NCAAF Game Recap - Missouri at Arkansas
Fri Nov 29, 2019 2:30 PM EST

TxAM
7
LSU
50
F
OHSt
56
Mich
27
F
Clem
38
SCar
3
F
UGA
52
GATec
7
F
Ala
45
Aub
48
F
Colo
15
Utah
45
F
Okla
34
OkSt
16
F
FlaSt
17
Fla
40
F
Wisc
38
Minn
17
F
Bayl
61
Kans
6
F
Rut
6
PSU
27
F
OreSt
10
Oreg
24
F
ND
45
Stan
24
F
Cin
24
Mem
34
F
Iowa
27
Neb
24
F
Boise
31
ColSt
24
F
App
48
Troy
13
F
VaTec
30
UVA
39
F
Navy
56
Hou
41
F
Ohio
52
Akr
3
F
WestMI
14
NIU
17
F
Miss
20
MisSt
21
F
Kent
34
E Mi
26
F
Toled
7
C Mi
49
F
BGSU
7
Buff
49
F
MiaOH
27
Ball
41
F
TxTch
24
Tex
49
F
Mizzu
24
Ark
14
F
WaSt
13
Wash
31
F
WVU
20
TCU
17
F
ArkSt
30
SoAl
34
F
SoFL
7
UCF
34
F
TxSt
21
CoCar
24
F
Tuls
49
ECU
24
F
NW
29
Ill
10
F
Ind
44
Purd
41
F(1OT)
FLInt
27
Marsh
30
F OT
Lou
13
KY
45
F
Wake
30
Syr
39
F OT
Wyo
6
AF
20
F
MidTN
26
W Ky
31
F
Char
38
OD
22
F
NMSt
28
Lib
49
F
UNLV
33
Nev
30
F OT
Rice
30
UTEP
16
F
UConn
17
Temp
49
F
UTSA
27
LaTec
41
F
BC
26
Pitt
19
F
MD
16
MSU
19
F
SMiss
17
FlAtl
34
F
MiaFL
17
Duke
27
F
Tul
20
SMU
37
F
UtSt
38
NM
25
F
UAB
26
NorTx
21
F
Vand
10
Tenn
28
F
GASt
10
GaSo
38
F
IASt
17
K St
27
F
UNC
41
NCSt
10
F
ULMon
30
ULLaf
31
F
BYU
3
SDSU
13
F
Ariz
14
AzSt
24
F
Cal
28
UCLA
18
F
Fres
16
SJSU
17
F
Army
31
Hawaii
52
F

Nov 29, 2019, 2:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Missouri (6-6)

0

10

7

7

24

Arkansas (2-10)

7

0

7

0

14

Powell, Missouri snap 5-game skid with win over Arkansas
Fri Nov 29, 2019 7:48 PM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) In a game started by third- and fifth-string quarterbacks, the outcome was decided by one of their backups. It was appropriate enough for Arkansas and Missouri, two teams facing their longest losing streaks in decades.

Fayetteville High School graduate Taylor Powell entered for injured Connor Bazelak in the second quarter and led Missouri over his hometown Razorbacks 24-14, snapping a five-game skid for the Tigers and furthering Arkansas' spiral to 19 straight SEC losses.

Missouri coach Barry Odom ran around the field after the final whistle, congratulating every player he could find individually. They were all emotional just three days after the NCAA's surprising decision to uphold its bowl ban on the team after a nearly year-long appeals process.

"The mental toughness of creating the noise and controlling the noise between your ears, that's up to you alone," he said. "These guys, they responded, they didn't like it. But at the end of the day, nobody cares. It's what we've got. It was about us."

Powell entered in the second quarter after Bazelak, in his first career start, left after injuring his knee on a scramble. Powell's third pass was a 30-yarder, setting up a field goal to give Missouri (6-6, 3-5) a 10-7 lead. It was the first of three scoring drives he directed.

The three drives would have been enough by themselves.

Arkansas interim coach Barry Lunney Jr. started junior Jack Lindsey, who was only placed on scholarship in August. Lindsey began the year as the fifth-stringer but was pushed into duty after ineffectiveness and injury plagued the position to the point that coach Chad Morris didn't win an SEC game in his season-plus before being fired November 10.

Lindsey completed just two of his first 13 passes, though both went for go-ahead touchdowns. The second score came on the first Arkansas drive of the second half after Greg Brooks Jr. intercepted Powell on the first play after the break. Lindsey, who finished 10 of 26 for 75 yards, began the drive at the Missouri 26, ran for 15 yards and, two plays later, found Grayson Gunter uncovered in the corner of the end zone to give the Razorbacks (2-10, 0-8) their first post-halftime lead against in any game since October 12 against Kentucky.

Two drives later, Powell led Missouri on an 8-play, 84-yard touchdown drive that would ultimately be the game-winner. He added a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to former Arkansas wide receiver Jonathan Nance for the final score of the game.

Powell finished 8 of 14 for 105 yards. Fellow Fayetteville High product Barrett Banister had six catches for 60 yards.

"I know what it's like to go back and play your home school," Odom said. "I'm proud of the effort and the focus. It's not easy. It's not easy a lot of times to handle those things."

Arkansas will search for answers for a third straight offseason. The Razorbacks have finished 2-10 for back-to-back years, their worst stretch in school history. They need to find a quarterback after using eight different starters, including five in 2019, over those two seasons. They also need to find a coach as Lunney Jr. isn't expected to be named Morris' permanent replacement.

Lunney Jr., who has been on the Arkansas staff since 2013 with Bret Bielema and was the Razorbacks quarterback in the early and mid-1990s, coached the last two games of the season.

"We obviously didn't play well enough to win. We didn't deserve to win," he said. "But for two weeks, these guys, they were in a very difficult situation, and they very clearly gave everything they had in an effort to win the game tonight. So for that I'm very thankful."

It's also unclear whether Odom will return for a fifth season leading Missouri. He has a 25-25 record after four years and the recent five-game losing streak leaves his job status in jeopardy. He is focused on returning to work Monday, happy with the way his team finished during a trying week that also kept all 23 of Missouri's wins from 2012-13 vacated.

"It wasn't pretty, we all know that, but it was a win and I'll take as many of those as we can get," Odom said. "Wish we had an opportunity to go play in a bowl game somewhere, but they can't take those six from this team."

A QUIET EXIT

Both teams had graduate-transfer quarterbacks begin the season as the starter, with each team's hopes banked on the new face. Only one saw the field in the finale.

Missouri's Kelly Bryant, who dealt with leg injuries for the last month, was unable to go Friday and finished his one season with 2,215 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. Arkansas' Ben Hicks, who hadn't played since November 2, came in for the final Arkansas drive of the game and completed one pass for two yards, finishing his one year with the Razorbacks with 736 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

FEW SAW IT

Attendance at War Memorial Stadium on Friday was 33,961, the lowest total for an Arkansas game in its home away from home since 1996. Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville had already achieved its lowest and second lowest attendance figures since 1997 earlier this year.

SICK AND WOUNDED

Arkansas was without 14 players in its last game. Some, like offensive lineman Colton Jackson and linebacker Hayden Henry had pre-existing injuries. Others, including starting safety Kamren Curl, were late scratches. The university had experienced an outbreak of mumps earlier in the week that affected several students, though Arkansas would not comment on the reasons for some of the missing players.

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: The Tigers have been a thorn for Arkansas since joining the SEC. Missouri has won the last four meetings and six of the last seven between the two teams.

Arkansas: Arkansas is in the midst of the worst two-year stretch in school history, having finished 2-10 in back-to-back seasons and riding a 19-game SEC losing streak.

UP NEXT

Missouri: Eyes turn to Odom's status as Missouri's postseason ban keeps them from a bowl bid in the winter.

Arkansas: Lunney Jr. is unlikely to be named permanent head coach and the search for a replacement for Morris is entering its third full week.

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Passing

Mizzu Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
T. Powell 14 8 57.1 1 105 37 1 75.0
C. Bazelak 9 7 77.8 0 80 17 0 103.7
Ark Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Lindsey 26 10 38.5 2 75 19 0 72.3
B. Hicks 5 1 20.0 0 2 2 0 39.6

Rushing

Mizzu Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Rountree III 24 88 3.7 12 1
T. Badie 12 59 4.9 31 1
Ark Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Boyd 21 95 4.5 11 0
J. Lindsey 4 50 12.5 26 0

Receiving

Mizzu Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Banister 6 60 10.0 17 0
J. Nance 3 38 12.7 17 1
Ark Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
M. Woods 2 26 13.0 15 0
T. Knox 1 19 19.0 19 1

Fumbles

Returning

Ark KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
T. Burks 2 23.5 0 25 0 - 0 0
N. Parodi 0 - 0 0 2 15.0 0 30

Punting

Mizzu Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. McCann 5 209 41.8 55
Ark Punt Yds Avg LgPu
S. Loy 5 178 35.6 38

Takeaways

Ark Int Yds InTD
G. Brooks Jr. 1 6 0

Team Stats Comparison

Mizzu Ark
Points For 24 14
Total Yards 329 242
Rushing Yards 144 165
Passing Yards 185 77
Passing Completions / Attempts 15/23 11/31
Turnovers 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/0 0/0
First Downs 20 16
Penalties - Yards 6/62 7/50
Time Of Possession 30:30 30:30
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 7/16 4/13
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/3
Punts - Average Yards 5/42 5/36

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Mizzu Ark
Ark 8:11 TD Trey Knox 19 yd pass from Jack Lindsey (Connor Limpert kick) 0 7
2nd Quarter Mizzu Ark
Mizzu 0:04 TD Larry Rountree III 5 yd run (Tucker McCann kick) 7 7
Mizzu 9:52 FG Tucker McCann 26 yd FG 10 7
3rd Quarter Mizzu Ark
Ark 1:26 TD Grayson Gunter 10 yd pass from Jack Lindsey (Connor Limpert kick) 10 14
Mizzu 8:00 TD Tyler Badie 3 yd run (Tucker McCann kick) 17 14
4th Quarter Mizzu Ark
Mizzu 6:13 TD Jonathan Nance 10 yd pass from Taylor Powell (Tucker McCann kick) 24 14

Game Information

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock, Arkansas
Attendance: 33,961
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