Each Sunday, PowerMizzou.com will hand out a position-by-position grade card for Missouri from Saturday’s game. Here are the marks from the Tigers’ 34-17 loss at Arkansas in the regular-season finale.
Quarterback: Whether due to injury, loss of confidence or some other factor, Connor Bazelak has pretty clearly regressed as this season has progressed. Friday represented rock bottom — or, at least, Missouri fans hope. Bazelak started the game by missing a wide open Boo Smith for what should have been an easy touchdown. He never got on track. He finished the game having completed 10 of 26 passes for just 65 yards. That’s Missouri’s lowest passing output in a game since 2014. Bazelak also threw an interception. In the second half, Bazelak threw for just 14 yards. He was ultimately pulled in favor of backup Brady Cook, who didn’t throw a pass but did lead Missouri to its only touchdown of the game. GRADE: F
Running backs: While Missouri’s offense as a whole struggled, it wasn’t Tyler Badie’s fault. Badie capped off a historic regular season with another ridiculous performance. Missouri force-fed him a career-high 41 carries, which he turned into 219 rushing yards. It marked Badie’s fifth game with more than 200 yards on the ground this season. In the process, he passed Devin West for the most rushing yards in a single season in school history. As of Friday evening, Badie ranks second in the nation in rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. GRADE: A
Wide receivers: While Bazelak wasn’t good, he didn’t get much help from his pass-catchers. Aside from Smith on the first drive, Missouri’s receivers rarely found separation from the Arkansas defensive backs. Keke Chism made a nice catch on Missouri’s lone play that gained more than 20 yards, but aside from that, the receivers didn’t make any grabs on 50-50 balls. The Tigers’ lack of a game-breaking talent like Treylon Burks was painfully evident Friday. GRADE: C-
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