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Mizzou Ready For Toledo at Home

Sep 2, 2013


Game Two: Mizzou Tigers (1-0) vs. Toledo Rockets (0-1)

Sept. 7, 2013 - Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium - Columbia, Mo.

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KICKOFF: 2:32 p.m.

STADIUM: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo.

Renovation reduced 67,124 capacity, previous capacity of 71,004.

SERIES HISTORY: First meeting between the two programs

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MIZZOU ready for TOLEDO at home

  • After racking up the No. 2 offensive yardage total in program history to start the 2013 season, Mizzou Football has its sights next set on moving the ball on Mid-American Conference foe Toledo. The Tigers/Rockets matchup at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7, will be a nationally televised broadcast on ESPNU (2:32 p.m. CT kickoff)...
  • The Tigers pounced on Murray State to open their campaign on Aug. 31, totaling 694 offensive yards in the 58-14 win. The Mizzou defense got into the game, as well, dishing three scoreless quarters to the Racers to close the game. The offensive output for Mizzou is second only to the 744 total dropped on Western Illinois on Sept. 17, 2011...

FAMILIAR COLORS to coach pinkel

  • Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel has an interesting task ahead of him - defeat the school where he is the winningest all-time head coach and in the school's Athletic Hall of Fame as a coaching great. Pinkel will be facing his former school when Mizzou hosts Toledo. Pinkel became a first-time head coach when he took over at Toledo (following former Kent State teammate Nick Saban as Toldeo's coach) in 1991...
  • Pinkel coached the Rockets through the 2000 season, and left for Missouri as Toledo's winningest coach in school history, with a 73-37-3 (64.6%) record in 10 seasons. Pinkel's teams at Toledo won one MAC title and claimed three other MAC West Division championships. He was inducted into Toledo's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009...

WELCOME BACK, MR. JOSEY

  • It took 659 days, to be exact, but junior TB Henry Josey picked up where he left off at Faurot Field, rushing for 113 yards on just 13 carries (8.7 avg.) and one touchdown in Mizzou's 58-14 victory over Murray State...
  • The return of Josey provided a huge emotional spark for Mizzou and its fans after waiting one year, nine months and 20 days. The Tiger battled back after he suffered a severe knee injury on Nov. 12, 2011 against Texas...
  • Josey's first carry of the night went for a quick-hitting 12-yarder on MU's first possession of the season. Later, in the third quarter, he provided the special moment everyone was waiting for, when he sped around the right edge and outraced everyone for a 68-yard touchdown...
  • Fittingly, Josey raced right past the spot on the field on his TD run where he injured his knee in 2011. Prior to that injury, Josey was ranked fifth in the NCAA and first in the Big 12 Conference in rushing. He finished that season with 1,168 rushing yards, nine touchdowns and an 8.1 average per rush...
  • Josey was awarded with a game ball by Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel in the locker room after Saturday's game, and that was the first time ever in Pinkel's 35-year coaching career that he had ever awarded a game ball to an individual...

BUT WAIT, THERE's MORE (TAILBACKS)

  • While junior TB Henry Josey led all rushers with 113 yards, fellow Tiger sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough chipped in with 104 rushing yards on Aug. 31 on just eight attempts (13.0 avg.) with a pair of rushing TDs (3 yards, 51 yards)...
  • That marked the first time since 1999 that a pair of Tiger tailbacks both went for 100 yards in the same game. Two Tigers had done that nine times since 1999, but each time it involved one tailback and one quarterback...
  • The last time two Tiger tailbacks had 100 yards apiece, was in 1999 against Western Michigan, when DeVaughn Black and Zain Gilmore rushed for 205 and 139, respectively...

A FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING

  • With junior TB Henry Josey's 113 rushing yards, sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough's 104 rushing yards and senior QB James Franklin's 318-yard passing performance against Murray State, Mizzou's high-powered offense featured two 100-yard rushers and a 300-yard passer for the first time in school history...
  • One of the closest calls to the accomplishment in recent history, with thanks to research from Mizzou Football historian Tom Orf, came in a narrow defeat at No. 1 Oklahoma on Sept. 24, 2011. Josey and Franklin were part of the picture with the duo rushing for 133 and 103 yards, respectively. Franklin threw for 291 yards in the 38-28 near-upset bid...

BRINGING BALANCE TO THE FORCE

  • Mizzou's offense showed great balance in the win over Murray State (Aug. 31), as the Tigers, under first-year coordinator Josh Henson, rolled to 694 yards of offense - the 2nd-most in MU history.
  • The Tigers ran for 358 yards (the most by MU since gaining 428 in 2011 vs. Western Illinois) and added 336 yards passing, and averaged a salty 8.0 yards per snap overall while rolling to Mizzou's 12th-consecutive season-opening victory...

FRANKLIN's equal distribution plan

  • Speaking of balance, Mizzou's passing game resembled a political platform, as the wealth was distributed to a bevy of people. Eleven different Tigers caught at least one pass Saturday, with seven Tigers catching two balls or more.
  • Senior WR Jaleel Clark caught a career-best five balls for 51 yards (he had one career catch coming into the game), while sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham led all receivers with a career-high 83 yards on four receptions. Junior WR Darius White (playing in his first MU game since transferring from Texas prior to 2012), caught two passes for 44 yards, including his first score as a Tiger, on a 37-yard strike from senior QB James Franklin...

AN EXCELLENT START FOR FRANKLIN

  • Senior QB James Franklin had an outstanding 2013 debut, as he accounted for 362 total yards of offense. Franklin turned in a crisp effort in the passing game, going 26-of-38 for 318 yards (his third career 300-yard game) and three touchdowns, with no interceptions.
  • Franklin also rushed for 44 yards on six carries (7.3 avg.), as he resembled the dynamic dual threat he was when healthy in 2011, when he amassed 3,846 yards of total offense and 36 total touchdowns (2,865 passing yards, 21 passing TDs / 981 rushing yards, 15 rushing TDs)...

AND FRANKLIN IS DIALED IN

  • Franklin enters Saturday's game against Toledo with an active streak of 87 passes thrown without an interception. His last pickoff came on the first snap of the second quarter at Tennessee last season (a game where he ended up throwing for a career-best four TDs while leading MU to a comeback 51-48 four OT win), and he finished that game with 26 passes without an interception.
  • Franklin then threw 23 passes the next week against Syracuse without an INT before leaving that game early with a concussion, and after missing the 2012 finale at Texas A&M, he opened the 2013 season in fine form, with his 38 interception-free tosses...

DEFENSE CLAMPS DOWN ON RACERS

  • Mizzou's defense recovered from a challenging start and pitched a shutout in the final three quarters against Murray State. After allowing Murray State 14 points, 196 yards of total offense and 11 first downs in the opening quarter, the Tigers adjusted nicely, and shut the Racers down the rest of the way.
  • Murray State mustered only five first downs, 101 yards of offense and no points in the final three quarters. Murray State also never crossed midfield after the 9:26 mark of the 2nd quarter...

GAINES GAINS TWO INTERCEPTIONS

  • The pre-season honors candidate got his senior campaign off to an outstanding start as he pulled in a career-high two interceptions and added four tackles as the Tiger defense was stout overall in Mizzou's 58-14 win over Murray State in the 2013 season opener...
  • Gaines' first interception was a key one that came at a time when the game was still in the balance, as Murray had the ball with a 14-13 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Gaines jumped an out route and made a diving interception to give Mizzou the ball at the Racer 33-yardline. Three plays later, Mizzou converted with a touchdown for a 20-14 lead, and that jump-started the Tigers to 45-straight unanswered points...
  • Gaines' last INT came in the 3rd quarter, and upped his career total to five...

WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS HEAD COACHES

 

Coach, School Yrs. W L T Pct.

1.

Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech

32

258

128

4

.667

2.

Mack Brown, Texas

30

236

117

1

.668

3.

Steve Spurrier, South Carolina

24

209

77

2

.729

4.

Brian Kelly, Notre Dame

23

200

68

2

.744

5.

Mike Price, UTEP

32

177

183

0

.492

6.

Bill Snyder, Kansas State

22

170

86

1

.663

7.

Larry Blakeney, Troy

23

169

99

1

.629

8.

Gary Pinkel, Mizzou

23

164

98

3

.625

9.

Nick Saban, Alabama

17

160

55

1

.734

10.

Paul Pasqualoni, UCONN

22

151

91

1

.623

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 164 career wins in 23 seasons as a head coach, Mizzou's Gary Pinkel is ranked eighth among active FBS coaches. Pinkel has a career record of 164-98-3 all-time (62.5%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 91-61 (59.9%) in 13 years at Mizzou...

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • The Mizzou Tiger defense carries an active streak into the Toledo game of 31 consecutive games with a turnover gained. The last time Mizzou didn't record a takeaway was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska (a 31-17 loss)...
  • The Mizzou defense's three interception-performance against Murray State (Aug. 31) was the team's first since snatching three on Nov. 27, 2010 in a 35-7 win over Kansas...
  • The Tigers' three-spot against Murray State is the most since four against Texas Tech in 2007, a total that Mizzou has reached three times since 2002...
  • The Tiger defense made its living in 2012 by jarring the ball loose from opposing ball carriers, as MU recovered 16 fumbles in 12 games, which ranked them 5th in the nation for most recoveries...

PINKEL HAS THIRD-MOST WINS IN MIZZOU HISTORY

  • Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 13th season at MU (23rd overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 164-98-3 (62.5%).
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 69-36 (65.7%) over the past 9 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has a 12-year record in Columbia of 91-61 (59.9%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 62-31 in his last 93 games overall (66.7%). MU's win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks 3rd on the coaching wins list at MU, with 90. The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career.
  • Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935. Here's a quick look at the top winning coaches in MU history...

MIZZOU COACHING WINS LEADERS

Coach

Wins

# Seasons (Years)

Record

Pct.

# Bowls

Don Faurot

101

19 (1935-42, 46-56)

101-79-10

.558

4

Dan Devine

93

13 (1958-70)

93-37-7

.704

6

Gary Pinkel

91

12 (2001-Present)

91-61

.599

8

Warren Powers

46

7 (1978-84)

46-33-3

.580

5

  • In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25. Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game). For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards. He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007, and his 8 bowl games is an MU record.
  • Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 8 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011), with those representing 8 of MU's 10 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.
  • The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represent the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969 - the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown. In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he'll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season.

MURPHY RETURNS AS ONE OF NATION'S PREMIER RETURN MEN

  • Junior tailback and kick return specialist Marcus Murphy returns after a breakout 2012 season that saw him earn 2nd-Team All-American (Sports Illustrated) and 1st-Team All-SEC honors for his game-breaking returns for the Tigers. Murphy (DeSoto, Texas) ranked 2nd in the SEC and 10th in the NCAA with his punt return average of 13.85 yards, and he also ranked 5th in the SEC and 42nd in the NCAA with his kickoff return average of 24.11 yards...
  • Murphy broke an MU record by returning four kicks for scores in 2012, including an MU-record three punt returns and one kickoff return. Here's a quick recap of those impact plays...
  • Murphy opened the 2012 season, becoming the first Tiger ever to post two punt return TDs in a game, when he broke off returns of 70 and 72 yards in a 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. He finished the game with 180 yards on five punt returns in all, breaking the MU record of 156 yards held by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Wehrli (set on Oct. 21, 1967)...
  • Four games later, with MU locked in a tight battle at very tough UCF, Murphy got loose for a 66-yard punt return score that gave MU a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter. That helped spur the Tigers on to a 21-16 win in Orlando, Fla....
  • Two games later, Murphy took a kickoff back for a 98-yard score against eventual BCS National Champ Alabama, marking his first career kickoff return TD...
  • Additionally, the three career punt return scores ties Murphy with former MU two-time All-American Jeremy Maclin for most in Mizzou history, meaning the next one he breaks will put him atop the record books...

  • In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25. Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game). For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards. He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007, and his 8 bowl games is an MU record.
  • Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 8 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011), with those representing 8 of MU's 10 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.
  • The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represent the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969 - the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown. In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he'll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season.

MURPHY RETURNS AS ONE OF NATION'S PREMIER RETURN MEN

  • Junior tailback and kick return specialist Marcus Murphy returns after a breakout 2012 season that saw him earn 2nd-Team All-American (Sports Illustrated) and 1st-Team All-SEC honors for his game-breaking returns for the Tigers. Murphy (DeSoto, Texas) ranked 2nd in the SEC and 10th in the NCAA with his punt return average of 13.85 yards, and he also ranked 5th in the SEC and 42nd in the NCAA with his kickoff return average of 24.11 yards...
  • Murphy broke an MU record by returning four kicks for scores in 2012, including an MU-record three punt returns and one kickoff return. Here's a quick recap of those impact plays...
  • Murphy opened the 2012 season, becoming the first Tiger ever to post two punt return TDs in a game, when he broke off returns of 70 and 72 yards in a 62-10 win over Southeastern Louisiana. He finished the game with 180 yards on five punt returns in all, breaking the MU record of 156 yards held by NFL Hall of Famer Roger Wehrli (set on Oct. 21, 1967)...
  • Four games later, with MU locked in a tight battle at very tough UCF, Murphy got loose for a 66-yard punt return score that gave MU a 14-10 lead midway through the third quarter. That helped spur the Tigers on to a 21-16 win in Orlando, Fla....
  • Two games later, Murphy took a kickoff back for a 98-yard score against eventual BCS National Champ Alabama, marking his first career kickoff return TD...
  • Additionally, the three career punt return scores ties Murphy with former MU two-time All-American Jeremy Maclin for most in Mizzou history, meaning the next one he breaks will put him atop the record books...

WITH A TIGER VICTORY, MIZZOU WILL...

  • Start 2-0 for the third time in five seasons, as well the eighth time in Coach Pinkel's 13-season tenure at Mizzou.
  • Start 2-0 for the first time since the 2010 season, a campaign that brought Mizzou a Big 12 North Co-Championship and 10-3 record.
  • Improve to 92-61 under Coach Pinkel, putting the Mizzou head coach within one victory of matching Dan Devine (1958-70) for No. 2 in school history (93 wins).
  • Begin its series aganst Toledo (0-0 all-time) with a 1-0 mark.

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. Toledo

  • First meeting all-time between Mizzou and Toledo...
  • Coach Pinkel has gone 8-0 in his last eight meetings with teams from Toledo's league - the Mid-American Conference...
  • Pinkel is Toledo's all-time winningest head coach with a 73-37-3 record from 1991-2000...
  • Pinkel was also inducted into Toledo's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2009...
INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS

Mizzou

TOLEDO

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Josey

13

113

8.7

1

113.0

Hansbrough

8

104

13.0

2

104.0

Murphy

7

56

8.0

1

56.0

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Fluellen

9

46

5.1

0

46.0

Owens

4

4

1.0

0

4.0

Hunt

2

0

0.0

0

0.0

PASSING

Com.-Att.

Pct.

Yds.

TD-Int.

Avg./G

Rating

Franklin

26-38

68.4

318

3-0

318.0

164.77

Mauk

2-3

66.7

18

0-0

18.0

117.07

PASSING

Com.-Att.

Pct.

Yds.

TD-Int.

Avg./G

Owens

17-38

44.7

155

0-1

155.0

RECEIVING

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg./G

Clark

5

51

10.2

0

51.0

Green-Beckham

4

83

20.8

0

83.0

Sasser

4

41

10.2

0

41.0

Lucas

4

33

8.2

0

33.0

RECEIVING

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg./G

Reedy

7

50

7.1

0

50.0

Fluellen

3

42

14.0

0

42.0

Macon

3

41

13.7

0

41.0

Russell

3

19

6.3

0

19.0

DEFENSE

S-Ast.

Total

TFL

Sack

Int.

PBU

FF-FR

Sam

4-3

7

2.0

0.0

0-0

0

0-0

Bonner

4-0

4

1.0

0.0

0-0

0

0-0

Webb

4-0

4

0.0

0.0

1-9

0

0-0

DEFENSE

S-Ast.

Total

TFL

Sack

Int.

PBU

FF-FR

Sylvestre

7-4

11

0.0

0.0

0-0

0

0-0

Voss

8-2

10

0.5

0.0

0-0

0

0-0

Murdock

5-4

9

0.5

0.0

0-0

0

0-0