Missouri football outlasts Vols for 5th straight win


By Emil Lippe, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 22 –

The Missouri Tigers kept their hopes alive for back-to-back SEC East titles as they went into Knoxville on Saturday night to knock off the Tennessee Volunteers 29-21.

Mizzou started off strong, taking the ball all the way down the field to score a touchdown on their opening drive, which was capped off with a one yard rush by Marcus Murphy. The defense also played well in the first quarter, allowing only a field goal and giving the Tigers a four point advantage going into the second.

Special teams played a huge role for the Vols, especially in the second quarter, as they converted on a fake field goal attempt when the holder Patrick Ashford threw a 31-yard pass to Alex Ellis for a touchdown. The score gave Tennessee their only lead of the game at 10-7 early in the second.

The Tigers would respond however with a touchdown of their own, as Murphy would run the ball in from seven yards out for the score to give Missouri a 13-10 edge.

Andrew Baggett had an off night, missing the extra point after Murphy’s second touchdown and then another later on in the fourth.

The Tigers went into halftime tied with the Vols at 13.

Coming out of the half, the Mizzou defense dominated Tennessee, forcing a fumble and holding the Vols scoreless in the third quarter.

The Tiger offense did struggle in the third, compiling a multitude of penalties that held Mizzou to just a field goal in the quarter.

The fourth was a different story however, as Missouri capitalized off of an interception with a 73 yard completion from Maty Mauk to Jimmie Hunt to give Mizzou a comfortable 23-13 cushion with 12:30 left to play.

After another stop, the Tigers would score again to take a 29-13 lead following a Mauk touchdown to Bud Sasser. Missouri would hold on to the lead and win the game.

With the win, the Tigers improve to 9-2 on the season and 6-1 in SEC play. The Tigers will be in action on Black Fridayat 1:30 pm to closeout their season against the Arkansas Razorbacks, looking to win their second consecutive SEC East title.