Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

WARMUP ACT; Missouri 62, Southeastern Louisiana 10; Tigers Don't Waste Any Time; Now the Real Stuff Starts after Opener

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

WARMUP ACT; Missouri 62, Southeastern Louisiana 10; Tigers Don't Waste Any Time; Now the Real Stuff Starts after Opener

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COLUMBIA, Mo. - Technically speaking, Mizzou's season opener on Saturday night at Faurot Field was its debut as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

But the only resemblance between its opponent and the more challenging ones ahead in its new world was the word "Southeastern" attached to the visitors' name.

Propelled by four touchdowns in the first eight minutes of the game, the Tigers swamped Southeastern Louisiana 62-10 before a crowd of 62,173.

Now MU at last can have only Georgia on its mind, with the sixth- ranked Bulldogs bound for Columbia for Mizzou's true SEC unveiling on Saturday.

The breathlessly anticipated and sold-out meeting will mark a monumental change, the first league game MU has played outside the Big 12 and its predecessors in more than a century.

Georgia, the defending SEC East champion, beat Buffalo 45-23 in its season opener earlier Saturday.

In what amounted to a warmup game, Mizzou heaped on the early lead with just 12 offensive plays, thanks to a 76-yard touchdown run by Kendial Lawrence and defensive scores by linebacker Zaviar Gooden and end Michael Sam - the first time MU registered two defensive touchdowns in a game since 2006 against Texas Tech.

Marcus Murphy later added punt return touchdowns of 70 and 72 yards.

Southeastern Louisiana, which plays a notch below MU's level in the Football Championship Subdivision, is in its 10th season since resuming football after an 18-year hiatus.

The Lions, whose week of practice and travel to Columbia were disrupted by Hurricane Isaac, now are 37-64 in that span after losing their 13th straight road game.

Mizzou opened the game by cruising 75 yards on 11 plays to take a 7-0 lead on James Franklin's 2-yard pass to a diving T.J. Moe.

The drive was highlighted by Franklin's 28-yard run, his 5-yard pass to Eric Waters on fourth and 4 at the Southeastern Louisiana 34 and his 19-yard pass to Marcus Lucas to give MU first and goal at the 9.

Two plays after MU's Kentrell Brothers extended the momentum by pounding the Lions' Jarrett Johnson on the ensuing kickoff, Gooden made it 14-0 with a 20-yard interception return - the third straight game in which he's had a pickoff. …

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