COLUMBIA, Mo. -- James Franklin made crucial big plays on consecutive scoring drives in the second half and Missouri pulled away from Toledo for a 38-23 victory on Saturday.
Missouri (2-0) led 24-23 after Toledo (0-2) scored its first two touchdowns of the year but Franklin's 21-yard keeper set up Henry Josey's second 1-yard touchdown run of the game which extended Missouri's lead to eight.
The quarterback later had a 6-yard carry on fourth-and-3 and an 11-yard gain on third-and-9 to set up Marcus Murphy's 8-yard run to conclude the scoring with 10:29 to go.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel beat the school at which he's a Hall of Famer and the career wins leader with the help of a few goofs by the visitors.
Toledos' David Fluellen had 111 yards on 14 carries and 10 catches for 100 yards.
Markus Golden got a gift 70-yard interception return in the third quarter when the ball squirted out of Toledo quarterback Terrance Owens' hands and right into his arms. Jeremiah Detmer hit three field goals in the first half, connecting from 24, 46 and 41 yards, but punted a low line drive into the back of a Toledo lineman, a 9-yard net to the Rockets' 44 that gave Missouri a short field on the Murphy score.
Owens scored on a 4-yard keeper and hit Alonzo Russell for a 41-yard score, most of it on a sideline sprint that capitalized on blown coverage, in a span of 5 1/2 minutes in the third quarter to shave the deficit to one.
Attendance was announced at 56,785 in a game that began in 90-plus degree heat. Less than half remained for the finish.
Golden's touchdown came just a few plays after linebacker Andrew Wilson, one of Missouri's top defensive players, was ejected for a borderline targeting hit on Marcus Reedy on an incomplete pass. Golden was whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct after planting the ball on the turf in the end zone, and Reedy's resulting 59-yard kickoff return helped set up Owens' touchdown.
Dorial Green-Beckham beat one-on-one coverage from Jordan Martin on a 9-yard touchdown catch with 1:14 to go in the half for a 17-9 lead. Missouri got a big stop in the other end zone to end the half, with Matt White intercepting a pass from Owens that was tipped.
Levi Copeland's 51-yard diving reception at the 7, with three defenders in futile pursuit, set up Josey's first 1-yard run.
The officiating crew needed alternate Chad Walker after umpire David Parker sprained his left knee in the first quarter.
Florida defensive leader Cece Jefferson underwent shoulder surgery this week, and he isn't expected to return until some point during the Gators' fall camp in August, a source said.
The attorney for Shea Patterson told The Detroit News that Ole Miss notified the NCAA that it had "nothing to add" in Patterson's case, clearing the way for the NCAA to decide the quarterback's eligibility.
Offensive lineman Matthew Burrell will be leaving Ohio State via transfer, he said Wednesday in an Instagram post that said he was "thankful for everything this amazing university has done for me."
Mel Kiper Jr. says UCLA WR Jordan Lasley displays impressive hands and instincts that should translate at the NFL level.
Mel Kiper Jr. calls San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny an explosive playmaker on the ground, through the air and in the return game.
Mel Kiper Jr. says Penn State TE Mike Gesicki possesses "off-the-charts athleticism" that allows him to excel as a pass catcher.