Missouri junior quarterback Drew Lock shattered three program records Saturday against Missouri State at Memorial Stadium.
Lock threw seven touchdowns, shredded the Bears for 521 yards, and amassed 515 yards of total offense — all single-game records — during a season-opening 72-43 victory against the Bears.
“It’s really cool to break these records,” Lock said. “You think about all the guys who have played in my position that I grew up watching and idolizing. Now, I was tied with them last year and I get to bump up ahead of them. That’s pretty crazy and will take me a while to think about.”
By halftime, Lock had already matched the Tigers’ previous record for touchdowns passes in a game (five) before blowing past it in the second half.
Chase Daniel threw five touchdown passes four times with Mizzou, Maty Mauk did it twice during his career, and Lock did it against Eastern Michigan and Delaware State last season.
The Tigers’ previous record for passing yards was set by Jeff Handy, who threw for 480 yards against Oklahoma State in 1992, while Brad Smith had 480 yards of total offense against Nebraska in 2005.
“It’s magnificent and I feel like it reflects his hard work and everything he’s done,” sophomore running back Damarea Crockett said. “He’s totally deserving of (the success).”
Lock also tied the SEC record for passing touchdowns and now his passing yards total is tied for fifth in conference history.
Missouri honored the 2007 team during halftime, but quarterback Chase Daniel wasn’t present. He became a father when his wife, Hillary, gave birth to a son, Preston William, this morning.
Daniel, who spent time in Columbia working with the Tigers’ quarterbacks this summer, may not have personally witnessed Lock erase him from the record books, but he took notice.
“That’s pretty cool,” Lock said. “Thanks, Chase.”
Missouri’s offense scored on 11 of the 15 drives led by Lock — including 10 touchdown drives, seven of which lasted 1:46 or less.
After spending the offseason talking about how he was a changed player, Lock proved it was more than idle chatter against the Bears.
“I woke up this morning real excited to go out and play today,” Lock said. “I didn’t have any nervous butterflies, which is different than my first two years here.”
Lock used to obsessively check and recheck the play sheet for the game, going over the game plan mentally all morning before kickoff.
“Today, I didn’t even look at my plays once,” he said. “I knew my job today. I just know how to play the quarterback position now, and I think that’s going to take us a long way this year with our offense.”
Of course, it didn’t exactly surprise any of Lock’s Mizzou teammates.
“That’s something I expect out of him just because I know what type of quarterback he is being here three years with him and seeing how much he’s grown up,” Johnson said. “He puts a lot of work into football, so I expect those things from him — he’s poised always, ready to go out and make plays and lead the team.”