Missouri S&T's football team struggled to slow down Central Missouri during the first half and the 19th-ranked Mules handed the Miners a 50-13 Sept. 3 night in S&T's season opener.
The Mules, who entered the game with a victory already under its belt, scored on all five of their first half possessions to build a 33-6 lead.
The rout started right from the opening kickoff, as Zain Gower's 43-yard return to the S&T 43-yard line set the Mules up for a scoring drive that ended three plays later on Eric Czerniewski's 27-yard touchdown pass to Jamorris Warren.
Central scored three more times before the Miners got on the scoreboard, getting first quarter touchdowns on an 11-yard run by Anthony Stewart, a five-yard scoring toss from Czerniewski to Warren and a two-yard run by Gower.
S&T had a scoring opportunity early in the second period as it drove to the Mules' 23-yard line, but had a third down pass picked off by Joseph Bangali at the UCM four to halt that chance.
The Miners got on the scoreboard with 4:15 to go in the half after Chad Shockley hauled in a pass and leaped over a defender to get the ball down to the UCM 18-yard line.
On the next play, Jason Schlueter connected with Bryan Crider for the first of his two touchdowns in the contest.
Central answered the Miner score with a four-play scoring drive, as the Mules converted a third down play to keep the drive alive and followed that with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Czerniewski to Seth Mason late in the first half.
Czerniewski also threw a scoring pass to Stewart on Central's first trip down the field in the second half and the Mules wrapped up their scoring with a two-yard scoring run from Gower and a 28-yard field goal from Aaron Jamieson.
Crider caught another 18-yard scoring pass with 4:26 to play for the Miners' second touchdown of the evening.
Schlueter completed 26-of-38 passes for 269 yards.
Shockley caught 10 passes for 82 yards on the evening.
Crider had the two touchdown catches among his five catches, while Ryan Taylor led the rushing attack with 52 yards on 10 carries.
S&T finished with 338 yards of total offense, but the Mules ended the night with 582 as Czerniewski completed 19 of his 22 passes for 279 yards and four scores.