Mizzou turned to a new quarterback for the Armed Forces Bowl against Army on Wednesday night.

Down several key starters, most notably star RB Tyler Badie (preparing for NFL Draft) and leading tackler Martez Manuel (injury), the Tigers needed some players to step up.

After the Tigers’ first drive, it appeared new QB Brady Cook, stepping in for starter Connor Bazelak, was going to be that guy. He ran for a 30-yard touchdown on the opening drive, giving Army a taste of its own triple-option medicine:

However, subsequent Mizzou drives stalled, with a couple of those ending with red-zone field goals. Fortunately for Eli Drinkwitz’s crew, All-SEC kicker Harrison Mevis was up to the task, going 3-for-3 in the first half to give the Tigers a 16-7 halftime lead:

After halftime, though, it was all Army. Mizzou’s offense went flat, scoring 0 points. Meanwhile, Army did what Army does — sustain long drives that end in touchdowns.

This play cut Mizzou’s lead to 2 points:

Then, a rare passing touchdown gave the Black Knights the 21-16 lead:


After Army recovered a fumble and had its offensive drive stall out, the Black Knights downed a punt at the 2-yard line:

On the Tigers’ second-to-last drive, these were 2 key plays that hurt Mizzou’s chances of coming back:

Finally, late in the fourth quarter, Mizzou broke through, with Cook connecting with Keke Chism for the go-ahead score:

However, the Tigers missed a wide-open throw on the 2-point conversion and left time on the clock for Army. The Black Knights marched down the field quickly and got into field goal range.

Army didn’t miss the 41-yard field goal at the end of the game, securing a 24-22 victory over the Tigers.

The Tigers fell to 6-7 on the season. Now, there are several major question marks that need to be addressed in Columbia this offseason.