Scores

Final

Missouri 44

(1-0, 1-0 away)

Arkansas State 17

(0-1, 0-1 home)

12:00 PM ET, September 3, 2005

Arrowhead Stadium, KANSAS CITY, MO

1 2 3 4 T
MIZZ 13 17 7 744
ARST 0 0 3 1417

Top Performers

Passing: B. Smith (MIZZ) - 317 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: A. Warren (ARST) - 18 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: W. Franklin (MIZZ) - 8 REC, 116 YDS, 1 TD

Missouri 44, Arkansas State 17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- So far, Missouri's no-huddle, spread offense is a huge success. The Tigers just missed the school total offense record in their opener.

Brad Smith thrived in the new attack, throwing four touchdown passes and just missing 100 yards rushing in a 44-17 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday.

"It was fun to watch," Arkansas State quarterback Nick Noce said. "But I wish it wasn't against us."

Brad Ekwerekwu caught his first two career touchdown passes for the Tigers, who rolled up 657 yards in offense while playing in Kansas City for the first time in 60 years. Smith played only about 2 1-2 quarters, or otherwise the school record of 665 yards against Kansas in 1949 would surely have fallen.

"Brad's been waiting for this day," coach Gary Pinkel said. "That kid is on a mission. What we can in this offense, we can just do a lot of things for him."

It was the home opener for Arkansas State, despite a 6½-hour drive from Jonesboro, Ark., to the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium, which was about half-full with an announced attendance of 32,906.

"That's cool," Smith said. "I don't care if it's two people or 1,000."

Smith, a dual threat his first two seasons, was primarily a dropback passer last year and Missouri suffered for it with a 5-6 record after going to the Independence Bowl a year earlier. He operated out of a no-back offense most of the time Saturday, mixing it up with handoffs off shifts, shovel passes, short and medium-range passes and keepers, going 29-for-37 for 317 yards and gaining 95 yards on 12 carries.

He now has 3,083 career rushing yards, passing Brock Olivo for second place on the school's career list, and trails leader Zack Abron by 115 yards. He had 412 yards of total offense, the completion total matched his career best and the 300-plus day passing was his first since his redshirt freshman year in 2002.

"We're not trying to make no statements, we're just trying to play football," Smith said. "I think we're done with that kind of stuff. We just come to play and do what we're supposed to do."

Missouri, which beat Arkansas State 52-20 in Columbia last year, did not punt until Smith left the game midway through the third quarter. By then, it was 37-0.

Two lost fumbles by wide receiver Sean Coffey were the only minuses in the first half for the Tigers, who scored on their other five possessions and had 417 yards total offense for a 30-0 lead. Smith threw a pair of short TD passes to William Franklin and Ekwerekwu, Marcus Woods scored on a 23-yard run and Tony Temple had a 6-yarder.

Coffey dislocated his left shoulder on the second fumble, and Pinkel said he'd be sidelined perhaps a couple of weeks. Franklin finished with eight catches for 116 yards.

Arkansas State, held to 165 yards in a half, was plagued by dropped passes by wide receivers intimidated by some crunching hits in the secondary.

"I was taken off-guard by our start," Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts said. "I thought our team was prepared mentally and emotionally. As much as they spread the field, there's a lot of running room. Even if you play perfectly."

Antonio Warren had 121 yards on 18 carries and a 6-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Arkansas State, which opened away from home for the 10th straight season. Noce added a 10-yard scoring pass to Patrick Higgins that cut the gap to 37-17 before the Missouri starters re-entered and quickly scored on a 10-yard pass from Smith to Chase Coffman.

"I just got a little nervous," Pinkel said. "I wanted to make sure we preserved this, and we never really came out firing on offense in the second half."

Before the game there was a moment of silence for Aaron O'Neal, the Missouri linebacker who died of viral meningitis in July after a conditioning workout.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIZZ
ARST
1st Downs3018
Total Yards657323
Passing340206
Rushing317117
Penalties10-6510-73
3rd Down Conversions9-172-15
4th Down Conversions1-11-1
Turnovers32
Possession30:4429:16

Passing Leaders

MissouriC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Smith29/373178.640-
Daniel4/11232.101-
Arkansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Noce18/331885.711-
Hewitt1/5183.600-

Rushing Leaders

MissouriCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith12957.9021
Woods99010.0132
Arkansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Warren181216.7127
Jones11212.0012

Receiving Leaders

MissouriRECYDSAVGTDLG
Franklin811614.5142
Ekwerekwu8313.927
Arkansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Dejohnette36722.3043
Higgins3155.0110

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIZZARST
TD6:10MARCUS WOODS 23 YD RUN (ADAM CROSSETT KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 97 yards.
70
TD0:56TONY TEMPLE 6 YD RUN (MISSED KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 50 yards.
130
SECOND QUARTERMIZZARST
TD8:27WILLIAM FRANKLIN 6 YD PASS FROM BRAD SMITH (FAILED 2PT RUSH)
Drive info: 5 plays, 26 yards.
190
TD4:05BRAD EKWEREKWU 1 YD PASS FROM BRAD SMITH (WILLIAM FRANKLIN 2PT PASS FROM BRAD SMITH)
Drive info: 8 plays, 80 yards.
270
FG0:17ADAM CROSSETT 45 YD FG
Drive info: 8 plays, 32 yards.
300
THIRD QUARTERMIZZARST
TD9:39BRAD EKWEREKWU 7 YD PASS FROM BRAD SMITH (ADAM CROSSETT KICK)
Drive info: 11 plays, 68 yards.
370
FG3:37ERIC NEIHOUSE 32 YD FG
Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards.
373
FOURTH QUARTERMIZZARST
TD14:04ANTONIO WARREN 6 YD RUN (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 48 yards.
3710
TD8:29PATRICK HIGGINS 10 YD PASS FROM NICK NOCE (ERIC NEIHOUSE KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 34 yards.
3717
TD6:52CHASE COFFMAN 14 YD PASS FROM BRAD SMITH (ADAM CROSSETT KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yards.
4417