More than 62,000 people watched Mizzou football’s inaugural SEC season begin against Southeastern Louisiana Saturday night; and a 62-10 final score meant no one left Memorial Stadium disappointed.
The scoreboard was tilted by more than just the offense. An interception and a fumble from SLU got the Tigers’ defense into the end zone twice within the first seven minutes of the game, and Marcus Murphy ran two punts more than 70 yards to score.
Running back Kendial Lawrence was a huge help to the cause, averaging about 12 yards per carry.
Coach Gary Pinkel was proud of the team’s effort, but he says there’s a lot to work on.
“And we need to do that fast because of the way our schedule presents itself,” he said.
Freshman phenom Dorial Green Beckham got a handful of chances to show off his skill – one of those was a 26-yard catch after a foot race down the sideline. Pinkel says he wasn’t looking for too much out of the heavily recruited receiver.
“He went out and got a chance to play at this level,” he said, “but by the fourth quarter, I didn’t want to pass the football. I didn’t really want to do anything.”
Mizzou certainly had a good showing in the proverbial “money game,” but the team will have an uphill battle as they face the cream of college football in the SEC.
In fact, the Tigers are preparing now for one of those teams. They host the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday.