Murray State at Missouri

Missouri surges past Murray State 58-14 in opener

AP Sports Writer

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) James Franklin threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns before coming out early in the third quarter, helping Missouri take command after early struggles and whip Murray State 58-14 Saturday night in an opener that began in 98-degree heat.

Henry Josey had 113 yards on 13 carries with a 68-yard score in his first game back from a left knee injury that required two surgeries and sidelined him all last season. Russell Hansbrough had 104 yards on eight attempts with a pair of scores for Missouri, coming off a disappointing 5-7 record in its first SEC season.

Maikhail Miller threw three interceptions, two by E.J. Gaines, against a defense that stiffened after allowing two early touchdowns. Murray State faded quickly against its first SEC opponent since 2005.

Miller, who transferred from Mississippi last month, threw a touchdown pass and caught one on a flea-flicker for a 14-13 lead with 3:58 to go in the first.

Missouri scored the last 17 points of the first half, recovering from a rough start on both sides of the ball against a school picked to finish tied for sixth in the FCS-level Ohio Valley Conference. Franklin was done for the evening after throwing two touchdown passes the first 5:09 after the break, a 37-yarder to Darius White and 4-yarder to L'Damian Washington to make it 44-14.

It's the third career 300-yard game for Franklin, who was 26 for 38 and ended up 7 yards shy of his career best against Baylor in 2011. Missouri lost Franklin's other two 300-yard efforts.

Josey outran a pair of defenders who had the angle on his burst down the sideline in the third quarter. He received a prolonged ovation during pre-game introductions and again after a 20-yard gain on his first carry.

Hansbrough had 101 yards on seven carries and two scores in the rocky first quarter. A turnover ended the opening drive when Bud Sasser fumbled after a catch and kicker Andrew Baggett had an extra-point kick blocked and missed a 30-yard field-goal attempt.

Murray State had 196 total yards and 11 first downs in the first quarter, needing 1:15 to go 59 yards on its opening drive capped by Miller's 17-yard pass to Walter Powell. Miller spun away from Kony Ealy and strutted into the end zone on a 5-yard flea-flicker pass from wide receiver Jeremy Harness, a play that opened with a lateral pass, for a 14-13 lead late in the first quarter.

Missouri is 10-0 against FCS teams under coach Gary Pinkel, entering with an average score of 50-7, and beat Murray State 47-7 in 2006 in the only other game between the schools. Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniel made his Missouri debut in that game with five touchdown passes, and attended Saturday night's game.

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Scoring Summary
MURYSTWalter Powell 17 yd pass from Maikhail Miller (Jordan Benton kick)
MIZZOURussell Hansbrough 3 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOURussell Hansbrough 51 yd run (blocked XP)
MURYSTMaikhail Miller 5 yd pass from Jeremy Harness (Jordan Benton kick)
MIZZOUJimmie Hunt 22 yd pass from James Franklin (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUMarcus Murphy 4 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUAndrew Baggett 43 yd FG
MIZZOUDarius White 37 yd pass from James Franklin (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUL'Damian Washington 4 yd pass from James Franklin (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUHenry Josey 68 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
MIZZOUMorgan Steward 1 yd run (Andrew Baggett kick)
Team Stats
First Downs1633
Third Down Efficiency8-1911-16
Fourth Down Efficiency1-10-1
Plays-Net Yards75-29787-694
Passing Yds174336
Kick Return Yds1621
Punt Return Yds1115
Time of Poss.30:4129:19
Individual Stats
MURYST: Maikhail Miller 11-73, Duane Brady 6-33, Jaamal Berry 10-19, Marcus Holliday 7-11, Parks Frazier 1--5, Team 1--8
MIZZOU: Henry Josey 13-113, Russell Hansbrough 8-104, Marcus Murphy 7-56, James Franklin 6-44, Morgan Steward 8-25, Greg White 3-16
MURYST: Maikhail Miller 16-32-145-3, Parks Frazier 6-6-24-0, Jeremy Harness 1-1-5-0
MIZZOU: James Franklin 26-38-318-0, Maty Mauk 2-3-18-0, Corbin Berkstresser 0-1-0-0
MURYST: Paul Rice 5-63, Walter Powell 4-35, Nevar Griffin 4-24, Jaamal Berry 3-14, Jordan Morrow 2-8, Marcus Holliday 2-0, Janawski Davis 1-17, Jeremy Harness 1-8, Maikhail Miller 1-5
MIZZOU: Jaleel Clark 5-51, Dorial Green-Beckham 4-83, Bud Sasser 4-41, Marcus Lucas 4-33, L'Damian Washington 3-32, Darius White 2-44, Jimmie Hunt 2-26, Eric Waters 1-11, Levi Copelin 1-7, Sean Culkin 1-6, Henry Josey 1-2

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