Mizzou earns first true road win under Odom at UConn

EAST HARTFORD, Conn. – Mizzou Football won its second consecutive game, defeating UConn, 52-12, Saturday night at Pratt & Whitney Stadium. Mizzou’s offense exploded for 31 points in the first half, guided by a passing attack that went for 256 yards and three scores in the opening 30 minutes of play. Junior QB Drew Lock went 24-for-30 in the first half, marking the most first half completions by a Mizzou player since 2010. The win is a pair of milestones for Head Coach Barry Odom, as he notches his first road win and first back-to-back wins of his career.

TURNING POINT
Mizzou’s offense scored early and often following a three-and-out on its opening possession. UConn scored a safety on a botched long snap on a punt following Mizzou’s opening possession, but the Tigers then scored the next 21 points to take a 21-2 lead. QB Drew Lock found senior WR J’Mon Moore from four yards out to put Mizzou on the board. Freshman TE Albert Okwuegbunam then hauled in TD passes of four and nine yards to put Mizzou up 21-2. | IN DEPTH: Lock Has Another Career Performance

TOP TIGERS
-QB Drew Lock (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) completed a career-high 31-of-37 passes (83.8 percent) for 377 yards and five TDs. Me moved into third place in career passing yards (7,298), third in career passing TDs (55) and now has 28 passing TDs on the year, tied for the fourth-best mark in program history. He tied the third-best completion percentage in school history and the best with more than 30 completions.
-Senior WR J’Mon Moore is now tied for fourth in school history with 18 career TD grabs after hauling in a four-yard pass in the first quarter and a 13-yard score in the third quarter.
-Moore has now caught a TD in 25 straight games. Only 21 players in the nation have a longer active streak.
-Freshman TE Albert Okwuegbunam hauled in a pair of TD passes and now has more TD catches than any tight end in the nation with seven. Okwuegbunam now has 13 catches for 142 yards and six TDs since Mizzou’s bye week (five total games).
-Sophomore WR Johnathon Johnson hauled in Mizzou’s second-longest catch of the season with his 72-yarder in the third quarter. He finished with a career-high 128 yards on just five catches. It was his third career game over 100 yards.

NOTES
-The win was Mizzou’s largest road win since a 35-point defeat of Nebraska on Oct. 4, 2008 in Lincoln (52-17).
-Mizzou has now won back-to-back games for the first time since opening the 2015 season 3-0.
-Junior QB Drew Lock threw for 377 yards Saturday, moving him into third place on Mizzou’s career passing yardage list with 7,298. He came into the game ranked fifth and moved past fourth-place Jeff Handy (6,959 from 1991-94) and third-place James Franklin (6,962 from 2010-13).
-The 12 points allowed by Mizzou are its fewest in a road win since Nov. 23, 2013, a 24-10 win at Ole Miss.

UP NEXT
Mizzou returns home and returns to SEC play Saturday to face Florida