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Murray State game not a painful victory for Tigers

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham suffered a bruised hand.

“It was x-rayed right away,” Pinkel said. “He’s fine.”

Other than that, Pinkel said, the Tigers came away from the game fairly healthy.

• Redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk made a brief appearance at the beginning of the second quarter with Missouri leading 20-14. He handed the ball off for a 2-yard loss and hit Bud Sasser for an 11-yard game before he was pulled on third and 1 for starter James Franklin.

“We wanted him to play earlier, but the way it was going we wanted to get the momentum back,” Pinkel said. “Then in the third-down situation, we just decided we’d go with the experienced player. As it turns out, he got to play a lot in the second half, anyway.”

Mauk finished the game two of three for 18 yards.

• True freshmen Aarion Penton, a cornerback, and Josh Augusta, a defensive tackle, participated in their first collegiate game action. Augusta was particularly disruptive, racking up three tackles — two for loss — and a sack.

• Staley graduate Morgan Steward, a redshirt freshman running back, scored his first career touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the fourth quarter.

• Senior receiver Jaleel Clark finished with a team-high five catches for 51 yards. He only had one catch last season.

• Senior cornerback E.J. Gaines had two interceptions Saturday, one more than he had all of last season. Junior safety Braylon Webb also got the first interception of his collegiate career.