COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tennessee misplaced soccer video games by 41 and 38 factors earlier this season.
The Vols had been handed one other sharp dose of humiliation on Saturday evening.
A detailed sport simply earlier than halftime was a blowout as Missouri ran over and round Tennessee within the second half because the Vols resoundingly remained winless within the SEC in a 50-17 rout at Faurot Field.
Another lowlight in a misplaced season for Tennessee (Four-6, Zero-6 SEC) included a hideous defensive efficiency and three turnovers on consecutive snaps within the second half and the Tigers (5-5, 2-Four), who had been picked to complete final within the SEC East within the preseason and started the season 1-5, placing their backup quarterback into the sport with greater than 10 minutes left within the sport.
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Tennessee’s protection was obliterated, not by Missouri’s SEC-best pbading sport, however by the Tigers two-headed dashing badault.
And the hosts did not even have the companies of the injured Damarea Crockett, who ran for greater than 200 yards in opposition to the Vols final season as Missouri rolled up 740 yards, probably the most ever allowed by Tennessee, in a 63-37 loss.
On Saturday evening, Ish Witter (24 carries for 216 yards and one landing) and Larry Rountree (18 carries for 155 yards and a landing) mixed for 9 runs of 10-plus yards and averaged eight.eight yards per carry as Missouri piled up bad dashing yards.
The Tigers outgained the Vols 659-285 and averaged eight.2 yards per play, whereas Tennessee’s offense was hampered by 4 turnovers, 5 sacks and poor effectivity (Four-of-14) on third down.
Tennessee seemed to be heading towards a 17-17 halftime tie after freshman quarterback Will McBride, who made the primary begin of his profession within the absence of the injured Jarrett Guarantano, stood within the pocket to take a giant hit whereas floating a 19-yard landing cross to Ethan Wolf on third-and-goal with 1:15 left within the first half.
Missouri seemed to be content material with going into the break as evidenced by the decision of a third-and-7 run play, although it might need been a wise name given how the Tigers had been operating over the Vols.
Larry Rountree took the easy run play, eluded Micah Abernathy on the level of badault and raced 64 yards to arrange his 1-yard landing run with 18 seconds left within the second quarter.
The floodgates opened within the third quarter, when Missouri scored 17-Zero consecutive factors and outgained the guests 235-57.
Drew Lock hit Emanuel Hall, a Nashville native the Vols by no means supplied, for a 51-yard landing on Missouri’s opening possession of the second half, and the Tigers prolonged the lead later within the third quarter when J’Mon Moore caught a brief cross, shook away from an tried deal with by Justin Martin and scored a 24-yard landing.
Trailing 38-17, Tennessee’s subsequent three snaps went interception, interception and fumble.
McBride’s cross to Wolf deflected into the air and was picked by Anthony Sherrils, although Missouri might solely money it into a brief subject objective.
Kaleb Prewitt stepped in entrance of a late throw by McBride, and the Tigers turned the turnover into one other subject objective solely after a landing cross on a display was known as again for a holding penalty — Missouri had a first-half landing run additionally negated by a holding flag.
Carlin Fils-aime was stripped by Sherrils on a future and Missouri turned the third choose right into a landing through a Lock landing cross to Memphis native Johnathon Johnson because the Tigers hit the half-century mark early within the fourth quarter.
Tennessee’s defensive efficiency was poor, and the Vols had been lucky the injury wasn’t worse.
There was little or no in the best way of brilliant spots for the Vols.
Nigel Warrior dazzlingly returned an interception 70-yard landing to reply Witter’s first landing run on Missouri’s second collection of the sport, and McBride scrambled for one third-down conversion, accomplished a brief changing cross to John Kelly on third down and threw a strike to Brandon Johnson to transform a fourth down on Tennessee’s lone landing drive of the sport on offense.
Aaron Medley kicked a career-long 48-yard subject objective within the first quarter.
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McBride additionally confirmed some toughness by persevering with to bounce again up after taking quite a lot of large hits as he commanded a Tennessee offense that was down to 5 scholarship offensive linemen and a receiving corps with simply six scholarship gamers obtainable.
The blowout loss leaves Tennessee needing to win its closing two video games at house in opposition to LSU and Vanderbilt to get to bowl eligibility, however the end to this season is irrelevant in comparison with the big-picture questions for Tennessee.
Butch Jones won’t be Tennessee’s soccer coach subsequent season, however did this embarrbading loss expedite his departure?
It’s a query solely athletic director John Currie can reply, probably as early as Sunday.