Mizzou Puts on Record-Setting Performance Against Missouri State in Season Opener

Josiah Schueneman, 23 Sports Reporter

Drew Lock was locked-in for Missouri in their season opener on Saturday, in what was a record-breaking day for the Tigers, en route to a 72-43 victory over Missouri State. Lock completed 21 for 34 passes for 521 yards, seven touchdowns, and one interception.

Lock broke the school record for passing yards and touchdowns in a game. The touchdown record was previously five, and accomplished by Chase Daniel, Maty Mauk, and Lock. The yardage record previously stood at 480, a mark set by Jeff Handy back in 1992.

The performance for Lock was lights out from the beginning, although he had to continue to rack up the stats in the second half as the MU defense did not have a great day. They struggled to get stops throughout the contest against the Bears offense.

On Missouri’s first play from scrimmage, Lock threw a quick screen pass to Johnathon Johnson, who ran 65 yards down the sideline for the first score of the game. The offense would score two touchdowns the next two drives taking just two and four plays, respectively.

Missouri State was a little more methodical on offense, but still very effective as they would also score touchdowns on their first two drives capped off by touchdown runs of 75 and 34 yards by Calan Crowder. Mo State lead 21-20 at the end of the first quarter. The big plays continued in the second quarter, most notably Malik Earl’s 89-yard touchdown reception on third-and-24.

The Tigers led 48-35 at halftime. The scoring would take a slight step back in the second half, but the offense finished the game with a school-record 815 yards against a Bears team coached by former Mizzou defensive coordinator, Dave Steckel.

Missouri State’s Peyton Huslig completed 24 of 35 passes for 353 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Malik Earl had eight catches for 163 yards while Calan Crowder ran 11 times for 124 yards.

Missouri’s Damarea Crockett rushed 18 times for 202 yards and two touchdowns which easily could have been three had he not leaped into the end zone on a breakaway run that was called back for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter. J’Mon Moore had four catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns.

Up next for the Tigers is another home game against the Gamecocks of South Carolina. The game is set for next Saturday at 6 PM.