Final score and recap: Tennessee dismantles Mizzou 62-24

Chris Kwiecinski Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune

Missouri is hosting an SEC game against Tennessee, as the Tigers aim for their first conference win of the season.

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Time, thankfully, runs out

Missouri added a touchdown, which at least brings the offense's performance out from the gutter.

However, that does little to save face. 

Boo Smith scored on a touchdown run with 5:47 remaining, and Tennessee responded with another touchdown to go over the 60-point mark in the 62-24 loss.

The defense allowed over 400 rushing yards and over 670 total yards. Any concerns that existed before are now exacerbated to the forefront.

Missouri can no longer say there's no time to panic about the defense. Stick with us for more postgame coverage from the Tigers' historic loss.

Tennessee keeps hammering MU

It hasn't been completely worse, but it hasn't been better.

Missouri added a kickoff returned for a touchdown by Kris Abrams-Draine, which made it 48-17. Tennessee promptly added another touchdown of its own.

Bazelak was intercepted again, and the Vols took that to the end of the third quarter. 

The Volunteers are leading the Tigers 55-17. There's a real likely chance Tennessee puts up 60 points.

MU puts on first-half stinker

This has become almost an inexplicable result.

Missouri came into this game a 2.5-point favorite and is on track to lose by 30 points or more.

The Tigers head into the half trailing 45-10.

This game marks only the third time since 1938 a Missouri team has allowed 28 points in the first quarter.

The rout is on

Tennessee hasn't had the ball for more than five minutes of game time. The Vols lead Missouri by 25.

Connor Bazelak threw an interception, UT returned it to the MU one-yard lie and scored one play later to make to 28-3 Volunteers.

This has been a total meltdown and a worst-case scenario for Missouri, which saw this game as one of its more winnable ones.

Evans scored his third touchdown of the game on the one-yard plunge.

That interception erased Barrett Banister's impressive tip-toe catch to avoid a three and out.

Missouri is in the danger zone

The Tigers are officially in trouble.

On its home field, Missouri now trails Tennessee 21-3 after Tiyon Evans rushed for a 92-yard touchdown.

Missouri punted the ball after stalling on third and long but pinned UT on its own eight-yard line. That didn't matter.

Evans took the first play of the drive for six.

That's the longest UT rushing touchdown since Eric Gray's 94-yard touchdown run against Vanderbilt on Nov. 30, 2019.

Badie makes MU history

Tyler Badie has elevated himself to his own spot in Missouri football history.

With a 17-yard reception in the first quarter, Badie became the first Missouri player in program history to record 1,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards.

That is Badie's record to hold.

Badie got Missouri back in the game early in the second quarter with a 6-yard touchdown run to give his team only an 18-point deficit at 28-10. 

Tennessee easily leads by scores

Two Tennessee drives have equaled two touchdowns.

After Missouri got on the board with a field goal, Tennessee ran right back down the field to score on a Tiyon Evans' eight-yard run.

Akayleb Evans was called for pass interference which helped UT get back into its momentum after missing on a deep pass where a Vols receiver had a step. 

That UT drive took 1:52 and covered 75 yards. MU needs to get a touchdown on this upcoming drive or it may be in danger of being down three scores.

Mevis gets the Tigers on the board

When in doubt, trust the big leg.

Missouri's 14-play drive that sent 50 yards stalled when the Tigers' third and 20 handoff to Tyler Badie went for seven yards.

That brought on Harrison Mevis, who nailed a 43-yard field goal to cut the Tennessee lead to 7-3.

MU was called for three holds on the drive. The Tigers overcame the first two, but couldn't convert in UT territory. Connor Bazelak has done a good job of recognizing when the Vols are in man or zone coverage, however. That led to a 32-yard pass to Dionte "Boo" Smith.

Missouri starts with a thud

The first drive of the game for Missouri didn't inspire much confidence, and the defense followed suit with another letdown.

A three and out for Missouri on offense led to a quick touchdown for Tennessee, as Hendon Hooker hit JaVonta Payton for a 35-yard score. 

It puts MU down 7-0 just minutes into the game. The Vols' fast-paced offense had the Tigers on their heels the entire first drive on defense. 

Kickoff for Missouri-Tennessee

Tennessee won the toss and deferred to the second half, so Eli Drinkwitz's offense will have a chance to get started early today.

The Vols will get the ball to start the second half.

Missouri Injury Report

This week, Darius Robinson and Mookie Cooper were designated "out" for Saturday's game by MU. It's the first game Cooper has missed this season with an injury.

Robinson missed last week's game against Boston College, too. He has not played since suffering a leg injury against Southeast Missouri State.

Tight end Niko Hea, wide receiver Barrett Banister and offensive lineman Case Cook were listed as questionable.

For the first time this year, wide receiver Ja'Mori Maclin was not listed on the injury report.

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