Missouri Quarterback James Franklin came up with two crucial drives after Toledo (0-2) came up with their first two touchdowns of the young season. It was a one point game (24-23) when Franklin broke off a 21 yard run that set up a 1 yard touchdown run for running back Henry Josey, giving Mizzou (2-0) the eight point lead.
On the next drive, Franklin again came up big for Mizzou by gaining 6 yards on a fourth-and-three and also gained 11 yards on third-and-9, setting up an 8 yard touchdown run by running back Marcus Murphy. Mizzou took the 15 point lead with 10:29 left on the clock.
Franklin was 16/25 passing for 212 yards and a touchdown. He also carried the ball 17 times for 77 yards bringing his total to almost 300 yards of total offense alone.
Mizzou’s defense was very “bend, but don’t break” today. Toledos’ star running back David Fluellen had 111 yards on 14 carries and 10 catches for 100 yards. As I had mentioned earlier this week, the Tigers needed to make sure they had a plan to stop Fluellen. The Rockets offense totaled 387 yards of offense with 262 passing and 125 rushing. Fluellen was over half of their total offense on the day. However, the biggest difference in the game was the 3 turnovers Toledo surrendered.
Missouri’s Markus Golden was given a gift by Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens on 2nd-and-6 with a little over 11 minutes to go in the third quarter. Owens lost grip on the ball when he attempted to make the throw, and Golden was there when the ball fell right into his hands and he finished with the 70 yard touchdown return.
Toledo played the Tigers tough in a back-and-forth game, but Missouri’s offensive talent ended up being too much, helping the tigers pick up the 15 point victory.
Missouri travels to Indiana next Saturday night at 8 PM.