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Home Opener Triumph

Mizzou takes down Eastern Michigan

Coach Barry Odom enjoys his first win as Mizzou's head football coach.

Coach Barry Odom enjoys his first win as Mizzou's head football coach.

Mizzou defeated Eastern Michigan 61-21 in the 2016 football season's home opener Sept. 10. Sophomore Drew Lock threw for a career-high 450 yards and tied a school record with five touchdown passes. Barry Odom, BS ’99, M Ed ’04, earned his first victory as the Tigers' head coach. Fans celebrated senior wrestler J'den Cox's Olympic bronze medal win and the 30th birthday of our favorite mascot, Truman the Tiger.

The State of Missouri, Mizzou, and SEC flags show off their colors outside of Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

State of Missouri, Mizzou and SEC flags fly outside of Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Afternoon weather conditions were perfect for players and fans to enjoy the game. Temperature: 74 • Wind: 15 WNW.

Afternoon weather conditions were perfect for players and fans to enjoy the game. Temperature: 74 degrees.

Andrea Crisalli and Dominique Ruiz of "Dixie Jade" came down from Nashville to enjoy football for the weekend.

Andrea Crisalli and Dominique Ruiz of Dixie Jade traveled from Nashville to enjoy football for the weekend.

Junior running back Ish Witter escapes a tackle for a big Missouri gain. Witter rushed for a total of 61 yards with 13 carries.

Junior running back Ish Witter escapes a tackle for a big Missouri gain. Witter rushed for a total of 61 yards with 13 carries.

Jonny Yates and Kieren Drapeau wanted to stand out at their Mizzou tailgate right outside of Faurot Field.

Jonny Yates and Kieren Drapeau stand out at their Mizzou tailgate right outside of Faurot Field.

Russ Stokes has been attending Mizzou football games for 55 years. His wife, Betty, has gone to Mizzou football games for 39 years.

Russ Stokes has been attending Mizzou football games for 55 years. His wife, Betty, has gone to Mizzou football games for 39 years.

Freshman wide receiver Johnathon Johnson scores a touchdown after an 87-yard pass completion from Drew Lock to put the Tigers ahead 26-7.

Freshman wide receiver Johnathon Johnson scores a touchdown after an 87-yard pass completion from Drew Lock to put the Tigers ahead 26-7.

Carter Bexten, 2, and his father, Jeremy, show their support for the Mizzou Football team as they arrived to the stadium.

Carter Bexten, 2, and his father, Jeremy, show their support for the Mizzou Football team as they arrived to the stadium.

Fans in the student section on the east side of Memorial Stadium soak up the sun's fading rays before the game begins.

Fans in the student section on the east side of Memorial Stadium soak up the sun's fading rays before the game begins.

Defensive back Aarion Maxey-Penton and safety Thomas Wilson celebrate after gaining possession back for Missouri.

Defensive back Aarion Maxey-Penton and safety Thomas Wilson celebrate after gaining possession back for Missouri.

51,192 fans attend Mizzou's first home game in Memorial Stadium.

51,192 fans attend Mizzou's first home game in Memorial Stadium.

Photo by Morgan Lieberman.

Eastern Michigan players run, unsuccessfully, for the ball.

Members of ROTC fly a drone during their Saturday afternoon tailgate before the football game.

Members of ROTC fly a drone during their Saturday afternoon tailgate before the football game.

Members of the Pawelski and Giroux families enjoy watching the game from their seats on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

Members of the Pawelski and Giroux families enjoy watching the game from their seats on the east side of Memorial Stadium.

Players rush the field before kick off.

Players rush the field before kickoff.

Freshman Fionna Clark awaits to perform the tenor sax with Marching Mizzou on Faurot Field for Mizzou's first home game in the 2016-2017 season.

Freshman Fionna Clark waits to perform on the tenor sax with Marching Mizzou on Faurot Field for Mizzou's first home game in the 2016-17 season.

Junior running back Ish Witter rushes for four yards to the Eastern Michigan three yard line.

Junior running back Ish Witter rushes for four yards to the Eastern Michigan three yard line.

Drew Lock

Sophomore quarterback Drew Lock completed 24 of 37 passes in posting the third-highest passing yardage in school history and the most in a win, trailing only 480 yards from Jeff Handy against Oklahoma State in 1992 and the 468 yards from Blaine Gabbert against Baylor in 2009. Lock's throws went to nine different receivers, and for the first time in school history, five different Tigers caught a touchdown in the same game.

Fireworks light up the sky after a Mizzou touchdown.

Fireworks light up the sky after a Mizzou touchdown.

Tiger fans cheer as Truman the Tiger sprays water over the crowd before kickoff.

Tiger fans cheer as Truman the Tiger sprays water over the crowd before kickoff.

Members of Tiger's Lair cool down after Truman sprays them with water. Tiger’s Lair is the official student cheering section for the Missouri Tigers.

Members of Tiger's Lair cool down after Truman sprays them with water. Tiger’s Lair is the official student cheering section.

Players drop to a knee in the north end zone before the game begins.

Players drop to a knee in the north end zone before the game begins.

Junior linebacker Joey Burkett awaits the snap before he unleashes his defensive striking power.

Junior linebacker Joey Burkett awaits the snap before unleashing his defensive striking power.

Members of Tiger's Lair show off their colors immediately preceding the kick off.

Members of Tiger's Lair show off their colors immediately preceding the kickoff.

Sophomore wide receiver Ray Wingo completes a 52 yard pass reception for a touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 40-14.

Sophomore wide receiver Ray Wingo completes a 52-yard pass reception for a touchdown to put the Tigers ahead 40-14.

Photo by Morgan Lieberman.

Wide receiver Johnathon Johnson runs with the ball.

Columbia local Robert "Sharpy" Sharp brought his smoker to the parking lot to feed friends and family ribs.

Columbia local Robert "Sharpy" Sharp brought his smoker to the parking lot to feed friends and family ribs.

Marching Mizzou performs during halftime.

Marching Mizzou performs during halftime.

Sophomore wide receiver Emanuel Hall completes a 36-yard reception and scores Mizzou's first touchdown.

Sophomore wide receiver Emanuel Hall completes a 36-yard reception and scores Mizzou's first touchdown.

Truman and his non-Tiger relatives who came before him celebrate his thirtieth birthday.

Alumni who have donned the mascot suit over the years celebrate Truman the Tiger's 30th birthday.

Golden Girl Ally Hill performs before the game begins on Saturday night.

Golden Girl Ally Hill performs on Faurot Field.

Jack Callahan, 10, keeps warm as temperature drop with a Univ of Missouri jacket and and empty bucket of popcorn.

Jack Callahan, 10, keeps warm as temperature drop with a Mizzou jacket and a popcorn bucket.

Junior safety Thomas Wilson makes a shoelace tackle to stop Eastern Michigan from gaining ground.

Junior safety Thomas Wilson makes a shoelace tackle to stop Eastern Michigan from gaining ground.

Senior linebacker Michael Scherer breaks up an attempted pass completion.

Senior linebacker Michael Scherer breaks up an attempted pass completion.

Mizzou senior J'den Cox shows off his Olympic bronze wrestling medal to the crowd after being introduced in the south endzone during a media timeout.

Mizzou senior J'den Cox shows off his Olympic bronze wrestling medal to the crowd after being introduced in the south endzone during a media timeout.

Freshman running back Damarea Crockett celebrates a touchdown with his teammates in the fourth quarter.

Freshman running back Damarea Crockett celebrates a 26-yard touchdown run with his teammates in the fourth quarter, putting the Tigers ahead 54-21.

Senior defensive lineman Josh Augusta engulfs an Eastern Michigan player at the line of scrimmage.

Senior defensive lineman Josh Augusta engulfs an Eastern Michigan player at the line of scrimmage.

Mizzou's cheerleaders run off Faurot Field before kick off.

Mizzou's cheerleaders run off Faurot Field before kickoff.

Freshman Simone Esters performs outside of Memorial Stadium during tailgating activities. Esters is the newest feature twirler for Marching Mizzou.

Freshman Simone Esters performs outside of Memorial Stadium during tailgating activities. Esters is the newest feature twirler for Marching Mizzou.

Truman points to fans in the south end zone after doing 14 pushups in honor of MU's 14 offensive points.

Truman points to fans in the south end zone after doing 14 pushups in honor of MU's 14 offensive points.

Sophomores Molly MIchaels and Erin Brooks pet a visitor at the Alpha Chi Omega tailgate.

Sophomores Molly Michaels and Erin Brooks pet a visitor at the Alpha Chi Omega tailgate.

Freshman linebacker Cale Garrett holds on to Eastern Michigan's quarterback and stops him at the one yard line.

Freshman linebacker Cale Garrett holds on to Eastern Michigan's quarterback and stops him at the one yard line.

Junior linebacker Joey Burkett celebrates after intercepting the ball and scoring a one yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 61-21 lead.

Junior linebacker Joey Burkett celebrates after intercepting the ball and scoring a one yard touchdown to give the Tigers a 61-21 lead.

Senior wide receiver Chris Black returns a punt.

Senior wide receiver Chris Black returns a punt.

Marching Mizzou stayed busy throughout the day, beginning their performances outside of the stadium for fans.

Marching Mizzou stays busy throughout the day, beginning their performances outside the stadium for fans.

Senior Brian Hill represented his true stripes before the football game.

Senior Brian Hill shows his true stripes before the football game.

Craig Dulle, MU Alum '83, cooks up a late lunch during his tailgate party. He usually has 50-60 attendees.

Craig Dulle, an '83 graduate, cooks up a late lunch during his tailgate party. He usually serves 50-60 attendees.

Members of Tiger's Lair raise their hands and yell before kick off.

Members of Tiger's Lair raise their hands.

Photo by Morgan Lieberman.

An Eastern Michigan player tries to tackle Mizzou's Kendall Blanton.

Photo by Morgan Lieberman.

Tigers share a celebratory embrace.

Junior running back Ish Witter rushes for a one yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Mizzou ahead 21-7.

Junior running back Ish Witter rushes for a one yard touchdown in the second quarter to put Mizzou ahead 21-7.

Marching Mizzou energizes the crowd with a pre-game performance.

Marching Mizzou energizes the crowd.

Junior Amanda Smith and her father, Donovan Smith, play cornhole at Alpha Chi Omega's Dad Weekend tailgate.

Junior Amanda Smith and her father, Donovan Smith, play cornhole at Alpha Chi Omega's Dad Weekend tailgate.

Sophomore quarterback Marvin Zanders runs for a gain in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore quarterback Marvin Zanders runs for a gain in the fourth quarter.

 

 

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