82 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Game 6: #1 Alabama 39, Mizzou 10
October 13 | Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Mizzou Football lost to No. 1 Alabama, 39-10, in MU’s first-ever
appearance at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mizzou and Alabama
were locked in a close game at the end of the first quarter,
with Mizzou trailing 13-10, but a 17-point second quarter helped Alabama
pull away for the win. Mizzou fell to 3-3 on the year (0-3 SEC)
while the top-ranked Tide improved to 7-0 and 4-0 in league games.
Despite a solid first quarter that saw Mizzou hang the most
first-quarter points against the Tide this season while limiting the
Tide to their fewest in an initial frame, things escalated quickly in the
second quarter. After Mizzou QB Drew Lock found Jalen Knox for a
23-yard scoring strike late in the first quarter, momentum seemed to
be with the Tigers. Alabama then took the ball and went 75 yards in
nine plays to take a 20-10 lead.
On the next possession, the Tigers faced a third-and-five deep in
its own territory. Alabama’s Isaiah Buggs broke through the line and
sacked Lock, who fumbled on the play. The Tide recovered on the 19-
yard line and scored a TD on the very next play to break the game
open at 27-10.
That was part of a 17-0 second quarter in favor of the Tide that
gave them the separation needed to win the game. Mizzou’s offense
was held to a season-low 212 yards of total offense, with 126 of that
total coming in the opening quarter as the Tigers hung tight out of
the gate with the nation’s top team.
Game 7: Mizzou 65, Memphis 33
October 20 | Memorial Stadium
Mizzou scored 48 points in the first half and rolled to a 65-
33 Homecoming victory over Memphis at Memorial Stadium.
Mizzou improved to 4-3 on the season and 62-40-5 in
Homecoming games. Mizzou has won 12 of its last 17 Homecoming
games and two in a row. Memphis fell to 4-4 on the year.
Senior QB Drew Lock turned in the sixth-best single-game QB
rating in school history (226.2) as he threw for 350 yards on 23-of-
29 passing with four TDs, his 11th career game with four scores.
Many of those yards went to sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam
as he tallied a career-high 159 yards on just six catches with three
of them going for scores, matching his career-high.
The turning point in the game came in the second quarter. After
Memphis scored 17 consecutive points to a trim a 21-0 Mizzou
lead to just four, head coach Barry Odom rolled the dice. Facing a
fourth-and-one from their own 34-yard line, the Tigers turned to
their senior QB on a rollout. He placed a perfect throw to Memphis
native Johnathon Johnson for an eight-yard gain to move the
On the very next play, Mizzou ran the run-pass-option to perfection
and Lock found sophomore TE Albert Okwuegbunam for
a 58-yard TD to shift momentum back toward the Tigers. On the
ensuing Memphis drive, sophomore CB Adam Sparks hauled in his
third career interception on the first play of the drive. Mizzou then
scored on the first play of its ensuing drive on a 44-yard strike from
Lock to Knox and Mizzou controlled the game from there.
FRESHMAN WIDEOUT KNOX HAULED IN THIS TOUCHDOWN PASS FROM DREW LOCK IN
THE FIRST QUARTER AT TOP-RANKED ALABAMA.
TIGHT END ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM HAD A THREE-TOUCHDOWN DAY AND A
CAREER-BEST 159 YARDS AGAINST MEMPHIS.