Maty Mauk accounted for six touchdowns and nearly 400 yards of total offense. Missouri tallied 49 points against a likely bowl team. Marcus Murphy, Russell Hansbrough, Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt and Darius White all contributed. The offensive line earned high marks in pass protection.

The team even ran for 177 yards, though the Tigers needed 47 carries to get there. Murphy and Hansbrough combined for a workmanlike 4.5 yards per carry. Mauk managed to avoid big hits, buying himself time and occasionally a few yards. A Missouri tight end even caught two passes.

The line could’ve opened up a few more holes in the running game and Mauk played an up-and-down first quarter before settling down.

It would’ve been nice to get backup quarterback Eddie Printz and backup running back Ish Witter a few more plays.


The Tigers played much better against the pass. Toledo’s offensive line is one of the best in the country at preventing sacks, in part due to the number of three-step drops the Rockets deploy. But Missouri appeared to know exactly when Toledo would snap the ball, and offensive tackles aren’t going to stop Markus Golden and Shane Ray if they have a head start.

After being able to pass off Zach Zinner’s 75-yard touchdown run on South Dakota State’s first possession last week, though, the team allowed Kareem Hunt to run for nearly 148 yards and three scores. Considering Auburn’s dissection of Missouri’s rush defense at the end of last season, the team must have a growing anxiety regarding its rush defense at this point.

Then again, Missouri allowed Toledo to produce a 100-yard rusher last year and didn’t allow another one until the SEC Championship.

The Tigers knocked a starting quarterback out of the game for a second consecutive week. Receiver Alonzo Russell did manage six catches for 89 yards, though Aarion Penton notched his second interception.


Marcus Murphy nearly broke a punt return for a touchdown, settling for a 34-yard run-back to set up Mauk’s second touchdown pass.

Missouri originally got credit for blocking Toledo’s Jeremiah Detmer, but the statistician reversed the decision after it appeared that Detmer kicked into his own offensive line.

Murphy returned just one kick and one punt as the Rockets did a nice job of staying away from him. Missouri didn’t attempt any field goals and Christian Brinser had an unremarkable game. Missouri’s kick coverage did its job.


One week after a mediocre performance against the Jackrabbits, Gary Pinkel and his staff had this team ready to play. Toledo’s pass offense has some similarities to the South Dakota State group that torched the secondary during the middle quarters, and the Tigers made the necessary adjustments at practice.

Pinkel also handled returning to his old program with grace and helped shield Mauk, who grew up less than 100 miles from the Glass Bowl, from an overwhelming amount of attention.

The game plan got Murphy more involved as a receiver and allowed a few more young players to see the field.


Missouri kicked off as a three-point road favorite, then won by 25 points. Toledo’s defense looked overmatched, and even when Missouri’s offense stumbled, the wounds were self-inflicted.

The Tigers handled the early start and an excited if relatively small crowd. Missouri corralled the Rockets’ semi-dangerous spread passing game. The team moved to 2-0 overall with two home games against beatable teams left on the non-conference schedule.

Overall, Missouri fans couldn’t have asked for much more Saturday.