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Mizzou Alumni in the World Series

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As former Mizzou Tiger Ian Kinsler takes part in the Major League Baseball World Series, we wanted to take a look at some other former Tigers that have played in the Fall Classic.

Danario Alexander Looks to Shine for Rams

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--By Alma Burke, Mizzou Media Relations

 

Danario Alexander is no stranger to Missouri Football. The former Tiger wide receiver left an incredible mark on the team, setting records and leading Mizzou to Championship games, including the Cotton Bowl in 2007 and Alamo Bowl in 2008. After graduating last year, Alexander fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing in professional football, when he signed with the St. Louis Rams in August. In a recent interview with Alexander, he expresses how playing for the Missouri Tigers help prepare him for his newfound success as an NFL player.

 

Tigers in the NFL - Week 7

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By Ryan Schmitz, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant

 

While Mizzou fans continued to savor Saturday night's momentous win over Oklahoma, many former Tigers made key contributions Sunday in the professional ranks. Here's a glance at the Mizzou alumni who played this week in the NFL.

 

Mizzou Football Weekly Nominees, News & Notes

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MIZZOU FOOTBALL WEEKLY NOTES

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

QB - Blaine Gabbert, 6-5, 235, Jr., Ballwin, Mo.

·         Blaine Gabbert was spectacular once again for the undefeated Tigers, as he helped lead Mizzou's first-ever win over a #1-ranked team (any major poll) as MU downed #1 (BCS) Oklahoma, 36-27 Saturday night in Columbia, Mo.  The junior finished 30-of-42 for 308 yards and a score...

·         Gabbert was at his best in crunch time, as he completed 8-of-9 passes for 95 yards and one TD in the 4th quarter.  Oklahoma led, 21-20, heading into the 4th quarter, but he led a crucial 5-play, 72-yard drive to begin the quarter which ended in a 38-yard TD pass to WR Jerrell Jackson for a 26-20 lead (the two-point try failed).  That score put the Tigers up to stay in what was MU's first win over Oklahoma since 1998 (breaking a string of seven consecutive losses to the Sooners)...

·         Gabbert also ran for 26 net yards on the night, including a sneak for 2 yards on a 4th-and-1 at the OU 45-yardline in the final minutes which helped Mizzou milk the clock...

·         In his last two games Gabbert is a combined 61-of-89 for 669 yards, four TDs and zero interceptions...

·         Mizzou's passing offense ranks 16th in the NCAA through 7 games, averaging 286.43 yards per contest, while Gabbert also ranks 16th individually in passing yardage, at 271.29.  He is 26th nationally in total offense (271.29) and 39th nationally in passing efficiency (137.85 rating)...

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

LB - Zaviar Gooden, 6-2, 225, So., Pflugerville, Texas

·         Was part of an impressive defensive charge which held Oklahoma well below its season averages in most categories during MU's 36-27 win.  Finished the game with 5 tackles, but made one of the biggest plays of the night when he stepped in front of an out pass to notch his first career interception in the 4th quarter.  That play, which came at the OU 22-yardline with Mizzou leading, 26-21, set the Tigers up for a field goal with 9:44 left which would prove to be the winning score of the game...

·         Gooden's efforts helped the Tiger defense hold OU RB Demarco Murray to a season-low 49 rushing yards, some 61 yards shy of his season average coming in (110.5).  In all, Mizzou held Oklahoma to just 99 rushing yards, well below their season average of 155.33 coming in...

·         In his first year as a starter, Gooden is tied for the team lead with 45 tackles through 7 games, and he leads the team with a pair of recovered fumbles on the season...

 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

WR - Gahn McGaffie, 5-10, 185, So., Galena Park, Texas

·         Set the tone for Mizzou's win over #1 (BCS) Oklahoma Saturday night when he returned the opening kickoff of the game for an 86-yard touchdown and a quick 7-0 Tiger lead just :14 seconds into the game...

  • McGaffie's opening kickoff return for TD was the first of his career.  It was also the first for Mizzou since 2008 when Jeremy Maclin took a kickoff 99 yards for score in the season-opener vs. Illinois in the second quarter...
  • The last time a Tiger took the opening kickoff back for a score was 1967 when Roger Wehrli raced 96 yards vs. Iowa State...

·         The longest kickoff return by Mizzou in 2010 prior to McGaffie's feat was 39 yards (twice by Marcus Murphy)...

 

TEAM/PLAYER NOTES

·         Mizzou jumped to #7 in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll, and #8 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, thanks to the big win over Oklahoma...

  • The Tigers earned their first victory over a #1 ranked club. OU is ranked #1 in the BCS standings and entering today's game Mizzou was 0-11 all-time vs. Associated Press #1 teams.
  • Some apologists in the media are suggesting that Oklahoma "gave" the game away Saturday night.  We'd like to point out the fact that OU held a 21-20 lead to begin the 4th quarter, and had possession of the ball.  With the game in the balance, MU turned up the heat and scored 16 unanswered points to bolt to a 36-21 lead.  Only a long kickoff return which set up a short TD drive late in the game kept the Sooners from being shut out in the final period...
  • A comparison of the 4th-quarter stat comparisons:  1st Downs - MU 8, OU 1;  Total Offense - MU 192, OU 16;  Passing Yards - MU 95, OU 0;  Rushing Yards - MU 97, OU 16;  Time of Possession - MU 13:15, OU 1:45...
  • The Tiger defense was excellent in the second half. OU racked up 301 total yards in the first half, but were limited to just 101 total yards in the final 30 minutes. Landry Jones was limited to just 60 yards passing in the second half after throwing for 248 in the first.  In the decisive 4th quarter, MU's defense held Jones to 0-of-7 passing with 1 interception...
  • Junior TB De'Vion Moore had a big game for the Tigers on Saturday, as he carried 10 times for 73 yards and one TD (his 4th of the season).  Included in his total was a 39-yard 4th-quarter run which saw him dragging two OU players on his back for at least 15 yards.  His efforts helped the Tigers rush for 178 yards, the most by MU this year against a BCS Conference opponent (119 vs. Colorado was the previous high)...
  • The Tigers got a big boost Saturday in the return of sophomore DE Aldon Smith, who had missed the previous three games due to a fractured right fibula suffered on Sept. 18th against San Diego State.  Smith made one of the plays of the game when he jumped to snag his first career interception at the MU 14-yardline to thwart a Sooner drive.  Smith, still playing at less than 100%, raced 58 yards the other way before being tackled at the MU 12-yardline.  That set up an eventual TD run by TB De'Vion Moore to begin the 2nd quarter which gave MU a 14-7 lead at the time.  Smith ended the night with 2 tackles and the interception...
  • Missouri is 7-0 for just the third time in school history. Mizzou was 7-0 in 1960 and also 7-0 in 1899. The Tigers are just one of seven remaining unbeaten clubs in FBS play...
  • Saturday's attendance of 71,004 was a sellout at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.  It was the first sellout since last season's game vs. Texas and tied for the 10th largest crowd in school history...
  • Missouri earned its first victory over Oklahoma since 1998 (20-6)...
  • Missouri recorded its 10th and 11th interceptions of the year on Saturday. The Tigers had just eight INT's all of last season...
  • Missouri won the turnover margin once again on Saturday and the Tigers have now claimed 29 consecutive victories when winning the turnover battle (minimum of plus-one on turnover margin)...
  • Gabbert's top target was Jerrell Jackson. The junior enjoyed his best game of the year, making a career high nine grabs for 139 yards and a score. Jackson's career high for receiving yardage was 142 last year vs. Iowa State...
  • Kevin Rutland recorded his third sack of the season in the first quarter. The cornerback is now second on the team with those three QB sacks...
  • Grant Ressel made his 13th consecutive field goal for the Tigers. Ressel is 13-of-14 this year after actually missing his first attempt of the year vs. Illinois back in the season-opener. The three-makes equals a season high. He also made three field goals vs. Illinois. His career high in a game is four makes last season vs. Kansas and Nevada...
  • True freshman QB James Franklin scored his second career TD on the ground.  The freshman had an eight-yard TD carry vs. McNeese State earlier this season...

Tigers in the NFL - Week 6

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By Keegan Goudie, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant

Here's a look at what some former Tigers did last week in the NFL.

 

Missouri vs. Texas Soccer

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Welcome to the interactive blog for the Missouri vs. Texas Soccer game. Feel free to comment or ask any questions and we will be happy to respond! The blog will begin approximately 15 minutes before kickoff!

Mizzou has its third FSN-televised game of the season this Saturday at Texas A&M. The broadcast begins at Noon Eastern/11 am CT with Steve Physioc, Dave Lapham and Jim Knox on the call from College Station. Affilliates are listed below.

Mizzou Volleyball Live Blog - At Texas A&M (10-13)

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Follow the Tigers as they face Texas A&M Wednesday night (Oct. 13) at Reed Arena in College Station. The Tigers will look to get back on track as they look for theirt eighth win away from Hearnes this season. Mizzou had only seven all of 2009. Click the link below to follow all of the action!

 

Tigers in the NFL - Week 5

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By Ryan Schmitz, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant

Several Mizzou Tigers who used to shine on Saturdays are now showcasing their talents on Sundays. As Week 5 of the NFL season concludes, we take a look at the Tigers in the NFL. 

With all of the buzz surrounding Denard Robinson and Taylor Martinez in the national media, we wanted to provide some perspective for folks, particular those who have said that the Michigan and Nebraska QB's are doing things never seen before.

Mizzou vs. Nebraska Soccer

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Welcome to the live blog for Mizzou Soccer. Our game against Nebraksa begins at 1 p.m. CT. Live blogging will start 15 minutes before kickoff. Go Tigers!

Mizzou vs. Colorado Soccer

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Welcome to the interactive blog for Mizzou Soccer. Missouri's game at Colorado is set for 4 p.m. Mountain Time. The live blog will begin 15 minutes before kickoff!

We have specific affiliate information for FSN’s telecast of the Colorado-Missouri game on Saturday. In addition to the affiliates listed below, the game will air on an alternate FOX Sports Midwest channel in the St. Louis DMA, Cape Girardeau, Illinois and on DirecTV and AT&T U-verse because of the St. Louis Blues season opener taking place at the same time. The Colorado-Missouri game will air on the primary FOX Sports Midwest/FOX Sports Kansas City channel on cable TV outside St. Louis.