The Missouri Tigers did exactly what they should have done to the Murray State Racers on Saturday. Once they took over the lead in the second quarter, they just put the pedal down and ran away from the Racers, scoring 38 points in the second and third quarters.
Missouri is on a mission to prove they can compete in the SEC, and they cannot be overlooked on one, injury-riddled season in that conference. Even though the opponent wasn’t a strong one, Missouri looked terrific in just about every aspect of the game.
What Went Right?
Just about everything.
The offense was on fire, with few hiccups. They amassed over 300 yards both on the ground and through the air. Everyone who needed to look good against a weak opponent did offensively. James Franklin went 26-38 (68.4%) for 318 yards, 8.4 yards per pass attempt.The offense racked up a very impressive 33 first downs on the night.
Dorial Green- Beckham averaged 20.8 yards a grab on his 4 receptions, which was a great sign for the Tigers.
Even punter Christian Brinser was on fire, averaging 48.3 yards on his three kicks.
Defensively, the Racers did pound out 297 yards of their own against Missouri, but they also ran 68 plays. The defense allowed just 3.4 yard on the ground, and a terrific 4.5 yard per pass attempt. The Tigers held Murray State to a 42% 3rd conversion rate (8-19), and Mizzou forced 8 punts on the night.
They even picked off three Racers’ passes, E.J. Gaines with two of them.
What Went Wrong?
Missouri did start off a bit slow defensively, allowing an early Racer touchdown, then after scoring a couple times themselves to take the lead, the Tigers allowed another score to tie the game by the end of the third quarter. Of course, the Tigers stepped on the Racers’ necks after that. Missouri did cough up a fumble once but that was really the only flaw on a sparkling offense performance.
Special teams were not outstanding in a couple of areas. Andrew Baggett missed an extra point (out of 8 attempts), and one of his two field goal attempts. Punt returner Marcus Murphy only piled up 15 yards on five punt returns, and 8 were on just one return.
Still, we are just nit picking here.
All in all, it was a great early season performance against a weak opponent. Missouri did exactly as was expected and took care of business. Missouri faces Toledo on Saturday at 2:30 on ESPNU. Missouri fans should look for more of the same against an opponent stronger than the first.