Well, there is only one quarterback we need to talk about and that would be the great Drew Lock. Drew was on fire as he threw for a total of 398 yards with 33 completions on 45 attempts. He tacked on four passing touchdowns and also, very surprisingly, a rushing touchdown. We also got to see some wheels on Lock as he ran for 51 yards and in the 3rd quarter had a 27-yard read option run. I think the thing that has been noticeable for Drew is that his completion percentage numbers have looked very impressive these past two games.
Last week vs UT-Martin, he was 19 for 25 which amounts to a 76% completion percentage. Tonight he had a 73% completion percentage. That’s something that I feel is very surprising as Lock has been a mid to high 50’s guy when it comes to his completion percentage.
Verdict: Heisman, here he comes.
This week was actually very similar to last week when it came to the run game for the Tigers. No explosive runs, but the team still had 203 yards of total rushing. Demarea Crockett led all rushers with 73 yards on 19 carries. Tyler Badie added 46 yards with 11 carries, and Rountree tacked on 34 yards on 10 carries. Drew Lock was the second leading rusher for your Tigers as he ran for 51 yards on the night on five attempts.
If anything, I think the Tigers had a decent night on the ground, but we are still yet to see a big explosive run. Quite disappointing really if you think about how high the bar was set for the offensive line and the running backs. Yet still, decent night on the ground for the Tigers and excited to see if anything can improve next week.
Verdict: Could use improvement but nothing to be highly concerned about.
Receiving Corps: Like I said in my pregame overview this unit was what I was most excited for this year and boy the receiving corps did not disappoint. Emmanuel Hall was unstoppable tonight as he had 171 yards receiving on 10 catches, and also had a touchdown. Every time he steps on the field, Hall manages to look better and I would not be surprised if he starts getting some well deserved NFL attention.
Johnathan Johnson also had 61 yards on seven catches with a TD grab. Albert Okwuegbunam had 50 yards on 7 catches tonight. He also had a touchdown grab that was very nice as he made a leaping catch and held on to the ball as he was hit from behind in the end zone. Nate Brown had one reception for 27 yards on the night as well. Kendall Blanton also had a touchdown reception. The Mizzou receiving corps has been highly impressive this year and might just be the best in the SEC.
Verdict: Best receiving corps since the 2013-2014 season.
The offensive line had yet again another very solid night. No sacks allowed for the unit and did a very good job at giving Drew Lock time to read the defense and get rid of the ball when he needed to. The Wyoming defensive line looked like little kids compared to the offensive line that averages 320 pounds.
Not too much to say about the unit as a whole other than they had a solid night, and got the job done.
Verdict: A solid unit as a whole and has tons of potential.
Defensive Line: The defensive line improved upon their sort of average performance from week one. They did a very good job at getting to Vander Wall on the night and it really played crucial. The unit limited the Cowboys rushing attack to only 88 yards in total.
Luckily the Cowboys did not have Nico Evans as he looked to be a very crucial part of the offense for the Cowboys. Chris Turner had his first sack of the year and hopefully many more to come as he looks to have a lot of potential as an edge rusher.
Verdict: Improved from last year.
The linebackers looked solid tonight. Senior Terez Hall had four tackles tonight for the Tigers. He also did a very impressive job of getting to the quarterback and getting a few good hits on Vander Waal. Brandon Lee had three tackles of his own tonight and looked solid as well, but later in the game he was ejected due to a targeting penalty in the second half and will have to sit out in the first half vs Purdue next week.
Cale Garrett also added two tackles on the night for Mizzou.
Verdict: Solid unit with good veteran leadership.
Boy, the secondary looked yet again impressive tonight. Overall a very solid performance and really something that I was worried about, going into the game. The unit played very clean as a whole and looked prepared tonight with no blown coverage plays tonight except all but one in the fourth quarter that really did not matter.
DeMarkus Acy had an impressive performance tonight as he had a couple good pass breakups and had one tackle. Adam Sparks stood out to me as well as he seemed to really stick like glue to whoever he was covering. I think Sparks is a guy that has a lot of potential and could be a game changer for the Tigers later in his career.
Verdict: Might be the strength of the defense as a whole.
Not really much to mention here. Tucker McCann was 2/4 on the night with a career high 50-yard field goal. Corey Fatoney wasn’t needed much at all as he had two punts on the night but both ended up inside the 20.
Verdict: Nothing too special