Tennessee wins vs Missouri on the road, 62-24.

Tennessee vs Missouri
Tiyon Evans celebrates his 3rd touchdown of the game. Photo courtesy of Vol Football on Twitter.

Tennessee picked up its first SEC and road win of the season under 1st year head coach Josh Heupel vs Missouri. Tennessee sprinted out to a 28-3 at the end of the first quarter and the Vols maintained momentum throughout the game.

The Tennessee rushing game takes off vs Missouri

Tennessee came into this game knowing exactly what Missouri’s defense brought to the table. Quite frankly, it wasn’t much. Missouri allowed over 250 yards of rushing per game coming into this game. The Vols capitalized on this and opened the run game early with running back Tiyon Evans. Evans had 3 rushing touchdowns in the first quarter alone, including a 92-yard sprint on the Vols 3rd scoring drive of the game. Tennessee coach Josh Heupel spoke intently regarding the quality of possessions that Tennessee needed to put together during this game. The guys in orange did just that early and often.

Hooker secures starting spot

Hendon Hooker runs late in the third. Photo courtesy of Vol Football on Twitter.

Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker proved once again he is the starting quarterback for this Vol football team. Hooker was 15/19 passing for 225 yards and 3 TDs to three different receivers. Hooker also added in 74 rushing yards and another score on the ground. With the QB position up for battle in previous weeks this fall, it’s clear that Hooker has secured that starting spot. Hooker was relieved of his duties late in the 4th quarter and is the presumable starter moving forward on the year.

Tennessee defense steps up

Jay Blakley attacks the Missouri offensive line in the 2nd quarter. Photo courtesy of Vol Football on Twitter.

The Tennessee defense played one of its best games of the season so far. The Vols picked off quarterback Connor Bazelak two times and converted both of them for touchdowns on the offensive end. Once again the rushing defense from the Vols showed out, limiting the Tigers to under 100 yards in the contest. Tennessee also limited RB Tyler Badie to 41 yards on 21 carries. Going into the game the job was presented to this defensive unit and the Vols stepped up in a big way.

As Tennessee moves forward with SEC play, it’s nice to see the Vols put up big points moving forward as well as controlling the tempo of the game from start to finish. The Vols come home to play South Carolina in Neyland stadium, Saturday Oct. 9th at 12:00pm.

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Paul Leatherman 🍊

Writer for the Vols

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