The game was a thorough dismantling of a rebuilding Tennessee team in their home stadium.
The final score mirrored a season ago when Mizzou 50-balled UT and got Butch Jones fired.
The defense looked renewed early, held on in the middle and wreaked havoc late.
The legacy for Drew Lock is nearing it’s completion and the bag in the moment is still mixed. But there’s little doubt Lock has played his best football over the last three weeks while decimating the solid defenses of Florida, Vanderbilt, and Tennessee. Locks performance, 257 yards, 21/30, 2 touchdowns no picks, was even better than the stats. Every thrown he had to have he made and then some. If not for a couple untimely drops on deep passes from both Richaud Floyd and Emanuel Hall, Lock would have easily zoomed past 300 yards and possibly had a couple more touchdowns.
After the game Lock, never one to avoid a good verbal spar, set #VolTwitter ablaze while supporting his offensive coordinator — former Volunteer head coach Derek Dooley.
Drew Lock didn't hold much back when asked about Tennessee fans and how this one meant a lot to him and Derek Dooley. It's safe to say he and Derek Dooley quieted the Vols tonight.— Tyler Murry (@TylerMurryABC17) November 18, 2018
Highlights/Reaction: https://t.co/S2QNv1ZJTc pic.twitter.com/xXMZEreNzp
Lock has been a lot of things during his time at Missouri, but boring has never been one of them. He’s never shied away from chirping with opposing defenses, but over the last few weeks we’ve seen the player you wanted to see every time he would tease with some brilliant throw with his “arm talent”. As exciting as last seasons run was, for the first time it feels like Lock is the Quarterback we all knew he could be.
The Derek Dooley offense, whatever that means, has allowed Drew to be Drew and with the compliment of an excellent run game the offense has truly taken off and found the consistency it’s missed over the years.
Ok, some game stories:
They’re one game away from being 8-4. There’s one final game at Faurot Field on Friday against a reeling Arkansas team. It’s the last time Drew Lock takes the field. It’s senior day and it’s our opportunity to say thanks to the class who brought a lot of pride and swagger back to Mizzou Football. It’s the last go around for Paul Adams, Samson Bailey, and Kevin Pendleton. Its Tavon Ross, Brandon Lee, Kendall Blanton, Nate Brown and the jelly to Lock’s peanut butter Emanuel Halls last trip. It’s the last time to see Terez Hall, Cam Hilton, and Corey Fatony. It’s also the last time Terry Beckner takes the field.
Friday night an elite 4-star recruit from St. Louis committed to Missouri. The last 4-star or higher player to commit to Missouri from the St. Louis area was Beckner. In a lot of ways, Lock and Beckner, the two highest ranked and both in-state recruits of Gary Pinkel’s last true recruiting class, were able to usher in a new era of Mizzou Football. One under Barry Odom and one that looks to be on pretty solid footing right now.
Odom on his offer to buy a limited number of fans tickets to the Battle Line Rivalry on Friday: “It’s a bunch of guys playing their last game at Faurot. That has to mean something to our Mizzou football fans. ... You always remember your last game.”— Brendan Lavell (@brendan_lavell) November 18, 2018
This needs to be on a shirt https://t.co/96J6cvBL0I— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) November 18, 2018
It was FCS week in the SEC as many of the schools lined up their ceremonial sacrifices like Liberty, Idaho, UMass, Arkansas, or Chattanooga.
- Alabama 50, The Citadel 17 (so basically Missouri is Alabama to Tennessee’s the Citadel, right?)
- Georgia 66, UMass 27
- LSU 42, Rice 10
- Kentucky 34, Middle Tennessee 23
- Florida 63, Idaho 10
- Auburn 53, Liberty 0
- Mississippi State 52, Arkansas 6
- South Carolina 49, Chattanooga 9
- Texas A&M 41, UAB 20
- Vanderbilt 36, Ole Miss 29