Shane Palma-23 Sports

It was the 500th game at Faurot Field, so it is only fitting that Mizzou won 50-0 against Southeast Missouri State.

After former Tiger wide receiver Jeremy Maclin hyped up the home crowd on parents’ weekend, Kelly Bryant led his team onto the field and scored with ease. Running back Larry Rountree lll punched it into the endzone for the games first score with a 3-yard touchdown and a 7-0 Mizzou lead. SEMO struggled on offense early as quarterback Daniel Santacaterina was under constant duress from the Tigers’ defensive line, (the unit finished with three sacks on the day). On the drive’s first third down, Cale Garrett intercepted Santacaterina and took it to the house for a pick-six. Kicker Tucker McCann had his extra point blocked, leaving the Tigers with a 13-0 lead. McCann set a college football record today, as the first player this century to have four punts of 50+ yards and three field goals of 40+ yards in the same game. Kelly Bryant finished the day 15 of 20 with 225 passing yards and one of each a touchdown and an interception. Over 100 of those yards, (104 to be exact) went to wideout Jalen Knox on just two catches. Bryant’s lone score was a fade to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam in the middle of the first quarter which extended Mizzou’s lead to 21-0. The Tigers had scored on offense and defense, so it only made sense for the group to put points on the board with their special teams. After another three and out from SEMO, Richaud Floyd broke quite a few tackles and bolted down the sideline with a 71-yard punt return for yet another six. Being down 27-0, the large deficit for SEMO never amounted to a comeback. Rountree (142 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns) and Tyler Badie (73 rushing yards, 1 touchdown) dominated the ground game as Mizzou running backs just could not be tackled. As noted earlier, the Redhawks could never put a complete drive together and got shout out by a stout Tigers defense.

The loss puts SEMO at 1-2 on the season as they head back home to host West Virginia State (2-0). As for the Tigers, this game is their second consecutive win as Mizzou (2-1) will look to keep the momentum rolling into next week’s matchup with South Carolina (2-1).