76 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Game 3: Mizzou 40, Purdue 37
September 15 | West Lafayette, Ind.
Mizzou improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2015 with a 40-37
road victory over Purdue. Junior K Tucker McCann connected
on a 25-yard field as time expired to seal the win for the Tigers.
Senior QB Drew Lock threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns on
the game, while sophomore RB Larry Rountree III and freshman WR Jalen
Knox each recorded career-highs with 168 rushing yards and 110
receiving yards, respectively.
The back-and-forth game changed midway through the fourth
quarter with Mizzou facing a third-and-10 deep in Purdue territory.
The Boilermakers flushed Lock out of the pocket and forced him to
move to his right. Lock tried to find a streaking RB Tyler Badie down
the right sideline, but Dedrick Mackey picked off the pass to likely take
points off the board. Purdue then took the ball on the ensuing drive
and marched down the field for a methodical drive that ended with a
26-yard field goal to tie the game at 37-all with 3:28 remaining.
Lock then engineered a dynamic drive to regain the lead for good, as
both senior WR Emanuel Hall and Badie made electric plays throughout
the drive to set up the winning kick by McCann. On second-and-10
from the 25-yard line, Lock found Badie for a big 20-yard gain on a
scramble after he was flushed from the pocket . Badie then ran for 16
yards on the next two plays before Lock found Hall for a big 25-yard
gain down into field goal territory. Mizzou centered the ball and ran
the clock down to three seconds. McCann came on and confidently
knocked in the game-winning 25-yard field goal. It was Mizzou’s second
straight walk-off road win, dating back to McCann’s game-winner
to close the Arkansas game in the 2017 regular season finale.
DEFENSIVE BACK ADAM SPARKS WON THIS ONE-ON-ONE BATTLE WITH HIS
OLDER BROTHER, JARED, WHO IS A RECEIVER FOR PURDUE.
JUNIOR KICKER TICKER McMANN’S 25-YARD FIELD GOAL AT THE FINAL GUN GAVE MIZZOU AN EXCITING 40-37 WIN AT PURDUE.