Quarterback Drew Lock led Missouri to a 34-point first quarter and 51 points in the first half on Saturday en route to a 68-21 win over Idaho. (U. of Missouri)

By Spencer Gleason

When the Idaho Vandals arrived in Columbia on Saturday, they were the sixth best passing defense in the country, allowing just 162.3 yards through the air per game. But then they ran into the Missouri Tigers’ offense.

After throwing an interception on the first play from scrimmage, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock flipped the script and turned the 106th homecoming game into another record setting day in Tigers’ football history.

That pick – Lock’s only blemish on the day – led to an early 7-0 Idaho lead before Lock and company rattled off four consecutive touchdown drives, scoring in every ensuing possession for the remainder of the first half. They posted 34 points in the first quarter –a new school record and 51 points in the first half – a new Missouri record against a FBS opponent.

The Tigers continued to bust the game wide open and cruised to a 68-21 victory over the Vandals, snapping their five-game losing streak. Missouri has now won 11 of their last 16 homecoming games.

Their 68 points was tbe second time this season Missouri surpassed the 60-point plateau. They scored 72 in their season opener against Missouri State. The victory gives Missouri head coach Barry Odom his first win as a head coach in the month of October.

The Tigers were clicking in all facets of the game. After Lock connected with tight end Albert Okwuegbunam to tie the game at seven, the special teams unit got in on the action when Richard Floyd returned a punt 85 yards to put Missouri ahead 14-7. The lead was the Tigers’ first in a game since the second quarter in week two against South Carolina.

Missouri’s defense held the Vandals to 278 total yards, Idaho’s fewest this season, and corralled the Vandals 12 times for a loss and had five sacks. After allowing Georgia to convert 13-of-18 third downs last week, the Tigers stopped Idaho on 11 of their 17 third down opportunities.

Lock finished the day going 23-for-33 with 467 yards and six touchdowns – and he accomplished that in just three quarters. Freshman quarterback Micah Wilson relieved him in the fourth quarter. It was Lock’s fourth game with at least 400 passing yards.

His six touchdowns place him first all-time in the SEC, alongside former Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch, with at least five touchdown passes in five career games. Couch also had five such games.

The Vandals’ Matt Linehan was 19-for-32 with 139 yards and two touchdowns. Idaho head coach Paul Petrino’s son, Mason, filled in sporadically. He went three-for-four with 58 yards and a late touchdown after the game was out of reach.

The Tigers will hit the road next Saturday, as they travel to Connecticut for another non-conference matchup.