Missouri suffers crushing overtime loss in SEC opener

A missed field goal that would have given Missouri a victory at the end of regulation and a fumble on a potential game-winning touchdown run in overtime resulted in a 17-14 MU overtime loss to Auburn on Saturday afternoon.

Auburn jumped to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and Missouri answered with 14 points in the second quarter, as the teams went to halftime knotted up.  Neither team scored in a punt-filled second half.

Mizzou quarterback Brady Cook hit Dominic Lovett with a 39-yard pass to the 3-yard line with 49 seconds to play in regulation.  At that point, MU decided to play for a game-winning field goal, centering the ball on back-to-back kneel downs for a 26 yard attempt by Harrison Mevis.  The kick drifted wide right, sending the contest to overtime.

Auburn struggled to move the ball to start the extra session, but caught a break, as a potential interception off a tipped pass was ruled incomplete on replay review.  Auburn’s Anders Carlson missed a 44 yard field goal attempt that was cancelled out by a Mizzou offsides penalty.  Given a second chance, Carlson buried a 39-yard field goal to give the Tigers a 17-14 lead.

Mizzou running back Nathaniel Peat dropped the ball just before crossing the goal line on what would have been the game-ending touchdown.  Peat, a Stanford transfer, was switching the ball from the left to the right hand while reaching for the goal line.  He dropped the ball at the 1-yard line, and was recovered in the back of the end zone by Auburn to end the game.  Peat did finish as the game’s leading rusher with 20 carries for 110 yards.

Missouri head coach Eliah Drinkwitz was interviewed after the game by Chris Gervino of the Tiger Radio Network: 

Missouri will host #1 ranked Georgia this coming Saturday night (October 1st) at 6:30, with pregame at 4:30 on KTTN FM 92.3.

Other Southeastern Conference scores from Saturday, 9/24/22:

#1 Georgia 39, Kent State 22

Mississippi State 45, Bowling Green 14

#11 Tennessee 38, #20 Florida 33

#16 Ole Miss 35, Tulsa 27

#8 Kentucky 31, Northern Illinois 23

#23 Texas A&M 23, #10 Arkansas 21

#2 Alabama 55, Vanderbilt 3

LSU 38, New Mexico 0 

South Carolina 56, Charlotte 20

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