By Charlie Clarke


COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri football needed a pick-me-up of sorts following its heartbreaking loss to Georgia last weekend.


Delaware State came into Columbia and provided Mizzou with quite the confidence boost. The Tigers defeated the Hornets 79-0, moving to 2-2 in 2016.


Missouri posted 58 points in the first half. Quarterback Drew Lock led the Tigers down the field for a nine play, 94-yard drive that lasted just 1:54 to start the game. The Mizzou offense quickly got the ball back and drove 99 yards for a touchdown on just six plays, spanning 1:29.


The offensive explosion produced quite the eye-popping stat sheet. Notably, Drew Lock finished the first half 26-32 with 402 yards and 5 TD. The five passing touchdowns tied the Mizzou record for single game passing touchdowns.


Three different receivers (J’Mon Moore, Emanuel Hall, Dimetrios Mason) racked in over 100 yards in the first half. Moore led the team with four TD receptions, tying a Mizzou record for single game receiving touchdowns.


“I’m glad [Moore] had success tonight. He’s more mature than he’s ever been,” said Mizzou head coach Barry Odom. “He’s going to continue to make plays. He’s got some really good skills.”


Mercifully, Delaware State and Missouri agreed to shorten the third and fourth quarters to just 10 minutes long.


Marvin Zanders replaced Lock to start the second half. Zanders finished with 83 yards on seven rush attempts. He completed both of his attempted passes, totaling 17 yards. The Tigers accumulated 268 rushing yards. Damarea Crockett led Mizzou with 115 yards and two TD’s on the ground.


“I’m proud of our guys,” Odom said. “We’ll put that one behind us pretty quickly and get on to the next one.”


Among the inactives for the game were wide receivers Ray Wingo and Justin Smith, along with Alex Ross, Terez Hall and Logan Cheadle.


Missouri moves on to play LSU next Saturday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.