By Logan Perrone
Missouri played host to Southeastern Missouri State Saturday evening in one final game before conference play. The Show-Me-State showdown marked the 500th game ever played at Faurot Field, which opened its gates in October of 1926. Missouri dominated out the gate and never slowed.
In the first quarter, the entire Tigers team got involved in the scoring. Larry Rountree and Albert Okwuegbunam both recorded a rushing and passing TD respectively, Cale Garret took an interception for a pick-six and Richaud Floyd returned a punt for a 71-yard touchdown. The Redhawks would block one of McCann’s PATs to leave the score 27-0 at the end of the first.
Mizzou would add 10 points in both the second quarter and the third quarter on rushing TD’s from Rountree and Tyler Badie and two field goals from McCann. The Mizzou kicker would cap the scoring at 50 following a 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, his longest of the season.
Barry Odom’s defense was the unsung hero of the night, shutting out the SEMO offense. Not only did they account for one of Mizzou’s touchdowns, the Tiger defense kept the Redhawks to just 94 total yards with three players picking up sacks. Penalties continued to be a thorn in the Tigers’ side, however. At the end of the game, Mizzou had accumulated nine penalties for a loss of 79 yards.
“They’re a really really good team,” Odom said. “They want to win on the other sideline too and they got good players also.”
Mizzou will open up SEC play at home against South Carolina this upcoming Saturday, September 21st with kickoff set for 3:00 PM.
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