Missouri defeats Abilene Christian in warmup for SEC play

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Missouri wide receiver Dominic Lovett, left, catches a 79-yard pass for a touchdown as Abilene Christian defensive back Anthony Egbo Jr. defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Luther Burden III raced 78 yards on a punt return for a score and Missouri defeated Abilene Christian 34-17.

Quarterback Brady Cook and Dominic Lovett connected on a 79-yard touchdown pass in the first half that helped Missouri build a 17-3 halftime lead.


Lovett posted career highs with seven catches for 132 yards and two scores. The Wildcats scored their only touchdown thanks to a Missouri turnover. On first down from the Tigers 9-yard line in the third quarter, David Oke stripped the ball from Cook and Alexander Duke recovered the ball in the end zone, pulling the Wildcats within 24-10.