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Tennessee wins at Missouri in 62-24 rout

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- — Hendon Hooker threw for three touchdowns and ran for another as Tennessee routed Missouri 62-24, scoring touchdowns on its first six possessions Saturday.

Hooker completed 15 of 19 passes for 225 yards and rushed 14 times for 74 yards. He wasn't the only Volunteer who padded his stats against a beleaguered defense. Tiyon Evans rushed 15 times for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee (3-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) piled up 677 total yards and never punted.

The Volunteers built a 28-3 first-quarter lead without ever needing to run a third-down play. Among the many highlights was Evans' 92-yard touchdown run in which he ran through a massive hole on the right side and wasn't touched by a Missouri defender.

The 92-yard TD run was third-longest in program history.

The Tigers (2-3, 0-2 SEC) entered the game ranked 129th out of 130 FBS teams in rushing defense, allowing an average of 269 rushing yards per game. Tennessee had 275 rushing yards in the first half alone as it built a 45-10 lead and finished with 452 yards on the ground.

The Tennessee defense contained Missouri's big-play threat, Tyler Badie, holding the running back to 41 yards on 21 carries, and intercepted quarterback Connor Bazelak twice. The best moment for Missouri came on special teams when Kris Abrams-Draine returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

THE TAKEAWAY

Tennessee: Hooker, a graduate transfer from Virginia Tech, lost the preseason quarterback battle to Joe Milton, but since taking over as the starter in Game 3, he has emerged as a solid player. Hooker guided the Volunteers to scores on their first nine drives. He delivered touchdown passes of 35 yards to JaVonta Payton, 35 yards to Velus Jones Jr. and 24 yards to Cedric Tillman.

Missouri: It's been a disastrous start to the tenure of first-year defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, a former NFL head coach. After using a 4-2-5 formation the first four games, Wilks started the game in a 3-3-5 against the Volunteers, but Tennessee was not bothered in the least by the new look. Missouri's defensive line and linebackers couldn't get off blocks, allowing Tennessee running backs to get into the secondary with ease.

UP NEXT

Tennessee: The Volunteers play South Carolina at home on Oct. 9.

Missouri: The Tigers meet North Texas at home on Oct. 9.

 

 

 

Box score below:

 

 

2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Hendon Hooker 15/19 225 11.8 3 0
TEAM 15/19 225 11.8 3 0
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Connor Bazelak 27/44 322 7.3 0 2
TEAM 27/44 322 7.3 0 2
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Tiyon Evans 15 156 10.4 3 92
Len'Neth Whitehead 9 76 8.4 0 33
Hendon Hooker 14 74 5.3 1 19
Marcus Pierce Jr. 11 45 4.1 1 27
Joe Milton III 2 39 19.5 0 32
Jabari Small 3 38 12.7 0 21
Jaylen Wright 4 24 6.0 0 9
TEAM 58 452 7.8 5 92
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LONG
Tyler Badie 21 41 2.0 1 15
Elijah Young 3 16 5.3 0 7
BJ Harris 1 15 15.0 0 15
D'ionte Smith 2 4 2.0 1 4
Dawson Downing 1 3 3.0 0 3
Chance Luper 1 2 2.0 0 2
Connor Bazelak 1 -7 -7.0 0 0
TEAM 30 74 2.5 2 15
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Velus Jones Jr. 7 79 11.3 1 35
Cedric Tillman 4 73 18.3 1 29
JaVonta Payton 1 35 35.0 1 35
Princeton Fant 1 15 15.0 0 15
Jacob Warren 1 13 13.0 0 13
Len'Neth Whitehead 1 10 10.0 0 10
TEAM 15 225 15.0 3 35
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LONG
Keke Chism 4 76 19.0 0 56
Tauskie Dove 4 68 17.0 0 38
D'ionte Smith 1 32 32.0 0 32
Tyler Badie 3 27 9.0 0 17
Daniel Parker Jr. 2 26 13.0 0 17
Dominic Lovett 3 26 8.7 0 11
Chance Luper 4 24 6.0 0 15
Messiah Swinson 2 21 10.5 0 11
JJ Hester 1 14 14.0 0 14
Barrett Banister 1 6 6.0 0 6
Elijah Young 1 2 2.0 0 2
BJ Harris 1 0 0.0 0 0
TEAM 27 322 11.9 0 56
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Fumbles
  FUM LOST REC
No Tennessee Fumbles
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Fumbles
  FUM LOST REC
No Missouri Fumbles
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Interceptions
  INT YDS TD
Jeremy Banks 1 32 0
Jaylen McCollough 1 29 0
TEAM 2 61 0
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Interceptions
  INT YDS TD
No Missouri Interceptions
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Kick Returns
  NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Velus Jones Jr. 1 21 21.0 21 0
TEAM 1 21 21.0 21 0
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Kick Returns
  NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Kris Abrams-Draine 3 138 46.0 100 1
TEAM 3 138 46.0 100 1
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Punt Returns
  NO YDS AVG LONG TD
Velus Jones Jr. 2 16 8.0 15 0
TEAM 2 16 8.0 15 0
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Punt Returns
  NO YDS AVG LONG TD
No Missouri Punt Returns
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Kicking
  FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Chase McGrath 2/2 100.0 27 8/8 14
TEAM 2/2 100.0 27 8/8 14
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Kicking
  FG PCT LONG XP PTS
Harrison Mevis 1/1 100.0 43 3/3 6
TEAM 1/1 100.0 43 3/3 6
2633.png&h=100&w=100Tennessee Punting
  NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
No Tennessee Punting
142.png&h=100&w=100Missouri Punting
  NO YDS AVG TB IN 20 LONG
Team 2 91 45.5 0 1 47
Grant McKinniss 2 85 42.5 0 1 48
TEAM 4 176 44.0 0 2 48

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Not a single play by other QB backups

 

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I had mixed feelings playing South Carolina but now a possible winnable game. I know it's Mizzou so won't go overboard but Hooker settling in and running game starting to click.

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Pretty good road win for a 3 point underdog. ThVols are getting better every week, totally bought in, and playing their butts off for Josh Heuple. Game ball goes to Tiyon Evans. His 92 yd TD run is the all time 4th longest TD run in Tennessee history. 

 

671 total yds for the game, and 217 yds (161 rushing) in the 1st qtr alone. ThVols scored on every first half possession, and had 6 consecutive TD's in the game. Going into the locker room at halftime UT led the game 45-10 with 425 total yds on offense, 275 yds on the ground. For the game Hooker ran 14 times for 74 yds and a TD, and went 15 of 19 passing for 225 yds and 3 TD's. 

 

Marcus Pierce is a walk-on senior from Maryville College...

 

They're learning how to win... :Tennrules:

 

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Impressive win. Kind of like beating a ball of kitten fur. Way to go..... :lol:

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