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Missouri crushes Southeast Missouri State 50-0


Kelly Bryant led six scoring drives and Missouri cruised to a 50-0 victory over visiting Southeast Missouri State on Saturday night.

Missouri (2-1) won its second straight blowout after its season-opening loss to Wyoming two weeks ago. The Tigers improved to 4-0 against Southeast Missouri State and have outscored the Redhawks 156-6 in those games.

Bryant completed 15-of-20 passes for 225 yards before coming out late in the third quarter.

Running back Larry Rountree III scored two short touchdowns and gained 142 yards on 18 carries. Jalen Knox set up two scores with a pair of 50-plus yard catches and finished with 104 yards on two receptions. He was among nine Tigers to get a reception.

Tight end Albert Okwuegbunam caught the only touchdown pass Bryant threw, while Tyler Badie had a 6-yard rushing touchdown as Missouri piled up 501 yards, including 259 on the ground.

Linebacker Cale Garrett had a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown, marking the first time Missouri returned interceptions for scores in consecutive games since 2008. Richaud Floyd had a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown, and Tucker McCann made three field goals.

Redhawks quarterback Daniel Santacaterina completed 7-of-22 passes for a meager 45 yards. The Redhawks (1-2) were held to 94 total yards, converted 2 of 18 third downs and dropped their 19th straight game against FBS schools.

Missouri turned the game into a rout early, taking a 27-0 lead less than 10 minutes in.

Rountree accounted for all the yards on its opening drive and scored from 3 yards out with 12:05 left. Less than a minute later, Garrett intercepted Santacaterina on third-and-16 and with 8:41 left

Okwuegbunam hauled in a 3-yard score to make it 20-0 with 8:41 left, and Floyd had his third career punt return for a score two minutes later.

Missouri added its final points of the half on Rountree's 2-yard score with 1:32 left in the first half, and McCann kicked a 44-yard field goal with five seconds left.

The Tigers scored twice in the third quarter on McCann's 42-yard field goal and Badie's run.

--Field Level Media


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