Mizzou runs all over Tennessee on senior night, wins fourth straight

Opponent Preview: Tigers look to capitalize against skidding Tennessee

Opponent Preview: Tigers look to capitalize against skidding Tennessee

Last week against Florida, Lock got in on the action, rushing a season-high seven times for 35 yards. Witter, generously listed at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, has never begun a season as Missouri's No. 1 option at running back, but by virtue of his dependability and durability, he has been a valuable contributor. Ish Witter carried the ball 24 times for 216 yards and a touchdown on his senior night. The Tigers (5-5, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) dominated the line of scrimmage, with both running backs often reaching the secondary before they were touched. Way too many missed tackles, too many misfits.

Schemes such as the unsuccessful #EmptyNeyland movement, where fans were hypothetically boycotting games while Jones is still coach, have been concocted in what is likely Jones' final year at the helm of Tennessee.

By game's end the Vols had given up 659 yards to Missouri a year after allowing a school-record 740 yards to the Tigers. The junior is on his way to a 1,000-yard season, with 730 rushing yards in eight games to go along with eight touchdowns.

"Sometimes it's not setting the front the right way". "Everyone on defense is tied to a string".

Then he will decide who is going to play.

With the game tied at 7-7, the Tigers used eight plays and a 31-yard pass by Lock to take a 14-7 advantage before Tennessee's starting kicker Aaron Medley made a career-long 48-yard field goal to end the first.

This time, it is Missouri that finds itself in the midst of a winning streak, which now sits at three games thanks to blowout wins over Idaho, Connecticut and Florida.

Just after McBride hit senior tight Ethan Wolf for Tennessee's first passing touchdown since September 23 for the tying touchdown, the defense gave up one of the costliest plays of the game.

Lock capped a short 45-yard drive with his fourth touchdown pass - that gave him a FBS-leading 36 on the season - to Johnat Johnson covering 20 yards. He helped score Tennessee's only offensive touchdown of the night. He ran for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman, so that should have hurt this offense - but it has not.

The Tigers dominated the second half, thanks in part to a defense that forced four turnovers, including three takeaways on three straight Tennessee snaps.

Freshman quarterback Will McBride showed grit in his first career start.

Tennessee picked up a first down on its opening series when McBride completed a swing pass to Ty Chandler for 7 yards.

The Tigers defense had five sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Guarantano has been the Volunteers' starter the last four games. Their average margin of victory was 37 points.

"Nothing we didn't see coming, necessarily", Tennessee linebacker Colton Jumper said.

Tennessee: The lopsided loss will only add to the heat on Jones.

While improving its pass defense, Tennessee's run defense ranks among the worst in school history, and nearly 40 yards per game worse than last season. Jones, who is 34-27 in five seasons at Tennessee, deflected a question about his job status after the game. It's about these seniors, these players. "It ain't about the coach, it ain't about nothing else".

Next Saturday, the Tigers travel to Nashville, TN to take on Vanderbilt.

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