The Missouri Tigers and Memphis Tigers met in Columbia on Saturday afternoon, and pretty much everyone was expecting a shootout between the two strong offenses.
Well, they were half right. Mizzou rolled to a relatively easy 65-33 victory to give their fans a happy Homecoming.
Drew Lock had one of his best games of the season, going 23-29 for 350 yards and four touchdowns, three of which were hauled in by tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, who finished the day with 159 receiving yards.
Running back Larry Rountree also had a great day, picking up three touchdowns on the ground.
Missouri led 21-3 after the first quarter, but looked destined to blow it after Memphis scored twice in three minutes to pull within four points. Lock, Rountree, and Okwuegbunam weren’t having any of that though, as Mizzou would score 28 more points to go into the half up 48-20. It was only the most impressive performances we’ve seen from Missouri this season.
The game wasn’t without its issues for Mizzou, though. Defensive Back Adam Sparks and Defensive End Daniel Parker Jr both were ejected from the game for targeting.
Perhaps the biggest story from the Memphis side of this game was the fact that the nation’s leading rusher Darrell Henderson had just four carries for 15 yards before leaving the game in the first quarter with an undisclosed injury. He did not return.
Mizzou improves to 4-3 and will return to conference play next week when they host the Kentucky Wildcats.