Mizzou prepares for Liberty Bowl matchup against Oklahoma State

Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. (Greg Dailey/KRCG 13)

The countdown to the Liberty Bowl reached two days Saturday as Missouri wrapped up its final practice at Rhodes College, just three miles from Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.

Stadium crews put the final touches on the field in the evening hours in the cool Memphis weather.

Missouri fans began their weekend trip to Tennessee Saturday, as several cars marked with their tiger tails trailing made the trek southeast on Interstate 55 to The Volunteer State.

Mizzou Athletics hosted pep rallies in southeast Missouri, stopping in Cape Girardeau and Hayti, the city that produced Mizzou All-American safety William Moore.

This weekend will mark a homecoming of sorts for the football Tigers from Ol' Mizzou. Forty years ago, the 1978 Liberty Bowl saw Missouri defeat LSU 20-15. That team was honored earlier this year at Faurot Field.

Missouri brings back three Memphis-area natives to play in their hometown: junior wide receiver Johnathon Johnson, freshman running back Tyler Badie and sophomore linebacker Aubrey Miller, Jr.

Promoting its senior quarterback in his final game as a Tiger, Missouri tweeted photos of Drew Lock sporting a throwback Tiger logo for the bowl game uniform choice.

Missouri takes on the Oklahoma State Cowboys Monday at 2:45 p.m., the game being televised on ESPN.

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