The Missouri Tigers (8-1, 4-1) had little trouble handling the Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday evening in Columbia, beating them easily, 31-3. The Tigers dominated in just about every facet of the game.
It was a nice bounce back game after last week’s tough overtime loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks. There was no down ward spiral for Missouri ,and they took care of an opponent they should beat.
The was very little bad or ugly in this game for the Tigers so we will have to dig deep to find something negative. But first…
THE TURNOVER BATTLE: Missouri continue to dominate in the turnover category. Against the Volunteers, the defense picked off two more balls and recovered one more fumble, while the offense was turnover free.
So far this season, the Tigers defense has forced 24 turnovers and the offense has only coughed the ball up 9 times. If there is a single stat that is a great indicator for the success enjoyed this season thus far, it is that the Tigers are +15 in turnovers.
THE RUNNING GAME: Once again, the Tiger running attack was brilliant. Missouri racked up 339 yards on the ground on 54 carries. The leading rusher was quarterback Maty Mauk with 114 yards on 13 totes. The Tigers averaged 6.3 yard a rush, and they continue to have one of the best rushing attacks in all of college football, averaging 237 yards a game. They have three talented, effective backs, and both Maty Mauk and injured James Franklin can run the ball as well.
THE RUN DEFENSE: While the Tigers offense was piling up over 300 yards on the ground, the defense was holding the Volunteers to under 100 yards on the ground. Tennessee only produced 94 yards on 24 carries, for a 3.9 average. Take away 33-yard scamper from quarterback Joshua Dobbs, and the Vols only had 61 yards on 23 attempts, less than 3 yards per attempt.