Chase and the Temple of Doom: MU Rolls, 38-25

OXFORD, MISS. - Missouri racked up 559 yards of offense en route to a 38-25 win at Ole Miss Saturday night. Quarterback Chase Daniel accounted for 330 of those yards through the air and threw five touchdown passes on 31-of-43 passing for the now 2-0 Tigers. All he could talk about following the win though, was his running back.


Tony Temple, who had only 33 yards on 17 carries in the season opening win against Illinois, found his groove to the tune of 126 yards on 17 carries.

"We finally got Tony going," said Daniel, who also rushed for 66 yards on 10 carries. "Tony is the catalyst of the offense. I told him before, ‘you've got to go out there and do your game. If you do, we're going to be able to open up some passing lanes."

A big lane opened up in the third quarter. Following two Temple rushes (7, 26), Daniel found Greg Bracey for a 37-yard touchdown pass on a three-play 70-yard drive that took only 65 seconds and gave Mizzou a 35-7 lead.

That touchdown followed a four touchdown second quarter as the Tigers jumped out to a 28-7 lead. William Franklin caught the first two. The senior finished with 105 yards on eight catches.

The biggest of those blows was a 57-second drive after Ole Miss cut the lead to 21-7 on a BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown run. Chase Coffman ended the 54-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown catch.

"Coming down here in this environment, playing a Southeastern Conference school, I really feel good about the win," Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said.

The Rebels (1-1) never went away quietly, scoring 18 of the final 25 points and forcing punts on all three fourth quarter Missouri possessions. The Tigers picked up only 31 yards in the quarter, 27 on their first drive.

"Certainly I'm disappointed and that's something we've got to get fixed, Pinkel said. "They came back and got some big plays. Hand it to them."

Strong safety Pig Brown, coming off a National Defensive Player of the Week honor, had another big game with a team-high 12 tackles.

Missouri took a fumble and a late interception away for Ole Miss, but left Vaught-Hemingway Stadium with no turnovers of their own. Pinkel is looking for even more.

"Some of the things were better. Our kicking game was sound, a plus two turnover margin, which was huge, "(but) I think we can be a lot better football team, a lot better."

He definitely wasn't pleased with his run defense. Green-Ellis finished the night with 226 yards on 33 carries. Ole Miss totaled 534 yards, 305 from quarterback Seth Adams, who completed 23-of-41 with three touchdowns and an interception.

The Tigers host Western Michigan in their 2007 home opener Saturday.

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