Toledo at Missouri

Missouri pulls away to beat Toledo 38-23

AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) James Franklin made crucial big plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half and Missouri pulled away from Toledo for a 38-23 victory on Saturday.

Missouri (2-0) led 24-23 after Toledo (0-2) scored its first two touchdowns of the year but Franklin's 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey's second 1-yard touchdown run of the game which extended Missouri's lead to eight.

The quarterback later had a 6-yard carry on fourth-and-3 and an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 to set up Marcus Murphy's 8-yard run to conclude the scoring with 10:29 to go.

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel beat the school at which he's a Hall of Famer and the career wins leader with the help of a few goofs by the visitors.

Toledos' David Fluellen had 111 yards on 14 carries and 10 catches for 100 yards.

Markus Golden got a gift 70-yard interception return in the third quarter when the ball squirted out of Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens' hands and right into his arms. Jeremiah Detmer hit three field goals in the first half, connecting from 24, 46 and 41 yards, but punted a low line drive into the back of a Toledo lineman, a 9-yard net to the Rockets' 44 that gave Missouri a short field on the Murphy score.

Owens scored on a 4-yard keeper and hit Alonzo Russell for a 41-yard score, most of it on a sideline sprint that capitalized on blown coverage, in a span of 5 1/2 minutes in the third quarter to shave the deficit to one.

Attendance was announced at 56,785 in a game that began in 90-plus degree heat. Less than half remained for the finish.

Golden's touchdown came just a few plays after linebacker Andrew Wilson, one of Missouri's top defensive players, was ejected for a borderline targeting hit on Marcus Reedy on an incomplete pass. Golden was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after planting the ball on the turf in the end zone, and Reedy's resulting 59-yard kickoff return helped set up Owens' touchdown.

Dorial Green-Beckham beat one-on-one coverage from Jordan Martin on a 9-yard touchdown catch with 1:14 to go in the half for a 17-9 lead. Missouri got a big stop in the other end zone to end the half, with Matt White intercepting a pass from Owens that was tipped.

Levi Copeland's 51-yard diving reception at the 7, with three defenders in futile pursuit, set up Josey's first 1-yard run.

The officiating crew needed alternate Chad Walker after umpire David Parker sprained his left knee in the first quarter.

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Scoring Summary
MIZZOUAndrew Baggett 35 yd FG
TOLEDOJeremiah Detmer 24 yd FG
MIZZOUHenry Josey 1 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
TOLEDOJeremiah Detmer 46 yd FG
TOLEDOJeremiah Detmer 41 yd FG
MIZZOUDorial Green-Beckham 9 yd pass from James Franklin (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUMarkus Golden 70 yd interception return (Andrew Baggett kick)
TOLEDOTerrance Owens 4 yd run (Jeremiah Detmer kick)
TOLEDOAlonzo Russell 41 yd pass from Terrance Owens (Jeremiah Detmer kick)
MIZZOUHenry Josey 1 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUMarcus Murphy 8 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1723
Third Down Efficiency4-119-15
Fourth Down Efficiency0-01-1
Plays-Net Yards64-38772-384
Passing Yds262212
Kick Return Yds8042
Punt Return Yds2922
Time of Poss.27:2932:31
Individual Stats
TOLEDO: David Fluellen 17-111, Terrance Owens 3-10, Damion Jones-Moore 2-3, Kareem Hunt 1-1
MIZZOU: James Franklin 17-77, Marcus Murphy 8-56, Russell Hansbrough 10-31, Henry Josey 9-26, Team 1--1, Maty Mauk 2--17
TOLEDO: Terrance Owens 26-41-262-3
MIZZOU: James Franklin 16-25-212-1
TOLEDO: David Fluellen 10-100, Alonzo Russell 7-101, Bernard Reedy 6-33, Dwight Macon 3-28
MIZZOU: L'Damian Washington 5-78, Dorial Green-Beckham 5-51, Marcus Lucas 3-28, Levi Copelin 1-51, Bud Sasser 1-4, Darius White 1-0
Toledo2nd Mid American West6-29-4
Missouri7th SEC East2-64-8

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