COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Chase Daniel threw two touchdown passes to
Will Franklin and ran for another score to lead Missouri over Ohio
31-6 on Saturday.
Missouri's defense shut down Ohio aside from an 80-yard drive in
the second quarter, overcoming three turnovers, and the Tigers
(4-0) blocked two kicks to complete a perfect non-conference
schedule. They're 4-0 for the first time since 2003 and only the
fifth time since 1925.
Daniel was 18-for-34 for 258 yards, offsetting a lost fumble on
the opening drive and an interception near the end of the first
half. He was on-target just enough, hitting Franklin for 68- and
9-yard scores in the first half, and scored untouched on a 5-yard
keeper in the third quarter.
Franklin caught four passes for 99 yards and leads the team with
four touchdown receptions. The 68-yard catch in the first quarter
is the longest pass play in coach Gary Pinkel's six seasons.
Thomas Christy caught an 8-yard touchdown pass from Austen
Everson in the second quarter for Ohio (2-2), which has been
outscored 55-13 in losing its last two. Coach Frank Solich is 5-2
against Missouri, all of the victories coming when he was at
In Solich's last game at Missouri in 2003, the Tigers beat
Nebraska for the first time since 1978.
Ohio was held to 188 total yards, although the lone touchdown
capped the longest drive of the season against a defense ranked
first in the Big 12. The Bobcats had four first downs in the first
quarter against a team that had not allowed any in the opening
Everson was 13-for-23 for 110 yards before being replaced by
Brad Bower midway through the fourth quarter.
The two blocked kicks, one on a field-goal attempt and another
on an extra-point attempt, kept the Tigers' 14-6 halftime lead from
being closer. Xzavie Jackson blocked Matt Lasher's 38-yard field
goal attempt to prevent Ohio from taking advantage of Daniel's
fumble, and Lorenzo Williams blocked an extra-point kick in the
Williams' fumble recovery of an errant pitch by Everson led to
Daniel's 5-yard run that put Missouri ahead 24-6 in the third
quarter. Jimmy Jackson added a 2-yard run with 3:13 to go.