It was a tough start to the season for the Missouri Tigers on Saturday as they were upset 37-31 by Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo.
Transfer quarterback Kelly Bryant passed for 423 yards and two touchdowns in his Missouri debut but also threw an interception in the end zone and lost a key fumble.
The fumble was returned by the Cowboys for their first of three touchdowns in the second quarter which allowed them to rally from a 14-0 deficit at the end of the first quarter to take a 27-17 halftime lead.
Wyoming also scored on runs of 75 yards and 61 yards in the quarter.
The Tigers trailed 34-17 entering the fourth quarter before trying to mount a late comeback. They cut the lead to 37-31 with a 53-yard touchdown pass from Bryant to Jonathan Nance with just over six minutes to play. They then forced the Cowboys to punt and got the ball back at their own 25 with just over two minutes to play.
Bryant’s bid to lead the Tigers to a dramatic win in his debut fell short, however, when his pass fell incomplete and they failed to convert a 4th-and-12 play from the Wyoming 26 with 41 seconds to play.
Missouri will host West Virginia next Saturday in Columbia.
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