In the first half, the Tennessee defense held Missouri to 7 points (scored on a kickoff return for a TD), only 27 snaps, no big plays (none >20 yards), no Red Zone visits, only 4 first downs, and only 64 total yards.
Then, after taking the second-half opening kickoff, Kendial Lawrence ran a rather simple misdirection running play up the middle for 77 yards and a TD.
It cut the Tennessee lead to 21-14.
It cut a big hole in what confidence Sal Sunseri’s defensive troops may have gathered during the opening half.
It cut open the floodgates of the habit of losing.
Missouri Tigers vs. Tennessee Volunteers
Saturday 10 November 2012 | 12:21pm EST
Neyland Stadium (102,455) | Knoxville, TN | SECN/ESPN3
This is one of the most interesting matchups of the season for Tennessee as well as being a game that holds little interest — all in the same bundle.
As rumored on Saturday, the University of Missouri was named the 14th member of the SEC on Sunday. Actually, rumors began to circulate when ESPN announced several weeks ago that the move of both Texas A&M and Missouri was ‘imminent.’
Over the past several weeks, there has been what I would characterize as a relatively tepid response to Mizzou’s inclusion into the SEC based on the articles, comments, and message boards that I’ve read recently.
Why the cold shoulder?