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ZOU TO THE LOU: Football Takes On Memphis in St. Louis Saturday

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MIZZOU TO THE LOU CLASSIC: Missouri (3-0, 0-0 SEC) vs. Memphis (3-0, 1-0 AAC)
Date/Time Saturday, Sept. 23 | 6:30 p.m. CT
Location St. Louis, Missouri (The Dome at America’s Center)
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COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri football travels 125 miles east this weekend to face off with Memphis in the Mizzou to the Lou Classic inside The Dome at America’s Center. Kickoff for Mizzou’s first game in St. Louis since 2010 is at 6:30 p.m. CT for a game which airs on ESPNU and the Tiger Radio Network. 

Mizzou is receiving votes in both polls and 3-0 for the first time since 2018 following wins over No. 15 Kansas State, South Dakota and Middle Tennessee. Memphis is also 3-0, defeating Bethune-Cookman, Arkansas State and Navy. 

Mizzou is returning to The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis for the first time since 2010. From 2002-10, Mizzou played Illinois in the Arch Rivalry Series with the Tigers going 6-0 over the Illini.

Head Coach Eliah Drinkwitz
Record at Mizzou 20-19 (Fourth Year)
Overall Record 32-20 (Fifth Year)

Head Coach Ryan Silverfield 
Record at School 24-16  (Fifth Year)
Overall Record Same

The Dome At America’s Center
Surface AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D
Radio 1580 AM / 105.1 FM / SiriusXM 98 or 192
Online The Varsity Network: “Search Mizzou”
Series Record Missouri leads 3-1
Neutral Site First Meeting
Last Meeting Oct. 20, 2018 (H), MU W, 65-33

Play-by-Play: Courtney Lyle
Analyst: Hutson Mason
Mobile App: ESPN

Play-by-Play: Mike Kelly
Analyst: Howard Richards
Sideline Reporter: Chris Gervino
Host: Matt Michaels
Engineer: Jeremy Washington
Local: 1580 AM / 105.1 FM
Satellite: SiriusXM 98 or 192 and on the SXM App
App: Mizzou Tigers / The Varsity Network: “Search Mizzou”

Saturday marks the fifth meeting between the two schools with Missouri leading the series 3-1 and possessing a two-game winning streak. This is the first meeting at a neutral site.

ELIAH DRINKWITZ is in his fourth season as Mizzou’s head coach. He had led the Tigers to bowl appearances in each of his first three seasons, joining former head coach Warren Powers as the only two MU head coaches to achieve that feat. Additionally, only Powers won more games in his first two seasons at MU (1978-79, 15) than Drinkwitz (11). Prior to taking the Mizzou job, Drinkwitz was 12-1 as the head coach at Appalachian State in 2019. He had previous stops as the OC at NC State, Boise State and Arkansas State.

Ryan Silverfield is in his eighth overall season at Memphis and is 24-16 in five seasons as head coach.

• Mizzou is playing its 133rd season of college football.
• Head Coach Eliah Drinkwitz has led Mizzou to a bowl in each of his first three seasons, only the second coach in school history to do so along with the late Warren Powers (1978-84). 
• The 2023 roster features 32 players who have started at least four games in the collegiate career at the FBS level. 
• Thirty-eight student-athletes on the team are from Missouri, including eight from the 573 area code, 19 from the St. Louis metropolitan region, nine from the Kansas City area and two from southwest Missouri.
• Missouri is 3-0 to start a season for the first time since 2018.
• Mizzou is 6-0 all-time inside The Dome at America’s Center, 8-1 in St. Louis games and 9-6 in games played indoors.
• QB Brady Cook went 23 of 35 for a career-high 356 yards and two TD passes, earning him recognition from the Davey O’Brien and Manning Awards.
• WR Luther Burden III has 22 catches for 327 yards and three TDs, averaging 109.0 yards per game.
• LB Ty’Ron Hopper was the Reese’s Senior Bowl’s Defensive Player of the Week, finishing with eight tackles (6 s, 2 A) along with a pair of PBUs, two QB hurries and a TFL vs. K-State.
• RB Cody Schrader ranks fourth among active NCAA players in rushing yards with 4,094.

• Harrison Mevis’ 61-yard field goal to beat No. 15 Kansas State as time expired was selected as the Pop-Tarts Crazy Good Play of the Week. 
• The boot set an SEC record, was the second-longest field goal in Mizzou history and earned the senior SEC Special Teams Player of the Week Honors. 

LAST TIME OUT – Missouri 30, Kansas State 27
• Harrison Mevis booted a Southeastern Conference-record 61-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Tigers to a 30-27 victory over No. 15 Kansas State at Faurot Field on Saturday.
• The Tigers moved to 3-0 for the first time in five years in front of a crowd of 62,621—their first sellout since 2019.
• Mevis’ kick is the second-longest in MU annals, trailing only Tom Whelihan’s 62-yarder against Colorado (1986). 
• In a back-and-forth game that saw five lead changes, QB Brady Cook turned in the best game of his career, completing 23-of-35 passes for a career-high 356 yards and a pair of TD passes to WR Luther Burden III.
• With Saturday’s performance, Cook has thrown 281 consecutive passes without an interception over MU’s last nine games, topping Chase Daniel’s school record of 254 straight passes without a pick.
• Burden logged his second 100-yard receiving game in a row, finishing with seven receptions for 114 yards to lead the MU receiving corps.
• Mizzou held K-State to 138 rushing yards–a season low for the Wildcats-while the Tigers stopped KSU on 4-of-5 third-down attempts in the fourth period.
• S Joseph Charleston led the team in tackles with nine, including six solo stops and a pass breakup, while fellow DB Kris Abrams-Draine recorded his first interception of the season.

• Several Tigers earned accolades for their performances in the upset win over Kansas State.
• K Harrison Mevis was named the SEC’s Special Teams Player of the Week after going 3-of-4 on field goal attempts, including the game-winning 61-yarder.
• QB Brady Cook earned one of the Manning Award’s Stars of the Week by the All-State Sugar Bowl, as well as a citation for the Davey O’Brien Award’s Great 8 List; Cook finished the day 23-of-35 passing for 356 yards, two  TDs and a QB Rating of 64.2.
• LB Ty’Ron Hopper picked up Reese’s Senior Bowl Defensive Player of the Week laurels after leading the Tigers with eight tackles – six solos and two assists – along with a pair of pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a tackle for a loss in the 30-27 victory. 

• The Missouri defense has impressed in each of its first three games, particularly against the run; Mizzou ranks 18th in the nation in rush defense, allowing just 132.3 yards per outing to date.
• The Tigers have yet to yield a rushing touchdown on the season and have allowed a combined total of just seven first-quarter points through three contests.
• Mizzou’s defense limited South Dakota to 194 yards of total offense in its season opener, marking the lowest single-game total by a Tiger opponent since Oct. 24, 2020 vs. Kentucky.
• Led by SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week Nyles Gaddy, the Tigers logged 4.0 sacks and 12 tackles for losses against Middle Tennessee (Sept. 9), with the latter total representing the most by a Missouri defense since at least the 2000 season.
• MU followed that up by holding No. 15 K-State to its lowest single-game rushing total (138 yards) over its last 11 games, dating back to Oct. 8, 2022, when they totaled 131 yards at Iowa State.

• Eleven Tigers sit on the watch list for the 2024 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama: DB Kris Abrams-Draine, LB Chad Bailey, DB JC Carlies, DB Joseph Charleston, OL Javon Foster, LB Ty’Ron Hopper, OL Cam’Ron Johnson, RB Nate Peat, DB Ennis Rakestraw Jr., DL Darius Robinson and WR Theo Wease Jr.

This article is provided by University of Missouri Athletics