COLUMBIA, Mo. (Missouri Football App) -- Anyone wanting to see how the Missouri Tigers would play in their first game as members of the Southeastern Conference got an entertaining show on Saturday. The Tigers beat the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at Faurot Field in Columbia by the final score of 62-10.
Mizzou received the ball to start the game and junior quarterback James Franklin never looked back. Franklin led the Tigers to an opening drive touchdown score with a 2-yard pass to senior wide receiver T.J. Moe.
“It definitely helped out because we kept moving the ball,” said Franklin. “Hitting some down field just kept moving the ball. I felt a lot more comfortable back there and it felt good."
Franklin’s game ended near the end of the third quarter and the Tigers already so far ahead. Franklin finished the game with 131 yards throwing and one touchdown pass.
The Tigers forced 4 turnovers and thanks to the help of sophomore running back Marcus Murphy, the special teams unit shined. Murphy had two punt returns for touchdowns. He first ran one for a touchdown for 72 yards and later a 70 yard touchdown return.
The Tigers play their first conference game as a member of the SEC on Saturday against the University of Georgia. The final attendance at Faurot Field was 62,173.