Mizzou football: Tigers kick Arkansas, secure mark in FBS history

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. • His place in SEC story secure, and his team’s ideal second half of a deteriorate intact, Drew Lock ran.

Not toward his teammates. Not toward his coaches. Missouri’s youth quarterback sprinted true for a gold-clad fans who spent Friday afternoon nipping their fingernails off in a dilemma of Donald W. Reynolds Stadium.

“You dream about that as a quarterback,” Lock pronounced after Mizzou kick Arkansas 48-45 in a Battle Line Rivalry. “It’s a tie ballgame. You’ve got X volume of mins on a time to try to go win a football diversion for your school, for your state, for your university. Especially opposite your opposition team.”

This Mizzou football deteriorate will be remembered in halves. First came a green start. Then came this astonishing flourish, an ascendance from a remains fueled by a frustrations of a past.

That account could have lapsed on this field.

For many of 4 quarters, a manly offense that had fueled a Tigers by their five-game winning aria struggled to get out from underneath a dysfunctional invulnerability that was final speckled during a initial half of a season’s five-game skid.

It was mostly wondered how a mountainous Tigers would respond when they encountered a tighten game. Here it was. The winning aria lives.

A shamed Tigers invulnerability forced a domain idea on Arkansas’ final genuine expostulate of a game. An uptempo Tigers offense that set module and Southeastern Conference annals incited defensive, milking a tie diversion until a final moments before Tucker McCann kicked a 19-yard domain idea to secure a win.

“It was ugly, many of each partial of it,” Tigers manager Barry Odom admitted.

Step back, and a large design looks flattering good.

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Mizzou finished Odom’s second deteriorate 7-5 and 4-4 in a SEC. Last week, a Tigers became a 14th group in FBS story to spin a 1-5 start into a bowl-worthy season. Now they are a 10th group in FBS history, and usually a fourth from a Power 5 program, to spin a 1-5 start into a six-game winning streak.

Odom, distinct fifth-year Arkansas manager Bret Bielema, will be behind subsequent season. Arkansas (4-8, 1-7 SEC) dismissed Bielema moments after a game. He finished with a 29-34 record and an 11-29 record in a SEC. Odom has won 6 of his final 11 SEC games.

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Before a Tigers could refurbish their play résumé, they had to shake an competition that gave no signs it was personification for a lame-duck coach. Arkansas and Mizzou scored 90 sum points in 55 mins of play usually to breeze adult tied with 5 mins to go. There had been 5 lead changes by a time Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen cumulative a uninformed set of downs during a Tigers’ 24-yard line with 6 minutes, 24 seconds to play. A Tigers invulnerability that had surrendered 446 yards and an normal of 7.3 yards per play managed to things a run and force back-to-back deficient passes. The Hogs staid for a Connor Limpert 42-yard domain idea with 5 mins left.

“We knew if we gave a offense a chance, they were going to measure on them,” pronounced defensive finish Marcell Frazier after a career-high 8 tackles and 3 pass deflections.

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But Mizzou’s offense didn’t need to usually score. Scoring had been no problem.

Lock’s 5 touchdown passes brought his deteriorate sum to 43. He upheld Chase Daniel (38 in 2008) for a Tigers’ single-season record and kick a SEC record of 40 set by Kentucky’s Andre Woodson in 2007. He became a initial SEC quarterback this century to chuck for 3 or some-more touchdowns in 8 uninterrupted games.

Receiver Emanuel Hall held touchdown passes of 55 and 56 yards before a right hamstring aria private him from a game. Tight finish Albert Okwuegbunam also held dual touchdown passes, bringing his deteriorate sum to 11 and bumping Jeremy Maclin’s 9 from a single-season module record for a freshman. Even devoted receiver J’Mon Moore had overcome during slightest 3 drops, including one botched touchdown, to measure and pierce into fourth place on a Tigers’ all-time receiving chart.

No, what a offense indispensable to do was both measure and keep Arkansas from scoring again.

Mission accomplished.

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Lock led a 14-play, 75-yard expostulate that chewed adult 4 minutes, 55 seconds. Witter carried a round 9 times, bringing his effort to a career-high 39 carries to go with 172 rushing yards and a Tigers’ initial touchdown. Mizzou did not blink when what seemed to be a Lock touchdown run on a second-and-7 from a 12-yard line was negated by a holding penalty. Witter carried for 5 yards on a following play, forcing Arkansas to call a final timeout with 1:14 left, afterwards picked adult a initial down on a following play.

“Quite overtly we messed it adult there during a end,” Odom pronounced of a timeout he called with 9 seconds left. “We should have never had to kickoff there. The group done me right.”

Regardless, Arkansas had usually 5 seconds after McCann’s domain idea for a Hail Mary try following a kickoff.

The swell from a possess 25-yard line fell brief and incomplete.

The spectacle was about a usually thing Allen couldn’t accomplish. He had dealt with a shoulder damage entrance into a game, though finished 14-of-29 passes for dual touchdowns, and ran for another. He burnt Mizzou’s defensive backs early and often, averaging 22.3 yards per completion. Arkansas using backs David Williams and Devwah Whaley sum for 3 touchdowns. Both averaged some-more than 5 yards per carry.

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The Razorbacks twice grabbed a 14-point lead in a initial half and trailed usually 31-28 during intermission. They took leads twice in a second half before dusk a diversion during 45-45. Mizzou had not authorised some-more than 21 points during a five-game winning streak. The Tigers’ normal domain of feat entering Friday’s diversion was a whopping 35.4 points per game.

“It was kind of a shock, as distant as them using it adult like that,” defensive lineman Terry Beckner Jr. said. “We had to start behind playing.”

And now they’ll keep playing. A play diversion awaits. An eighth win is within reach.

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