What happened and what mattered in the Missouri 65-33 win over Memphis?
Missouri 65, Memphis 33
Drew Lock put an end to Missouri’s three-game slide in a big hurry. The Tigers hung up 48 points in the first half as part of Lock’s 23-of-29, 350-yard, four touchdown day. He also added 36 of the team’s 273 rushing yards.
Memphis kept pushing. Star running back Darrell Henderson – the nation’s leading rusher – was knocked out of the game early on, and while Patrick Taylor ran for 115 yards and two scores, it wasn’t nearly enough to keep up. Lock was razor-sharp from the start, and the AAC Tigers weren’t.
Larry Rountree added 118 rushing yards and three scores for Mizzou, TE Albert Okwuegbunam had his best game of the season with 159 yards and three scores. The SEC Tigers took a 21-0 lead, but Memphis roared back to come within four, only to get hit by two Lock scoring passes including a 58-yard play to Okwuegbunam to pull away.
It wasn’t just that Missouri won, it was how. It took a few big shots from Memphis, but Lock looked like the passer he was supposed to be all season long. And now, with Kentucky coming into town, he’s going to have to be just as good, the run defense has to be a whole lot better, and it’s time to finally come up with a really, really big win.
With a trip to Florida to follow, lose to UK, and Mizzou will likely have to win two of its final three games gains Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Arkansas just to go bowling.