Russell Hansbrough's 1st TD of the season is Mizzou's 1st in a month
Tyler Hunt's 72 yard run from Mizzou's 1 yard line
72 yard run from Tyler Hunt pic.twitter.com/rb9dLWoX3e— Rock 〽️ Nation (@rockmnation) November 6, 2015
Tyler Hunt led Mizzou (4-5, 1-5) with 85 yards on the ground and 35 through the air, becoming the first Tiger to lead the team in both categories since Jeremy Maclin vs. Kansas State in 2008. Hunt's 72-yard run out of the shadow of his own end zone was his third play from scrimmage of 50 or more yards this season.
Offense Mizzou rushed 45 times for 215 yards, its most attempts and yards on the ground this season, surpassing the previous high of 42 rushes for 163 yards vs. South Carolina (Oct. 3). Mizzou's 215 rushing yards were its most since rolling to 337 rushing yards vs. Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1, 2015).
Senior TB Tyler Hunt recorded 120 all-purpose yards (85 rushing, 35 receiving), bringing his season average-per-touch (25 touches, 340 all-purpose yards) to 13.6 yards. Hunt's game included a career-best 85 rushing yards on a career-high six carries. Senior TB Russell Hansbrough ran for his first touchdown of the season with a 14-yard rush late in the second quarter. Sophomore TB Ish Witter carried the ball 12 times for 81 yards, his most since running for 98 yards vs. South Carolina (Oct. 3).
Redshirt freshman QB Marvin Zanders saw the first action of his career in the first half.
Freshman quarterback Drew Lock, the starter throughout the losing streak, was 11 of 26 for 107 yards and was sacked five times. Maty Mauk, who began the season as the starter, was suspended for the second time this season on Sunday for a violation of team policies. Pinkel said Lock did some good things, "but I'm not going to go through an evaluation of our QBs."
On Drew Lock's progress:
"First of all, I don't care what anybody thinks. I've never done that since I've been coaching. I don't do that, number one. But most people, everybody's favorite quarterback is the backup quarterback until he doesn't play well, then they want the next guy at quarterback, then they want the next guy at quarterback. I thought he had a real good drive down there towards the end, he threw the ball well and made some good plays. We didn't get in the end zone, but I'm not going to go through an evaluation of our quarterbacks."
On Marvin Zanders playing:
"We did some running things that we thought we were going to be using with Maty [Mauk], so we already had them in. We brought Marvin [Zanders] in, and I thought he did some good things. There was a missed call at the end. He hadn't played much. It was difficult. That's just a problem we're facing."
On the current losing streak:
"Nothing changes. You go back and you make yourself as good as you can. You coach better. You try to design better. You try to get your players to play better. It's the same formula. You have a great attitude. You work your butt off. That's what you do. We've been doing it since the day I've been coaching. That's what I was taught. That's what we do. There's not magic dust. That doesn't happen, so that's what we're going to do."
On Tyler Hunt's role:
"He did a great job, he really did. It's typical, we get asked about him when he has a 70-yard run but nobody says anything prior to that. I get that. He's done a great job. He's done a great job. Ish [Witter] is doing a good job, and so did Russell [Hansbrough]. You play them one at a time. We work them into the game plan different ways."
Uh, Gary? People have been asking about Tyler Hunt since Kentucky at least?
@DavidCMorrison I seem to recall asking in the Monday presser after the Kentucky game why Hunt wasn't getting the ball more.— Blake Toppmeyer (@btoppmeyer) November 6, 2015
Tyler Hunt has the three longest plays from scrimmage for MU: 78-yard catch vs SEMO, 51-yard catch vs UCONN, 72-yard run vs. MSU
As much as the Tigers attempt to leave third-string tailback Hunt out of the game plan, the senior came through with a few sparks of offense, a 35-yard catch and run on a screen pass and a 72-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Combined with Hansbrough (81 rushing yards) and backup Ish Witter (62), Mizzou’s tailbacks combined for 228 yards on 34 carries.
But unlike the Tigers’ other SEC defeats, cracks in the defense appeared as Prescott completed 27 of 40 passes for 303 yards. Two more Prescott touchdown passes extended Mississippi State’s lead in the third quarter as the senior connected with De’Runnya Wilson and Fred Brown.
After 47 consecutive possessions without a touchdown, dating back to the fourth quarter against South Carolina on Oct. 3, the Tigers visited the end zone late in the second quarter Thursday against Mississippi State. Russell Hansbrough’s 14-yard touchdown run broke the drought, marking the Tigers’ first TD in a span of 226 minutes and 46 seconds.
Missouri had its most productive offensive outing since the Kentucky game, gaining 322 total yards and scoring its first touchdown in 226:46 of game time with a Russell Hansbrough 14-yard run with 1:50 to go in the first half. But the Tigers would gain only 27 yards in the third quarter, as the Bulldogs gained 173 and pulled away.
Hansbrough ran 16 times for 62 yards, Ish Witter ran 12 times for 81 yards and Tyler Hunt carried for 85 yards on six carries -- including a 72-yarder from the 1-yard line in the fourth quarter -- as the Tigers racked up 215 yards on 48 carries.
This is Mizzou's first November loss in 3 years years, falls to 0-3 in Thursday night home games. Pinkel 0-3 when both teams coming off byes
When it rained, it poured. "We all on the defensive side of the ball hold ourselves to a higher standard," junior linebacker Michael Scherer said. "Everyone’s frustrated. No one’s happy. That’s our fault. You guys can blame whatever you want on the offense for the past few weeks, but we let up 31 points. We didn’t play well."
Prescott became the first player to pass for 300 yards against Missouri since Oklahoma State’s Clint Chelf put up 381 in the Cotton Bowl following the 2013 season.
You're telling me they scored a TD on the seam against Michael Scherer? pic.twitter.com/iMxsYCXt6P— Oscar Gamble (@OscarGambler) November 6, 2015
Scherer said on MSU's 1st TD, Fred Ross was his responsibility if he released deep - which he did - but Scherer was too focused on QB run.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) November 6, 2015