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Mizzou Wins 4OT Thriller in Knoxville

It took four overtimes, but the Missouri Tigers found a way to pull their record to .500 on the season.

Missouri trailed at halftime 21-7 but found a way to get into the game in the second half and navigated the 4OT’s to emerge victorious 51-48 over the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday Afternoon.

Missouri was held under 70 yards of total offense in the first half, with the only score coming on a Jimmie Hunt kick return after Tennessee’s initial score of the game.  UT QB Tyler Bray had over 270 yards passing by the intermission.

In the second half, Kendial Lawrence had a 77yd TD run on the second play from scrimmage for the Tigers to cut the lead to 21-14.  Following a UT TD, Lawrence would add another score to make the game 28-21.  With 47 seconds left, James Franklin found Dorial Green-Beckham in the end zone to tie the game at 28.

In overtime, the teams traded TD’s in the first and second extra frames.  In the 3rd OT, Mizzou was unable to convert the 2 point conversion on a play many felt should be reviewed.  Tennessee scored in response, but Andrew Wilson broke up the 2 point conversion to send the game to a 4th extra period.  Mizzou’s defense stepped up and forced a turnover on downs without the Vols scoring, setting up Andrew Baggett for the game winning 35 yard FG.

James Franklin had his best game of the season, going 19/32 for 226 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Lawrence had a career high 153 yards in the game and Marcus Lucas led the team with 5 catches for 51 yards and a TD.

With the win, Mizzou improves to 5-5 on the season with two games remaining.  They’ll face the Syracuse Orange next Saturday evening at Faurot Field with kickoff at 6pm.  We’ll have coverage beginning with Tiger Gameday presented by Tucker’s Fine Jewelry beginning at 3 on your home for Mizzou football, ESPN 100.5 KTGR and TOTAL SPORTS STATION 103.1.

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