COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri suspended junior quarterback Maty Mauk for the rest of the season for disciplinary reasons, just six days after reinstating him.
The Tigers (4-4) play 24th-ranked Mississippi State (6-2) on Thursday night at home. Missouri will face BYU on Nov. 14 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Freshman Drew Lock has made four starts since Mauk was first suspended. Lock has completed 77-of-152 passes (50.7 percent) for 763 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in Mauk's absence. Mauk threw for 654 yards (with a 51.8 percent completion rate) with six touchdowns and four interceptions prior to his first suspension.
The school said in a news release Sunday that it will not discuss further details of Mauk's suspension. The first suspension was for a violation of program policies.
No matter who has played at quarterback, though, Missouri has struggled on offense this season. The Tigers average 277.6 yards per game — 126th nationally — and 14.9 points a contest, second-worst in the nation.
The Tigers have relied on a stout defense to keep them in games. Missouri is giving up just 282.1 yards per game (sixth nationally) and 12.5 points per contest, good enough for third in the country.