Hendon Hooker threw for 3 touchdowns and ran for one more as Tennessee routed Missouri 62-24, scoring touchdowns on its first six possessions Saturday.
Hooker accomplished 15 of 19 passes for 225 yards and rushed 14 occasions for 74 yards. He wasn’t the one Volunteer who padded his stats in opposition to a beleaguered protection. Tiyon Evans rushed 15 occasions for 156 yards and three touchdowns. Tennessee (3-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) piled up 677 whole yards and by no means punted.
The Volunteers constructed a 28-3 first-quarter lead with out ever needing to run a third-down play. Among the various highlights was Evans’ 92-yard landing run during which he ran by means of an enormous gap on the correct aspect and wasn’t touched by a Missouri defender.
The Tigers (2-3, 0-2 SEC) entered the sport ranked 129th out of 130 FBS groups in speeding protection, permitting a median of 269 speeding yards per sport. Tennessee had 275 speeding yards within the first half alone because it constructed a 45-10 lead and completed with 452 yards on the bottom.
The Tennessee protection contained Missouri’s big-play menace, Tyler Badie, holding the working again to 41 yards on 21 carries, and intercepted quarterback Connor Bazelak twice. The greatest second for Missouri got here on particular groups when Kris Abrams-Draine returned a kickoff 100 yards for a landing within the third quarter.
Tennessee: Hooker, a graduate switch from Virginia Tech, misplaced the preseason quarterback battle to Joe Milton, however since taking up because the starter in Game 3, he has emerged as a strong participant. Hooker guided the Volunteers to scores on their first 9 drives. He delivered landing 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 begin to the tenure of first-year defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, a former NFL head coach. After utilizing a 4-2-5 formation the primary 4 video games, Wilks began the sport in a 3-3-5 in opposition to the Volunteers, however Tennessee was not bothered within the least by the brand new look. Missouri’s defensive position and linebackers couldn’t get off blocks, permitting Tennessee working backs to get into the secondary with ease.
Tennessee: The Volunteers play South Carolina at house on Oct. 9.
Missouri: The Tigers meet North Texas at house on Oct. 9.
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