Mizzou Mauls Arkansas 38-0

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A week ago the Razorbacks struggled to move the ball against the best defense in the SEC. They fared worse today against the league’s number 10 defense as Arkansas suffered its first shutout since the 2013 Alabama game in a 35-0 loss to Missouri. 

Missouri took the opening kickoff and from the 25 yard line marched 75 yards on 11 plays in a steady rain to take a quick 7-0 lead. Drew Lock was four for four passing on the drive but his nine yard touchdown run was part of 48 yards rushing that the Tigers piled up.

The two teams then exchanged two punts apiece before Ty Storey threw his 10th interception of the season early in the second quarter. Larry Rountree III took the ball four yards after the pick to the Arkansas 31 yard line. It took Missouri six plays to score. Lock ran it in from two yards out and the Tigers were up 14-0.

The turnovers continued when Storey was hit from behind by Jordan Elliott for a loss of 10 yards while trying to pass. Storey fumbled and the ball was recovered in the endzone by former Fayetteville High Bulldog Akial Byers for a Missouri touchdown and a 21-0 lead.

At that point Freshman Connor Noland entered the game for Arkansas. The Hogs made it to Missouri’s 26 yard line but on 4th and five Terez Hall sacked Noland for a loss of 14 yards to the Missouri 40.

The Hogs did put up an impressive goal line stand with 3:30 left in the half stopping Rountree on 4th and goal from the Arkansas two. But Arkansas went three and out and Missouri added another score when Lock found Emanuel Hall with a six yard touchdown pass. With :30 left the the half it was 28-0.

The Razorbacks appeared to get a huge break coming out of the dressing room. A 4th down punt went off the leg of Missouri’s Kendall Blanton and was recovered by  De’Jon Harris at Arkansas’ 47. Noland quickly took his team to the Mizzou four yard line but his 4th and goal pass was deflected and the ball went back to the home team.

The Tigers then covered 96 yards to Arkansas goal line in nine plays. The big strike was Lock’s 67 yards toss to Emanuel Hall for a 35-0 lead. With 1:48 left in the 3rd Tucker McCann connected on a 42 yard field goal for Missouri boosting the margin to 38-0.

Midway through the 4th quarter John Stephen Jones replaced Noland at quarterback. He was ineffective at moving the chains but did end the game with a pass completion.

Missouri finished with 401 yards of total offense to Arkansas’ 187. The Hogs had 135 yards passing and just 52 on the ground

Arkansas ended the season at 2-10, 0-8 in the SEC. It is the first time in school history that an Arkansas team lost 10 games in a season.

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