KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri head football coach Eli Drinkwitz is standing by his kicker.
Junior Harrison Mevis is typically sure-footed, but a 26-yard miss with just three seconds remaining against Auburn extended the game and helped the Auburn escape in overtime.
“I've stood over many a three foot putt and yanked him,” Drinkwitz said Tuesday.
He added, “I have 100% confidence in Harrison Mevis. That young man hit a game-winning 37-yard field goal versus Arkansas in 2020. He had a 54-yard-er versus Boston College to tie it up and send it over time."
Drinkwitz said the missed field goal will not define Mevis, who is 5 for 8 on field goals this year — with a pair of misses against Abilene Christian paired with Saturday’s stunner.
“The next time he hits a game winner, I'm gonna have a smile on my face knowing that we were part of that growth that allowed him to do that,” Drinkwitz said.