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Tennessee Football falls at Missouri 36-7: Instant reaction from Vols win

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Joe Milton III gave Tennessee Football a 7-3 lead in the second quarter with a deep touchdown pass to Dont’e Thornton. It would be the only score of the game for the Vols. Mizzou then scored a touchdown and two field goals to go up 13-7 at halftime, and they got two stops and another touchdown and field goal to open the second half en route to a 36-7 win.

Mizzou, who improved to 8-2 and 4-2 in the SEC, got over 200 yards rushing and over 100 yards receiving from Cody Schrader. They then got 275 yards passing and 55 yards rushing from Brady Cook, as those two managed to control the game against the Vols time after time and drive after drive.

On the other side, Tennessee Football had fewer than 100 yards rushing and averaged under four yards a carry on the ground. Milton finished 22-of-34 for 267 yards as the Vols, in their lowest-scoring affair ever under Josh Heupel, fell to 7-3 and 3-3 in the SEC. It was the first loss to Mizzou for UT since Jeremy Pruitt’s first year, back in 2018.

Late in the first half, it seemed like the Vols would go in with control. They were driving trailing 10-7. However, Jaylen Wright fumbled the ball, and with less than 30 seconds left, Mizzou got into field goal range up 13-7. They then got a stop to open the second half before their touchdown drive, which put them in control of the game.

This game eliminated any shot at the SEC East and obviously the College Football Playoff for the Vols. The SEC Championship game is now set two weeks out, as the Georgia Bulldogs will face the Alabama Crimson Tide for the coveted title once again, now in the final year of divisions.

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Up next for Tennessee Football is a visit from that same Georgia team before they host the Vanderbilt Commodores to close out the year. UT is undefeated at home but finishes 1-3 on the road. Mizzou, meanwhile, hosts the Florida Gators and visits the Arkansas Razorbacks over the next two weeks.

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