SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Jacob Clark threw for 414 yards and tied a program record with five passing touchdowns to help Missouri State rout Utah Tech 59-14 on Saturday and give coach Ryan Beard his first win as head coach.
Clark completed 14 of his opening 15 passes — with scoring plays of 45, 16 and 8 yards — to help build a 28-7 lead. J.J. O'Neal also had a pick-6 in the first quarter for Missouri State. The Bears had a 191-82 advantage in total yards in the first quarter as Utah Tech had just two first downs.
Clark's fourth touchdown, a 10-yarder to Hunter Wood, gave Missouri State a 35-14 lead late in the second quarter. Clark was 17 of 21 in the first half for 356 yards and four touchdowns. Terique Owens had four catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Hunter Wood had three grabs and two touchdowns.
Owens and Raylen Sharpe each had over 100 yards receiving for Missouri State (1-2). Owens recorded his first multi-touchdown game with two.
Kobe Tracy was intercepted four times for Utah Tech (1-3). He was 17-of-41 passing for 167 yards.
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