DGB scores first collegaite TD, Mizzou wins

Mizzou forced a turnover when it needed it to seal a victory.

James Franklin threw for 257 yards and a touchdown to lead the Missouri Tigers (3-2, 0-2) to a 21-16 victory Saturday against the Central Florida Knights (2-2).  The win is the fifth straight victory for Mizzou following a loss.

Missouri's scoring started in the second-quarter when Franklin found freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham for a 80-yard touchdown pass.  It was Green-Beckham's first career touchdown reception.  However, the Tigers trailed 10-7 at halftime.

Mizzou punt returner Marcus Murphy gave the Tigers a boost early in the third-quarter.  Murphy returned a punt 64-yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead.  The punt return for a touchdown is Murphy's third this season.

Kendial Lawrence added a 10-yard touchdown to go up 21-10 early in the fourth-quarter.

The Knights did not lay down.  Central Florida drove 83-yards in five plays to cut the lead to 21-16.  But, UCF failed to convert on a two-point conversion.  Missouri punted on its next possession.  Then, Mizzou's defense sealed the victory when E.J. Gaines forced a fumble, recovered by the Tigers.
Missouri returns to Faurot Field next Saturday to host Vanderbilt.  Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m.

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