Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk was once again devastatingly efficient in the Tigers’ 38-10 thrashing of Central Florida at home on Saturday.
The redshirt sophomore signal caller — who finished the day 14 of 24 for 144 yards and four touchdowns — managed to find a receiver in the end zone once every six times he attempted a pass.
Mauk’s four-touchdown day came one week after he accounted for six touchdowns — five passing, one rushing — in a road win over Toledo. He is currently tied for the national lead in touchdown passes at 12, despite attempting less than half the number of passes as his two co-leaders.
Listed at 6-foot and 195 pounds, Mauk is not exactly your traditional pocket passer; it’s his ability to scramble and throw on the run that allow him to be successful.
Wide receiver Bud Sasser was the recipient of two Mauk touchdown passes Saturday, the second of which a 22-yard strike that pushed Missouri (3-0) out in front 28-10 early in the fourth quarter.
Sasser, whose four receiving touchdowns rank tied for fourth nationally, says one key to playing with Mauk is constantly expecting the football to come his way.
Sasser isn’t the only Missouri receiver benefiting from Mauk’s playmaking ability.Through three games, fellow seniors Darius White and Jimmie Hunt have hauled in three and four touchdowns, respectively. The three all average at least 41 yards receiving per game, with Sasser leading the way at 71.7 yards per game.
Mauk says spreading the football around to the trio of seniors is not a conscious decision, but rather “something that just happens.”
As a redshirt freshman last season, Mauk made four starts in place of the injured James Franklin and also played in a reserve role.
In his first season as the Tigers’ No. 1 quarterback, Mauk has made strides in several areas, most notably in accuracy. Mauk is completing 62.3 percent of his passes this year, up from 51.1 percent a season ago.
The reason for the uptick in Mauk’s accuracy is simple, according to Sasser. The more time Mauk gets under center, the better he gets.