Drew Lock passed for a Missouri record seven touchdowns an 521 yards in Saturday's 72-43 win over Missouri State in Columbia. (University of Missouri)

By Spencer Gleason

In 126 years of Missouri Tiger football, no quarterback had ever done what Drew Lock did on Saturday at Faurot Field in Columbia.

The junior quarterback broke school records, set new ones and placed his name in the SEC history books - all at the same time - as he led the Tigers to a wild season-opening win over Missouri State.

Lock became the first quarterback in Missouri history to pass for seven touchdowns, part of a school-record 521-yard total, in the 72-53 win. It was the most combined points in a game in Tigers’ history as well.

"It's really cool to break these records," Lock said. "Thinking about all the guys that played quarterback in my position that I grew up watching, idolizing. . I was tied with them last year, now I get to bump up ahead of them."

Lock had shared the school record of five touchdown passes in a game with Chase Daniel and Maty Mauk.

Lock gave credit to his receivers, running backs, tight ends and offensive linemen.

“Our tight ends and our o-linemen give protection every time,” he said.

Lock finished the day going 21-for-34, with one interception – which came in the end zone. His 521 yards was the fifth highest total in a game in SEC history.

“Drew played about as good as I’ve seen him play,” Missouri head coach Barry Odom said. “He’s practiced really at that level all of fall camp and I was excited to see it carry over.”

The Tigers and Bears combined for 83 points and more than 800 yards of total offense in the first half. Lock tied Missouri’s record of five touchdowns in the first 30 minutes. J’Mon Moore, Jonathon Johnson and Damarea Crockett all had two touchdowns in the first two quarters.

Crockett also had a record-setting day. The sophomore running back finished with 202 rushing yards, becoming the first player in school history to rush for 200 or more yards in back-to-back games. Crockett finished his freshman year with a 226-yard performance against Tennessee in November 2016.

“I just want to thank God and my offensive linemen,” he said afterward.

The offensive outburst of 72 points in week one gave Crockett a good feeling.

“Everybody on offense has worked so hard for these past eight months and I’m happy to see it pay off for us today,” he said. “And we had a great day, overall.”

Odom felt the same way.

“I’m glad to be 1-0 – fortunate to be 1-0,” he said. “Really thankful for the way our offense played today.”

Part of the reason Lock was able to have a record-breaking day was due to a very poor game from the Missouri defense, which forced the offensive starters to remain in the game through the middle of the fourth quarter. The Tigers set another school record with 815 yards of total offense.

Missouri’s defense allowed Missouri State to tally 380 total yards of offense in the first half. And the Bears matched the Tigers point-for-point throughout the first quarter, taking a 21-20 lead after the first 15 minutes.

“The good, the bad and the ugly – the bad and the ugly are how we played on the other side of the ball,” Odom said of his defense. “All of those fingers point directly right at me. We didn’t play worth a darn in the first half. We tackled poorly and I thought our intensity wasn’t very good. That starts with me and I look forward to getting the work here in a couple hours on our next opponent.”

Missouri State finished the day with 492 yards of total offense. Bears’ sophomore quarterback Peyton Huslig was 24-for-35 with two touchdowns and one interception. Their 43 points were the most Missouri State has scored against an FBS team.

“I thought they came in and competed really well,” Odom said. “I thought they had a great game plan.”

The second-year head coach said he figured the Bears would come in town well prepared. Both he and Missouri State head coach Dave Steckel were assistants under former Tigers’ coach Gary Pinkel and have remained friends.

“I told him, ‘Great job,’” Odom said of the two’s midfield postgame handshake. “’Love you. Talk to you soon.’”

Missouri will jump right into conference play next Saturday, hosting South Carolina.