Mauk’s start encouraging for Mizzou

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Maty Mauk is off to a fine start as Missouri’s full-time quarterback.

Mauk calmly guided the Tigers past upset-minded Toledo on Saturday, throwing for a career-high 325 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-24 victory. After that road win over a solid Mid-American Conference program, Missouri moved up to No. 20 in the AP poll Sunday.

“Maty really played well,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “He’s going to learn a lot from this game. It’s only his sixth start. There’s a lot of little things he needs to do better. He’s a playmaker. He did a really good job and when you produce numbers like that, the people around him are playing well.”

Mauk went 3-1 as a starter last season in place of an injured James Franklin, and with Franklin now pursuing a pro career, it’s Mauk’s job to help the Tigers follow up last year’s impressive…

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