Mizzou upsets No. 15 KSU on 61-yard walk-off FG
Sep 16, 2023, 04:03 PM ET
COLUMBIA, Mo.– Eli Drinkwitz and the Missouri coaching personnel decided in the closing seconds of a back-and-forth affair with Kansas State on Saturday that if the Tigers crossed midfield and reached the 40-yard line, they would give Harrison Mevis a chance to kick the winning field goal.Missouri made it to the Kansas State 38 and quarterback Brady Cook surged the ball to stop the clock.Then that very same coaching personnel inexplicably lost track
of time on the sideline, and the hold-up of game charge pushed the basket attempt back 5 yards. What would have been a 56-yarder became a 61-yard long shot from the incorrect side of midfield.It didn’t matter.After Cook tossed insufficient trying to recover the yardage, Mevis trotted onto the field anyway.
And with the last few seconds ticking away, he grew the SEC-record 61-yarder over the crossbar, sending the Tigers to a field-storming, come-from-behind 30-27 victory over the No. 15 Wildcats in a showdown of former Big 12 competitors.”We took the penalty to make it more dramatic,”Drinkwitz said afterward.”This recommends television anyhow. This remained in the script. “Rather the fairy-tale ending. “I told him right prior to the kick,’Listen, you have actually been doing this your whole life. This is your chance,'”Cook stated.
“I was simply on a knee, seeing. I just could not think it. I might not think it. “Longest Field Goals in SEC History Lawns ’23 Missouri Harrison Mevis 61 ’82 Tennesee Scams
Reveiz 60 ’84 Georgia Kevin Butler 60 ’84
|Florida Chris Perkins 60 ’69 Ole Miss Cloyce Hinton 59 ’82 Georgia Kevin Butler 59 The beleaguered Cook, who was booed||by some home fans during intros|
|, completed with 356||yards passing and 2 goals, regardless of||hobbling around the second half on a sprained||knee. Luther Concern III had both of the scoring grabs for the Tigers(3-0), ending up with seven catches for 114||backyards in another star-making performance.”Redemption
is a beautiful thing,” Drinkwitz said.”That pissed me off when we booed our starting quarterback to start the game– that pissed me off. And he headed out there and played his butt off for the group. “Kansas State quarterback Will Howard, who was similarly left hobbling after the brutally physical game, had 270 yards passing and 3 ratings.
However the senior likewise tossed an expensive pick, and the Wildcats( 2-1)blew a lot of opportunities on third to put the game away.”We had lots of opportunities in all three stages, “K-State coach Chris Klieman stated.” This is what Big 12 football is going to resemble beginning next week. You ‘d better get used to tight ballgames that are hard to win.” The Wildcats started like they finished a year earlier, when they rolled to a rain-soaked 40-12 victory in the first meeting since Missouri left the Big 12 for the SEC. Howard struck four different receivers while promptly marching Kansas State down the field, and his third-and-goal throw tipped by the Tigers ‘Jaylon Carlies landed in the hands of Phillip Brooks for the score.Rather than start a blowout, the touchdown launched a thriller.Cook answered with a 47-yard goal heave to Burden, who spent the majority of the game making a mockery of the Kansas State secondary. And after Howard threw a choice in tight coverage, Mevis added his first basket to give Missouri the lead.When the Wildcats reacted with a quick touchdown drive, the Tigers required two big plays and about 2 1/2 minutes to score once again. This time, Cook finished the drive with a brief run to send them into halftime with a 17-14 lead.That’s about when Cook injured a leg, and for a while, the Missouri offense ended up being stagnant. The Tigers punted two times to begin the 2nd half, and Kansas State turned them into a basket and Howard’s second TD pass to Ben Sinnott for a 24-17 lead.It was still 24-20 when the Wildcats squandered two chances to put the game away,
failing twice on brief third downs. And when Missouri took over after Howard’s third-and-1 pass fell insufficient, it took two plays– Cody Schrader’s 26-yard run and an individual foul penalty, and Cook’s 26-yard TD pass to Burden– to cover 77 backyards and give Missouri a 27-24 lead.The Wildcats had an opportunity to restore the lead with 5 1/2 minutes to go. However with third-and-goal at the Missouri 3, Howard misplaced time and was called for a delay of game. Kansas State settled for a tying field
goal– and a costly one at that.Mevis ensured of that with his kick– the one that bailed out his coaches– on the game’s last play. “I would have chosen it from 56, “he said, “however you understand, it truly does not matter. It’s going to be the same kick.”The Associated Press added to this story.