Missouri football scores early, pulls away from Southeastern Louisiana

Saturday, September 1, 2012 | 9:36 p.m. CDT; updated 10:56 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 1, 2012

COLUMBIA — To begin their 2012 season, the Missouri Tigers scored 28 points in less than eight minutes.

The first quarter was all Missouri needed to take care of Southeastern Louisiana, scoring four first-quarter touchdowns en route to a 62-10 win.

The scoring started on Missouri's first drive when junior quarterback James Franklin completed a pass to T.J. Moe for a 2-yard score. After kicking off to the Lions, Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Nathan Stanley threw an interception to Missouri linebacker Zaviar Gooden, who scampered 20 yards in the other direction into the end zone.

Starting running back Kendial Lawrence continued the onslaught a few minutes later, turning the corner on an outside run play and sprinting 76 yards to put Missouri up 21-0. On the Lions' first play of the next drive, Stanley was stripped by defensive end Kony Ealy, and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam picked up the loose ball and scored yet another Missouri touchdown.

The second half served as a coming-out party for Missouri sophomore running back Marcus Murphy, who returned two punts for touchdowns. In the game, Murphy returned five punts for a total of 180 yards — a school record for return yards. He also became the first Missouri player to return two kicks for touchdowns in the same game.

Missouri hosts SEC East rival Georgia next week at Memorial Stadium. The Bulldogs won their first game Saturday over Buffalo, 45-23.

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