THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Tigers start strong against Southeastern Louisiana

Sunday, September 2, 2012 | 6:20 p.m. CDT; updated 6:31 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 2, 2012
Missouri wide receiver T.J. Moe catches a 2-yard pass from James Franklin for the first touchdown of the day Saturday against Southeastern Louisiana.

COLUMBIA — Missouri football started out strong in its first game of the season against Southeastern Louisiana.

The Tigers jumped ahead early by scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter of Saturday’s game. In the second half, sophomore running back Marcus Murphy returned two punts for touchdowns. The team finished with a 62-10 win.

By the second quarter, the teams had to deal with heavy rain, something Southeastern Louisiana has become used to. The team had to cancel practice Wednesday and change flight plans because of Hurricane Isaac.

Saturday's game allowed fans to finally see the new improvements made to Memorial Stadium. Faurot Field turf was redesigned, along with several other upgrades that are part of a $200 million upgrade to the university’s athletics facilities.

What others are saying

Despite a 62-10 win, Missouri lost focus and “wasted an opportunity for the offense to execute in a sharp manner,” Bill Connelly of SB Nation wrote in his post on the Rock M Nation blog.

Several opposing coaches and analysts think Missouri has a chance of being successful in its first year in the SEC.

Edward Aschoff of ESPN ranked Missouri at No. 9 in his preseason SEC rankings, saying the experienced defense could help lead to a successful season.

Preparing for Georgia

With one win down, the Tigers are preparing for Saturday’s game against Georgia. No. 6 ranked Georgia will continue to use its no-huddle offense, which it debuted last season.

While the team shows off its no-huddle attack, Georgia’s fans will showcase SEC-style tailgating. "It's y'all's first SEC game, and quite frankly, we want to show you what the SEC is all about," Bulldogs fan Mark Ray said. 

Missouri cross country

Missouri men’s and women’s cross country teams are starting their season with a No. 6 ranking in the Midwest region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Tigers coach Joe Lynn said he hopes the team can be ranked higher by the end of the season.

In order to move up in the rankings, the teams will look to experienced runners for success. Max Storms, a senior captain, has set his eyes toward the NCAA Championships.

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