Sept. 29, 2012
-Today's game was the first meeting in school history between Missouri and UCF. It was also Missouri's first game in the state of Florida since a game at Miami in 1988. The Tigers will return on Nov. 3 vs. the University Florida in Gainesville.
-Missouri continued its recent trend of bounce-back victories. The Tigers have now won five consecutive games immediately following a defeat and enjoyed a second-half comeback for a win today.
-Today's win was Missouri's first non-conference road victory since 2008 at Nevada (31-21). In fairness, the Tigers have only played one other non-conference road game during that stretch, falling 37-30 at Arizona State last season in overtime.
-Marcus Murphy recorded his third punt return for score of the season. He had two TD returns in the win against SE Louisiana of 72 and 70 yards and one more today of 66 yards. The third punt return for score establishes a new single-season record and ties the career mark. Jeremy Maclin shares the career mark with three.
-Murphy's three punt return touchdowns leads the nation. Florida State's Rashad Greene has two.
-Missouri's defense continues to play well, especially at the start of both halves. The Tigers have not allowed a score in the opening drive of the first or third quarters in 2012.
-In fact Missouri looked like a new team in the second half in all three phases of the game. The Tigers allowed 21 first half first downs to the Knights, but relinquished just one in the third quarter to regain the lead. For the second half UCF managed to move the changes just six times.
-UCF opened the game's scoring with a 42-yard field goal. It marked the first time the Tigers have allowed a first-quarter score in 2012. Overall Missouri has outscored its opposition 38-3 in the opening period.
-James Franklin hit Dorial Green-Beckham on an 80-yard pass to open the scoring for the Tigers. The pass was the longest of Franklin's career and the longest play from scrimmage for Mizzou this year.
-The TD was the first of Green-Beckham's career as well.
-It was Missouri's sixth TD of 40+ yards this season and the longest play from scrimmage this year. The previous long play was a 76-yard run by Kendial Lawrence vs. SE Louisiana. Missouri added a seventh TD of 40+ yards on Murphy's 66-yard punt return in the third quarter.
-Sheldon Richardson continues to have a monster season for the Tiger defense. He recorded two tackles for loss, including his second sack. In one series he recorded a TFL and a sack in a span of three plays to force a UCF punt.
-Missouri recorded a turnover for the 23rd consecutive game. The Tigers have been great at creating extra offensive opportunities in 2012 with nine recovered fumbles and four interceptions.
-Kony Ealy recorded a sack in today's game. He now has 2.5 on the year and 3.5 for his career.
-Michael Sam added another sack to effectively end the first half. Sam has 2.5 sacks on the year, third on the club.
-Will Ebner found his way into double digit tackles for the second consecutive week. Ebner finished with 12 stops and three tackles for loss. Ebner leads the team with 7.0 TFLs this year.
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