The Missouri Tigers had a hurdle to jump in the form of the Wyoming Cowboys. They cleared it and then some on Saturday night in CoMO. Despite a slow start, the Tigers tore up the Cowboys in the second half. They scored 24 points en route to a 40-13 blowout win, showing that their offense is just as good as advertised.
Drew Lock once again threw a multi-touchdown game. Lock’s four touchdown passes were tossed to four different receivers, as Emanuel Hall, Johnathon Johnson, Albert Okwuegbunam and Kendall Blanton each hauled in passes for six. It’s the 11th consecutive regular season game that Lock has thrown more than one touchdown pass, dating all the way back through last season. He completed 33 of 45 passes and amassed 398 yards through the air. Competition aside... Derek Dooley is not looking like a harmful replacement for Josh Heupel quite yet.
The defense played brilliantly against the Cowboys. They held Tyler Vander Waal to just 160 yards and a mark of 13-for-28 through the air. The ground game couldn’t get it going either, as Wyoming averaged just 2.9 yards per carry. Jevon Bigelow was the team’s leading rusher, but he picked up just 56 yards on 18 carries. He did find the end zone, but Nico Evans was sorely missed.
The team’s leading receiver was James Price at 55 yards, but it was done on merely one pass. No player had more than three receptions, as Josh Harshman and Austin Conway led in that department. They sacked Vander Waal two times, as Nate Anderson and Chris Turner each grabbed sacks.
Mizzou’s trip to West Lafayette looks lots less intimidating after the Purdue Boilermakers’ loss to the Eastern Michigan Eagles. So it’s likely that the Tigers will be 3-0 heading into their tilt with the Georgia Bulldogs on September 22. We can wait for that, but for now, Tiger fans can appreciate what they’ve seen thus far.