Another year, another Battle Line Rivalry trophy for Mizzou football as the Tigers get out of Little Rock with a victory.
The 2019 Mizzou football season is officially over after the Tigers defeated the Arkansas Razorbacks 24-14 on Friday in Little Rock, Arkansas. The victory gave the Tigers a 6-6 record to wrap up the year.
Mizzou football was down to its third quarterback and found itself behind in the second half. But the Tigers rallied and came from behind to leave the Battle Line Rivalry game with its fourth-consecutive trophy.
The Tigers were without starter Kelly Bryant for the season finale. Bryant missed the game with knee swelling while also having a sore hamstring. With that, the Tigers decided to start freshman Connor Bazelak, who wouldn’t lose his redshirt year because it was only his third appearance this year.
His appearance didn’t last as long as hoped. Bazelak went down with a knee sprain early in the second quarter and that left the Tigers to go to Taylor Powell, who was 0-1 as a starter this season.
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Powell played well enough to get the Tigers three touchdowns and the defense stymied Arkansas for most of the second half to win by 10.
Mizzou took a 10-7 lead into halftime. But to start the second half, Powell through an interception that set the Hogs up with good field position. They take advantage of it and took a 14-10 lead. But Mizzou struck back on the ensuing drive, and answered the Hogs’ lead with a 3-yard touchdown from Tyler Badie.
Jonathan Nance, who transferred from Arkansas to Mizzou this season, caught a 10-yard TD pass from Powell with under the 9-minute mark to solidify the victory.
Larry Rountree III had a touchdown to tie the game at 7 in the second quarter. Freshman receiver Tauskie Dove’s 37-yard grab in the second half was the highlight of the day, grabbing the ball out of the air in traffic.
Bazelak finished the game 7 of 9 for 80 yards. Powell was 8 of 14 for 105 yards, a touchdown and a pick. Rountree carried the ball 24 times for 88 yards, while Barrett Banister led the receiving game with six catches for 60 yards.