Connor Bazelak threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns as Missouri rolled to a 59-28 win over Southeast Missouri State on Saturday in Columbia, Mo.
Tyler Badie rushed for two touchdowns and caught a scoring pass for the Tigers (2-1), who outgained the Redhawks (0-3) by a 675-373 margin.
Quarterback CJ Ogbonna rushed for 96 yards in 12 carries and running back Shamenski Rucker scored two touchdowns for the Redhawks.
Missouri, which has never lost to a FCS team, is 5-0 all-time against Southeast Missouri State.
The Redhawks, in turn, fell to 1-25 all-time against FBS teams.
Missouri wasted no time taking charge. Badie's 49-yard touchdown run put the Tigers up 7-0 just 2:44 into the game.
Bazelak's 11-yard touchdown pass to Badie made it 14-0.
The Tigers hoped to use this mismatch to establish their vertical passing game. They checked that box with Bazelak's 46-yard touchdown throw to D'ionte Smith over the top for a 21-0 lead.
The Tigers pushed their lead to 24-0 with a 43-yard field goal by Harrison Mevis. It was set up by Bazelak's 46-yard pass to Mookie Cooper.
Chance Luper took a swing pass from Bazek and raced for a 52-yard touchdown to put the Tigers up 31-0.
Badie's 1-yard TD plunge made it 38-0 at the half.
Brady Cook threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Young to make it 45-0. The Redhawks countered with a 75-yard drive that Geno Hess capped with a 4-yard touchdown run.
Tyler Macon hit a 65-yard touchdown pass to JJ Hester for a 52-7 lead.
The Redhawks cut that margin to 52-21 with Rucker's fourth-quarter touchdown runs of 18 and 2 yards.
Michael Cox's 55-yard TD run put Missouri up 59-21, but the Redhawks answered with Q'Nairies Anderson's 75-yard touchdown run.
--Field Level Media