Mizzou Football Wrapup Notes, Weekly Awards

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MIZZOU FOOTBALL WEEKLY NOMINEES & NOTES

 

Team Notes

·         Missouri improved to 8-2 on the season and snapped a two-game losing streak with its 38-28 win over Kansas State, giving the Tigers a 5th-straight win over the Wildcats.  Missouri has won at least eight games for five consecutive years. The Tigers won eight games last season as well, but the five consecutive years with eight or more wins is a program best...

·         After a back-and-forth first half, the Tigers broke open a 21-14 halftime lead by scoring 17 straight points after halftime to pull away for a 38-14 lead.  Ten of those points came as a result of turnovers forced by the Tiger defense, including a sack/fumble returned for a TD by junior DE Jacquies Smith and another fumble that led to a field goal.  Mizzou's defense gained four turnovers on the day against a Wildcat team which came into the game ranking 15th nationally in turnover margin.  Kansas State's first six possessions in the second half netted 45 total yards, before a couple of Wildcat stat-padding drives ended in TDs in the final seven minutes to account for the final score...

·         Missouri's senior class, which played its final home game at Faurot Field, is now tied with the 2009 senior class as the winningest class in school history. The group has now won 38 games, and they'll go for number 39 this Saturday night at always-tough Iowa State, in a 6 p.m. game which will be televised on FOX Sports Net...

·         Mizzou will be going for win #9 on the year Saturday in Ames, a win total that has been reached only six times in MU's previous 119 years of existence (began play in 1890).  The 9-win seasons include:  1899 (9-2); 1960 (11-0); 1969 (9-2); 2007 (12-2); 2008 (10-4).  Head Coach Gary Pinkel, with two 9-win seasons, is currently tied with College Football Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine for most 9-win seasons in MU history, and a win Saturday would make him the first Tiger coach with three.  He's already the only MU coach with two double-digit win totals...

·         Missouri won its fifth consecutive game vs. Kansas State. All five of those wins have been by double figures for the Tigers, including today's 10-point win. Missouri is 60-31-5 all-time vs. the Wildcats. The 60 wins vs. K-State is the most vs. any single opponent for the Tigers. Missouri has won 59 vs. Iowa State...

·         Mizzou continued its strong play vs. Big 12 North opponents. The Tigers are 15-3 vs. the likes of Nebraska, Kansas State, Iowa State, Colorado and Kansas since 2007. That's the best winning percentage vs. the Division by any Big 12 school during that stretch...

·         Mizzou flashed great balance offensively in Saturday's win. The Tigers threw for 208 yards and two scores and rushed for 232 yards and two TDs en route to 440 total yards of offense.  Mizzou averaged a solid 6.1 yards per carry on its 38 rushes against the Wildcats.  Over the last two games Missouri has rushed for a combined 492 yards, including a season best 260 yards last week at Texas Tech...

·         Missouri's defense made some big plays on Saturday, recovering three fumbles, including one for a score. The Tigers also had an interception, recorded four sacks and seven total tackles for loss...

·         After its four-sack day, the Tiger defense now leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 6th in the NCAA overall, in QB sacks, with its average of 3.00 per game...

·         Mizzou's defense held K-State below its rushing average of 201.22 ypg coming in (ranking 20th entering the game in the NCAA), as K-State ran for 187 yards.  Star TB Daniel Thomas was held to 66 yards, well below his pre-game average of 122.4 ypg...

·         MU's players of the week are junior QB Blaine Gabbert and sophomore DE Aldon Smith (see following notes for details)...

·         Sophomore WR T.J. Moe enjoyed the first multi-TD game of his young career. Moe caught scores of 25 yards (first quarter) and four yards (fourth quarter) and now has six receiving TDs on the year, tops on the club.  He ended the game against Kansas State with 5 receptions for 36 yards, while also carrying the ball twice for 32 yards and attempting one pass (incomplete)...

·         Junior DE Jacquies Smith scored his third career touchdown, as he returned a K-State fumble 53 yards in the third quarter to help break open the contest.  Smith scored two TDs in 2009.  He returned an interception 43 yards vs. Furman and then recorded a 24-yard TD reception on a fake field goal vs. Colorado.  Smith had two total fumble recoveries on the day (including a crucial cover of a K-State fumble at the MU 2-yardline right before halftime) and now has three for his career...

·         Brad Madison added to his team-leading sack total with 1.5 QB stops. He now has 6.5 sacks on the year, just ahead of Aldon Smith. Smith had 1.5 sacks as well and now has 4.5 sacks on the year.  Madison now ranks 2nd in the Big 12 Conference, and 34th overall in the nation, with his 0.65 sacks-per-game average.  The Tigers now have 30 total sacks this season after having 31 all of last year...

·         Senior S Jasper Simmons led the charge defensively for MU, as he recorded a season-high 10 tackles vs. K-State.  He also made an athletic interception early in the 4th quarter, which was his 2nd of the season and 3rd of his career...

 

Offensive Player of the Week

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

·         Blaine Gabbert helped lead the Tigers to a much-needed win Saturday, as he accounted for 297 yards of total offense in Mizzou's 38-28 win over #24 (BCS) Kansas State.  Gabbert was an efficient 17-of-25 passing for 208 yards and two TDs (one interception), while also ran for a season-high 89 yards (only five shy of his career high) and a TD, which came on a season-long 32-yard scoring run...

·         Gabbert had his most efficient day of the 2010 season, related to QB rating, as his 156.29 passer rating eclipsed his previous season-best of 152.42 against Miami (Ohio)...

·         Gabbert came out of the gates on a mission, as he completed 7-of-8 passes for 62 yards and 1 TD in the 1st quarter...

·         The win improved Gabbert to 16-7 as a starter at Mizzou...

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Aldon Smith - DE, Soph., 6-5, 260, Raytown, Mo.

·         On a day where the Tiger defense had a lot of worthy candidates, Aldon Smith stood out for the impact play he made from a position he's not technically supposed to be playing.  A defensive end by trade, Smith lined up at every position on the line during the course of the game, and on one play in the 3rd quarter, he got free from the tackle position to sack K-State QB Carson Coffman and force a fumble that was returned 53 yards for a TD by fellow DE Jacquies Smith.  That play extended MU's lead to 28-14 with 5:34 to play in the 3rd quarter, and started a run of 17 consecutive points for Mizzou that broke open a tight ballgame...

·         Smith ended the day 3 tackles, including 1.5 QB sacks and the forced fumble.  He also broke up a pass in the 4th quarter - all of this in spite of the fact that he's still not 100 percent, as he's playing with pain still associated from his cracked fibula back on Sept. 18th against San Diego State.  The 1.5 sacks were the first for Smith since returning to the lineup on Oct. 23rd against Oklahoma, after missing three games following the injury.  His last QB sack prior to K-State was vs. San Diego State, and he now has 4.5 on the season...

 

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