Missouri kicker Harrison Mevis kicked a 61-yard field goal to defeat No. 15 Kansas State on Saturday, ending a thrilling back-and-forth affair in dramatic fashion. The field goal set a record for the longest active SEC kicker in history and marked the Tigers’ first win over Kansas State since 2010 and their first win over a team ranked inside the top 15 of the AP Top 25 since 2018. .
The Tigers got the ball back at the 18-yard line with just 1:25 left after a Kansas State drive failed at midfield. Quarterback Brady Cook connected on four quick passes to get the Tigers to the edge of the field. A delay of game penalty pushed Missouri back to the 44-yard line, but Mevis, nicknamed the “Thickest Kicker” for his 245-point frame, kicked the second-longest field goal in Missouri history to make it a signature. victory.
On a day when Missouri’s running offense was shut down, Cook was masterful. The junior threw for 356 yards and two touchdowns and added another rushing score on a sensational day. Star receiver Luther Burden III caught seven passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.
Kansas State quarterback Will Howard threw for 270 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to fullback Ben Sinnott. The Wildcats had a chance to take the lead in the fourth quarter, but a false set put KSU behind the chains and forced a punt. Kansas State never got the ball back.
Mevis ranks as one of the great kickers in SEC history. The senior from Warsaw, Indiana, has connected on 66 of 80 field goals, including several from 50-plus yards. However, the 61-yard bomb is the highlight of his career so far.