By: Anthony Romano
The scoring started early and came often for Missouri (2-2) in the Tigers’ historic 79-0 win over Delaware State (0-3) Saturday.
Six different Tigers found the end zone, but none more than J’Mon Moore, who caught four touchdown passes to tie a school record set by Dorial Green-Beckham in 2013.
Missouri’s 79 points also set a single-game school scoring record, despite the second half being played with 10-minute quarters.
The Tigers got things going right away in the first quarter, taking the first drive 94 yards in just under two minutes, setting the tone for what would amount to 10 scoring drives of two minutes or less on the day.
Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock completed 26 passes for 402 yards and a passer rating of 211.9, tying his career-high for touchdown passes with five, all of which coming in the first half. Lock did not play at all in the second half, and finished one touchdown and 78 passing yards short of the single-game school records for those categories, respectively.
In Lock’s stead, redshirt sophomore quarterback Marvin Zanders found success of his own, scoring the first rushing and passing touchdowns of his collegiate career. Zanders finished the day with 83 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, including two rushing.
Missouri’s receiving corps also had a banner day as, in addition to Moore, seven different players hauled in passes for the Tigers. Dimetrios Mason, Emanuel Hall and Moore all went for more than 100 yards receiving, with Hall adding a score.
On the other side of the ball, Delaware State struggled mightily on offense, either punting or turning the ball over on every possession. The Hornets gained only 140 total yards on the afternoon and were shut out for the first time in 2016.
Standouts for the Tigers on defense included linebacker Brandon Lee, who led the team with five tackles, linebacker Michael Scherer, who came away with an interception, and defensive end Charles Harris, who led the team with three quarterback hits.
Missouri travels to Baton Rouge on Saturday, October 1 to take on the Tigers of LSU at 6:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.
(Featured Image: Alexzandria Churchill, The Maneater)