#21 Missouri beats Miami of Ohio 17-6

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.