COLUMBIA — Jeremy Maclin put the game away for Missouri early in the fourth quarter of the Tigers’ 38-17 victory over Illinois State.
The wide receiver scored his second punt-return touchdown of the year. Maclin had a running start on Bobby Kelsey’s short punt. He retrieved the punt, raced through the Redbirds, and 64 yards later, he was in the end zone.
The Tigers threatened later in the fourth quarter, but quarterback Chase Daniel threw his second interception, which the Redbirds picked off in the end zone.
After backup quarterback Chase Patton replaced Daniel and threw an interception, the Redbirds drove for a touchdown.
MU 31, ISU 10, end of third quarter
Running back Tony Temple’s 1-yard touchdown run put the Tigers up by 21 against Illinois State.
Illinois State took the quarter’s opening drive into MU territory, but two sacks forced the Redbirds to punt.
MU advanced to the red zone on the ensuing drive, but Jeff Wolfert missed a 34-yard field goal.
After stopping Illinois State, MU went on an eight-play, 72-yard drive, culminating in Temple’s touchdown.
MU 24, ISU 10, halftime
Missouri’s defense bailed out quarterback Chase Daniel as Illinois State looked to get back in the game at the start of the second quarter, Chase Daniel threw an interception in MU territory. But the defense got the ball back for him. Illinois State elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line, but cornerback Darnell Terrell broke up a pass in the end zone.
Then MU drove 97 yards in 11 plays for a touchdown, culminating in Jeremy Maclin’s 8-yard touchdown reception. MU led 21-3.
On its next drive, Illinois State wouldn’t let the Tigers stop them inside the red zone again. Running back Parrish Fisher scored on a 4-yard touchdown run, capping off an 84-yard drive.
Wolfert kicked a 26-yard field goal as time expired.
MU 14, ISU 3, end of first quarter
Daniel and the offense waited only 17 seconds for MU’s first score. On the Tigers’ first offensive play, wide receiver Will Franklin caught a short screen pass. With the offensive line clearing a path for him, Franklin sprinted 57 yards for the score.
Temple added a 11-yard touchdown reception with 6:03 left in the first quarter.
After failing to get a first down during their first two drives, the Redbirds sustained a drive, but MU stuffed them near the goal line. Illinois State settled for a field goal with 12 seconds left.