The Missouri Tigers lost their starting quarterback Maty Mauk this past week due to unspecified violation of team rules.
In steps true freshman quarterback Drew Lock making his first collegiate start in a big game against SEC opponent South Carolina, and all he does is go 21 for 28 for 136 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions, to lead Mizzou to it's first SEC win of 2015 in a 24-10 win at home.
Missouri got on the scoreboard first as Lock hit WR Nate Brown from 8 yards out to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead in the first quarter following a Baggett PAT. The duo would hook up a second time for a TD score in the second quarter from 9 yards out, with a Baggett field goal giving them a 17-10 half time lead.
Lock showed poise and a great football IQ making decisions and completing throws, as well as a quick release and strong arm hitting receivers with bullets and well placed passes for the most part. His play seemed to pick up his teammates on offense as the Tigers offensive line managed to open some sizeable holes for Tiger backs Ish Witter and Russell Hansbrough to run through.
Witter finished with 98 yards on 17 carries, good for 5.8 yards per carry, and one touchdown run from 1 yard out.
Injured starter Hansbrough chipped in 43 yards on 11 carries.
In the second half the Tigers held South Carolina scoreless, while increasing their lead by two TDs on the Witter score.
The Tigers defense, led by LB Michael Scherer's 9 tackles held the Gamecocks to 10 points on the day.
Red-shirt freshman DE Walter Brady had two sacks and an interception.
The Tigers improved to 4-1 overall, 1-1 in SEC play.