By Tim Letcher
SEC Digital Network
The Missouri Tigers remained unbeaten by topping Vanderbilt 51-28 on Saturday night in Nashville.
The Tigers roared out of the gate, scoring the first 20 points of the game, including a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback James Franklin.
After trailing 30-7 at the break, Vanderbilt was not able to get any closer than 16 points in the second half. Each time the Commodores cut the lead to 16, Missouri answered with a touchdown.
Franklin passed for 278 yards and four touchdowns, and he rushed for 63 yards as well.
Passing - James Franklin, 19-28, 278 yards, 4 TD
Rushing - Henry Josey, 14 carries, 69 yards, 2 TD; Marcus Murphy, 4 carries, 69 yards
Receiving - L'Damian Washington, 3 receptions, 86 yards, 2 TD
Passing - Austyn Carta-Samuels, 29-41, 338 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing - Jerron Seymour, 12 carries, 65 yards
Receiving - Jordan Matthews, 7 receptions, 123 yards, 1 TD
The only other previous game between these two teams in Nashville was in 1957. The game was played in a driving rainstorm and neither team completed a pass in the 7-7 tie.
Missouri leads the series between the teams 3-2-1.
Missouri is 5-0 for the first time since 2010.
Missouri matched its win total from last season with its fifth win.
Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel is now 95-61 and is only six wins from tying Don Faurot as the school's all-time winningest coach.