Missouri football defeats Miami (Ohio) 17-6

Saturday, September 3, 2011 | 2:20 p.m. CDT; updated 3:17 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 3, 2011

COLUMBIA — Although it wasn’t anything like the blowout of last year, No. 21 Missouri prevailed over Miami (Ohio) 17-6 Saturday at Faurot Field.

The Tigers grabbed the lead on a 5-yard James Franklin touchdown run with 4:23 remaining in the first quarter and never relinquished it. Although the offense was not dominant, the defense held its own, holding Miami (Ohio) to 270 total yards for the day.

The game was relatively close at 10-6 after three quarters, but a 10-yard pass from Franklin to sophomore receiver Marcus Lucas on the opening play of the fourth quarter gave Missouri all the breathing room it would need.

Jacquies Smith and Will Ebner both left the field with injuries during the game. Ebner had a sprained ankle and returned to the sidelines on crutches, and Smith injured his left arm and returned to the sidelines with a hard cast.

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