Mizzou Football Bounces Back With 31-3 Mauling of Tennessee

Jeremy Schrank and Nick Hehemann bring you the highlights from No. 9 Missouri’s win over Tennessee.

By Mitchel Summers, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 2-

The Missouri football team triumphed over the Tennessee Volunteers 31-3. Mizzou improves to 8-1 after the win, while Tennessee falls to 4-5. The result helped Missouri maintain its one-game lead in the SEC East.

Maty Mauk was the player of the game, going 12/25 for 163 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for 114 yards, showing his dual-threat ability.
Mizzou’s defense came up big, making Volunteers quarterback Joshua Dobbs’ first start a rough one. The unit forced three turnovers and came up with two sacks.

In the first quarter, Tennessee tested Mizzou’s defense on 4th down, but the Tigers held strong and stopped the Volunteer surge. After the stand, Mauk led the Tigers downfield on a methodical drive, ending in a 9-yard touchdown reception by Dorial Green-Beckham.

The second quarter was where Mizzou established a big lead.

Early in the second quarter, Tennessee seemed to be gaining momentum on offense. However, defensive lineman Markus Golden took matters into his own hands by sacking Dobbs on a pivotal 3rd down, stopping a Tennessee scoring opportunity.

On the ensuing drive, Mauk showed off his incredible running ability by carrying the ball three times for 45 yards, resulting in a field goal.

Mizzou kept its streak of consecutive games with a turnover going when E.J. Gaines stepped in front of a Dobbs pass. After the interception, Mauk took advantage of a defensive miscue by connecting with L’Damian Washington for a 26-yard score.

After Tennessee scored on a 51-yard field goal, Mauk made quarterbacking look easy, throwing a 40-yard bomb to Marcus Lucas for another score.

The Tigers kept their foot on the accelerator, pushing their lead to 24-3 going into the half.

After the break, Mizzou refused to let Tennessee back into the game as running back Russell Hansbrough squirted up the middle for a 26-yard touchdown run.

Mizzou controlled the ball on offense while maintaining strong defensive pressure to cruise to victory.

After this convincing triumph, Mizzou will travel to Lexington, Ky.,  to face the Kentucky Wildcats on Nov. 9th. This game marks the first time the Tigers have played at Kentucky since a 7-0 loss in 1968.

Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m.