Missouri Dominates Tennessee in 50-17 victory

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

On senior night, Missouri’s Ish Witter put on an absolute show, running for 216 yards against Tennessee’s defense as the Tigers rolled to a 50-17 win on Saturday night.

Witter averaged an unreal 9 yards per carry and scored a touchdown while reaching 2,000 yards rushing on his career. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back has never started a season as the starter, but has become a vital part of the offense due to his consistency and his health.

Witter wasn’t the only running back on the team that had success. Larry Rountree joined in on the party as he carried 18 times for 155 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers were much more physical in the trenches, and were able to break off big runs throughout the night. The Volunteers struggled mightily to bring down the ball carrier, which boosted the Tigers running game even more. The Tigers as a team ran for 433 yards and passed for 226 yards.

Drew Lock completed 13 of 28 passes for 217 yards and four touchdowns. He did throw an interception to Nigel Warrior back in the first quarter that was returned 70 yards for a game-tying touchdown. Otherwise, it was a solid evening for Lock. Emanuel Hall caught five passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He would have had an even better game, but he had three drops, including a would-be touchdown.

Tennessee started their third different quarterback this season as Freshman Will McBride, whose redshirt was removed last week, got the start. The previous two quarterbacks were Quinten Dormady and Jarrett Guarantano. McBride displayed his toughness as he took a huge hit from safety Anthony Sherrils on 3rd down, but then completed a 22-yard pass to Brandon Johnson on fourth-and-2. Then he hit tight end Ethan Wolf on a 19-yard score after taking a huge shot from Terry Beckner Jr. which tied the game at 17 with less than 2 minutes in the half. It was the first Volunteer touchdown pass since September 23. Unfortunately for Tennessee, they gave up a 64-yard run from Larry Rountree which set up his 1-yard touchdown with 18 seconds left until halftime.

After a back and forth first half, the second half was lopsided as the Tigers defense managed to force four turnovers, including three on three straight Tennessee snaps. Anthony Sherills started the flurry with an interception and then finished it by stripping the ball from Carlin Fils-aime and recovering the fumble.

Will McBride finished the game completing 16 of 32 passes for 139 yards and two interceptions. He was sacked five times by the Missouri defense, two each by Marcell Frazier and Tre Williams.