By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
James Franklin passed for 318 yards and three touchdowns as the Missouri Tigers thumped the Murray State Racers 58-14 on Saturday night in Columbia.
Franklin, who missed time last year with multiple injuries, appeared to be completely healthy on Saturday. He rushed for 44 yards on six carries in the game as well.
Missouri trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter before running off 45 straight points to put this game away.
The Tigers rushed for 358 yards in the game. Both Henry Josey (113 yards) and Russell Hansbrough (104) went over the 100-yard mark.
Passing - Maikhai Miller, 16-32, 145 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing - Maikhai Miller, 11 carries, 73 yards
Receiving - Paul Rice, 5 receptions, 63 yards
Passing - James Franklin, 26-38, 318 yards, 3 TD
Rushing - Henry Josey, 13 carries, 113 yards, 1 TD
Receiving - Dorial Green-Beckham, 4 receptions, 83 yards
• Missouri is now 13-0 all-time against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision
• Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel has now won 12 straight season openers
• Five different Tigers scored rushing touchdowns in this game