By Marcus Thomas, 23 Sports

The Missouri Tigers improved to 8-4 with a win over the now 2-10 Arkansas Razorbacks, 38-0 in a cold and rainy senior night game at Faurot Field in Columbia, MO Friday afternoon. The dominant victory is Mizzou’s fourth in a row and third straight Battle Line Rivalry win.

Missouri opened the game with a touchdown drive that was capped off by a nine yard rushing touchdown by quarterback Drew Lock to give the Tigers an early 7-0 lead. The Tiger defense started the game strong as well and had all the answers in the first half, forcing Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey into an interception by linebacker Terez Hall. The interception would lead to another rushing touchdown from quarterback Drew Lock, this time from three yards out to put the score at 14-0.

The following Arkansas possession was also stifled by Missouri’s defense. The defense forced Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey into a fumble that was eventually recovered by Akial Byers in the endzone to give Missouri a 21-0 lead.

Two Drew Lock touchdown passes to Emmanuel Hall in the late second quarter and early third quarter helped bring their lead up to 35-0. A Tucker McCann field goal at the end of the third quarter extended the lead to 38-0.

Missouri’s defense was a major reasons for the blowout win, with a season high five sacks and two turnovers forced. The performance was Missouri’s first shut out of an FBS opponent since a 14-0 2010 win against Iowa State.

Another key for the Missouri team today was the play of senior wideout Emmanuel Hall, who had six catches on eight targets for 153 yards and two touchdowns. His ability to stretch the field and be a consistent option for Drew Lock helped force the Arkansas defense to try and take him away opening up the running game and his ability to still get open helped lead to his two touchdowns.

Drew Lock in his final collegiate game at Faurot Field finished 16-25 for 221 yards and two passing touchdowns without any interceptions, in addition to two rushing touchdowns.

Arkansas turned to redshirt freshman quarterback Connor Noland late in the second half and played him until the game became was well out reach. He finished the game going 5-16 passing for 98 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions.

Missouri improves to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in SEC play. Arkansas finishes 2-10 and 0-8 in conference play. Missouri awaits for their bowl game to be announced for their final game of the 2018 season.