Mizzou mashes Idaho, snaps losing skid
Sometimes a team imposes its will on an inferior opponent. And then there is what Missouri did to Idaho Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Tigers put the game out of reach in the first quarter, despite a sluggish start, and coasted to a 68-21 rout of the visiting Vandals.
Things did not exactly start out how Missouri planned. The first play from scrimmage was a Drew Lock interception on a throw into double coverage. Idaho needed just four plays to find the end zone on a seven-yard touchdown throw from Matt Linehan to Kaden Elliss.
From there, it was all Tigers. After the pick, Missouri possessed the ball eight times the rest of the half. The Tigers offense scored eight times, including seven touchdowns.
Missouri's second drive of the game saw a Lock rainbow a 45-yard throw to Emmanuel Hall. Lock then found tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the middle of the field and the Tigers were on the board. Placekicker Nick Bartolotta, a transfer from Kansas, knocked in the extra point to knot the score at 7.
Regular starter Tucker McCann was suspended prior to the game, according to a football spokesperson.
The Missouri defense stiffened, forcing three straight three-and-outs. Following the initial stop, Missouri returner Richaud Floyd took the punt, weaved through the Vandal punt team and ran the ball 85 yards to the end zone.
Following another defensive stand, the Tigers marched down the field again, this drive capped off by a 15-yard Drew Lock strike to wide receiver J'Mon Moore. The next two possessions finished with Missouri's redshirt freshman tight end Albert Okwuegbunam on the receiving of Lock touchdown throws.
After one quarter of play, Missouri led 34-7.
The already-sparse Memorial Stadium crowd began heading for the exits in the second quarter as Missouri continued to separate from Idaho.
A Bartolotta field goal, Ish Witter touchdown run and Emmanuel Hall 20-yard touchdown reception on a bullet from Lock made the score 51-14 at the halftime break.
In the first half alone, Lock was 17/24 for 371 yards and five touchdowns, along with the interception. He finished his outing with 467 passing yards and six touchdowns.
Mizzou improved to 2-5 on the year, snapping a five-game losing streak. Missouri travels to the East Coast to take on Connecticut at 5:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.