It was a homecoming for several Tigers at the Glass Bowl on Saturday, and when everything was said and done, they all made sure it was a happy one.
Sophomore QB Maty Mauk threw a school-record-tying five touchdown passes, and the Mizzou defense turned in a solid, bend-don't-break performance, as the No. 24/22 Tigers posted a 49-24 win over Toledo. Mauk, who grew up less than an hour south of Toledo in Kenton, Ohio, matched the mark he equaled at Kentucky last season, and first set by Chase Daniel four different times over his career.
It was also a special win for Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel, who came into the game as both schools' career coaching wins leader. He spent 10 years leading the Rockets, along with assistants Dave Steckel, Cornell Ford, Brian Jones and Craig Kuligowski, before coming to Columbia.
After both teams punted to start the game, Russell Hansbrough got the Tigers on the board first with a 16-yard touchdown run. He finished with 84 yards on 14 carries.
Toledo (1-1) answered six minutes later, but touchdown passes to Darius White (5 catches, 69 yards) and Jimmie Hunt (6 catches, 71 yards) – sandwiched around Mauk's naked bootleg from a yard out – gave the Tigers a comfortable 28-7 lead at the break.
The Tigers extended their FBS-leading streak of 46 games with a takeaway in a rather odd way in the first quarter. After Mauk threw an interception, Senior WR Bud Sasser chased down the Toledo defender and forced a fumble that was recovered by fellow Hunt. It was the offense's first takeaway since Chase Daniel forced a fumble at the end of the 2007 season in the Cotton Bowl. On the next series, the defense got a takeaway of their own when Aarion Penton picked off Phillip Ely pass.
The Tigers return home this coming Saturday vs. Central Florida, and will make their debut on the SEC Network for an 11 a.m. CT kick.