Sept. 6, 2008
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's offense was nearly perfect in the first half.
Chase Daniel said it was good practice for the bigger games to come, when the sixth-ranked Tigers will need the points.
"We played exactly like we should have played," Daniel said after a 52-3 romp over Southeast Missouri on Saturday night. "I think we scored almost every single time we touched the ball and that's what we expect no matter the opponent.
"No matter if it's USC, Alabama, SEMO, it doesn't matter. We want to score every time we get the football."
Daniel was 16-for-17 for 245 yards and three touchdown passes before coming out midway through the second quarter and Derrick Washington scored three times, helping No. 6 Missouri run up a quick 42-point lead before calling in the reserves in a 52-3 romp over Southeast Missouri on Saturday night.
"The holes were big out there," Washington said. "The line was moving and I'm right behind them, just getting the job done."
Missouri (2-0) scored on its first five possessions, Sean Weatherspoon returned an interception for a score and the Tigers ended up three points shy of the school record for first-half scoring against Kansas in 1969.
The first-string offense faced only one third down, averaged 13.3 yards per play in the first quarter and didn't punt until backup quarterback Chase Patton ran an unsuccessful series in the final four minutes of the half.
Southeast Missouri State (1-1) has lost its last three games against BCS competition by a combined 174-13, also getting steamrolled by Cincinnati last season and Arkansas in 2006.
"Anytime you put 85 scholarships against 63, or the No. 6 team in the nation against us, it's a tough call," coach Tony Samuel said. "But it is what it is, and for us if this was the NFL this would be a preseason game."
Daniel followed his lone misfire, a ball over the head of tight end Chase Coffman, with 14 straight completions - one off the school record he shares with Kent Kiefer (1990). None of the drives lasted three minutes.
Washington had 67 yards on eight carries and scored on a pair of 5-yard runs and a 28-yard reception on the trick play, giving him five touchdowns in his first two weeks as the starting tailback. Maclin, who sprained his left ankle in the fourth quarter of a 52-42 opening victory over Illinois, scored on a 3-yard reception and had a 29-yard punt return.
"It's behind me for the most part," Maclin said. "I felt good today and I'll feel good next week."
Weatherspoon became the first player in school history to score on an interception in consecutive weeks and Ziggy Hood gave Missouri blocked extra-point kicks in its first two games.
Southeast Missouri didn't get a first down until its third possession. The Redhawks came up empty on two effective drives in the first half, with Hood blocking a 28-yard field goal attempt and Doug Spada missing a 28-yard field goal attempt, before Spada broke the shutout on a 41-yarder early in the fourth.
The second half was notable because Missouri started freshman quarterback Blaine Gabbert, one of the top recruits in the nation last year. The school had been debating whether to redshirt Gabbert, who was 3-for-8 for 64 yards while Patton, a senior, was 7-for-8 for 64 yards.
Coach Gary Pinkel said both also would play next week against Buffalo.
"We've felt if Chase Daniel was hurt, we'd play both," Pinkel said. "We'll let them compete and go from there. I think it's the right thing to do for our team."
Missouri is 8-0 against teams from the Championship Subdivision, with a total score of 214-33.