Mizzou had a new starting quarterback in the Armed Forces Bowl, turning to freshman Brady Cook instead of Connor Bazelak, who started all but 1 game in the regular season.

Cook had an exciting first half, showing off some rushing prowess that Bazelak didn’t have (partly due to injury issues he dealt with most of the year).

Here were Cook’s first-half stats against Army:

Naturally, as Mizzou took a 16-7 lead into the intermission, fans were excited about Cook’s performance. Here’s some of the reaction to Cook’s efforts on Twitter:


Mizzou has a long way to go in this game if it wants to win. We’ll see if Cook can continue to make some big plays and get the Tigers into the end zone more often after having to settle for some red-zone field goals in the first half.