Mizzou Rolls SWTS Bobcats 40-6

Missouri stepped every facet of its game Saturday night to defeat a game Southwest Texas State Bobcat football team to win the first game of the Gary Pinkel era. In the process, Pinkel lost a quarterback and found a new tailback. Michigan State looms in the distance.

And a collective sigh was breathed by every Missouri Tigers football fan across the world.

Missouri 40, SWTS 6.

The Tigers shrugged off the opening game loss to Bowling Green with a resounding victory in front of close to 51,000 fans in Columbia.

Mizzou showed marked improvement in all facets of their game Saturday night. The offense found its running game, and a new weapon in Ty Roberson, the true freshman tailback from St. Louis. Roberson rushed for 74 yards on 13 carries, and had one 21-yard dash to his credit on the night. Zack Abron fought off the effects of one lost fumble by rushing for 106 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

Darius Outlaw showed more poise and control in the outing, and Kirk Farmer made his brief return to the Tigers lineup in the second quarter, leading two nice drives before being put out of the game with a torn MCL in his knee. Farmer should be out 2-3 weeks with the injury.

On defense, Bynum, Wright and Doyle maintained pressure on the Bobcats backfield for most of the evening. In fact, Southwest Texas only mounted one successful drive all night coming in the third quarter. However, even that drive ended in discouragement for the Bobcats as the Tigers blocked the extra point, leaving SWTS with six points on the night.

Special teams continued to be a strength for Missouri, with one extra point block, one punt block, and two safeties on the evening.

For Southwest Texas Saturday's game was a stark reminder of the pecking order in college football. The week before, SWTS rolled up over 400 yards of rushing against Arkansas-Monticello in a 52-7 massacre. This week, they were held to -23 yards of rushing in the first half, and just over a hundred yards of total offense for the entire game versus Missouri.

So, while Missouri savor's its first win of the Gary Pinkel era, it must quickly prepare for a road game next Saturday in East Lansing versus Michigan State.

However, for tonight, it just feels good to get that winning feeling back in Columbia and savor the moment.

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