By: Ross Weber
The Missouri Tigers capped off what was an extremely emotional week last night in Kansas City, Mo. at Arrowhead Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs, and the Tigers got one step closer to becoming bowl eligible with a 20-16 victory over the BYU Cougars.
The win came just a day after Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel announced he will be retiring at the end of this season after being diagnosed with lymphoma in May of this year.
While Mizzou’s top ten defense put up another superb performance – holding a BYU attack that has averaged more than 400 yards per game this season to 290 yards of offense – it was the Tigers’ new-found offensive ability that stole the show.
The Tigers gained 434 yards of offense, their highest total of the season, and scored two touchdowns in the same game for the first time since Oct. 3 against South Carolina.
The win brings the Tigers to an even 5-5 record, which means that Mizzou needs only one more win to become eligible to play in a postseason bowl game. The Cougars dropped to 7-3.
Missouri’s next game is a duel with the 6-4 Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, Nov. 21 at Farout Field. Kickoff is at 6:15 p.m. and will be broadcast live on KCOU.