COLUMBIA, Mo. – Kentrell Brothers had a career-high 16 tackles and a blocked punt, and Mizzou quarterbacks threw three touchdown passes as the No. 24/23 Missouri Tigers cruised to a 34-3 win over Southeast Missouri on Saturday at The Zou.
Maty Mauk threw touchdowns of 27 yards to J’Mon Moore and 23 yards to Nate Brown in the first quarter to stake Mizzou (1-0) to a 14-0 lead. He finished the day 12-of-22 for 181 yards and the two scores.
True freshman Drew Lock saw action on the first drive of the second quarter, and drove the Tigers on a eight-play, 48-yard series that ended in a 39-yard Andrew Baggett field goal to boost the margin to 17-0. On his second series, which came midway through the fourth quarter, Lock scrambled before finding a wide-open Tyler Hunt for a 78-yard score. Lock finished his three series 6-of-10 for 138 yards a the TD.
Among Brothers’ stops were 1.5 tackles for loss, and his late third-quarter block of an attempted pooch punt deflected directly to Aarion Penton, who never changed stride on his way to a 41-yard score to put the game out of reach. His 16 tackles were the fourth-highest by a Tiger in a game in the 15-year Gary Pinkel era.