On Saturday afternoon in front of a Centennial Homecoming crowd of 70,004 at Faurot Field, the Missouri Tigers (3-3, 1-2) showed everyone that they are who we thought they were, with a convincing 52-17 win over the Iowa State Cyclones (3-3, 0-3).
Attention to detail paid dividends, as Missouri used a balanced scoring attack, and a stingy defense, to rack up 583 yards of total offense, and held Iowa State to just 343 yards of total offense. The Tigers did not commit a penalty in the game, and they converted 9 of their 14 third down opportunities, with most of the failed third-down conversions coming in the fourth quarter, long after the outcome had been decided. Following the dominating victory, Coach Pinkel shared some of his thoughts.
"It feels good to win," said Coach Pinkel. "It's been a couple of tough weeks. When we're focused, we're a pretty good football team.…………………………………. When you do all of the details, you have a chance to be successful. We'll learn the lessons from this, and we've got a big game next week."
Much had been said about getting more touches for sophomore TB Henry Josey, and on the day, Josey rushed for 129 yards and a TD on 19 carries. He also had 1 reception for 6 yards.
Sophomore QB James Franklin bounced back from a sub-par performance a week ago by completing 71% of his pass attempts, although he did throw a couple of interceptions, one of which was returned for a TD. On the day, Franklin was 20-28-2, for 289 yards, and 3 TDs. He also rushed for 84 yards and 2 TDs, on 11 carries. Coach Pinkel called the interceptions "poor decisions" by Franklin.
Prior to the game, a sizable contingent of recruits came out onto the field, and they eventually made their way into their seats just behind the Missouri bench. The Missouri student section began a chant of "DGB, DGB, DGB," until prized recruit Dorial Green-Beckham acknowledged the students with a wave.
Josey took the opening kick-off to mid-field, to set the Tigers up at the 50-yard line. Eight running plays later, Franklin took it in from the 1-yard line, and Missouri was ahead to stay.
On Iowa State's second play from scrimmage, E.J. Gaines dislodged the football from QB Steele Jantz, and Luke Lambert recovered at the Iowa State 38-yard line. From there, Franklin and company quickly drove it down to the 1-yard line, where Josey took it over for to make the score 14-0 Missouri. The Tigers led 21-3 at the end of the first quarter, and 31-10 at the half.
Defensively, Andrew Wilson led Missouri, with 10 tackles. Luke Lambert recovered 2 fumbles, and Gaines had 9 tackles, and a pass-break, to go along with his forced fumble. Each team committed three turnovers. Missouri senior DT Terrell Resonno injured his knee in the first half, and did not return.
On the day, Missouri averaged 5.1 yards/carry on 58 rushing attempts. Franklin averaged 10.3 yards/pass attempt, and 14.5 yards/ completion. Franklin posted 373 yards of total offense, and had a hand in 5 TDs. Eight different receivers had receptions for Missouri, with senior TE Michael Egnew leading the way, with 6 catches for 105 yards and 1 TD. Egnew's 39-yard catch and run near the end of the first quarter may have been the highlight play of the day, as he ran though, and over several Iowa State players, before finally dragging several of them into the end zone, a play that put Missouri ahead 21-3, and signaled to the Cyclones that this was not going to be their day.