By Keegan Hartman
COLUMBIA, MO – It was yet another disappointing loss on Saturday as the Missouri Tigers fell to the Tennessee Volunteers 24-20 on the team’s final home game of the season and Mizzou’s senior night. The Tigers dropped to 5-6 on the season and, what was seen as a highly anticipated “revival” game to Mizzou’s offensive woes, only reflected the Tigers’ continuous question marks on the offensive side of the ball. This would be Mizzou’s fifth loss to SEC teams this season, with all five SEC losses coming in the past five weeks. The last time Mizzou beat an SEC team this season was back on October 12, as Mizzou defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 38-27. The Volunteers had not defeated the Tigers in Columbia since November of 2015.
Even though it was the first time in 10 quarters that the Missouri Tigers scored a touchdown, as sophomore RB Tyler Badie found the end zone twice for the Tigers, Mizzou lacked offensively and in making first downs. The Tigers finished the night going 4 for 15 on third down conversions. Although Mizzou’s defense is the more dominant aspect of this team, they struggled against the passing game of the Volunteers. For the Volunteers, it was redshirt junior QB Jarrett Guarantano who led the team, finishing the night going 23-40 passing, 415 yards and two TDs. As for the Tigers, in Kelly Bryant’s final game in Faurot, he finished 16-28 passing, 166 yards and one TD.
Missouri Tigers’ head coach Barry Odom was asked about what might need to change for the team heading into the final week of the regular season in efforts to help keep Mizzou’s Bowl eligibility hopes alive.
“I guess more belief … I expect [next week] is going to come down to the fourth quarter,” Odom said.
Mizzou has a short week to bounce back, as they will travel south to Little Rock, Arkansas next Friday (11/29) for their final game of the season against the 2-9 Arkansas Razorbacks. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. CT. You can catch the game on CBS.
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