Posted: Nov 4, 2013 8:11 PM by Jack Bernstein, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer
Updated: Nov 4, 2013 8:25 PM
COLUMBIA - After a dominant 31-3 victory over Tennessee last weekend, the 9th ranked Missouri Tigers are busy preparing for the Kentucky Wildcats. Many people wondered how the Tigers would respond after the double overtime loss to South Carolina, but all doubt was erased quickly against the Volunteers.
The Tigers moved to 8-1 and finished their three game homestand on a very high note last weekend. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk started his third game at quarterback against the Vols and came out of gates firing. He threw three touchdown passes in the first half as the Tigers opened up a 24-3 lead and never looked back.
Tennessee was averaging 27 points per game coming into Faurot Field, but the Tigers defense held them to just three. They ball-hawking defensive unit forced two more interceptions last weekend bringing their season total to 17, which is second in the nation. They also had three sacks, seven tackles for loss and four pass breakups.
The Tigers are now ranked 8th in the BCS poll and are looking for their 9th win of the season against the struggling Wildcats this week. A win would secure the Tigers fifth 9-1 start in their 123 year history and also win consecutive games as a top-10 team for the first time since 2008. Kickoff is set for 11:00 a.m in Lexington, Kentucky and will air on ESPNU.