Tigers blow out Tennessee in senior send-off, one win from bowl eligibility
From 1-5 to one win from a bowl.
The Missouri Tigers continued their winning streak Saturday evening with a dominant 50-17 victory over Tennessee.
A heavy dose of Ish Witter and Larry Rountree III against the Volunteers' pourous rushing defense put the game out of reach in the third quarter.
Witter, a senior playing in his final home game, carried the ball 24 times for 216 yards, an average of nine yards per carry. Rountree was almost as efficiant, toting the rock 18 times for 155 yards on the ground. They each accounted for a rushing touchdown.
Drew Lock threw for four more touchdowns, two to Tennessee-native Emmanuel Hall. The Tigers wideout hauled in five receptions for 102 yards.
The first half score was closer than the game would suggest. After both sides traded punts, Missouri marched 82 yards down the field, capped off by a Witter seven-yard run. Missouri forced another punt and looked to stretch its lead when Lock's errant pass to Emmanuel Hall at the Tennessee 30 was picked off by Volunteers safety Nigel Warrior.
The ensuing drive, Lock perfectly placed a throw to Emmanuel Hall from 31 yards out and the Tigers went back up a touchdown at 14-7. A back and forth second quarter saw Tennessee tie the game at 17 with just 1:18 left in the first half. Missouri only needed 57 seconds.
Rountree broke through the Volunteers defense, sprinting to the south end of Faurot Field for a 64-yard run. He capped off the drive with a one-yard touchdown run that took Mizzou to the halftime locker room up 24-17.
Missouri's defense pitched a shutout in the second half.
Touchdown throws of 50, 23 and 20 yards to Hall, J'Mon Moore and Johnthon Johnson, plus two Tucker McCann field goals, aided Missouri to an easy victory.
The Tigers finish their season on the road the next two weeks, starting with Saturday at Vanderbilt at 6:30 p.m.