GAMEDAY College Football

Missouri 48, North Texas 35

By JOE WALLJASPER
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz called running back Tyler Badie the "least-talked-about great player in the country."

Badie turned in another under-the-radar classic Saturday, rushing for a career-high 217 yards and scoring three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 48-35 victory over North Texas.

"That sucker is gritty," Drinkwitz said.

Badie averaged 12.8 yards per carry and had four runs of at least 30 yards. Late in the third quarter, North Texas defensive back DeShawn Gaddie stood up Badie and had him in a headlock before he somehow slipped free and ran for 42 yards. Even Badie struggled to explain that one.

"I closed my eyes, and I wasn't down, so I just kept running," he said.

Missouri (3-3) opened a 31-7 halftime lead, but North Texas (1-4) started hitting big pass plays to keep the score competitive. Austin Aune completed 16 of 26 passes for 305 yards and four touchdowns. The Mean Green outgained the Tigers 493-474 but couldn't overcome three turnovers, including a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Mekhi Wingo.

"We played hard and fought for each other, which is something we can build on," North Texas coach Seth Littrell said. "We played with emotion, but eventually we have to get out of our own way. We are taking turns making errors."

Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak completed 21 of 32 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard scoring pass to JJ Hester. Dawson Downing put the game away in the final four minutes with a 60-yard touchdown run.

By that point, Badie was relaxing on the sideline, getting a well-earned break. He had a low profile entering the season because he backed up workhorse Larry Rountree the past three years. With Rountree moving on to the NFL's Los Angeles Chargers this year, Badie is getting his chance to shine.

There was some question whether the 5-foot-8, 195-pound Badie could take the pounding absorbed by a workhorse running back, but so far so good. For the season, he has 675 rushing yards, 212 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.

"I knew it wasn't my time before," Badie said. "That's what I tell the younger guys, `You just have to wait. Your time is going to come.' Luckily for me, that happened this season."


Scoring Summary
First Quarter NorTxMissou
Missou TD 10:37 Tyler Badie 12 yd run (Harrison Mevis kick) 0 7
Missou TD 4:14 Tyler Badie 3 yd pass from Connor Bazelak (Harrison Mevis kick) 0 14
Second Quarter NorTxMissou
NorTx TD 13:04 Isaiah Johnson 4 yd run (Ethan Mooney kick) 7 14
Missou TD 9:38 JJ Hester 41 yd pass from Connor Bazelak (Harrison Mevis kick) 7 21
Missou TD 5:57 Tyler Badie 52 yd run (Harrison Mevis kick) 7 28
Missou FG 1:08 Harrison Mevis 48 yd FG 7 31
Third Quarter NorTxMissou
NorTx TD 9:31 DeAndre Torrey 35 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 14 31
Fourth Quarter NorTxMissou
Missou FG 13:29 Harrison Mevis 40 yd FG 14 34
Missou TD 11:39 Mekhi Wingo 40 yd interception return (Harrison Mevis kick) 14 41
NorTx TD 8:56 Jason Pirtle 22 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 21 41
NorTx TD 5:26 Roderic Burns 52 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 28 41
Missou TD 3:47 Dawson Downing 60 yd run (Harrison Mevis kick) 28 48
NorTx TD 3:13 Damon Ward Jr. 77 yd pass from Austin Aune (Ethan Mooney kick) 35 48
Team Stats
  North Texas Missouri
First downs 21 21
  Rushing 12 11
  Passing 8 8
  Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Efficiency 5-15, 33% 9-16, 56%
4th down efficiency 2-3, 67% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 49-188 39-314
Passing Yards 305 160
Return Yards 0 83
Completions-Attempts-Int 16-26-2 21-33-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 3--18 1--7
Punts 5 5
Punts-Average 37.2 47.2
Fumbles Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 6-45 7-65
Time of Possession 28:12 31:48
North Texas Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Aune 16 26 305 4 2
Missouri Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Bazelak 21 32 160 2 0
North Texas Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
D. Torrey 24 85 3.5 0
A. Aune 15 59 3.9 0
I. Johnson 8 46 5.8 1
A. Adeyi 1 2 2.0 0
Missouri Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
T. Badie 17 217 12.8 2
D. Downing 4 73 18.3 1
B. Harris 14 39 2.8 0
M. Cooper 1 -5 -5.0 0
C. Bazelak 2 -8 -4.0 0
North Texas Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
D. Ward Jr. 2 81 40.5 1
R. Burns 5 71 14.2 1
D. Simpson 3 46 15.3 0
D. Torrey 2 41 20.5 1
J. Pirtle 2 29 14.5 1
I. Johnson 1 29 29.0 0
K. Lyles 1 8 8.0 0
Missouri Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hester 1 41 41.0 1
K. Chism 4 31 7.8 0
T. Dove 3 20 6.7 0
M. Cooper 3 19 6.3 0
B. Banister 1 10 10.0 0
T. Badie 2 9 4.5 1
D. Lovett 3 8 2.7 0
E. Young 1 8 8.0 0
N. Hea 1 8 8.0 0
D. Parker Jr. 2 6 3.0 0
North Texas Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Missouri Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Wingo 1 40
K. Abrams-Draine 1 0
North Texas Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Rodriguez 5 186 37.2
Missouri Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
G. McKinniss 5 236 47.2
North Texas Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Missouri Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Abrams-Draine 1 2 2.0
D. Smith 1 1 1.0
North Texas Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Missouri Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Abrams-Draine 1 20 20.0
E. Young 1 20 20.0
M. Pack 1 0 0
North Texas Missed FG
Player Length
Missouri Missed FG
Player Length




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