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Missouri coasts to easy win over Illinois State

Sep 22, 2007 - 11:55 PM COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Missouri gets to rest before its schedule gets a lot harder.

Chase Daniel passed for three scores and Jeremy Maclin scored two touchdowns, leading the 25th-ranked Tigers to a 38-17 victory over Illinois State of the Football Championship Subdivision on Saturday.

Maclin caught a touchdown pass and also returned a punt 64 yards for a score. It was Maclin's second punt return for a touchdown this season, tying a school record.

Missouri, which is off to its third 4-0 start under coach Gary Pinkel, is off next week before hosting No. 24 Nebraska on October 5 in a showdown that could go a long way toward deciding the Big 12 Conference North Division title.

The following week, the Tigers play at fourth-ranked Oklahoma.

"There are always things to work on," Pinkel said. "We've got a break week now and then we start Big 12 play. I told my team the consistency of play is what we need to improve on."

While Daniel threw a pair of interceptions, Missouri (4-0) did not get caught looking ahead as the Tigers needed only 17 seconds to get on the board against Illinois State (2-2).

After Maclin returned the opening kickoff 38 yards, Daniel tossed a 57-yard touchdown pass to William Franklin on the first play from scrimmage.

Missouri also reached the end zone on its next possession, taking a 14-0 lead on Daniel's 11-yard TD strike to Tony Temple with 6:03 left in the first period.

Daniel, who completed 21-of-34 passes for 294 yards, threw his third TD strike early in the second quarter, an eight-yarder to Maclin that made it 21-3.

"Playing a team like this defensively is like running a marathon," Illinois State coach Denver Johnson said. "You're just absolutely wasted after it's over."

Daniel has thrown 13 touchdown passes this season, putting him ahead of the pace he set last year, when he threw a school-record 28.

"I didn't play well," Daniel insisted. "It's good to get those picks out of my system and I can guarantee they are out."

Temple rushed for 101 yards on 18 carries, including a one-yard run that extended Missouri's cushion to 31-10 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter.

Maclin's punt return capped Missouri's scoring just 84 seconds later.

"We wanted to be 4-0 going into conference play," Temple said. "We did that and now we have to focus on the Big 12."

The high-powered Tigers fell just short of reaching 600 yards for the second straight game. They finished with 581 yards after gaining 619 in last week's 52-24 victory over Western Michigan - the sixth-highest total in school history.

"We've got a chance to get rested," Pinkel added. "I think that's good. We'll get a couple extra practices."

Maclin was reminded that Nebraska gave up 600 yards in Saturday's 41-40 victory over Ball State.

"Hopefully, we can do the same," Maclin said. "We want to put up yards and score. That's what the offense is for."

Luke Drone completed 22-of-37 passes for 242 yards for Illinois State. Geno Blow paced the Redbirds on the ground with 116 yards on 21 carries.








  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ILLINOIS ST 3 7 0 7 17
    MISSOURI (25) 14 10 7 7 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MISSOURI - TD, WILLIAM FRANKLIN 57 YD PASS
    FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF
    WOLFERT KICK), 0:17. MISSOURI
    7-0
    MISSOURI - TD, TONY TEMPLE 11 YD PASS FROM
    CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT
    KICK), 8:57. MISSOURI 14-0


    Sep 22 5:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ILLINOIS ST
    EYAD SALEM 13 YD PASS FROM LUKE DRONE
    (BOBBY KELSEY KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 17
    MISSOURI (25) 38 1:52 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 5:08 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSOURI
    JEREMY MACLIN 64 YD PUNT RETURN
    (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 10
    MISSOURI (25) 38 14:35 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 4:32 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ILLINOIS ST 3 7 0 10
    MISSOURI (25) 14 10 7 31 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MISSOURI - TD, WILLIAM FRANKLIN 57 YD PASS
    FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF
    WOLFERT KICK), 0:17. MISSOURI
    7-0
    MISSOURI - TD, TONY TEMPLE 11 YD PASS FROM
    CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT
    KICK), 8:57

    Sep 22 4:31 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSOURI
    TONY TEMPLE 1 YD RUN
    (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 10
    MISSOURI (25) 31 0:49 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 4:23 PM


  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ILLINOIS ST 3 7 10
    MISSOURI (25) 14 10 24 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MISSOURI - TD, WILLIAM FRANKLIN 57 YD PASS
    FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF
    WOLFERT KICK), 0:17. MISSOURI
    7-0
    MISSOURI - TD, TONY TEMPLE 11 YD PASS FROM
    CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT
    KICK), 8:57. MISSOU

    Sep 22 3:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG MISSOURI
    JEFF WOLFERT 26 YD
    ILLINOIS ST 10
    MISSOURI (25) 24 0:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 3:29 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD ILLINOIS ST
    PARRISH FISHER 4 YD RUN
    (TYLER FUNK KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 10
    MISSOURI (25) 21 3:41 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 3:21 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSOURI
    JEREMY MACLIN 8 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL
    (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    MISSOURI (25) 21 8:32 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 3:09 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    ILLINOIS ST 3 3
    MISSOURI (25) 14 14 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: MISSOURI - TD, WILLIAM FRANKLIN 57 YD PASS
    FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF
    WOLFERT KICK), 0:17. MISSOURI
    7-0
    MISSOURI - TD, TONY TEMPLE 11 YD PASS FROM
    CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT
    KICK), 8:57

    Sep 22 2:56 PM


  • CORRECTION
    NCAAF FG ILLINOIS ST
    TYLER FUNK 21 YD
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    MISSOURI (25) 14 0:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 2:47 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG ILLINOIS ST
    TYLER FUNK 21 YD
    ILLINOIS ST 3
    MISSOURI (25) 0 0:12 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 2:46 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSOURI
    TONY TEMPLE 11 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL
    (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 0
    MISSOURI (25) 14 6:03 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 2:35 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSOURI
    WILLIAM FRANKLIN 57 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL
    (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
    ILLINOIS ST 0
    MISSOURI (25) 7 0:17 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Illinois State vs. Missouri(25)Sep 22 2:19 PM