2-0 Mizzou hosts 2-0 San Diego State Saturday

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.