Butch Jones fired at Tennessee; Brady Hoke to be interim coach

Vols fall big to Mizzou

Butch Jones fired at Tennessee

True freshman Will McBride made his first career start at quarterback for the Vols tonight as he filled in for Jarrett Guarantano.

Two plays later Missouri (5-5, 2-4 SEC) scored and it was all the Tigers from then on.

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. It marked the fourth time this season Tennessee has given up at least 40 points. Georgia shut out the Vols 41-0 for Tennessee's worst loss in Neyland Stadium history, and Alabama held the Vols to just over 100 yards of offense in a 45-7 beat down.

RUSHERS APLENTY: With Missouri running back Damarea Crockett sidelined with a shoulder injury, Ish Witter and Larry Rountree III have come to the rescue in the backfield. Meanwhile, Tennessee has lost four of its past five games, with the sole victory coming against Southern Mississippi.

Mizzou will get its first chance at bowl eligibility next Saturday on the road against Vanderbilt. "Tennessee has forced six turnovers in its last two games".

McBride was 16 for 32 for 139 yards with a touchdown and two picks. Missouri's running game, which entered the game averaging 169.2 yards per game, gashed UT for 433. He was sacked five times. He now has more than 2,000 career rushing yards at MU.

"They play with confidence", Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said of the Vols' pass defense. Wide out Emanuel Hall had a team high 102 yards receiving and a score. On first down, Kelly was stopped for no gain, but mouthed off to an official and was slapped with a 15-yard penalty back to the 19. McBride wound up on his back, but the pass found Wolf all alone in the end zone for the TD. Jones has been embattled throughout the season, one year removed from a 9-4 campaign that ended with a win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. Defense kept Tennessee (4-6, 0-6 SEC) in games for most of the season.

McBride threw back-to-back interceptions and Tucker McCann converted the opportunities into 23- and 38-yard field goals and a comfortable 44-17 lead. Three touchdowns, two interceptions, and two fumble recovery gave them insurance in a 50-17 route of the Vols.

Drew Lock came in to tonight's game just 205 yards shy of 3,000 on the season.

Four weeks later, Missouri owns a three-game winning streak and has put itself in bowl contention.

In a show of mercy, Missouri had the ball at Tennessee's 1 and took a knee as time expired. He also ripped off a 43-yard run and led Tennessee with 63 rushing yards on 14 carries.

Senior wide receiver J'Mon Moore caught three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown.

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