Missouri Tigers' Offense Credits Defense with Win

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COLUMBIA - Seventeen is the number of points Missouri scored against Miami of Ohio, the lowest scoring season opener since 1978. With such a low score, the offense credits the defense for the win.

"They put us in situations where we didn't feel we were pressured or we were down or it was tied or anything like that, so that really contributed to the offense," Sophomore Quarterback James Franklin said. 

"We went in there blind, we went in there thinking we need to be a defensive team, we gotta go out there and play like the Ravens," Senior Defensive Tackle Dominique Hamilton said. 

And so they did allowing only 76 yards rushing for Miami of Ohio.

Last year against Miami of Ohio, the Mizzou defense allowed 13 points, this year they show some improvement by allowing 6.

While delivering blows to the redhawk offense, Missouri lost Jacquies Smith and Will Ebner to injuries..that didn't phase the defense.

"We're pretty solid, we've got a lot of depth and that's really helped us, even last year. We just need guys to step up... so you're not worried.. no, I'm not worried," Missouri Junior Defensive End Brad Madison said. 

The defense's depth gives the team enough confidence to claim victories over teams as the season continues.