Missouri secured a 23-19 victory over Middle Tennessee State in a Saturday night contest in Columbia. Brady Cook overcame a slow start, completing 14 of 19 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for another touchdown.
The game featured several key moments, including a pass interference penalty that allowed Missouri to run out the clock and preserve the win. Cook connected with Theo Wease Jr. for a crucial touchdown in the third quarter, and Nathaniel Peat’s 49-yard touchdown reception early in the fourth quarter seemed to break the game open.
However, Middle Tennessee State fought back, scoring nine points in just 50 seconds to narrow the gap. Despite the late surge, Missouri held on for the victory.
Missouri’s defense played a strong game, holding Middle Tennessee to 285 total yards and recording 12 tackles for loss, the most in a game for the team since at least 2000.
With the win, Missouri improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2018, while Middle Tennessee State fell to 0-2.
Next week, Missouri will face nationally ranked Kansas State in what promises to be an exciting matchup. The game is already sold out, marking the first home sellout for Missouri since 2019 and the first non-conference sellout since 2012. Game time is set for 11 a.m. CT at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field and will be televised on the SEC Network.