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SE Missouri St. Redhawks vs. Missouri Tigers Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Faurot Field Columbia
308909Redhawks SE Missouri St.
308910Tigers Missouri
OP
59.5
-35
CU
57.5o -110
-35.5 -105
ML
Partials
1 2 3 4
0 0 7 21
21 17 14 7
Score
28
59

After losing their SEC opener at Kentucky, Missouri will look to regroup Saturday when it hosts FCS opponent Southeast Missouri State.

The Tigers (1-1) were outgained 519-398 in total yardage and 340-104 on the ground in their 35-28 loss to Kentucky.

They return home to Columbia, Mo., to face the Redhawks (0-2), who are coming off a 52-14 loss at Sam Houston -- the top-ranked FCS team.

"There's no reason to panic, (nobody) needs to panic or jump on Twitter and go crazy," Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. "Like, relax. It's week two on the road, night SEC football game versus a good opponent. We had a chance to win, we didn't get it done.

"We'll go back to work and we'll go to fixing it, and that's what we're going to do. Lot of football season left, whole heck of a lot of football season left."

Missouri Tigers

Southeast Missouri State has an all-time record of 1-24 against FBS teams, and the Redhawks fell 50-0 at Missouri in 2019. But Redhawks coach Tom Matukewicz welcomes the challenge to play on a bigger stage.

"When you grow up as a kid, you want to play against the SEC," he said. "Now we get that opportunity."

The Redhawks hung tough with Sam Houston into the second quarter, when the game was tied 14-14. Quarterback CJ Ogbonna took a step forward while completing 13 of 27 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.

Ogbonna had seven passes dropped and his one interception came after his intended receiver tipped it. In the Redhawks' season-opening loss to Southern Illinois, he completed 9 of 19 passes for just 47 yards.

"I feel like (he) had good progress from Week 1 to Week 2," Matukewicz said. "I like what I've seen so far."

Missouri quarterback Connor Bazelak completed 34 of 51 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns with one interception.

Tigers running back Tyler Badie gained 149 yards from scrimmage against Kentucky, giving him 392 yards in two games.

"He's a hell of a football player," Drinkwitz said. "The dude is playing his butt off. He doesn't get very many breaks. He's a factor in both the run game and the pass game and has to run a lot of routes, a lot of yardage. He's a very good football player and we need him to continue to be in order for our offense to have any chance of success."

--Field Level Media

SE Missouri St. Redhawks vs. Missouri Tigers Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Connor Bazelak threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns as Missouri rolled to a 59-28 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday in Columbia, Mo.

Tyler Badie rushed for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass for the Tigers (2-1), who outgained the Redhawks (0-3) by a 675-373 margin.

Quarterback CJ Ogbonna rushed for 96 yards in 12 carries and running back Shamenski Rucker scored two touchdowns for the Redhawks.

Missouri, which has never lost to a FCS team, is 5-0 all-time against Southeast Missouri State.

The Redhawks, in turn, fell to 1-25 all-time against FBS teams.

Missouri wasted no time taking charge. Badie's 49-yard touchdown run put the Tigers up 7-0 just 2:44 into the game.

Bazelak's 11-yard touchdown pass to Badie made it 14-0.

The Tigers hoped to use this mismatch to establish their vertical passing game. They checked that box with Bazelak's 46-yard touchdown throw to D'ionte Smith over the top for a 21-0 lead.

The Tigers pushed their lead to 24-0 with a 43-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis. It was set up by Bazelak's 46-yard pass to Mookie Cooper.

Chance Luper took a swing pass from Bazek and raced for a 52-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up 31-0.

Badie's 1-yard TD plunge made it 38-0 at the half.

Brady Cook threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Young to make it 45-0. The Redhawks countered with a 75-yard drive that Geno Hess capped with a 4-yard touchdown run.

Tyler Macon hit a 65-yard touchdown pass to JJ Hester for a 52-7 lead.

The Redhawks cut that margin to 52-21 with Rucker's fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 18 and 2 yards.

Michael Cox's 55-yard TD run put Missouri up 59-21, but the Redhawks answered with Q'Nairies Anderson's 75-yard touchdown run.

--Field Level Media

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