Missouri Wins a Thriller in 4 OT Against the Vols
KNOXVILLE - The University of Missouri football team (4-5, 1-5 SEC) went on the road to take on the Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, 0-5 SEC) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams Saturday. Mizzou endured quadruple overtime against the Volunteers to win the game, 51-48.
Tennessee scored first to go up, 7-0 in the first quarter.
Mizzou's special teams once again played a factor in the game when Jimmie Hunt returned a kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. It was Hunt's only return on the day.
Tennessee quarterback, Tyler Bray passed for 404 yards, completing 37 of 54 attempts and four touchdowns.
Volunteer receivers, Mychal Rivera and Justin Hunter both went over 100 yards on the day. Rivera caught 10 passes for 129 yards with one touchdown and Hunter had nine receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown.
Mizzou was down, 21-7 at the end of the first half, but came back in the second half to force overtime with the game tied, 28-28 at the end of regulation.
Running back, Kendial Lawrence started Mizzou off with a 77 yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half making it, 21-14. Lawrence finished the day with 153 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns.
After another Tennessee touchdown, the Tigers drove 65 yards with Lawrence scoring again on a one yard touchdown run to bring Missouri closer, 28-21.
In the fourth quarter, James Franklin tossed a 25 yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham with 47 seconds left, bringing the score to, 28-28. Tennessee would not score on their final possession in regulation and the game would go to overtime.
Franklin completed 19 of 32 passes for 226 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Green-Beckham caught only two passes for 35 yards, both receptions were for touchdowns.
Both squads traded touchdowns in the first three overtimes, bringing the score to 48-48. In the fourth overtime, the Missouri defense held Tennessee on downs to give the ball back to the offense. Kicker, Andrew Baggett made a 35 yard field goal to win the game, 51-48.
Mizzou keeps post-season hopes alive, improving their record to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the SEC.
The Tigers will be back at Faurot Field for the last time next Saturday as Mizzou hosts the Syracuse Orange in a blackout game. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. CST.