It wasn’t always pretty, but the Missouri Tigers are 2-0 once again on the football field. Mizzou was paced by over 300 yards of total offense from James Franklin, and outlasted Toledo 38-23 on Saturday afternoon.
The Rockets took an early 7-3 lead before a Franklin bomb to Levi Copelin helped set up a touchdown plunge from Henry Josey with six minutes to go in the first quarter. Toledo cut the lead to 10-9 before a nine yard TD pass to Dorial Green-Beckham pushed Mizzou further ahead late in the first half.
After linebacker Andrew Wilson was ejected on a targeting penalty early in the third quarter, reserve ‘backer Markus Golden tipped a Terrance Owens pass to himself, and ran for a 70-yard touchdown to make it a 24-9 Tiger edge.
Toledo scored twice to cut Mizzou’s lead to one point, before some punishing runs by Franklin helped set up Josey’s second short TD run of the game as time expired in the third quarter. Marcus Murphy’s eight-yard scamper with 10:29 left in regulation sealed the scoring.
Franklin led Tiger rushers with 17 carries and 77 yards, and wasn’t bad with his arm, either. Mizzou’s quarterback completed 16 of 25 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown, with only one interception. His Toledo counterpart, Owens, went 26-of-41 for 262 yards, but tossed three picks with only one score.
Rocket running back David Fluellen racked up 211 yards of total offense, but was held scoreless. Josey added 27 yards on 9 carries to his pair of touchdowns, and Murphy carried for 56 yards and a score. L’Damian Washington led Tiger receivers with five catches for 78 yards.
Missouri gets a bye week before hitting the road for a matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers. Pregame coverage with Tiger Gameday begins September 21st at 4:00 pm on ESPN 100.5 and 103.1 FM, 1580 AM, and KTGR.com.