COLUMBIA — Running back Henry Josey ran for 263 yards in the first half, the Missouri offense broke its single-game yardage record, and the Tigers defeated Western Illinois 69-0 Saturday.
Josey's three touchdowns on the ground, combined with quarterback James Franklin's three in the air, gave Missouri a 42-0 halftime lead. With Jimmy Costello at quarterback and Greg White and Jared Culver sharing the carries for the majority of the second half, the Tigers were able to rack up 744 yards of total offense, breaking a mark that dates to Nov. 19, 1949, in a game against Kansas. The 69 points also ties a record set against Kansas in 1969 and Nevada in 2008.
The defense was just shy of breaking records itself, as the Tigers allowed just 44 yards. Just twice have the Tigers allowed less, giving up 18 yards against Kansas State in 1967 and 23 against Alabama in the 1968 Gator Bowl.