86 | 60th AutoZone Liberty Bowl
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Game 9: Mizzou 38, #11 Florida 17
November 3 | Gainesville, Fla.
Mizzou defeated No. 11 Florida, 38-17, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The victory marked the highest-ranked team that Mizzou
has defeated on the road since toppling No. 7 Georgia
in Athens in 2013.
Mizzou opened a 21-3 lead with a four-yard TD run by junior RB
Damarea Crockett with 6:06 remaining in the second quarter as
Crockett was part of a Mizzou offense that rushed for 148 yards on
20 attempts in the opening 30 minutes (7.4 yards per carry). Florida
scored late in the second quarter to cut Mizzou’s lead to 21-10 at intermission.
The Tigers then forced stops on Florida’s first two possessions of
the second half and countered with TDs of their own to open a 35-10
lead which put the game away.
Senior QB Drew Lock moved into third place in SEC history after
throwing for three TDs, moving his career total to 90, passing Florida’s
Tim Tebow and Chris Leak (88) and Tennessee’s Peyton Manning (89).
He also passed for 250 yards, moving his career total to 11,089, which
moved him past Florida’s Danny Wuerffel (10,817 from 1993-96) for
sixth in SEC history.
After Mizzou broke out to a 21-3 lead in the second quarter, Florida
countered with a TD drive of its own to cut the lead to 21-10 at
the half, keeping the Gators in the game as they got the ball back
to begin the second half. However, Mizzou’s defense forced a threeand
out to open the third and Lock responded by finding freshman
WR Kam Scott for a 41-yard TD with 10:05 remaining to give Mizzou a
28-10 lead. The defense again bowed up to force a punt and Mizzou
marched down the field for another TD, this time a four-yard strike
from Lock to senior WR Emanuel Hall, extending Mizzou’s lead to 35-
Game 10: Mizzou 33, Vanderbilt 28
November 10 | Memorial Stadium
Mizzou rallied from 11 points down to defeat Vanderbilt, 33-
28, at Memorial Stadium to notch its sixth win of the year
and the much-coveted bowl eligibility that comes along
with. Mizzou trailed 28-26 going into the fourth quarter, but a huge
fourth-and-goal stop from the one-yard-line by Mizzou’s defense
swung momentum back to the home team. Mizzou then drove 99
yards the other way and scored on its ensuing drive courtesy of
a three-yard rush from senior QB Drew Lock to take the lead for
Mizzou improved to 6-4 on the year and 2-4 in SEC play and
became bowl eligible for the second consecutive season. Mizzou
head coach Barry Odom is just the fourth Mizzou coach ever – Dan
Devine, Don Faurot and Warren Powers – to take Mizzou to a bowl
game in two of his first three seasons.
Lock moved into third place on the SEC’s career passing yards list
in the win and junior RB Damarea Crockett tallied his third career
100-yard game of the season and ninth in his career.
As the quarter turned from the third to the fourth, Mizzou’s defense
saw the team trailing 28-26 with Vanderbilt knocking on the
door, facing a fourth-and-goal from the Tiger one. Mizzou’s defensive
line bowed up and held the Commodores out of the end zone.
Mizzou then took the ball on the ensuing possession and went 99
yards in 5:38. The 14-play drive was capped by a three-yard TD rush
by QB Drew Lock, which gave Mizzou a 33-28 lead with 9:18 remaining.
The Commodores would get their chance to win the game,
though, having the ball on Mizzou’s 25-yard line with just five seconds
to go. The ‘Dores took their shot to the end zone, but the ball
was batted down, and the Tigers secured their sixth win of the season.
RUNNING BACK DAMAREA CROCKETT LED ALL RUSHERS WITH 114 YARDS AND ONE
TOUCHDOWN IN MIZZOU’S IMPRESSIVE ROAD WIN.
WIDEOUT EMANUEL HALL CAUGHT THREE PASSES IN THE WIN OVER VANDERBILT,
WHICH MADE MIZZOU BOWL ELIGIBLE.