In Columbia, Missouri, a dramatic football showdown unfolded as No. 23 LSU staged a remarkable comeback against No. 21 Missouri, ultimately prevailing with a score of 49-39. The contest unfolded before a packed Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, marking MU’s second consecutive sellout crowd.
The virtuoso performance of LSU’s QB Jayden Daniels in the second half played a pivotal role in their victory. Daniels, a true maestro on the field, showcased his prowess by completing 15-of-21 passes, amassing 259 yards and orchestrating three touchdown drives. Not content with his aerial exploits, he also took to the ground, embarking on 15 rushing attempts, gaining 130 yards, and adding another touchdown to his impressive tally. The second half witnessed Daniels conjuring game-altering plays on three separate occasions, propelling LSU to a lead they would not relinquish.
The early stages of the game favored Missouri, who surged ahead by 15 points, establishing a 22-7 lead midway through the second quarter. By the time the final frame arrived, Missouri clung to a narrow 32-27 advantage. However, the resilience of LSU came to the fore as they mounted a formidable comeback, amassing 22 points in the fourth quarter alone, including two crucial touchdowns in the closing three minutes, clinching their 49-39 triumph.
Brady Cook, Missouri’s quarterback, displayed remarkable tenacity, refusing to be overshadowed. He completed an impressive 30-of-47 passes, accumulating 395 yards, a performance that marked his fourth consecutive week of eclipsing the 300-yard mark. Nonetheless, the day was not without its trials for Cook, as he experienced his first two interceptions of the season. Astonishingly, these interceptions proved to be pivotal moments, as LSU capitalized on both occasions, converting them into touchdowns. Cook’s remarkable streak of consecutive passes without an interception, a record in the SEC, finally met its end, a total of 365 passes without a hiccup.
The first interception, masterfully executed by Harold Perkins Jr., occurred during the second quarter and swiftly led to a touchdown pass from Daniels to Mason Taylor, covering a distance of three yards. The second interception unfolded with less than a minute remaining on the game clock, with LSU in the lead at 42-39. Attempting to connect with Luther Burden III in a desperate bid to sustain a potential game-tying drive, safety Major Burns seized the moment, snatching the pass and embarking on a 17-yard journey to the end zone, sealing the game’s fate with the final points on the board.
In a clash of two prolific offenses, the field witnessed a staggering total of 1,060 yards gained – LSU accounting for 533 yards and Missouri amassing 527. The lead toggled back and forth five times during the course of the second half, encapsulating the sheer intensity of the contest.
Missouri surged out of the gates with remarkable swiftness, forcing LSU to punt on their opening possession. With their first offensive series, Missouri embarked on an 87-yard drive, executing with precision and finesse. Cook orchestrated a stunning 18-yard touchdown pass to Theo Wease Jr., nestled in the back left corner of the end zone. To further assert their dominance, Cook himself charged two yards into the end zone, adding a two-point conversion to elevate Missouri’s lead to 8-0.
LSU, undaunted by Missouri’s early success, responded with a 75-yard march down the field, a symphony of offensive coordination guided by the deft hand of Jayden Daniels. A 39-yard completion to Malik Nabers took the ball into Mizzou territory, and after eluding pressure, Daniels scampered for 19 yards, ultimately positioning the team at the eight-yard line. Although Mizzou’s defense exhibited resilience, Logan Diggs, the LSU standout, vaulted over the line for a one-yard touchdown, narrowing the score to 8-7.
Cook, the indomitable leader of the Missouri offense, wasted no time in responding. He connected on two passes to Burden and a 16-yard pass to Daniel Blood. The latter marked Blood’s maiden reception for Mizzou, an auspicious debut indeed. Cody Schrader, another vital piece of the Missouri puzzle, broke free around the left tackle, embarking on a sensational 21-yard touchdown run, expanding MU’s lead to 15-7. On this memorable day, Schrader demonstrated his prowess by carrying the ball 13 times, surging for 114 yards, and notching three touchdowns.
On the ensuing Mizzou drive, Cook ingeniously incorporated the tight ends into the equation. His precision passes found Tyler Stephens for a 20-yard gain, positioning the team at the LSU nine-yard line. A pivotal moment ensued as Brett Norfleet, in a spectacular display of athleticism, secured a nine-yard touchdown reception, marking the first of his career.
LSU’s Damian Ramos etched his name into the annals of the game with a breathtaking 48-yard field goal, setting the stage for Harold Perkins Jr.’s interception. Perkins’ heroics catalyzed a touchdown pass from Daniels to Taylor, spanning three yards, bringing the score to 22-17. Yet, with the closing minutes of the half ticking away, Cook orchestrated yet another drive, masterfully threading passes to Burden and culminating in an 11-yard connection, placing Harrison Mevis in a prime position to deliver a 50-yard field goal. The kick sailed through the uprights, and Missouri’s lead swelled to 25-17.
Burden’s astounding performance in the first half could not be understated, as he hauled in nine receptions for 110 yards, marking his fifth consecutive game eclipsing the century mark. His brilliance shone even brighter as the game progressed, concluding with an impressive 11 receptions for 149 yards.
The second half commenced with Mizzou in possession, embarking on a drive that propelled them to the LSU 27-yard line. However, the aspirations of Missouri were dashed when Mevis missed a 44-yard field goal attempt. The ensuing play saw Daniels, the mercurial LSU quarterback, dash 30 yards up the middle and execute a precise 21-yard pass to Nabers. These exceptional plays advanced the ball to the MU 12-yard line. A determined Mizzou defense thwarted further progress, necessitating a field goal attempt that trimmed Missouri’s lead to 25-20.
LSU, never content with a deficit, forced Mizzou to punt for the first time in the game, securing possession at the MU 45-yard line following a short kick. In a moment of sheer brilliance, Daniels executed a play-action pass down the center, launching a 42-yard touchdown pass to Brian Thomas Jr. This extraordinary play gave LSU its first lead, with the scoreboard reading 27-25.
The Tigers of Mizzou, however, were not to be outdone, mounting a response in rapid succession. Schrader’s breathtaking 52-yard rush to the left and a crucial 17-yard third-down pass to Wease positioned Schrader perfectly to burst into the end zone, reclaiming a 32-27 lead for Mizzou.
Mizzou narrowly escaped a setback on LSU’s subsequent possession. After maneuvering within the MU 10-yard line, Daniels encountered a bobble in handling a shot-gun snap. Although he managed to recover and scramble