Missouri will step out of conference Saturday for a home game with North Texas, and the Tigers (2-3, 0-2 SEC) will be looking to bounce back from their 62-24 home loss to Tennessee last weekend.

It was the worst performance of the season by Missouri, which fell behind 28-3 in the 1st quarter, allowed 683 total yards, and turned the ball over twice.

On Wednesday during the SEC coaches teleconference, Missouri head coach Eli Drinkwitz said the outcome against the Volunteers can be overcome.

“Just because we had one bad day, it doesn’t have to define us,” Drinkwitz said. “There’s a lot of football left to play.”

Also on Wednesday, Drinkwitz reacted to Wednesday’s news that Tigers cornerback Ennis Rakestraw had torn an ACL during practice and would be out indefinitely.

“Absolutely hate it for Ennis,” Drinkwitz said. “A young man who competes extremely hard and just had an unfortunate event at practice (Tuesday). … We’ll figure that out.”

Rakestraw had recorded 13 tackles and 2 pass breakups so far this season after registering 24 tackles, 1 sack and 6 pass breakups as a freshman a year ago.