Mizzou football fans loathe Steve Wilks' defense vs. Tennessee: 'I'm officially hitting the panic button'

Adam Hensley
Columbia Daily Tribune

It's safe to say this wasn't the outcome Missouri football fans were hoping for.

On Saturday, the Mizzou defense came under fire after allowing 28 first-quarter points. That same defense then gave up 17 in the second quarter and 10 more in the third. When it was all said and done, Tennessee toppled Missouri 62-24.

Early in the game, Missouri kicked a 43-yard field goal to cut Tennessee's lead to just four points midway through the first quarter. But within the quarter's final six minutes, Volunteer running back Tiyon Evans exploded for three touchdowns, including a 92-yard sprint.

From there, Missouri struggled to play catchup. The offense failed to get any sort of cohesiveness in the ground game, and quarterback Connor Bazelak tossed a pair of interceptions.

In the blink of an eye, Tennessee boasted a 45-10 halftime lead en route to a 6win.

2021 marks the first season in Columbia for Missouri defensive coordinator Steve Wilks, who joined the program in January after he was the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator in 2019. Missouri fans were not pleased with their first-year coordinator's game plan against the Vols, to say the least.

Here's what Twitter had to say about Wilks' defense in Missouri's game vs. Tennessee:

Missouri football fans upset with defensive coordinator Steve Wilks

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Adam Hensley is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can follow him on Twitter @A_Hens83 or reach him at ahensley@gannett.com.