Scores

Final

Missouri 35

(2-0, 1-0 away)

Ball State 7

(2-1, 2-1 home)

4:00 PM ET, September 6, 2003

Scheumann Stadium, MUNCIE, IN

1 2 3 4 T
MIZZ 7 14 7 735
BALL 7 0 0 07

Missouri 35, Ball State 7

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) -- Brad Smith had 229 yards of total offense in the first half as Missouri beat Ball State 35-7 Saturday.

Missouri answered an early Ball State score with 21 straight points before halftime. Smith, who scored on a 35-yard touchdown run to give Missouri the lead, rushed for 117 yards on 13 carries and completed 11 of 17 passes for 112 yards.

The Tigers (2-0) finished with 461 yards of total offense, while Ball State was held to 244 yards, including 41 on the ground.

After Smith left the game in the first half with a concussion, backup Santino Riccio took over the Missouri offense in the second half and extended the Tigers' 21-7 halftime lead.

Riccio, who went 7-of-12 for 59 yards, led the Tigers on a pair of second-half scoring drives, including a 14-play, 80-yard drive that lasted 6:35 and ended with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Victor Sesay.

Zack Abron, who rushed for 79 yards on 18 carries, finished Missouri's scoring with a 5-yard run in the fourth.

The Cardinals (1-1) took the first lead of the game in the first quarter on a score set up by special teams. Brad Gater blocked a punt by Brock Harvey, recovered and returned it to the Missouri 4.

Two plays later, Andy Roesch threw a 5-yard TD pass to Mark Franklin.

Roesch went 15-of-22 for 114 yards but left the game late in the third quarter with an injured right shoulder and did not return. He was replaced by Talmadge Hill, who completed 8 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

Receiver Dante Ridgeway had nine catches for 96 yards.

The Tigers wasted little time tying the score, when Damien Nash capped a 12-play, 80-yard drive with a 4-yard TD run.

After Smith scored to give Missouri the lead, Abron ran for a 1-yard touchdown just before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIZZ
BALL
1st Downs2513
Total Yards461244
Passing171203
Rushing29041
Penalties5-405-26
3rd Down Conversions9-177-16
4th Down Conversions1-20-1
Turnovers00
Possession29:5330:07

Passing Leaders

MissouriC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Riccio7/12594.910-
Smith11/171126.600-
Ball StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Hill8/12897.400-
Roesch15/221145.210-

Rushing Leaders

MissouriCARYDSAVGTDLG
Smith131179.0135
Abron18794.4214
Ball StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Blair14412.9020
Wynn5132.606

Receiving Leaders

MissouriRECYDSAVGTDLG
Omboga67011.7019
McCoy4399.8021
Ball StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Ridgeway99610.7030
Hahaj5295.8010

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIZZBALL
TD4:51MARK FRANKLIN 5 YD PASS FROM ANDY ROESCH (MIKE LANGFORD KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 4 yards.
07
TD1:22DAMIEN NASH 4 YD RUN (MIKE MATHENY KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.
77
SECOND QUARTERMIZZBALL
TD4:16BRAD SMITH 35 YD RUN (MIKE MATHENY KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 70 yards.
147
TD0:54ZACK ABRON 1 YD RUN (MIKE MATHENY KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 57 yards.
217
THIRD QUARTERMIZZBALL
TD3:23VICTOR SESAY 14 YD PASS FROM SANTINO RICCIO (MIKE MATHENY KICK)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yards.
287
FOURTH QUARTERMIZZBALL
TD13:33ZACK ABRON 5 YD RUN (MIKE MATHENY KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 79 yards.
357