Mizzou's Bazelak-Badie tandem too much for SEMO

by 24USATVSept. 19, 2021, 8:40 a.m. 32
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Thanks to Bazelak, who in his 12th career start but first against an FCS team shredded the Redhawks for 346 yards and three touchdown passes in the first half, completing 21 of his 30 attempts. He connected on his first 10 passes and didn’t throw his first incompletion until the first minute of the second quarter. Through two and a half games, he’s already eclipsed his 2020 touchdown pass total of seven, now with nine on the year.

But all the yards and points haven’t come easy for Bazelak, who took a beating last week at Kentucky and was slow to get up after a few collisions Saturday.

“Connor I think is trying to get an acting deal … with as much as he sits there and wallows after he gets hurt,” Drinkwitz joked. “Everybody is nervous about it, and I say ‘Are you OK?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m just putting on.’ I’m like, ‘Cut that crap out.’”

“I’m doing fine,” Bazelak said. “Last week took a little toll on me, but I’m all right. …. Nothing a little meds can’t fix.”

If anything, the second-year starter continues to win over his teammates with his toughness in the pocket.

“Connor, he’s gonna play. He’s a competitor,” Badie said. “Competitors will get up and keep playing. They’re gonna fight through adversity. That’s what he’s gonna do. … Keep getting up. But if he’s hurt, just hand it to me.”

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