 21