Two Missouri turnovers, and two big runs for the Wyoming offense is the difference so far in this one.
It’s been a tale of two quarters as Wyoming takes a 27-17 lead into the half over Missouri.
New Mizzou quarterback Kelly Bryant looked exceptional in the first two drives, completing 8 of 10 passes for a touchdown and leading the Mizzou offense to a 14-0 lead.
Running back Larry Rountree III took the ball in for the second score.
But after that, it was all Wyoming.
Bryant fumbled the ball on a keeper that led to a defensive TD that cut the lead to 14-10 in the second frame.
Then, after a punt, Wyoming found its offense with running back Xazavian Valladay taking the ball right up the middle for a 61-yard TD. The Cowboys took the lead 17-14.
Mizzou’s defense that was stopping the run game early was not able to keep it going as the second quarter saw another big run later in the half.
Mizzou tied the game at 17 just before Cowboys QB Sean Chambers ran to the left and sprinted 75 yards for another score.
This game could be a little worse as the second quarter saw two close replay reviews go in Missouri’s favor.
An Albert Okwuegbunam drop was reviewed as it was close to a fumble, but the referees confirmed their call. Minutes later, a tipped ball went into the hands of the Cowboys but the replay showed the ball bounce off the ground.
Then, an actual turnover happened as the ball hasn’t bounces the Tigers’ way too much.
On third-and-goal, Rountree was hit in the middle by Chad Muma as soon as he got the ball and Wyoming’s Alijah Halliburton took it the other way for a near touchdown. Bryant saved the score on a nice hustle but the Cowboys got the FG.
Missouri still can win this one despite a 10-point deficit. The offense is moving, but it must stop the turnovers and miscues, because it’s going to have to score a couple more times than Wyoming. As for the defense, it must get back to what it was doing right in the first quarter, getting in the backfield and finding the football for the stop.