Missouri preaches patience with Southeast Missouri State to visit

After losing their SEC opener at Kentucky, Missouri will look to regroup Saturday when it hosts FCS opponent Southeast Missouri State.The Tigers (1-1) were outgained 519-398 in total yardage and 340-104 on the ground in their 35-28 loss to Kentucky.They return home to Columbia, Mo., to face the Redhawks (0-2), who are coming off a 52-14 loss at Sam Houston — the top-ranked FCS team.”There’s no reason to panic, (nobody) needs to panic or jump on Twitter and go crazy,” Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz said. “Like, relax. It’s week two on the road, night SEC football game versus a good opponent. We had a chance to win, we didn’t get it done.”We’ll go back to work and we’ll go to fixing it, and that’s what we’re going to do. Lot of football season left, whole heck of a lot of football season left.”Southeast Missouri State has an all-time record of 1-24 against FBS teams, and the Redhawks fell 50-0 at Missouri in 2019. But Redhawks coach Tom Matukewicz welcomes the challenge to play on a bigger stage.”When you grow up as a kid, you want to play against the SEC,” he said. “Now we get that opportunity.”The Redhawks hung tough with Sam Houston into the second quarter, when the game was tied 14-14. Quarterback CJ Ogbonna took a step forward while completing 13 of 27 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown.

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