Gary Pinkel won his 94th career game as head coach at Missouri, No. 2 all-time in school history. He was previously tied with Dan Devine (1958-70) entering Saturday and is now seven wins behind Don Faurot (101 wins from 1935-42, 1946-56) for the school record.
Missouri is 4-0 for the first time since 2010 and is 4-0 to open the year for the seventh time under Pinkel. The Tigers also started the 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons 4-0. Missouri advanced to a bowl in each of those previous six seasons and finished with 10 or more wins three times.
Missouri improved to 3-0 all-time vs. Arkansas State. The previous meetings were in 2004 and 2005, including the 2005 opener at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.
Missouri also improved to 29-2 in regular season non-conference games since 2006.
Missouri recorded a turnover for the 34th consecutive game, the longest active streak in the country. The Tigers have now forced 10 turnovers this season, all interceptions. The Tigers had just seven interceptions all of last season.
Missouri's 10 interceptions ranks No. 2 nationally, tied with Northwestern. Virginia Tech leads the country with 11.
E.J. Gaines recorded his third interception of the season and sixth of his career. His three interceptions rank No. 4 nationally.
James Franklin hit Dorial Green-Beckham for a 68-yard scoring pass to put Missouri on top 14-6 early in the second quarter. The 68-yarder was the longest pass of the year for the Tigers. It was also Green-Beckham's third score of the year.
Green-Beckham now has three scoring grabs of 68+ yards in his career. In addition to today's grab, he had a 70-yard score vs. Syracuse and an 80-yard score at UCF in 2012.
Green-Beckham later added his second score of the game, tying a career high. He also had two TDs last year at Tennessee. The sophomore has nine career TD receptions, which is tops on the team.
L'Damian Washington made his third TD grab of the season, tying a career high. He also had three receiving scores in 2011 as a sophomore. For his career Washington has eight TD grabs.
Marcus Murphy scored his team-leading fourth rushing TD of the season to give Mizzou a 7-6 advantage near the end of the first quarter. Including that rushing score, the Tigers rushed five times for 74 yards, the entire length of the go-ahead drive (1:35). Entering the season Murphy had just three career rushing scores.
Missouri finished the game averaging a season high 8.5 yards per rushing attempt. The Tigers have 1,049 yards rushing so far this season, tops in the Southeastern Conference.
Missouri's nine-play, 94-yard drive in the third quarter was its longest scoring drive of the year.
Henry Josey later scored his fourth rushing TD of the season to tie Murphy for the team lead. Josey finished the game with six carries for 54 yards and that score.
Washington also set a new career high with six receptions. He finished the game with 67 yards and that score. His previous high was five receptions, which he accomplished three times, including back-to-back games vs. Toledo and Indiana. His string of 16 catches over his last three games are the most of his career.
Marcus Lucas continues to produce for Mizzou in a big way. The senior made a career high 10 grabs for 101 yards last week at Indiana and added four more receptions for 40 yards tonight. He has a team-leading 21 catches for 202 yards this season.
Missouri's scoring numbers are way up this season. The Tigers topped 30 points for the fourth consecutive game. To put that offensive surge in perspective the Tigers topped 30 points just three times last season and 40 points just twice in 2012 (three times so far in 2013). Missouri has not topped 30 points in four consecutive games since 2009.
Andrew Wilson made a career high 17 tackles. His previous best was 13 against Kansas State in 2011. Eight of Wilson's 17 stops were of the solo variety.
Shane Ray also set a career high for tackles for the second consecutive game. He had five tackles at Indiana last week and finished with seven tonight.
Michael Sam set a career high with two sacks. Sam had both sacks in the first half and Missouri finished the game with five sacks, a season high. The Tigers had just three sacks entering Saturday.
James Franklin continues to play masterfully as a senior, both throwing and rushing. Franklin was an efficient 20-of-29 through the air for 255 yards and three scores. He added his second rushing TD of the season to ice the win. On the game, Franklin rushed five times for 33 yards and that clinching TD. Christian Brinser averaged a career high 47.7 yards on three punts. His 59-yarder was a career long.