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Missouri defense has big day

 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's offense usually gets all the attention. After shutting out Colorado, an unsung defense cannot be ignored.

The No. 21 Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) are among the stingiest teams in the nation, allowing only 11.2 points per game. On Saturday night defense and special teams compensated for an unproductive offense in a 26-0 Big 12-opening victory.

Missouri made an immediate statement forcing a safety when pressure from linebacker Luke Lambert caused an intentional grounding penalty from the Colorado end zone on the second possession of the game.

Special teams was a major contributor with a blocked field goal, blocked punt, 26-yard run by Trey Barrow on a fake punt, a 39-yard kickoff return by freshman Marcus Murphy and punts downed at the 2 and 1.

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