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Danario Wins NCAA Receiving Title, Plus A Look At Other Football Records In 2009

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Now that the 2009 college football season has officially ended (and with it, the official NCAA stats are now finalized), I thought my first blog entry could touch on the record achievements by Tigers this past season.

A master list of all the NCAA and MU records either broken or tied is at the end, but before we get to that, I wanted to touch on a couple of things which stand out…

A lot of it starts with WR Danario Alexander, and the amazing season he turned in. Alexander has now officially won the 2009 NCAA receiving title, as he led the nation with his 1,781 yards and his 137.00 yards per game average, that latter of which is what the NCAA uses to determine its annual receiving champion. Alexander edged out Bowling Green's Freddie Barnes, who was second in both categories, with 1,770 yards and a per-game average of 136.15 yards.

If the name Freddie Barnes rings a bell to Tiger fans, it should, because he played on Faurot Field in 2009, when Mizzou downed the Falcons, 27-20 on Sept. 12th. Just how did the head-to-head receiving matchup go? Both guys had solid nights, but neither jumped off the stat page, as Barnes grabbed 10 catches for 70 yards, while Alexander had 7 catches for 56 yards, including a huge 22-yard catch-and-run with about 6 minutes left in the game that went to the BGSU 1-yardline that set up TB Derrick Washington for the game-winning run one play later.

Alexander is only the 2nd Tiger to ever win an NCAA receiving crown, and you have to go all the way back to 1955 for the other time it happened. That's when Hank Burnine led the nation in receiving during his senior season at Mizzou, with 594 yards (back then, the NCAA's annual champ was decided by total yards). That season, Burnine caught 44 passes for 594 yards and 2 TDs…

One last note about Alexander, his yardage total of 1,781 goes in the NCAA record books as the 6th-highest single-season receiving mark (the record is 2,060 in 1999 by Nevada's Trevor Insley). Not bad for a guy who came into the year with career totals of 78 catches for 997 yards and 8 TDs in his previous three seasons!…

Another amazing storyline for the Tigers in 2009 was the emergence of PK Grant Ressel from unknown walk-on to Mr. Dependable. All Ressel did was make 98.5% of his combined kicks, including 39-of-39 on extra points and 26-of-27 on field goals. You'll see below that Ressel broke the NCAA single-season record for field goal accuracy (min. of 20 attempts), with his mark of 96.3%. The previous mark was 96.2% set by Chuck Nelson of Washington in 1982 - when MU Coach Gary Pinkel was an assistant on Don James' coaching staff.

If it felt like MU's opponents never missed field goals this season, you weren't far off, as Tiger opponents made 18-of-19 field goals against MU this year. The only miss by an opponent was by Furman, when it missed a 40-yarder. Combining MU's field goal success with opponents' makes this past year means that in MU games, kickers made an amazing combined 44-of-46 field goals (95.7%)…

One more note about kicking. With Ressel going a perfect 39-of-39 on PATs in 2009, he extended MU's active streak of consecutive PATs to 237 entering the 2010 season. The last time MU missed a kicked extra point was at Colorado in 2005 by Adam Crossett. Since that miss, Crossett made the last 13 kicks of 2005, and that was followed by 45-of-45 by Jeff Wolfert in 2006, 67-of-67 by Wolfert in 2007 and 73-of-73 by Wolfert in 2008. Mizzou doesn't have far to go to reach the NCAA record for most consecutive made extra points - the NCAA record is 262 by Syracuse, from 1978-89 by seven different kickers…

With that, here's a listing of all the NCAA and MU records either broken or tied by Tigers in 2009…

NCAA Records Broken or Tied

NCAA Combined Kicking Accuracy, Season (Min. 30 PATs and 15 FGs made) - 98.49% by Grant Ressel (65-of-66, including 39-of-39 PATs, 26-of-27 FGs); previous mark was 98.3% by Chuck Nelson of Washington in 1982 (59-of-60, including 34-of-34 PATs, 25-of-26 FGs)…
NOTE - Ressel broke this mark with his performance in the Texas Bowl, only to see his mark surpassed the next day by Auburn's Wes Byrum, who ended his season with a combined mark of 98.57% (69-of-70, including 54-of-54 PATs and 15-of-16 FGs)…

NCAA Field Goal Percentage, Season (Min. 20 FGs attempted) - 96.3% by Grant Ressel (26-of-27); previous mark was 96.2% by Chuck Nelson of Washington in 1982 (25-of-26)…

NCAA Highest Field Goal Percentage on Kicks of Under 40 Yards, Season (Min. 16 FGs made) - 100.0% by Grant Ressel (19-of-19); achieved 7 times previously, most recently by Michael Reeder of TCU in 1995 (19-of-19)…

Mizzou Records Broken

Pass Receptions, Season - 113 by Danario Alexander; previous mark was 102 by Jeremy Maclin in 2008…

Receiving Yards, Season - 1,781 by Danario Alexander; previous mark was 1,260 by Jeremy Maclin in 2008…

Receiving Yards, Career - 2,778 by Danario Alexander; previous mark was 2,704 by Justin Gage (1999-2002)…

Receiving Touchdowns, Season - 14 by Danario Alexander; previous mark was 13 by Jeremy Maclin in 2008…

200-Yard Receiving Games, Season - 3 by Danario Alexander; achieved 4 times previously by 3 Tigers, most recently by Justin Gage against Bowling Green in 2002…

200-Yard Receiving Games, Career - 3 by Danario Alexander; previous mark was 2 by Justin Gage (1999-2002)…

Field Goals Made, Season - 26 by Grant Ressel; previous mark was 21 by Jeff Wolfert in 2008 (21-of-27)…

Field Goal Percentage, Season - 96.3% by Grant Ressel (26-of-27); previous mark was 90.0% by Jeff Wolfert in 2007 (18-of-20)…

Punting Average, Career - 42.1 yards by Jake Harry IV, from 2008-09 (87 punts - 3,666 yards); previous mark was 41.8 by Kyle Pooler , from 1991-94 (195 punts - 8,146 yards)…

Quarterback Sacks, Season - 11.5 by Aldon Smith; previous mark was 11.0 by Justin Smith in 2000…

Mizzou Records Tied

PAT Percentage, Season - 100.0% by Grant Ressel (39-of-39); previously held by 5 others, most recently by Jeff Wolfert in 2008 (73-of-73)…

Field Goals Attempted, Season - 27 by Grant Ressel; held previously by 2 others, most recently by Jeff Wolfert in 2008 (20 made)…

Most 400-Yard Passing Games, Season - 2 by Blaine Gabbert; held previously by 2 others 3 times, most recently by Chase Daniel in 2008…

Touchdown Receptions, Game - 3 by Danario Alexander; held previously by 4 others, most recently by Jeremy Maclin vs. Nevada in 2008…

Team Least Yards Penalized, Game - 0 vs. Navy, 12/31/09; achieved twice previously, most recently in 1964 against Kansas…

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Did someone call this a rebuilding year? Can't wait for September 4th, especially since we know how much Illinois hates starting their season with a loss! Coach Pinkel...your recruiting is flippin' exciting! Go Tigers!

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