Tennessee football: Five takeaways from 35-12 win vs. Missouri

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Here’s what we learned from the Tennessee football Volunteers’ win against the Mizzou Tigers.

Eric Gray and Ty Chandler both had over 100 yards from scrimmage, Jarrett Guarantano had three total touchdowns, and Tennessee football moved to 2-0 with a SCORE victory over the Missouri Tigers. The Vols never trailed in this game.

With this win coming a week after their win at the South Carolina Gamecocks, this is UT’s first 2-0 start since 2017 and its first 2-0 start in the SEC since 2016. Jeremy Pruitt’s team has extended its overall winning streak, dating back to last year, to eight games, the longest in the Power Five.

In this game, Tennessee football took the opening drive and marched 75 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead. They only allowed one first down the first two times Missouri had the ball, and then they jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the second quarter with another 65-yard touchdown drive.

Mizzou then nailed two field goals before the Vols had another touchdown drive to go into halftime up 21-6. After forcing a punt on their first defensive possession of the second half, UT marched 92 yards for another touchdown to build a 28-6 lead.

Rocky Top then allowed a touchdown to the Tigers and then had to punt again, but as Missouri was driving, the Vols came down with an interception. They scored on the ensuing drive to take a 35-12 lead in the fourth quarter and BLANK

While the Vols move to 2-0, Mizzou falls to 0-2 after they lost 38-19 to the Alabama Crimson Tide last week. Up next for first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz’s team is a trip to the LSU Tigers before hosting the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Meanwhile, Pruitt and co. have to visit the Georgia Bulldogs before hosting the Kentucky Wildcats and visiting the Alabama Crimson Tide, beginning their gauntlet. Before we get to that, here are five things we learned from Tennessee football’s win against Missouri.

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