COLUMBIA — With a 24-10 victory over Ole Miss on Saturday night, Missouri football will finish its season with an undefeated road record (5-0) for the first time since 1979.
Quarterback James Franklin returned from a right shoulder injury to make his first start since Oct. 12 at Georgia, and he collected 183 total yards while leading three touchdown drives.
As Gary Pinkel promised during the week, backup quarterback Maty Mauk got first-half playing time. The redshirt freshman — who accounted for 11 total touchdowns while starting the past four games in Franklin's absence — threw a 60-yard strike to Bud Sasser en route to a 33-yard Andrew Baggett field goal.
Minutes later, Marcus Murphy picked up a 3-yard rushing touchdown on the speed option, and the Tigers took a comfortable 17-3 lead into halftime.
Ole Miss scored right after the break, but the Tigers responded with another touchdown drive, and the lead never changed. They leave Oxford with their first 10-win season since 2010.
The last time Missouri finished a season undefeated on the road was 34 years ago. The 1979 Tigers won all five of their road games — Illinois, Ole Miss, Colorado, Iowa State and Kansas — but dropped five of six at home and lost to South Carolina in the postseason Hall of Fame Classic.