Missouri played like a team that had qualified for a bowl the week before.
The loss left Arkansas with a 4-8 record, capping only the second losing season of Bielema's 12-year career. Neither team had much in the way of stakes, and both of its fates past Saturday seemed sealed even at kickoff: The Tigers will make their first bowl game since 2015, and the Razorbacks will embark on a coaching search.
"Really, I'm just more excited than I've been after a college football game", Lock said.
Bielema was sacked Friday just minutes after the Razorbacks lost to Missouri 48-45 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville. It's time for Arkansas to move forward.More news: PV Sindhu falters in Hong Kong final
Many believed Bielema deserved better for what he's put into the Razorbacks' program over the past five years. In a first half shootout with the Razorbacks, Lock found wide receiver Emanuel Hall for the other two touchdowns.
J'Mon Moore caught Lock's fifth touchdown pass and gave Mizzou a 45-42 lead. That is to say: The Razorbacks before Saturday had exactly one marginally meaningful win, over Ole Miss on October 28.
Arkansas wasted little time firing coach Bret Bielema after the Hogs' season ended Friday, announcing his dismissal less than an hour after a loss to Missouri.
Missouri's been one of the most fun teams in the country over the last two months, winning five straight games and averaging almost 500 yards per game on offense.