Missouri sets scoring record, throttles Delaware St. 79-0
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Drew Lock threw a school record-tying five touchdown passes, and Missouri shattered its school scoring record Saturday, dismantling Delaware State 79-0.
The previous record of 69 points has occurred three times, most recently on Sept. 17, 2011, when the Tigers shut out Western Illinois.
Lock completed 26 of 36 pass attempts for 402 yards.
The Tigers (2-2, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) led 58-0 at halftime, resulting in a shortened second half. The third and fourth quarters were reduced from 15 minutes to 10.
Delaware State (0-3) managed just 140 yards of offense, 133 of which came in the first half. Mike Waters rushed seven times for 31 yards and Brycen Alleyne had nine carries for 21 yards.
Daniel Epperson started at quarterback for the Hornets, but completed only 3 of 9 passes and was replaced by Kobie Lain, who finished 7 of 15 for 8 yards.
J’Mon Moore had eight catches for 114 yards and four touchdowns, tying the school record for receiving touchdowns.
Damarea Crockett led the Tigers in rushing with 12 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns. Ish Witter added 9 rushes for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Lock did not play in the second half and backup quarterback Marvin Zanders completed both of his pass attempts for 17 yards and a touchdown, while rushing seven times for 83 yards and two scores.
Delaware State: The Hornets had eight first downs and four turnovers in the game. They received the ball 13 times via kickoff and once via punt. The Hornets punted 10 times and on average, allowed the Tigers to take over on their own 46-yard line.
Missouri: The Tigers amassed 698 yards of offense, falling 46 yards shy of the school record, which was also set against Western Illinois in 2011. Missouri entered the game first in the SEC in passing and will likely retain that spot following Lock’s performance.
Missouri travels to Baton Rouge next Saturday to face No. 18 LSU. It is the second meeting between the schools. Missouri won 20-15 in the 1978 Liberty Bowl.
Delaware State opens Mid-Eastern Conference play next Saturday at Morgan State. The Hornets have lost their last three meetings with the Bears, including a 26-6 loss in 2015.