Tigers Dominate Western Illinois 69-0

The Missouri Tigers played a game of total domination as they tied and nearly broke records on their way to blowing out the Western Illinois Leathernecks 69-0 on Saturday night.

The Missouri Tigers provided a lot of firepower and fun for the 63,000 plus fans who came out to watch their dismantling of the Western Illinois Leathernecks to the tune of 69-0 as the Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball from start to finish.

Following Saturday night's 69-0 victory over Western Illinois, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel talked about his team's performance.

"We tried to eat the clock," said Coach Pinkel, talking about how his team finished the game. "We played a lot of players, which was really a good experience for getting a lot of people in. Also, some of our guys that are a little bit banged up, we got them out early. So, there were a lot of positives."

"It was very, very positive," continued Coach Pinkel. "I thought there was quite a bit of focus, today. And, that was encouraging…………………………….. The good teams don't care who they play. They play hard."

Missouri's offense set a record with 744 yards total offense on the night.

Running back Henry Josey led the way with 263 yards rushing on only 14 carries and 3 TDs for an average yards per carry of almost 19 yards each time he touched the ball.

Josey's 263 yards comes in 4th on the Tigers all-time single game rushing record behind Devin West's 319 yards, Brad Smith's 291 yards and Tony Temple's 283 yard games.

Josey had all of his yards in the first half and did not play in the second half or he would have stood a pretty good chance at breaking the record.

"He's kind of deadly," said Coach Pinkel talking about sophomore TB Henry Josey. "He can hit a seam fast. He's got great speed. And, we got him out early, too. He just played until half time."

Tiger QB James Franklin also had an outstanding night completing 18 of 25 passes for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Franklin continues to be an impressive field general and looked at ease on his TD hook-ups to Wes Kemp twice (37, 10) and T.J. Moe on a 30 yard scoring toss.

Reserve running back Jared Culver also got into the rushing act by rushing for 96 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.

Red-Shirt freshman Jimmie Hunt scored his first touchdown as a Tiger on a 54 yard catch and run and EJ Gaines finished the scoring,  after a couple of Grant Ressel field goals, with a 44 yard punt return to cap the offensive barrage off at 69 points, which tied the Tiger record for most points scored.

Missouri's defense might have been even more impressive then the offense by holding Western Illinois to just 44 total yards offense on 46 plays and just 1 first down on the evening.

It's hard to know what to take away from a game where the Tigers were so dominant, but it got work for a lot of the Missouri reserves and it was a lot of fun for the fans as they head to Oklahoma next weekend.

Missouri improved to 2-1 on the early season.

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