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Mizzou’s Drew Lock sets SEC TD pass record in what was Bret Bielema’s final game

Missouri QB Drew Lock
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Missouri’s Drew Lock threw for 448 yards and set the SEC single-season record for touchdown passes Friday in the final game for Arkansas coach Bret Bielema, who was fired within minutes of the game going final.

Lock threw five TD passes to give him 43 for the season as Mizzou beat Arkansas 48-45. In a game where there were 12 touchdowns, the winning points came on a 19-yard field goal by Tyler McCann with nine seconds left.

It was the sixth consecutive win for Missouri – all against teams with losing records. The Tigers will head to their bowl game at 7-5 overall and 4-4 in the SEC. Arkansas, meanwhile, finished 4-8 overall and 1-7 in the league.

Arkansas fired AD Jeff Long earlier this month, cementing Bielema’s fate. He was 11-29 in SEC play in his five seasons with the Hogs.

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Lock broke the SEC single-season record with a 10-yard TD pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam late in the second period. He threw two more touchdown passes in the fourth quarter. Lock finished 25-of-42 for the 448 yards and five TDs; he also threw two interceptions.

Missouri finished with 694 yards of offense and 35 first downs on 103 plays, and was 10-of-18 on third down. Arkansas ran 61 plays.

Arkansas led 21-7 after one quarter, but was outscored 24-7 in the second period.

SEC single-season TD passes

1. 43: Drew Lock, Missouri, 2017
2. 40: Andre Woodson, Kentucky, 2007
3. 39: Danny Wuerffel, Florida, 1996
4. 37: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 2013
37: Tim Couch, Kentucky, 1997

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