The first five
Missouri 21, South Carolina 20, Sept. 30, 2014
A big comeback opens up the list of the best games of the past decade. Missouri trailed by two scores late in the fourth quarter, but Russell Hansbrough’s two rushing TDs, aided by a fourth-down pass from QB Maty Mauk to TE Sean Culkin, provided Missouri a come-from-behind one-point victory on the road in Columbia. Hansbrough’s final TD came on fourth-and-goal as he buried into the end zone. The crowd was stunned and Mizzou would eventually win the SEC East thanks in large part to this big victory.
No. 14 Missouri 36, No. 22 Florida 17, Oct. 19, 2013
This was one of the biggest wins for the program as it moved into the SEC. Missouri was undefeated and had just won down in Athens but was playing without starting quarterback James Franklin. Backup Maty Mauk led the team, scoring in the first two plays of the game. Mauk was on his way to a huge day at home and kept Mizzou undefeated. This helped Mizzou cruise through the division on its way to the SEC title game later that year.
Missouri 38, No. 16 Texas A&M 31, Oct. 29, 2011
Talk about comebacks, Missouri needed overtime, but it did what it needed to do to take an upset back home from College Station. Mizzou trailed by two scores in the fourth quarter, but James Franklin and Henry Josey both had rushing TDs to send the game to overtime at 31. Mizzou scored first in overtime and stopped the Ryan Tannehill-led A&M offense from scoring to take home the win at a time where it was iffy if Mizzou would be bowl eligible. But the Tigers only lost one more game that season and were victors of the Independence Bowl.
Missouri 51, Tennessee 48, Nov. 12, 2012
This one was fun. It took four overtimes to decide who would leave Rocky Top on top, and it was Missouri. Dorial Green-Beckham is most remembered for his four-TD day in Kentucky a year later, but his first big game came in Tennessee, as DGB scored on a final desperation TD catch in regulation to send the game to overtime. It was a 25-yard fourth-down pass that connected with his feet just inside the boundary for possession. In OT, James Franklin found Jimmie Hunt and Marcus Lucas for scores and the Mizzou defense held off Tennessee after four tries. Kicker Andrew Baggett’s 35-yarder connected and Mizzou took its first SEC road win.
No. 16 Missouri 33, No. 25 Minnesota 17, Jan. 1, 2015
Missouri football took another pretty meaningful bowl win in the SEC a year after winning the Cotton Bowl. The Tigers knocked off Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl on New Years Day. They were led by running backs Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough, with each gaining more than 100 yards. The Tigers knocked off their ranked opponents and left he 2014 season ranked No. 11 by the coaches.