Missouri-Eastern Michigan Notebook

Some news and notes from Missouri's 61-21 win over visiting Eastern Michigan on Saturday...

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The news wasn’t all good for the Missouri Tigers on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. 

The Tigers had senior running back Alex Ross and senior cornerback Aarion Penton both leave the 61-21 win over Eastern Michigan early. Neither returned but Missouri coach Barry Odom was optimistic neither would miss any practice time.

Ross suffered a left ankle sprain in the first half and was announced as questionable to return. Penton suffered a left shoulder sprain. 

“Penton, everything cleared out with him, it was shoulder, would have played if the game was tighter,” Odom said. “Then Ross had that ankle, a slight sprain I believe. … Everybody should be ready to get to back out there (Sunday) night minus (Sean) Culkin, and he would be ready Tuesday.”

SEAN CULKIN OUT

Redshirt senior tight end Sean Culkin, who has been listed as the starting tight end on the first two depth charts, was out for Saturday’s game and had a boot on his left foot.

Missouri later announced Culkin had a left foot sprain he suffered in Wednesday’s practice and that he is “probable” for next week’s game.

“I think it was Wednesday in practice he was just running a route and ended up having the injury,” Odom said. “We’re anticipating he’ll be back in practice on Tuesday.”

With Culkin out, tight ends Jason Reese and Kendall Blanton both had productive days. Blanton caught four passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, while Reese had two receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown.

LOCK’S BIG DAY

Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock's career-best 450 passing yards was the third-most passing yards in a single game in Missouri history. He trailed only Jeff Handy (480 in 1992) and Blaine Gabbert (468 in 2009). 

Lock’s five touchdown passes tied the school record.

On Saturday, Lock established new career highs in passing yards, completions (24), touchdowns, longest touchdown pass (87 yards) and passing rating (211.6).

PERKINS PICKED AS A CAPTAIN

Redshirt freshman strong safety Ronnell Perkins was selected as one of the three captains for Saturday’s game, which was just his second college game, along with Lock and redshirt senior defensive tackle Rickey Hatley

OFFENSIVE LINE STRONG AGAIN

The new-look Missouri offensive line allowed just one sack in the season-opening loss at West Virginia and on Saturday they were even better. 

The Tigers didn’t allow a sack against Eastern Michigan despite 40 pass attempts combined from Lock and backup quarterback Marvin Zanders

“(The) offensive line played their game,” Lock said. “I didn’t get touched once. It’s safe to say we’ll be going out to a little Sunday dinner.”

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