SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou played host to Toledo on Saturday, and Tigers’ quarterback James Franklin led the way to a 38-23 triumph for Gary Pinkel and company. Franklin got the job done through the air and on the ground, leading the Tigers (2-0) in both categories en route to 289 total yards and two touchdowns.
The Rockets (0-2) matched field goals with Mizzou to open the game, proving that they would not go down easily. Henry Josey punched in a 1-yard touchdown for the Tigers soon after, and Missouri would lead the rest of the way to the finish, although Toledo hung around close enough to keep Mizzou fans from relaxing until late in the game.
Mizzou racked up 384 yards of offense on the day, including 172 yards on the ground. Josey scored twice in the ground game for the Tigers, while Marcus Murphy also found the end zone once on eight carries. Dorial Green-Beckham came up big on the outside with 51 yards and a receiving score to help the Tigers’ cause.
Toledo’s David Fluellen proved to be a multi-purpose weapon in Columbia, leading the Rockets in rushing and receiving. Fluellen carries 17 time and caught 11 passes for Toledo, combining for 213 total yards, but he was held out of the end zone.
Missouri managed three interceptions off Toledo signal-caller Terrance Owens. Ownes threw one touchdown on the day, but it proved to be too little to keep pace with Missouri.
Passing – James Franklin, 16-for-25, 212 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – James Franklin, 17 carries, 77 yards
Receiving – Dorial Green-Beckham, 5 rec, 51 yards, TD
Passing – Terrance Owens, 27-for-42, 264 yards, TD, 3 INT
Rushing – David Fluellen, 17 car, 111 yards
Receiving – David Fluellen, 11 rec, 102 yards
• Missouri has now started the season 2-0 for the third time in the last five seasons, and the eighth time in 13 years under coach Gary Pinkel.
• Pinkel was facing his old team on Saturday, as he is Toledo’s all-time winningest coach and a member of the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame.
• With the victory, Pinkel is now one win away from moving into second place all-time at Missouri with 92 wins.