It was 2011 all over again at Memorial Stadium.
Senior quarterback James Franklin and junior running back Henry Josey, both hampered by injuries last season, had vintage performances as Missouri dominated Murray State 58-14.
Franklin threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns in just over a half of play. Josey ran for 113 yards on 13 carries, aided by a 68-yard touchdown run where he out-ran a Racer defender who had an angle on him.
The game started close, as Murray State led 14-13 after the first quarter. Racer quarterback Maikhail Miller gave the visitors the lead on trick play, a five-yard touchdown catch from receiver Jeremy Harness.
Sophomore running back Russell Hansbrough kept Missouri in the game in the first quarter, rushing for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the opening period alone.
After allowing 196 yards in the first quarter, the Missouri defense allowed just 101 yards in the next three. Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines recorded two interceptions, more than the entire 2012 season.
Freshman quarterback Maty Mauk, who competed for the starting job, played most of the second half for Missouri. He also saw some time in the first half, running a few plays while the game was still close.