Tigers rout Vols to stay on top in SEC East
Columbia, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Maty Mauk threw three first-half touchdown passes and No. 10 Missouri bounced back strongly from a gut-wrenching loss by posting a 31-3 rout of Tennessee in SEC action from Faurot Field.
Mauk managed only 163 yards on a 12-of-25 completion rate, but delivered a career-high 114 rushing yards on 13 attempts as the Tigers rebounded from last week's 27-24 double-overtime setback to South Carolina and remained in control of the SEC East race.
Missouri (8-1, 4-1 SEC) blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead against the Gamecocks, but prevented any chance of an encore by holding the Volunteers scoreless in the second half and churning out 339 rushing yards.
The win kept the Tigers as the division's only one-loss team.
Marcus Lucas hauled in one of Mauk's scoring strikes and finished with 75 yards on four catches, while Henry Josey rushed for 74 yards on 16 attempts for Missouri.
True freshman Joshua Dobbs completed 26-of-42 throws for 240 yards in his first career start for Tennessee (4-5, 1-4), but was intercepted twice and lost a fumble as the Volunteers were handed an 11th straight road loss in SEC play. Alton Howard finished with 11 catches totaling 89 yards in defeat.
11/02 22:41:06 ET