After a crushing Homecoming loss to South Carolina, Mizzou bounced back with a 31-3 domination of the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday night.
The catalyst of the Tiger success was freshman quarterback Maty Mauk through the air and on the ground. Mauk went 12-of-25 in the passing game for 163 yards and three touchdowns, without any interceptions. His first TD pass to Dorial Green-Beckham capped a 14-play, 64 yard drive to give Mizzou a 7-0 lead late in the first quarter, and the Tigers never looked back.
Mauk added touchdown tosses to a wide open L’Damian Washington and a streaking Marcus Lucas in the second quarter to give Mizzou a 24-3 lead at halftime. The quarterback also led the Tigers in rushing, with 114 yards on 13 carries. Russell Hansbrough had the night’s only rushing TD from 26 yards out, posting the final 31-3 margin with 6:44 left in the third quarter.
Missouri outgained the Vols 339 yards to 94 on the ground.
Tennessee was held without a touchdown for the first time since October 2011 thanks in large part to an efficient Mizzou defense. The Vols went only 2 of 13 on third-down conversion attempts, and the Tigers snagged three turnovers: interceptions by E.J. Gaines and Braylon Webb, and a fumble recovery by Matt White. Defensive linemen Shane Ray, Matt Hoch and Markus Golden were each credited with a sack for Mizzou, while Maty Mauk wasn’t sacked all night.
Missouri is now 8-1 overall and 4-1 in SEC play, and faces the Kentucky Wildcats in Lexington next Saturday morning. Our coverage begins with KTGR Tiger Gameday at 8:00 am on 103.1 FM and 1580 AM, and at ktgr.com.