COLUMBIA, Mo. — After jumping out to an early lead against West Virginia on Saturday, there was no letdown for the Missouri football team like there was in Wyoming.
The Tigers dominated the Mountaineers, 38-7, in their home opener at Memorial Stadium, giving Barry Odom's squad its first win of the season.
Kelly Bryant's brilliance continued to be on full display as the former Clemson quarterback threw for 150 yards and three touchdowns while extending countless plays with his legs.
After striking first with a 43-yard field goal, Missouri capitalized on an interception by sophomore Nick Bolton. Tailbacks Larry Rountree and Tyler Badie rushed for 19 and 12 yards, respectively, which got MU into the Mountaineers' red zone. Bryant found tight end Albert Okwuegbunam for a 26-yard touchdown that put MU up 10-0. Okwuegbunam faked a block on safety Kenny Martin and got separation before making an over-the-shoulder catch.
Missouri capitalized on another takeaway the following drive after safety Ronnell Perkins picked off Austin Kendall. The Tigers were all over Kendall's passes on Saturday. He finished 15 of 25 passing for 137 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Roundtree extended MU's lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter with a 10-yard touchdown. After a tough game at Wyoming, Rountree rushed for 99 yards on 18 carries.
Kansas State 52, Bowling Green 0
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Malik Knowles had 99 receiving yards and two touchdown catches and Skylar Thompson threw for 151 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Kansas State beat Bowling Green 52-0 on Saturday.
James Gilbert led the Wildcats' ground game for the second straight game with 103 rushing yards and found the end zone twice. Jordan Brown, Harry Trotter and Joe Ervin also provided rushing touchdowns. Kansas State has scored 10 rushing touchdowns in two games.
Kansas State had 521 total yards after netting 573 last week, the first time in program history the Wildcats have started the year with consecutive games over 500 yards.
The Falcons never got their offense going, totaling 140 yards with just five first downs.
Darius Wade threw for 79 yards on eight completions for Bowling Green and Davon Jones had 47 rushing yards.
The Wildcats marched down the field to start the game, but only got a field goal, then scored TDs on their next five possessions.
With four minutes left in the first half, Thompson found Knowles for a 34-yard touchdown to give the Wildcats a 38-0 lead going into halftime.
Kansas State's defense held the Falcons scoreless in the first half for the second straight game.
The Wildcats scored a touchdown on their first possession out of the half on a 20-yard touchdown catch by Knowles.
The only blemish for the Wildcats was a fumble on a 52-yard punt return by Phillip Brooks, recovered by Bowling Green. But the Falcons gave it back to Kansas State on the next play on a fumble of their own.
Kansas State was able to rest its starters for most of the second half, which could give the Wildcats fresher legs for their first road game next week at Mississippi State.
The Wildcats have outscored their opponents 111-14 in their first two games.
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Baylor 63, UTSA 14
WACO, Texas — Denzel Mims caught three touchdown passes, Grayland Arnold returned a punt 73 yards for a score and Baylor beat UTSA 63-14 on Saturday for its fourth consecutive win.
Charlie Brewer completed 12 of 16 passes for 163 yards and the three TDs to Mims while playing only the first half, when the Bears (2-0) built a 35-0 lead. Brewer also had a 5-yard touchdown run on a blistering hot day — the temperature at kickoff was 99 degrees — and it was much warmer on the playing turf.
The Roadrunners (1-1) trailed 49-0 before a 16-play drive capped by true freshman Sincere McCormick's 2-yard TD run at the end of the third quarter. He added a 54-yard score after that.
Mims also played only the first half and had seven catches for 101 yards in his second career three-TD game. The senior was wide open in the end zone for a 9-yard TD to start the scoring when cornerback Cassius Grady fell down. Mims got behind the same defender along the sideline for a 30-yard TD and then kicked over the pylon while scoring to make it 21-0.
Arnold had Baylor's first punt return for a touchdown since 2005 midway through the second quarter. After fielding the ball and sliding to his right, Arnold sprinted down the sideline and got a nice downfield block from linebacker Blake Lynch.
Brewer's backup, redshirt freshman Gerry Bohanon, ran seven times for 93 yards. He gained 38 yards on his first carry and had a 2-yard TD run on the first drive after halftime.