Back-to-back: Missouri claims second-straight SEC East title
For the second straight season, the Missouri Tigers are heading to the SEC Championship.
And they earned it, too
Tasked with the challenge of having to win three straight SEC games back on Nov. 15, the Tigers navigated through a stretch of two road games against Texas A&M and Tennessee and finished up with Friday’s season-finale matchup against Arkansas.
One loss would have knocked Missouri out of SEC East contention, but the Tigers never relented and finished the season on a six-game conference winning streak following their 34-0 shutout home loss to the Georgia Bulldogs.
Friday’s win against Arkansas looked like a lot of the other Missouri wins during this stretch. Forced to come back from a 14-3 deficit, Missouri fought its way back into the game and quarterback Maty Mauk made several big throws in the second half, which ignited the offense.
Running back Marcus Murphy punched in the go-ahead touchdown with 4:38 left in the fourth quarter.
Fittingly, however, it was the defense who made the play that sealed the win for the Tigers. Defensive end Markus Golden forced and recovered a fumble after hitting Arkansas running back Alex Collins with just over two minutes left.
Overall, the Tigers scored 18 unanswered points against the Razorbacks and completed the comeback, winning 21-14.
Despite being in the SEC for just three seasons, Missouri has won two SEC East division titles and will be heading to Atlanta to take on either Alabama or Mississippi State next Saturday afternoon.