When you’re favored by 10 points, and win by 32 points, it’s a good day
Drew Lock and his team have often been in the line of fire, drawing ire from fans and internet commenters for their inability to defeat anyone with a pulse.
Saturday changed the narrative, if only slightly, because while the Tigers were stomping on Memphis for Homecoming, Purdue was out kicking the crap out of Ohio State.
- For clarity: Memphis came in at #27 in S&P+ overall and had nearly knocked off UCF last week. The Tigers (of Memphis) had struggled on the road to date but came in with an elite offense (#8 in S&P+) with a defense showing some signs of improvement week over week. And Mizzou decimated them.
- Meanwhile: Just a few short weeks ago Mizzou won on the road in West Lafayette beating Purdue 40-37. Last night the Boilermakers completed their season makeover by curb stomping the second ranked Ohio State Buckeyes by the final score of 49-20.
Maybe Mizzou had woken up the Boilermakers who didn’t win a game until the next week, but since they’ve beaten two ranked teams and blown out Illinois and Nebraska. So it’s safe to say Purdue has found it’s pulse and the road win four weeks ago is going to end up looking like Missouri defeated a team with more than just a pulse.
Three big ones:— Daniel Jones (@daniel_m_jones) October 20, 2018
1) Tre Williams roughing the passer after 3rd down stop. Memphis kicks a field goal.
2) DeMarkus Acy 15-yard facemask moves Memphis across the 50.
3) Akial Byers offsides gives Memphis another chance on 3rd down. They get it, score TD. https://t.co/hDewSyG0vg
Now they’ve whipped Memphis as well. Aside from a weird ugly stretch after going up 21-0, and some pretty awful penalties which just seemed to pile up, Mizzou was completely dominant. 646 yards of offense, 373 in the air and 273 on the ground, plus four passing touchdowns from Drew Lock including three to Albert Okwuegbunam. The offense found it’s groove again while the defense continued to do it’s bend but don’t break thing forcing two turnovers and only 6 of 16 in third downs.
This game was important because it got Missouri off its slide. But it also set them up nicely for the next few games including a tilt next weekend against highly ranked Kentucky.
Your game day links:
- STLToday.com: Mizzou blasts Memphis, snaps 3 game losing streak
- ColumbiaTribune.com: Mizzou gets back in win column with blowout of Memphis
- KansasCity.com: Four and a half minutes which gave Missouri it’s win over Memphis
I don’t know what this means about how Missouri is. You watch them and they still reflect a flawed football team. They struggle in pass coverage and are just ok against the run. The offense is prone to blank spells and Memphis’ defense certainly isn’t going to be confused for the Steel Curtain. The question to be answered is if Mizzou can perform against a defense with a pulse now that they’ve beaten a team with a pulse.
Kentucky certainly looks vulnerable right now as they needed every last yard on the ground to over take Vanderbilt at home. It’s a chance to get a statement win for Barry Odom, Drew Lock and the program. Kentucky was #14 this past week and will probably stay around there this week. Beat UK at home to move to 5-3 with three very winnable games left on the schedule and a vulnerable Florida team on the road and you’re right back in business. It starts next week.
Yesterday at Rock M
Tweets to think about:
The oral history of that Johnathon Johnson 4th down catch will be in many a Belk Bowl preview section come December.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) October 20, 2018
Cam Hilton gets the third #Mizzou sack of the day. The defense hasn’t been perfect, but it has generated far more pressure than in any other game this season.— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) October 20, 2018
Missouri held Memphis to its fewest yards per play (5.0) on the year.— Pete Scantle-BOO-ry (@PeteScantlebury) October 21, 2018
Mizzou is a defensive football team again?
I feel like the Rock M helmets have been the key for #Mizzou, which comes as no surprise to us.— ROCK M NATION (@RockMNation) October 20, 2018
Man, I'm gonna call him Terry Petry Dish, because in the second half he's gonna be under the microscope with Sparks out. Gotta love it.— Pete Scantle-BOO-ry (@PeteScantlebury) October 20, 2018
Someone tell Pete to stop it.
5-star 2020 wing Josh Christopher took a visit this weekend and certainly looks pretty good in black and gold.
Josh Christopher is such an important recruit Cuonzo Martin had to break out the Balenciagas! #Baller
A mostly quiet day in the SEC but Bama continues to destroy all comers:
- #1 Alabama 58, Tennessee 21
- #5 LSU 19, Mississippi State 3
- #14 Kentucky 14, Vanderbilt 7
- Arkansas 23, Tulsa 0
- Auburn 31, Ole Miss 16
And I’m not sure what to say about this: