- The ninth-ranked Missouri Tigers (8-1, 4-1 SEC) re-discovered their rhythm in a 31-3 win over the Tennessee Volunteers (4-5, 1-4) on Saturday. For the first time in his three games as starter, Missouri's Maty Mauk was the more experienced quarterback on the field. The Tigers' defense pressured Tennessee freshman quarterback Joshua Dobbs throughout the game in the first start of his career. Dobbs turned the ball over three times, including two interceptions.
Dobbs finished 26 of 42 for 240 yards and led the Volunteers with 45 yards rushing. After struggling against South Carolina, Mauk rebounded in a solid, albeit erratic, performance. He threw three first-half touchdown passes to help stake the Tigers a 24-3 halftime lead. Mauk completed 12 of 25 passes for 163 yards, the second straight game he finished with a completion percentage under 50 percent.
Mauk didn't reign in his scrambling ability, however, which helped Missouri's offense move down the field after stalling a week ago. Mauk ran for 114 yards on 13 carries, becoming the first Missouri quarterback to rush for over 100 yards since James Franklin in the 2011 Independence Bowl. Mauk's three touchdown passes went to three different receivers. Dorial Green-Beckham caught a 9-yard pass for a touchdown in the first quarter, and touchdowns of 26 and 40 yards to L'Damian Washington and Marcus Lucas were broken up by a 51-yard field goal by Tennessee's Michael Palardy. - The Sports Xchange