First series: five plays, 57 yards, 75 seconds, Hendon Hooker touchdown pass.
Then the Vols took their efficiency to a whole new level. Against this new 3-3 alignment, all it took was one handoff for Evans to cover 92 yards of Faurot Field turf — untouched until his last gasps near the goal line. His 12-second touchdown made it 21-3 before tailgaters had finished their last swigs of beer on the parking lot. There were still more than three minutes left in the first quarter. The Vols had possessed the ball for barely three minutes.
As if Missouri’s defense needed any help, the Vols came after quarterback Connor Bazelak on the next series and rushed him into an atrocious pass to nowhere, picked clean by linebacker Jeremy Banks, who nearly scored on the return. UT’s Evans punched in the 1-yard TD a play later, good for a 28-3 lead.
In front of the smallest crowd of MU’s three home games (45,655), it didn’t take long for Mizzou’s historically bad first half to unfold. Tennessee needed only 14 plays from scrimmage to score four touchdowns in the opening half, torching MU’s remade defensive scheme with Heupel’s signature blistering pace.
Second series: seven plays, 75 yards, 112 seconds, Tiyon Evans touchdown run.