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Big plays help Missouri beat Central Florida, 21-16

By MISSOURIAN STAFF
September 29, 2012 | 2:31 p.m. CDT
Missouri quarterback James Franklin is pressured and rolls out for a pass in the first quarter Saturday against Central Florida in Orlando, Fla.

The Missouri Tigers used quick strikes to score and beat the University of Central Florida Knights 21-16 Saturday in Orlando.

Quarterback James Franklin bounced back from the worst game of his career by completing 19 of 30 passes for 257 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham scored the first touchdown of his career in the second quarter when Franklin found him for an 80-yard catch to put the Tigers up 7-3.

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In the third quarter, redshirt sophomore Marcus Murphy returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, his third of the season for the Tigers, setting a new school record for most punt return touchdowns in a season.

Missouri senior running back Kendial Lawrence had a strong game, gaining 154 total yards and a touchdown.

After allowing Central Florida to gain 21 first downs in the first half, the Missouri defense settled in and allowed just six first downs in the second half. Missouri sealed the win in the fourth when cornerback E.J. Gaines forced a fumble and the Tigers recovered.