COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - James Franklin ran for one touchdown and
passed for the clinching score in his first career start, helping
No. 21 Missouri open with a 17-6 victory over stubborn Miami of
Ohio on Saturday.
E.J. Gaines had an end zone interception for the Tigers, who
whipped the RedHawks by 38 points in their final pre-Big 12 tuneup
last season but had their struggles on both sides of the ball in
90-degree heat. Three of the first four possessions ended quickly
with punts for an offense that averaged 30 points last season, and
Miami of Ohio moved the ball with some success.
Miami of Ohio recovered from a 51-13 spanking at Missouri last
fall to win the Mid-American Conference and entered the opener
under new coach Don Treadwell, the former Michigan State offensive
coordinator, with a six-game winning streak.