Missouri 33, Vanderbilt 28
What Happened: Drew Lock ran for a three-yard touchdown in teh fourth quarter and threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Daniel Parker late in the third to overcome a rocky effort and get Missouri bowl eligible.
Vanderbilt pushed hard with a 65-yard Ke’Shawn Vaughn touchdown dash – he caught a scoring pass, too – and Kyle Shurmur threw for two scores on the way to a 28-19 lead, but the O fell flat in the final 20 minutes as the Tiger defense – and Lock on the other side – took over.
What Mattered: Lock struggled a bit with two picks, but he completed 22-of-33 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran for 27 yards and a score. Damage Crockett ran 22 times for 122 yard and a score.
– Kyle Shurmur completed 24-of-35 passes for 249 yards and three scores, and Ke’Shawn Vaughn ran 15 times for 192 yards and a touchdown, and caught two passes for 14 yards and a score.
– The two teams combined for 971 yards in a relatively clean game. Lock threw the two picks, but Mizzou was penalized just two times, and Vandy was flagged just five times.
What It All Means: Missouri got its sixth win and it’s going bowling, and now the final games against Tennessee and Arkansas are gravy. It’s been a bit of a rocky season, and there have been some big disappointments – South Carolina, Kentucky – but losing to Vanderbilt at home would’ve been a big, big problem. The Tigers showed up big when they had to in the fourth quarter.
– And now Vanderbilt has to be perfect. This was its sixth loss, and the fourth loss in the last five games, but there’s still a shot to rally back with Ole Miss and Tennessee ad home to close. It would’ve been massive to hold on and beat the Tigers, but the offense couldn’t get the job done in the second half.
NEXT: Florida 35, South Carolina 31