Tiger Football Tears Up Lions in Season Opener

Tim Leible and Daniel Shapiro bring you the highlights of Mizzou football’s opening game against Southeastern Louisiana.

Saturday, Sept. 1 –

Before the Missouri football team dives head first into the Southeastern Conference schedule next week, Saturday’s contest against Southeastern Louisiana presented an opportunity to iron out a few wrinkles. The Tigers certainly made it look easy as they crushed the visiting Lions 62-10.

After Missouri went 8-5 last season, the squad has something to prove as the highly anticipated new era begins. Southeastern Louisiana is 37-63 since resuming football in 2003.

Marcus Murphy scored on punt returns of 72 and 70 yards and Zaviar Gooden and Michael Sam fueled a lightning-fast start with two early defensive touchdowns in the rout.

Murphy, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound sophomore tailback, matched a 47-year-old school record with two scoring returns and totaled 180 yards on five punt returns. He added 32 yards on five rushes.

Heralded freshman Dorial Green-Beckham reeled in three receptions for 32 yards.

Kendial Lawrence totaled 121 yards on 10 carries with two touchdowns for the Tigers, who led 28-0 after running just 12 plays from scrimmage. Mizzou stalled for nearly two quarters before turning it back on.

Southeast Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley threw a late touchdown pass to Jeff Smiley. The Lions, picked to be in the middle of the pack of the FCS Southland Conference under new coach Ron Roberts, left Hurricane Isaac behind on Friday and ran into its remnants in Columbia.

Mizzou has won five games in a row dating back to last season’s strong finish in the Big 12. The Tigers open SEC play in a monumental matchup with Georgia at 6:45 p.m. next Saturday evening.

– Peter Misurell
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