COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Marcus Woods had a 73-yard punt return for
a touchdown to lead a big day for Missouri's special teams, and
also scored on a 1-yard run in a 52-21 victory over Troy on
The Tigers (2-1) also blocked a punt to help snap a four-game
losing streak at home, against the team that knocked the Tigers out
of the rankings for good last season in Week 2. Troy (1-2) overcame
a 14-point deficit to win last year, deflating the hopes of a team
coming off a bowl season and rated a contender in the Big 12 North
before going 5-6.
Missouri didn't stumble in the rematch, putting the game away
with a 25-point third quarter that featured both of Woods' scores.
The point total was the school's most since a 52-20 victory over
Arkansas State in the 2004 opener.
Brad Smith had a 13-yard run, scored on a conversion run after
that touchdown and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brad Ekwerekwu
to help the Tigers rebound from a 45-35 loss at home last week to
New Mexico. Smith had entered the game third in the nation in total
offense at 412.5 yards per game, although he committed two costly
turnovers last week.
This time he had no turnovers. Smith was 23-of-33 for 183 yards
and Tony Temple (80), Smith (79) and Woods (59) combined for 218
yards rushing on 32 carries.
A punt blocked by Quincy Wade in the first quarter led to the
first of Adam Crossett's three field goals. Smith ran it in one
play after Xzavie Jackson's fumble recovery in the third quarter.
Temple got Missouri's first score on a 59-yard run in the first
quarter and finished with 80 yards on eight carries.
Carl Meadows threw for one touchdown and ran for a second for
Troy, which has lost its last two games and is 6-22 on the road
since moving to Division I. Meadows was 16-for-28 for 199 yards
before getting lifted late in the third quarter.