Senior kicker Andrew Baggett became only the second player in Missouri history with more than 300 career points Saturday when he scored 10 points on two field goals and four extra points in a 34-3 win over Southeast Missouri at Memorial Stadium.
Baggett, with 302 career points, needs 61 points to break Jeff Wolfert’s career scoring record of 362.
“Obviously, it would be something cool, but it’s really a reflection of our offense and the guys I’ve had around for four years,” Baggett said.
Baggett missed more than a week during fall camp because of back spasms and didn’t handle kickoff duties in the opener.
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Instead, freshman punter Corey Fatony handled the kickoffs and booted three touchbacks on seven kickoffs, with one out of bounds.
MU coach Gary Pinkel was pleased with the poise and maturity Fatony showed “for his age,” he said, “and for a kicker.”
Fatony also averaged 45.8 yards on six punts, including a long of 54 yards, and two placed inside the Redhawks’ 20-yard line.
Four wide receivers caught the first passes of their Missouri careers Saturday.
Redshirt freshman Keyon Dilosa finished with three catches for 25 yards, DeSean Blair added a 21-yard reception, Emanuel Hall had a 9-yard catch and redshirt freshman Thomas Richard hauled in a 4-yard pass.
Sophomores J’Mon Moore and Nate Brown caught the first touchdowns passes of their careers, along with senior running back Tyler Hunt.
SEMO guilty of targeting
Barely five minutes into the game, Southeast Missouri linebacker Kendall Donnerson was ejected for targeting on a late-hit personal foul against quarterback Maty Mauk.
Well after the ball was thrown, Donnerson smashed Mauk face mask to face mask. The play was reviewed and upheld.
“It was one of those ones that was so late that I stood there and didn’t think he was going to hit me,” Mauk said. “Then, he blasts me … (my head) kind of rang a little bit and kind of got my jaw, but I came back and it felt all right.”