WATCH GAME HIGHLIGHTS | OWN THIS GAME
By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Missouri Tigers recorded their second conference win as members of the SEC on Saturday when they ousted Tennessee in four overtimes, 51-48. The victory inside Neyland Stadium marked Mizzou’s first road win in the conference, and it was spearheaded by James Franklin’s four touchdown passes.
Franklin recovered from a four-interception performance a week ago at Florida and finished with 226 yards through the air to go along with his four scores. Three of Franklin’s touchdown tosses came in overtime to power the Tigers (5-5, 2-5 SEC), who stopped Tennessee on downs in the fourth and final OT to open the door for Andrew Baggett’s 35-yard game-winner. Kendial Lawrence was big in the ground game for Gary Pinkel’s squad, racking up 153 yards and two scores on 21 carries.
Tyler Bray followed up his record-setting performance last week against Troy with 404 yards and four touchdowns of his own. Justin Hunter and Mychal Rivera combined for 18 catches (nine apiece) and 267 yards receiving to go along with two touchdowns, but it was not enough to outduel Mizzou. The loss for the Volunteers (4-6, 1-6) marked the first time they have lost an SEC game at home in their last nine tries.
After starting the month off with a narrow loss last week, Pinkel is now 17-5 in November at Missouri. Mizzou outrushed the Volunteers by a final tally of 228-153.
Passing – Tyler Bray, 37-for-54, 404 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Raijion Neal, 15 car, 62 yards
Receiving – Justin Hunter, 9 rec, 141 yards, TD
Passing – James Franklin, 19-for-32, 226 yards, 4 TD, INT
Rushing – Kendial Lawrence, 21 car, 153 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Bud Sasser, 2 rec, 61 yards
· Saturday’s game marked the first meeting ever between Tennessee and Missouri.
· The last time Tennessee lost a game at home against an SEC squad in November was in 2006.