MIZZOU FOOTBALL DROPS 61 ON EASTERN MICHIGAN IN HOME OPENER
On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (1-1) evened up their season record with a 61-21 win over the Eastern Michigan Eagles (1-1).
"I'm happy for my players on getting that first win," said Coach Odom. "We've got a lot of work to do. We'll continue to get better. We've got to clean up a lot of things."
Sophomore QB Drew Lock tied a single-season school record with 5 passing TDs, as he finished the night 24-37-0 (65%) for 450 yards (12.2 yards/attempt). For the second straight week, Missouri had a pair of 100-yard receivers, as Johnathon Johnson made 5 receptions for 115 yards and 1 TD, and Ray Wingo made 3 receptions for 125 yards and 1 TD. Emanuel Hall almost made it three 100-yard receivers as he made 3 receptions for 90 yards and 1 TD. Johnson also returned a punt 54 yards for a TD. A pair of tight ends also got in on the scoring, as Kendall Blanton and Jason Reese each caught TD passes. In all, Lock targeted and completed passes to 10 different receivers, none more than the 7 targets to Johnson.
Lock did a good job of moving around in, and hanging in, the pocket, as he was not sacked. Following the game, Lock credited his offensive line and receivers. Truth is, Missouri and Lock could have had an even better night, as there were some more dropped passes and Lock lost a fumble on the Eastern Michigan 2-yard line.
Coach Odom said that things are slowing down for Lock.
"He's doing a great job of running the offense," explained Coach Odom, speaking of Lock. "Things are slowing down for him tremendously. I think he'll continue to grow, learn from mistakes tonight, learn from the good, as well......................................... He did some really good things tonight."
Missouri totaled 647 yards of total offense (8.3 yards/play), with freshman Damarea Crockett rushing for 68 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries (5.7 yards/carry) and junior Ish Witter rushing for 61 yards and 1 TD on 13 carries (4.7 yards/carry).
Defensively, Missouri did better against the run than they did at West Virginia, as the Tigers gave up 141 yards and 2 TDs on 46 carries (3.1 yards/carry). Missouri was credited with just 1 sack, but the Tigers did put some pressure on the Eastern Michigan QB, and forced him into a pair of interceptions, 1 early in the game by Aarion Penton, and 1 late in the game for a score by Joe Burkett. Terry Beckner was credited with a QB hurry as he rushed up the middle down in the end zone late in the game. He forced the Eastern Michigan QB to unload an errant pass right into Burkett's hands. Joe alertly read the play and then waltzed in for the TD.
On the negative side, the Missouri kickers missed 2 PATs, and overall, the Missouri defense did not tackle nearly well enough, although I thought they tackled better in the 2nd half than they did in the 1st half. Too many times, the Missouri defender ran past the ball-carrier, and then left his feet in an attempt to make an arm tackle.
"We've got to get off the field on third downs," explained Coach Odom, speaking of his defense.