Mizzou routs Arkansas in 'Battle Line Rivalry' game

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The annual 'Battle Line Rivalry' game featured two teams with two very different seasons.

Senior quarterback Drew Lock rushed for two touchdowns and threw for two more in a Missouri Tigers (8-4, 4-4) 38-0 victory over the Arkansas Razorbacks (2-10, 0-8) Friday at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers extended a winning-streak in the trophy game to three-straight.

The Razorbacks ended its worst season by record in school history. The Razorbacks had never lost more than nine games until this 2018 season.

Missouri quickly started the scoring on its opening drive. Lock led the Tigers on a 11-play, 75-yard scoring-drive, capped by his own nine-yard rushing touchdown. Lock started the scoring in the second-quarter too. He rushed for a three-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 14-0.

The the Tigers defense roared. Sophomore defensive lineman Jordan Elliott sacked Arkansas quarterback Ty Storey, forcing a fumble. Akial Byers recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead. Byers prepped at Fayetteville (Ark.) High School.

Lock finished the scoring in the first-half with a six-yard strike to fellow senior Emanuel Hall. The Tigers led 28-0 at the break.

Lock added another touchdown pass to Hall for 67-yards in the third-quarter for a 35-0 lead. Tucker McCann also added a 42-yard field goal in the second-half.

"Just statistically in our conference, he’ll go down as won of the best in our conference," said Odom of Lock. "He said anything other than 8-4 is not right. He’s playing his best right now and making great decisions."

Arkansas' offense again struggled for the second-straight week gaining just 187 total yards. Arkansas' offensive line gave up five sacks to the Tigers defense.

Junior starter Ty Storey finished just 4-7 for 24 yards in the sloppy conditions. He threw an interception.

Arkansas freshman quarterback Connor Noland relieved Storey in the second-quarter. He struggled too. He finished 5-of-17 for 98 yards.

Missouri awaits its bowl destination.

"Well, if you look at our record at 8-4, at the time two losses were to No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, and the other losses were on the last play of the game," said Odom. "We are playing as good of football as any in the country. We have a lot of pieces in place to make a run and make a great showing wherever that bowl is in place."

Bowl announcements are expected December 2.

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