Damarea Crockett celebrates a touchdown which helped Missouri snap an 11-game SEC losing streak on Saturday with a 26-17 win over Vanderbilt. (Bill Greenblatt.UPI)

COLUMBIA – After building a 19-0 lead through the middle of the second quarter on Saturday, it looked as if the Missouri Tigers were well on their way to their first conference win in more than a year.

They should have known it would not be that easy.

Vanderbilt cut the lead to 19-10 before the half ended, and another touchdown in the third quarter cut Missouri’s lead to two points. When Missouri missed a 21-yard field goal and then fumbled at the Vanderbilt one on its next two possessions, the game’s outcome was much more in doubt.

The defense, however, came through by forcing Vanderbilt to punt and Drew Lock hit J’Mon Moore for a 4-yard touchdown pass, his second of the day, midway through the fourth quarter allowed the Tigers to finally get the elusive win by a 26-17 score.

It was Missouri’s first SEC win since beating South Carolina on Oct. 3 of last year and ended an 11-game losing streak and eliminated the possibility the Tigers would go winless in the conference. It also broke an overall five-game losing streak and improved Missouri’s record to 3-7.

The Tigers built the early lead on a 4-yard touchdown run by Damarea Crockett, an interception return for a touchdown by Aarion Penton and an 82-yard scoring pass from Lock to Penton.

Crockett finished the day with 20 carries for 154 yards while Lock completed 22 of 37 passes for 294 yards. Moore had eight receptions for 138 yards.

The Mizzou defense forced the Commodores to punt on four consecutive possessions in the second half, before holding them on downs to end the game. They had six quarterback sacks, their most in a game since 2014.

Missouri has two games left on the season, playing at Tennessee next Saturday and finishing the year with a home game against Arkansas on Nov. 25.