TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Maty Mauk threw for 325 yards and five touchdowns, and No. 24 Missouri gave coach Gary Pinkel a win against his former program, Toledo, 49-24 on Saturday.
Mauk also ran for a touchdown, and the Tigers (2-0) never trailed in what was expected to be a tricky road game against one of the top teams in the Mid-American Conference. Missouri led 35-7 in the third quarter, and the Rockets (1-1) could get no closer than 14 points in the second half.
Pinkel coached Toledo from 1991-2000 before taking over at Missouri. He is the winningest coach at both schools.
Toledo's Kareem Hunt ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns, but Rockets quarterback Phillip Ely went down with what looked like a right leg injury late in the third quarter.
Mauk went 21 of 32 and was intercepted twice. His five touchdown passes equaled a career high, and this was his first time surpassing 300 yards passing.
Missouri was the first Southeastern Conference school to play at Toledo's Glass Bowl, and the Tigers opened the scoring on Russell Hansbrough's 16-yard touchdown run. Hunt answered with a 38-yard scoring run later in the first quarter.
Mauk threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Darius White and added a 1-yard scoring run of his own to make it 21-7. He then threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt with 6:12 remaining in the second quarter.
The Tigers led 28-7 at halftime, although Toledo could have kept it closer if not for a couple mishaps deep in Missouri territory. Jordan Haden intercepted a pass by Mauk and returned it all the way to the Missouri 12, but receiver Bud Sasser hustled back to make the tackle and forced a fumble, which the Tigers recovered.
In the second quarter, with Missouri up 21-7, Toledo had first-and-goal from the 6, but a false start and a 17-yard sack forced the Rockets to try a field goal, which was blocked.
Mauk threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Murphy early in the third, but Kareem Hunt answered with two touchdowns for Toledo. The Rockets had a chance to get the ball back again, but Mauk found Sasser for 47 yards on third-and-7, and on the next play those two connected again for a 25-yard touchdown.
That 75-yard drive took only 57 seconds, and Missouri led 42-21. Mauk also threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt in the fourth.
Of the game's 10 touchdown drives, only two were longer than 1:31, and four took less than a minute.
Ely went 17 of 34 for 204 yards with an interception.
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