The Missouri Tigers righted the ship on Saturday against Abilene Christian, downing the Wildcats 34-17. This was a step in the right direction after the offensive disaster the Tigers displayed in their 40-12 loss to Kansas State in Week 2.

After being limited by KSU’s 3-3-5 defense, star freshman wide receiver Luther Burden had a chance to get back to the success he opened the season with, wasting no time making his way to the end-zone on a 78-yard punt return less than one minute into the game.

The Tigers held a 17-3 lead at halftime, adding 17 more points to the board in the second half as the team tried to find more consistency. That’s been an issue for a group that has shown potential on both sides of the ball but simply needs to keep the momentum on their side for the entirety of contests to become true SEC contenders.

Among the highlights on defense were defensive back Ennis Rakestraw’s interception around the 12-minute mark in the third quarter. He showcased excellent effort going inside the shoulder of the ACU receiver the pass was intended for to put the Tigers in a position to capitalize and produce points. Mizzou got its first touchdown since the first quarter as quarterback Brady Cook hit running back Nathaniel Peat back in the flat for a touchdown after sending wide receiver Barrett Banister his 150th career reception with a 25-yarder.

But it was freshman wideout Luther Burden who was the primary standout on the day functioning both in his traditional role and on trick plays and on special teams.

The Tigers will look to keep the good times rolling as they take on tougher competition in the Auburn Tigers on Saturday, Sept. 24 in Jordan-Hare Stadium.