Ole Miss won the opening coin toss and deferred. After Will Moseley kicked the football into the end zone, Missouri started on its 20 and drove 80 yards for a touchdown.
And that was the way things went all day for the Ole Miss Rebels in a 34-7 loss to the Missouri Tigers before 51,112 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.
Most things worked for the Tigers. Most things didn't for the Rebels.
Behind sophomore quarterback Chase Daniel's accurate passing and elusive running, the Tigers rolled, amassing 471 total yards to the Rebels' 162. Some of that total yardage for Mizzou came in the fourth quarter when Daniel had already been replaced by his backup.
On the opening drive Daniel was sensational, taking the game into his own hands. He was 6-for-6 through the air for 50 yards while rushing for 30 more, including a 3-yard touchdown run.
After the Tigers built a 17-0 lead early in the second quarter, the Rebels finally got on the scoreboard. Missouri punt returner Marcus Woods was hit by Dustin Mouzon, the football came loose, and Charles Clark recovered at the Missouri 35-yard line. Two plays later Brent Schaeffer passed to Marshay Green who scampered 30 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was good by Joshua Shene, and Mizzou only led 17-7 at halftime.
The intermission stats were one-sided. Ole Miss had 70 yards of total offense and was just 1-for-7 on third-down conversions. The Tigers, on the other hand, rolled up 276 yards in the first half and ran 47 plays to the Rebels' 27. Mizzou had 17 first downs in the first half to four for the Rebs.
But because of the touchdown, the Rebels had new life and would also get the football to start the second half. They had a chance to make something happen.
Three and out wasn't what they needed, however, and that's exactly what happened. Add to that the fact that Missouri took the football right back down the field for a touchdown after a Rob Park punt, and that was basically your ole ballgame.
On third and 3 at the Rebel 20, Daniel hit Brad Ekwerekwu with a touchdown pass, and with the extra point MU led 24-7 with 11:11 left in the third.
The momentum was clearly back with Missouri now as Ole Miss failed to capitalize on its late first-half momentum and getting the ball to start the second half.
The Rebels basically threatened just one more time in the game as Schaeffer led Ole Miss to the Tiger 23-yard line. But on first and 10 at that point, Schaeffer was intercepted by safety Kevin Duncan as he stepped in front of intended receiver Robert Lane, picked it off, and raced some 52 yards deep into Ole Miss territory.
Four plays later MU backup QB Brandon Coleman took it in from the 8. With the PAT, MU led 34-7 with 3:09 left in this one.
Missouri is 2-0 for the first time since 2003. Ole Miss is 1-1 on the season.
Daniel ended the day 24-for-40 for 243 passing yards, rushing for one TD and passing for another. He had 89 yards rushing.
Schaeffer's final numbers were 13-for-29 with three interceptions and the touchdown toss to Green. He was sacked three times.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the Rebs' leading rusher with 69 yards on 16 carries.
Mizzou had 26 first downs in the contest to 10 for Ole Miss.
Missouri beats Ole Miss 34-7
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