The Missouri Tigers scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns, but the Syracuse Orange answered with one in the second quarter and now trail just 17-10 in a non-conference college football game at Faurot Field.
Trailing 14-3 entering the second quarter, the Orange defense held the Tiger offense to just a 20-yard field goal by freshman kicker Andrew Baggett, who pushed the Missouri lead to 17-3 with 6:30 to go in the second quarter.
Syracuse answered Baggett's kick with a 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that concluded with a one-yard run by sophomore Prince-Tyson Gulley. The highlight of the march was a 22-yard pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib to wide receiver Alec Lemon on the second play.
Nassib finished the half 8-for-13 with 119 yards while Tiger quarterback James Franklin was 12-for-16 for 237 yards and two touchdowns. 173 of Franklin's yards came in the first quarter.
Both teams need a victory to become bowl eligible.