MIzzou overcame a 14-point second half deficit to defeat Tennessee 51-48 in four overtimes. The Tigers evened their record to 5-5 and only need one more victory to be bowl eligible.
The game was an instant classic in the end, but the Tigers started off poorly. They were outplayed on both sides of the ball and were down 21-7 at halftime. The only bright spot of the first half was a Jimmie Hunt 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, the Tigers got their ground game going with a 77-yard touchdown by Kendial Lawrence to cut the lead in half. The Volunteers and Tigers exchanged touchdowns later in the third quarter. The Tigers defense played strongly in the fourth quarter to keep Mizzou in the game and the offense capitalized late. James Franklin capped off a clutch drive with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham with 47 seconds left.
The offenses traded touchdowns for the first three overtimes. Hunt, Marus Lucas and Green-Beckham had overtime touchdown grabs for Mizzou. In the fourth overtime, the Tigers defense stepped up again by holding quarterback Tyler Bray and Tennessee to no points. On the Tigers turn, the offense set up Andrew Baggett for a 35-yard game winning field goal.
The Tigers recorded the first SEC road victory and more importantly, a win over Syracuse next Saturday at home will give them the sixth win needed to make a bowl.