COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Three decades ago, Drew Lock’s freshman season ended with a dismal performance in a blowout loss to Arkansas at a chilly downpour. A losing season combined with the retirement of longtime coach Gary Pinkel had the quarterback questioning whether Missouri was the right school for him.
On Friday, the weather and only the opponent was exactly the same. Lock threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two more to guide Missouri in his final home match to a victory over Arkansas. After a rocky start to his career, Lock has led the Tigers to two straight winning seasons and placed himself for a high NFL draft pick, which explained Denver Broncos general manager John Elway’s existence in Friday’s match.
“The ideal way to put it is that it just felt right walking off the field,” Lock explained.
Missouri (8-4, 4-4 SEC) held Arkansas (2-10, 0-8 SEC) to only 187 total yards and broke the game open by converting two second-quarter turnovers into 14 points.
Lock had lots of help on both sides of the ball from Arkansas. Emanuel Hall grabbed six passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns. Larry Rountree carried 29 times for 119 yards to go over 1,000 yards on the season.
Arkansas had no response. On the next show, Missouri defensive tackle Jordan Elliott sacked Storey and forced a fumble that Akial Byers recovered at the end zone to provide the Tigers a 21-0 lead. Elliott, who entered the game with no sofa, racked up three from the Razorbacks.
Morris made a change at quarterback in the second quarter, including freshman Connor Noland in place of Storey, who’s a junior. Storey completed 4 of 7 passes for 24 yards, and Noland had been 5 of 17 for 98 yards.
“Connor did some fantastic things,” Morris said. “Thought he got the ball hit some throws that were great to see. Missed some, but I thought that the more he played, he made more comfortable. ”
Missouri’s noteworthy participant in the state of Arkansas, running back Damarea Crockett, did not play against the Razorbacks for the third consecutive year. He had been suspended in 2016 and was injured for the last two meetings. But three other gamers in the Razorbacks’ home — Fayetteville — made the Tigers donations.
The largest was a defensive end who scored his first career touchdown on a fumble recovery, Byers.
The truth that it came from his hometown team wasn’t.
Barrett Banister, a professional walk-on from Fayetteville who has carved out a role for a possession receiver, caught two passes for 12 yards. Backup quarterback Taylor Powell, who substituted Lock in the fourth quarter, completed 1 of 2 passes for 6 yards.
Arkansas: It was a rough debut season for Morris. Since moving 2-8 in 11, the Razorbacks submitted their wins.
Missouri: In an attempt to boost sagging attendance, Odom offered to buy tickets to Friday’s match for any lovers who desired to attend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Missouri took orders for 5,537 tickets, with an estimated cost of $138,425. However temperatures and heavy rain in the 40s no doubt kept fans off as attendance was announced at 52,482 but appeared much smaller than that.
Arkansas: Morris will have tons of time to put the finishing touches on a promising recruiting class that currently has 24 verbal commitments and is ranked No. 12 nationally by Rivals.com.
Missouri: The Tigers will play in the last 14 decades in their 11th and their second bowl game.
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