SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016
Photos by Kendall Webb
COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders had just three wins against SEC competition heading into Saturday’s contest at the Missouri Tigers.
Make it four now after the Blue Raiders 51-45 stunner in Columbia Saturday afternoon.
It was the most points Missouri had ever scored in a loss, and it also spoiled the school’s 105th homecoming celebration. In the end, the Tigers just couldn’t stop the Blue Raider offense.
I’Tavius Mathers gouged the Tigers for 215 yards rushing on 28 carries. He also caught eight passes for 48 yards, and he scored once on the ground and once through the air. Leading the passing attack for the Blue Raiders was quarterback Brent Stockstill who completed 23-of-41 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
As prolific as Middle was on offense, Mizzou was even better. The Tigers amassed 629 yards of total offense compared to the Blue Raiders’ 584. Mizzou’s inability to come up with timely stops down the stretch, however, allowed Middle to stay in front after taking a 41-35 lead at the 11:17 mark of the third period. The Blue Raiders never trailed again en route to the victory.
Middle is on the road again next Saturday at FIU while Mizzou will entertain Kentucky.
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