Cook leads Missouri 45-14 over the state of New Mexico

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Freezing temperatures failed to chill Missouri Saturday night.

Brady Cook threw three touchdown passes, Luther Burden and Cody Schrader both scored twice and the Tigers rolled to a 45-14 win over New Mexico State.

The Aggies (4-6) showed sparks on their opening drive, with quarterback Diego Pavia completing his first three passes for 30 yards and running back Jamoni Jones who hit the ground for 9 yards. But the New Mexico State Drive faltered at the Missouri 36 as the Tigers’ defense began to have their way, forcing seven consecutive incompletes before Pavia completed his next pass.

The Tigers’ offense clicked from the first drive for a change. Cook led an 11-play scoring drive that was completed with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Burden. The freshman receiver took the tunnel screen from Cook and overcame a defender as he reached the end zone, putting the Tigers (5-6) 7-0 ahead.

Missouri coach Eliah Drinkwitz said he feels Cook has delivered two of his best performances of the season in his last two games.