Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

For Butch Jones, Tennessee, it's another game - and that means another loss

For Butch Jones, Tennessee, it's another game - and that means another loss

The Vols gave up over half a hundred points in a 50-17 loss to Missouri on Saturday.

It was widely assumed that Jones would be the next SEC head coach to go after Florida fired Jim McElwain, and many expected Tennessee to make the move sooner.

Four weeks later, Missouri owns a three-game winning streak and has put itself in bowl contention. This was his first college start, and he wasn't half bad. Jones showing a lot of confidence in McBride, maybe for good reason given the results, as he went for it deep in Missouri territory on fourth down late in the 2nd quarter.

Missouri lost its fifth consecutive game on October 15, a 53-28 defeat at Georgia that sent the Tigers to 1-5 halfway through the season.

Here are our five biggest takeaways from Tennessee's massive loss to Missouri.

"The plan was to pressure him, to get to him, to get in his face and do whatever we could to get to him", Harold said.

Missouri seemed intent on matching that total on Saturday. He now has more than 2,000 career rushing yards at MU.

Missouri punished the Tennessee defense for a whopping 659 yards of total offense, including a stunning 433 yards on the ground against a unit ranked 122 nationally against the run.


Exploding outside and flying down Missouri's sideline, Rountree got the first down and then some, picking up 64 yards on the run and putting Missouri in a position to score a touchdown before the half.

Jones' Volunteers are also coming off of a victory, but they don't carry the same momentum as the Tigers.

Missouri has gained 1,399 yards in the last two games against the Vols.

In a show of mercy, Missouri had the ball at Tennessee's 1 and took a knee as time expired.

Its defense, which has been fine except in routs at the hands of Georgia and Alabama, is looking to stave off Missouri's attack, which continues to climb the national charts.

Drew Lock came in to tonight's game just 205 yards shy of 3,000 on the season. Missouri turned that into a touchdown. It's the second straight game Sherrils has had an interception and a fumble recover.

Instead, Jones was kept on for another month and a half, with the final straw being a humiliating 50-17 defeat to the Missouri Tigers. McBride completed nine of his first 16 passes for 71 yards, with five going to running backs on screens and flares. He helped score Tennessee's only offensive touchdown of the night. McBride was sacked five times and took numerous hits.

Three plays, three turnovers and 13 Missouri points in just over seven minutes. Schemes such as the unsuccessful #EmptyNeyland movement, where fans were hypothetically boycotting games while Jones is still coach, have been concocted in what is likely Jones' final year at the helm of Tennessee.

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