Greetings from Mizzou, can't believe that we're already at the end of the 2011 spring camp! As all good Tiger fans know, camp concludes tomorrow (Saturday, April 16th) with the annual Black & Gold Spring Game. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Faurot Field, so be sure to come out and join in the fun! It's about the most affordable event you could possibly see, as it costs only $3 per person, or three canned food items, which go to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri (a great, great organization that does amazing work).
It's rainy today (Friday) in CoMo, but all of that will be gone tomorrow, and the temperatures are expected to be in the 50s for the game, so it will be a great day to come see just what this team is made of. Plus, there's a great sale going on at the Tiger Team Store (beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday), and then after football is over, there's exciting action just across the street at softball and baseball. The 9th-ranked Tiger softball team hosts 14th-ranked Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. at University Field, and that's followed closely by our baseball Tigers taking on rival Kansas at 4 p.m. at Simmons Field/Taylor Stadium.
Now, on to the scoring system for tomorrow's Black & Gold Game. I'm pleased to disclose that our coaches have decided to make the scoring system much less complicated than the past several years. The game still won't be a traditional football game per se, but it will be much closer to a standard day than previously.
The first half will feature the #1 offense and the #1 defense (called Mizzou1) competing against all other strings (Tiger2), with the reserves starting the game with a 14-0 lead (something I think we should automatically do for all home games in the future). Standard football scoring will apply for the first half, with touchdowns, field goals, extra points, safeties, etc., being the rule. The teams will square off in two 10-minute quarters for the first half.
At halftime, the score will go back to zero-zero, and the game will switch over to an offense-vs.-defense scrimmage, as has been done for the past few years of Black & Gold Games. In this format, a unique scoring system is used to determine the winner. The second half will consist of two 8-minute quarters.
The scoring for the offense in the second half will be confined to traditional scoring - no more bonus points for first downs, big plays, etc. For the defense, they will score points in a few ways, but again, everything is much more streamlined than in the past, which should make it more enjoyable for fans. Here's the scoring system:
2nd-Half Scoring System
Defense (Black Jerseys/Gold Pants)
- Safety - 2 pts.
- Forcing a Turnover - 5 pts.
- Turnover that results in a defensive TD - 12 pts.
Offense (Gold Jerseys/Black Pants)
- Extra Point Kick - 1 pt.
- Two-Point Conversion - 2 pts.
- Field Goal - 3 pts.
- Touchdown - 6 pts.
Hope to you see you at Faurot Field tomorrow! Gates open at 11:30 a.m., and there are a lot of fun activities for the kiddos (inflatable games, face painting, meet Truman, etc.) in the North Concourse of the stadium from the time the gates open, up until kickoff.