By: Matthew Terry
Despite 740 yards of offense – 420 of them on the ground – Mizzou’s defense couldn’t stop Joshua Dobbs and the #19 Tennessee Volunteers, falling on the road to the Vols 63-37.
The game was tight the entire way, Mizzou striking first off a 22-yard run from freshman sensation Damarea Crockett, followed by a missed extra point by Tucker McCann, a sight far too familiar for Tiger fans this season. Tennessee followed with two touchdowns to go up 14-6, then the two teams traded touchdowns throughout the rest of the game until the fourth quarter when Tennessee ran away with it, scoring 28 of the last 35 points in the Vols’ 26-point victory.
The run game was better than it’s been in recent memory for the Tigers, who ran the ball 67 times for 420 yards and four of the Tigers’ five touchdowns. Damarea Crockett had a career high 225 yards off of 24 runs, including his 10th rushing TD of the season, while his partner in the backfield Ish Witter got career highs in both carries and rushing yards, carrying the ball 31 times for 163 times and two scores.
Drew Lock improved upon his SEC lead in passing yards, throwing for 320 yards with 21 completions on 43 attempts, including one touchdown and two interceptions, the second one being returned for a touchdown by Vols defensive lineman Jonathan Kongbo. J’Mon Moore was once again his favorite target, with 9 catches for 134 yards.
Defensively, Mizzou was unable to stop Vols’ senior QB Joshua Dobbs. Dobbs went 15-22 with 223 yards and 3 TDs, along with 10 runs for 190 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, with both of those TD runs coming 30-yards out. John Kelly also had 100 yards rushing for the Vols, 18 carries for 101 yards and a TD, and was one of four Vols with a run of 20 yards or longer tonight.
Mizzou, now 3-8, has one game left in the season, a home game against the Arkansas Razorbacks on 11/25.