THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football crushes Indiana, volleyball continues perfect season

Sunday, September 22, 2013 | 6:55 p.m. CDT; updated 1:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 24, 2013

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team's solid victory over Indiana graced headlines this week, and Missouri  volleyball achieved its best opening record in three decades.

Missouri football now 3-0 after victory at Indiana

The Missouri football team dominated Indiana on Saturday with a 45-28 win over the Hoosiers. Kony Ealy's 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter was instrumental in ensuring the Tigers' victory, as the fast-paced game contributed to the defense's fatigue.

Meanwhile, quarterback James Franklin didn't allow two early interceptions to faze him. By the game's conclusion, he had thrown for 343 yards and rushed for another 61. Franklin described his performance as a "mentality thing" that allowed him to quickly move on after making a mistake on the field.

Women's volleyball achieves new record

Now 15-0 on the season, Missouri volleyball reached a national-best record Friday after competing in the first day of the Mizzou Classic. The Tigers are currently one of only 12 undefeated teams in the country. Though the team was slow to start, the Tigers ultimately defeated Towson in three sets (25-11, 25-16, 25-15).

This is the team's best record since 1982, when the Tigers opened their season with 19 consecutive wins, and the best opening record since Susan and Wayne Kreklow signed on as coaches 13 years ago.

The Tigers will play their first Southeastern Conference game of the season against South Carolina at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Hearnes Center.

Men's golf wins second straight tournament

Missouri men's golf team was victorious at the Columbia Regional Preview on Tuesday. The Tigers won their second straight tournament of the season by beating 10 teams with a score of 12-under par.

Freshman Euan Walker's major improvements on the course were critical in helping the Tigers win. Walker, who tied for ninth place at Missouri's last tournament, tied for second place Tuesday with a score of 6-under par. Coach Mark Leroux expressed relief that the Tigers had emerged victorious and said he was confident that Walker's skills would prove to be an asset to the team over the next four years.

Soccer enters SEC play

Missouri soccer had its first Southeastern Conference game of the season Friday against Mississippi State. The Tigers had started their season 4-4 before entering SEC play, and assistant coach Brian Dooley said the team was well-prepared for the event. Friday night, the Tigers cruised to a 3-1 victory over the Bulldogs, with goals scored by junior midfielder Kaysie Clark, sophomore midfielder Macee Blanchard and freshman midfielder Lauren Salaiden.

The Tigers' next game will be against Georgia at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Walton Stadium.

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