The Missouri Tigers, behind a running touchdown and receiving touchdown from five-star freshman Luther Burden III, held off upset-minded Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon in Columbia, winning 17-14. The triumph improves MU to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in Southeastern Conference play, while dropping Vanderbilt to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in the SEC.
The game tightened late, as Vanderbilt’s Mike Wright hit Gamarian Carter with an 80 yard scoring strike with 4 minutes to go in regulation, with Missouri’s slumping offense giving the Commodores the football back with just under 3 minutes to go. A fourth-down stop on a run by Ray Davis ended Vanderbilt’s rally.
Brady Cook led the Tigers with 211 yards passing with a touchdown and an interception. The victory is Missouri’s six in the last seven meetings with Vanderbilt. Burden’s efforts earned the St. Louis native SEC Co-Freshman of the Week honors, sharing the award with LSU linebacker Harold Perkins.
Missouri will play for the Columbia Cup on Saturday at #25 South Carolina, with a 3 o’clock kick on the SEC Network. Pregame on KTTN FM 92.3 and the Tiger Radio Network hits the air at 1 o’clock. The Tigers home game with #19 Kentucky on November 5th will kick at 11 o’clock on the SEC Network, with a 9 o’clock radio pregame.