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Drew Lock Leads Mizzou Past Eastern Michigan

Drew Lock had a career high in passing yards for the second straight week and Missouri rolled to a big non-conference victory

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Drew Lock and the Missouri Tigers had no trouble getting the offense going on Saturday night against Eastern Michigan.

Lock completed 24 of 37 passes for a career-high 450 yards, tossing a school record-tying five touchdown passes to five different receivers, to lead the Tigers to a 61-21 win in front of 51,192 fans at Memorial Stadium. 

“He is doing a great job of running our offense and things are slowing down tremendously for him,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said of Lock. “I think he will continue to grow by learning from his mistakes while learning fro the good things he does well. He’s got a chance to be special.”

Missouri, which lost at West Virginia 26-11 a week earlier, earned its first win of the Odom era in the Tigers’ home opener.


The Tigers, who host Georgia (2-0) next week, racked up 647 yards of total offense, with 477 passing and 170 rushing. Eastern Michigan (1-1) had 428 total yards (141 rushing, 287 passing).

Raymond Wingo caught three passes for 125 yards and a touchdown for Mizzou. Johnathon Johnson had five catches for 115 yards and a touchdown and scored on a punt return. Emanuel Hall had three receptions for 90 yards and a score. Tight ends Jason Reese and Kendall Blanton both had touchdown catches.

Damarea Crockett, a freshman, ran for a team-high 68 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Ish Witter ran 13 times for 61 yards and a score. Natereace Strong, a sophomore, saw his first action with four carries for 21 yards.

The Tigers covered 75 yards in seven plays on their opening possession, capped off by a Lock’s 36-yard touchdown pass to sophomore wide receiver Emanuel Hall. 

Johnson scored on a 54-yard punt return touchdown at the end of the first quarter. 

"My blockers set me up well," Johnson said. "Jason Reese and J'Mon Moore, they set me up well, so I just found an alley and a lane and I just hit it."

Eastern Michigan's Ian Eriksen capped off a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive to open the second quarter with a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 14-7.

Ish Witter’s 1-yard touchdown plunge made it 20-7 with 4:25 remaining in the first half but Turner Adams missed the point-after kick.

Johnson took a screen pass from Lock and turned it into an 87-yard touchdown reception with 2:26 left in the first half, pushing the Tigers’ lead to 26-7. Tucker McCann missed the point-after kick wide right.


Lock connected with Reese, a redshirt junior tight end, for a 19-yard touchdown pass with :52 seconds left in the first half. McCann’s PAT kick made it 33-7. 

Lock completed 14 of 19 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. He had a career-high 280 yards passing in last week’s loss at West Virginia.

Eastern Michigan opened the scoring in the second half with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Todd Porter to Sergio Bailey with 10:33 left in the third quarter.

Lock connected with Wingo for a 52-yard touchdown pass with 8:52 remaining in the third, followed by McCann’s PAT to make it 40-14. 

Lock hit Blanton for a 13-yard touchdown pass, his fifth of the night, for a 47-14 lead after McCann’s extra-point kick.

Porter scored on a 4-yard run with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

Crockett, who fumbled in his debut last week, scored on a 26-yard run on fourth down with 10:22 left and McCann’s PAT pushed the lead to 54-21.

Linebacker Joey Burkett returned a Porter interception one yard for a touchdown, thanks to pressure from Terry Beckner Jr., with 2:51 remaining. The extra-point kick, from McCann, made it 61-21.


Video: Johnathon Johnson meets the media

Video: Ray Wingo meets the media

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