Missouri (9-2) took one step closer to winning the SEC East with a 29-21 win at Tennessee Saturday night.
Here’s how it happened.
Teams Tied at Halftime, Girl Gets Laid Out Celebrating
After Tennessee scored its lone touchdown of the first half on a fake field goal attempt, a girl got laid out in the back of the endzone. After that, a fan fell from his seat onto the field in the middle of the celebration (vine above).
Missouri jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the first quarter after scoring a touchdown on its opening drive. After Tennessee took a 10-7 lead with its fake field goal, Missouri responded with a touchdown, but missed the PAT. The Vols then hit a field goal before halftime to tie the game at 13.
Missouri Comes Out Strong in Fourth Quarter
After a third quarter that only saw Missouri hit a field goal to take a 16-13 lead, the Tigers have caught fire in the fourth quarter. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to give the Tigers a 29-13 lead with six minutes remaining. After the second touchdown, Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett missed his second PAT of the night to keep it a two possession game.
Tennessee Scores But Fails Onside Kick Attempt
After the Volunteers scored and converted a two-point conversion to make it a one-possession game, things got confusing. The Volunteers recovered the initial onside kick, but were called for offsides. The Vols were then successful on their second attempt to recover the onside kick, but a Tennessee player was penalized for illegal touching, as the ball only went nine yards.
That second penalty gave Missouri the ball, and the Tigers were able to run the clock out.
The Tigers now need to beat Arkansas on Friday to win the SEC East. If Missouri loses, than Georgia will represent the East in the SEC Championship in two weeks.
While the SEC West is a little more complicated, the road to win the SEC East is simple, especially for Missouri. If the Tigers win Saturday night at Tennessee and next week against Arkansas, then the Tigers will head to Atlanta for a second-consecutive season. But if the Tigers lose either of those games, Georgia, which has finished SEC play, will win the East.