(Saturday, September 6th)
Final Score: (6) Missouri 52, Southeast Missouri State 3
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel was near perfect behind center and Derrick Washington scored three touchdowns as the sixth-ranked Missouri Tigers wiped the floor with the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks 52-3.
In less than a half of play, Daniel connected on 16-of-17 throws for 245 yards and three touchdowns, and Washington rushed for 67 yards on just eight carries for the Tigers (2-0), who followed up their win over nationally-ranked Illinois last week with another impressive showing.
Jared Perry had 60 yards receiving and a TD on three catches, while Jerrel Jackson hauled in six balls for 70 yards in the win.
"I thought we played a great ballgame tonight, exactly like we should," Daniel said. "No disrespect to SEMO, but we felt like we came out here and did some good things against them and I think that for the most part, we did."
Matt Scheible started at quarterback for the Redhawks (1-1) and hit just 5- of-13 passes for 46 yards before being pulled for Houston Lillard, who threw for 197 yards with an interception on 20-of-38 efficiency. Walter Peoples had 80 yards receiving on eight catches for SEMO, which was coming off a 35-28 overtime win over Southwest Baptist last week.
"Well, I didn't know what the score was going to be, but I knew we were going to be out-manned pretty much," Redhawks head coach Tony Samuel said. "I was more looking for the kids to play hard and execute and I thought they hung in there well. That's a great team we just played."
The Tigers scored a touchdown on their first five possessions of the game. Daniel was 3-of-4 for 54 yards on the first drive, which Washington finished off with a five-yard rush.
After the Redhawks went three-and-out, Missouri scored midway through the first quarter when Daniel hit Jeremy Maclin for the first touchdown reception of his much-anticipated sophomore campaign -- a shovel pass from three yards out. Maclin injured his ankle in last week's game, but hauled in two passes for 20 yards and added a 29-yard punt return for the victors.
SEMO then drove down the field but had to settle for a 28-yard field goal attempt from Doug Spada. The Tigers blocked the effort, however, and drove 75 yards in just four plays, culminating with a Daniel-to-Washington 28-yard hookup just before the first-quarter buzzer.
The sixth-seeded team in the country got the ball back to start the second quarter and manufactured its way down the field again, ending with another 28-yard touchdown pass from Daniel, this one to Perry.
Things got worse for the Redhawks minutes later, as Sean Weatherspoon returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown -- his second defensive touchdown in as many games.
Missouri's starters ended their day midway through the second stanza when Washington went virtually untouched up the middle for a five-yard touchdown, and the Tigers took an untouchable 42-0 lead into the break.
The Redhawks still couldn't get much going on offense in the second half despite many of Missouri's starters sitting on the sidelines. Jeff Wolfert's 43-yard field goal was the only score in the third quarter, putting Missouri up 45.
Finally, SEMO broke through when Spada booted a 31-yarder through the uprights with 11:33 left in the game, and Jimmy Jackson of Missouri had a 17-yard scamper into the end zone two minutes later to end the game's scoring.
"Our first team played really well and then we were able to get a lot of players a lot of playing time," Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. "And that's so valuable, we're so pleased that happened that way. There were a lot of things we did well and certainly, as always, things we need to improve."
The Redhawks are 1-13 against FBS teams since moving to the FCS level in 1992...SEMO hosts Tennessee Tech on Thursday, while the Tigers welcome Nevada to Columbia...Missouri won its only previous meeting with the Redhawks in 1936 by a final of 20-0...The Tigers' highly-touted recruit Blaine Gabbert made his collegiate debut, throwing for 27 yards on 3-of-8 passing...Missouri out- gained the Redhawks, 592-334.
09/07 01:15:07 ET