For the Battle Line rivalry matchup and Senior Day, the Tigers brought home a win against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Nov. 25. An unranked Arkansas came in with a 7-5 record and bowl game prospects, while Missouri, with only three wins to its name, knew this would be the final match of the season. Though Arkansas was first to score, Missouri was quick to tie up the game. The Razorbacks went on to finish the half with a 28–7 lead. Despite the Razorbacks’ consistent lead throughout the game, the Tigers finally took over early in the fourth quarter. Their 28-24 lead would hold strong as their defense came up with a handful of key stops to give Missouri its fourth win of the season.
Junior linebacker Eric Beisel, 38, senior defensive back Aarion Penton, 11, and junior safety Thomas Wilson, 8, run toward the Missouri bench after Penton intercepted an Arkansas throw in the end zone. The “excessive celebration” would lead to a 10-yard penalty after the play.
Senior safety Brock Bondurant, 16, looks out to the sea of performers, media members and football players before starting the game.
Late in the fourth quarter, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach DeMontie Cross yells out instructions to his players. Several stops that followed the instructions allowed the Tigers to hold onto the lead and ultimately the Battle Line victory.
After trailing the entire game, the Tigers take the lead in the fourth quarter, up 28–24 on Arkansas. Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock’s handoff to sophomore running back Nate Strong, 29, would end up being the winning touchdown for the team.
Following their touchdown connection, sophomore quarterback Drew Lock, 3, celebrates with play receiver Johnathon Johnson.
Freshmen wide receivers Johnathon Johnson, 12, and Richaud Floyd, 85, exchange a celebratory handshake following Johnson’s touchdown catch.