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Southeast Missouri State Redhawks

Missouri pulls away from Southeast Missouri State for 34-3 victory

COLUMBIA, Mo. As the designated road kill for Missouri's home opener, Southeast Missouri State offered more of a test than anyone outside of the Bootheel could have expected on Saturday. Eventually, the Tigers' talent took over in a 34-3 victory in front of 64,670, MU's largest crowd for a home opener since 2009. The Redhawks of the Football Championship Subdivision trailed by only two touchdowns at halftime, and a sluggish Missouri offense seemed intent on keeping the visitors from Cape Girardeau dreaming of the impossible. But the debut of Missouri's newly coordinated defense Barry Odom's now in charge made sure the Tigers began the season 1-0, all but clinched...