The Missouri Tigers football team came out in their 2012 season opener against Southeastern Louisiana before 62,000 fans and got off to a fast start scoring 28 points in the first seven minutes, and despite a stall in the second quarter after losing focus, went on to a huge 62 –10 win behind big nights from Kendial Lawrence and Marcus Murphy.
On Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (1-0) opened their 2012 season with a 62-10 win over visiting FCS opponent Southeastern Louisiana (0-1).
Missouri jumped on top of Southeast Louisiana early, with 2 TDs on offense, and 2 TDs from the defense, within the game’s first eight minutes.
Marcus Murphy set school records with 5 punt returns for 180 yards and 2 TDs, and the Missouri defense forced four Southeastern Louisiana turnovers.
Kendial Lawrence scored a pair of TDs on the ground, as he rushed for 121 yards on just 10 carries.
“I thought we came out ready to play,” said Coach Pinkel, following his team’s season-opening win. “One of the great things about this game is that we got to play a lot of players. The only way that you get experience is to play……………………………………………. That is invaluable!”
On the game, Missouri posted 452 yards of total offense on 62 offensive plays (7.3 yards/play), and limited the Lions to 223 total yards on 68 plays (3.3 yards/play).
James Franklin was 13-21-0 passing for 131 yards and 1 TD. He also ran for 39 yards on 6 carries.
Back-up QB Corbin Berkstresser saw the first game action of his Missouri career, and he played well, finishing 5-5-0 passing for 60 yards and 1 TD, to go with 35 yards and 1 TD rushing on 5 carries.
Murphy added 32 yards rushing on 5 carries from scrimmage, and Jimmie Hunt made 2 catches for 43 yards and 1 TD. T.J. Moe made the other TD reception, a diving catch in the end zone to put the Tigers on the board less than four minutes into the game.
After a great start, the Tigers led 28-0 midway through the first quarter. The Tigers lost focus, according to their head coach, and Southeastern Louisiana pulled to with 28-3 on a last second FG to end the half.
Missouri came out with better focus in the second half, and got on the board within the first 44 seconds of the second half, as the Missouri defense forced a fumble, and Lawrence capped off a 3-play, 25-yard drive with his second rushing TD of the day.
After Murphy scored the first of his 2 TDs on a 70-yard punt return with 4:41 remaining in the third quarter, to put the Tigers ahead by the score of 41-3, Coach Pinkel began substituting liberally. But by then, the route was on.
Murphy got a big assist from a Missouri newcomer on his first TD, as Markus Golden threw the final block that cleared the way for Murphy to get into the end zone.
Russell Hansbrough rushed the football 4 times for 19 yards, and returned a kickoff 56 yards.
Dorial Green-Beckham was one of 3 Missouri receivers with 3 receptions on the game, as Green-Beckham totaled 32 yards receiving. And Marcus Lucas and Moe each had 3 receptions on what turned out to be a mostly rainy night.
Afterwards, Coach Pinkel quickly turned his attention to week two.
“We know who we’re playing,” Coach Pinkel dead-panned.
Game rundown HERE