ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Chase Daniel had 332 yards in total offense,
and Missouri got a dominant effort from its defense in a 34-7
victory over Mississippi on Saturday.
Daniel ran for a 3-yard score and had a 20-yard touchdown pass
in a strong follow-up to his first career start when he threw a
school-record five touchdown passes against Division I-AA Murray
State. Saturday's effort came against tougher competition, with
Daniel going 24-for-40 for 243 yards and rushing for 89 yards on 13
Mississippi (1-1) managed 162 total yards, and quarterback Brent
Schaeffer threw three interceptions. The Rebels were outgained
169-7 in the first quarter and surrendered 471 yards overall.
Missouri (2-0) scored on three of its first four drives in the
first half and the first two possessions of the second half. The
Tigers are 2-0 for the first time since 2003, after getting upset
by New Mexico and Troy the previous two seasons.
Mississippi's lone score came after a turnover gave the Rebels
possession in Missouri territory for the only time. Marcus Woods
fumbled a punt return, and Charles Clark recovered at the 40. Two
plays later, Schaeffer threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Marshay
Green with 1:50 left in the first half to cut the gap to 17-7.
Daniel accounted for all 80 yards on the Tigers' opening drive,
going 6-for-6 for 50 yards and rushing four times for 30 yards. He
busted a 25-yard run off a fake handoff and scored on a 3-yard run.
A 24-yard pass from Daniel to William Franklin set up a 22-yard
field goal by Jeff Wolfert, and a punt downed at the 2 ended up
giving Missouri favorable field position on a 43-yard drive capped
by Woods' 1-yard run for a 17-0 lead.
Brad Ekwerekwu caught a 20-yard touchdown pass to cap Missouri's
first drive of the second half, and backup quarterback Brandon
Coleman had an 8-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 69 yards on 16 carries for
Mississippi, which had 240 yards rushing in its opening victory
over Memphis. The Rebels totaled 72 yards on 28 carries on