Associated Press - September 17, 2010 5:04 AM ET
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A dominant defense may be emerging at Missouri after years of playing second fiddle to pinball-machine offenses led by future NFL quarterbacks.
The Tigers (2-0) pitched a second-half shutout against Illinois in the season opener, fueling a comeback win. And save for a late touchdown allowed by backups, the defense stood stout in a 50-6 laugher over FCS foe McNeese State last week.
Missouri gets another test Saturday night in Columbia against a high-scoring San Diego State team averaging 547 yards per game and ranked sixth in the country in total offense.
The Aztecs (2-0) are coming off a 20-point win at New Mexico State that ended a 14-game nonconference losing streak. They opened the season with a 47-0 shutout over Nicholls State.