Tigers Fall To Falcons, 51-28

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou QB Brad Smith tossed for 334 yards and two scores in Saturday's loss to Bowling Green.
Mizzou QB Brad Smith tossed for 334 yards and two scores in Saturday's loss to Bowling Green.

Sept 14, 2002

Final Stats

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Josh Harris passed for 311 yards, caught a touchdown pass and had two short scoring runs to lead Bowling Green to a 51-28 victory over Missouri on Saturday night.

Wide receiver Cole Magner threw two scoring passes for the Falcons (2-0), who put up 557 yards of offense. Robert Redd caught 10 passes for 209 yards and a touchdown for Bowling Green, and James Hawkins had five catches for 112 yards.

Brad Smith was 28-of-50 for 334 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for the Tigers (2-1). Justin Gage caught a Missouri-record 16 passes for 236 yards and a touchdown.

The Falcons, playing just their second home game against a Big 12 team, beat the Tigers for the second straight season. Bowling Green won 20-13 in last season's opener in Columbia.

Harris, who completed 16-of-31 passes and rushed for 66 yards on 22 carries, caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Magner on the game's first possession. Harris took the snap and threw a lateral to Magner, who found his quarterback streaking down the field for a 7-0 lead.

Missouri tied it minutes later on Zack Abron's 2-yard run. Bowling Green went ahead for good on Shaun Suisham's 34-yard field goal with 6:19 left in the first quarter.

Harris added scoring runs of 3 and 2 yards in the second quarter to help Bowling Green go up 34-14 at the half. The Falcons have scored 191 points in four games since Harris became the starter late last season.

Smith pulled Missouri within 13 points early in the third with a 19-yard TD pass to Gage. Bowling Green responded with Magner's second touchdown pass, a 30-yarder to Redd with 8:12 to play in the third.

The Falcons broke 50 points on Mitch Hewitt's 27-yard interception return early in the fourth.



Abron added a late 2-yard touchdown run for Missouri, which was held to 55 yards rushing on 30 carries.

Bowling Green's Joe Alls ran 16 times for 119 yards and a touchdown, a 29-yard run in the first quarter.

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