Tigers Prepare For Big 12 Opener Versus No. 5 Nebraska

MUTIGERS.COM Zain Gilmore hopes to point the<br>way to a Missouri victory vs. Nebraska.
MUTIGERS.COM
Zain Gilmore hopes to point the
way to a Missouri victory vs. Nebraska.
MUTIGERS.COM

Sept. 19, 1999

MISSOURI TIGERS (2-0) vs. NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (3-0)

GAME AT A GLANCE

KICKOFF: 6:00 p.m. CDT
SITE:
Columbia, MO, Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (capacity 68,174 - grass).
RADIO:
Tiger Network (Mike Kelly/John Kadlec/Vic Faust/Chris Gervino). Carried on nearly 60 stations, and on the Internet at www.gamecruiser.com. Also available by calling Teamline at 1-800-846-4700, ext. 5755. The game will also be broadcast by Host Communications/Westwood One (Doug Logan/Fran Curci).
TV:
Fox Sports Net national cablecast (Ron Thulin/Artie Gigantino/Eric Clemons).

RANKINGS: Missouri is receiving votes from ESPN/USA Today (29th). Nebraska is #5 in the ESPN/USA Today rankings and #6 in the AP poll.
RECORDS:
Missouri is 2-0, Nebraska is 3-0.
SERIES RECORD:
Nebraska leads it, 57-32-3 (24-16-2 in Columbia), and has won 20 games in a row over Missouri. MU hasn't beaten the Cornhuskers in Columbia since 1973.

HEAD COACHES:
Missouri - Larry Smith, 28-31-1 at MU (6th season), 138-111-7 overall (23rd season). He's 0-5 against Nebraska, and 0-1 against Frank Solich.

Nebraska - Frank Solich, 12-4 at Nebraska and overall (2nd season). He stands 1-0 against Missouri and Larry Smith.

EXPECTED ATTENDANCE: The game has been sold out for weeks (68,174). Attendance will be 68,174 - MU's second sellout crowd in the Tigers' last four home games.

Tigers Want To Snap Streak, Go To 3-0 For First Time Since '80
The Missouri Tigers, 2-0, open Big 12 Conference play this week, hosting the sixth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, 3-0, at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field.

Game time is 6 p.m., and a sellout crowd of 68,174 will be on hand. It's Mizzou's second sellout in its last four home games.

The game will be televised nationally by Fox Sports Net, with Ron Thulin, Artie Gigantino and Eric Clemons calling the action.

Missouri will be out to snap a pair of dubious streaks on Saturday. The Tigers have lost 20 straight games to the Huskers, and have dropped 35 consecutive games to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-10.

A victory would give Mizzou its first 3-0 start since 1980. It's the first time Missouri and Nebraska have ever played in the month of September, and the first time MU has faced Nebraska in its first conference game since 1974. The Tigers won that one, in Lincoln, 21-10.

The Tigers have won 13 of their last 18 regular-season games - with the five losses coming at the hands of two No. 1 teams - the 1997 Nebraska unit and last year's Ohio State Buckeyes - and, also in 1998 to No. 2 Kansas State, No. 6 Texas A&M, and No. 7 Nebraska.

Missouri has held the halftime lead in 20 consecutive games, and since Larry Smith came to Columbia, in 1994, the Tigers are 26-8 when leading at the half and 27-3 when leading after three quarters.

Overall, MU has won 19 of its last 27 games, and 23 of its last 37. Mizzou has also gone 11-3 at home the last three seasons, and the Tigers have won 13 straight games against unranked teams.

Standing 2-0 against non-conference opponents in 1999, when the Tigers play at Memphis, Oct. 2, they'll have a chance to go undefeated in non-league play for the first time since 1981 (4-0), and to win three out-of-conference games for the first time since 1982 (3-1).

Missouri is 8-6 the last two years in games decided by eight points or less, including two seven-point defeats to Nebraska. The Tigers' four games prior to Saturday's 48-34 victory over Western Michigan were decided by a total of 15 points.

Missouri on Fox Sports Net
Saturday's game on Fox Sports Net will be Missouri's first appearance on the Big 12 Conference's evening television package since 1996, when the Tigers defeated Clemson, 38-24 on Faurot Field.

The Missouri-Nebraska Series
Nebraska leads it, 57-32-3, including a 24-16-2 advantage in Columbia, and has won 20 straight over Missouri.

The Tigers haven't beaten Nebraska since taking three straight in Lincoln in 1974-76-78. In Columbia, Mizzou hasn't prevailed since a 13-12 decision in 1973.

Included in Nebraska's current winning streak over Missouri, there have been plenty of blow-outs. But there have also been eight games that were decided by eight points or less, including the last two seven-point verdicts, 45-38 in overtime here in 1997, and 20-13 in Lincoln last year.

BIG 12 STANDINGS

   
North Division      League   Overall
Colorado             1-0       2-1
Iowa State           0-0       3-0
Nebraska             0-0       3-0
Kansas State         0-0       2-0
MISSOURI             0-0       2-0
Kansas               0-1       1-2

South Division League Overall Oklahoma 1-0 2-0 Texas A&M 0-0 2-0 Texas 0-0 3-1 Oklahoma State 0-0 2-1 Texas Tech 0-0 1-2 Baylor 0-0 0-3

MU Non-Conference Opponents Overall UAB 0-2 Western Michigan 1-2 Memphis 1-2

Scouting the Cornhuskers
Second-year coach Frank Solich has relied on a stingy defense to get Nebraska off to a 3-0 start in 1999. Nebraska has allowed only 20 points in three outings.

The Cornhuskers rank second in the nation in rushing defense (40.7 yards per game), sixth in pass efficiency defense, ninth in total defense (202.3 yards per game) and eighth in scoring defense (6.7 points per game).

Against Southern Mississippi on Saturday, Nebraska scored two defensive touchdowns to win, 20-13.

Nebraska's usually stout rushing game is a bit off its norm, but still is ranked 25th in the country averaging 193.3 yards per game. Missourian Dan Alexander tops the list with 175 yards, followed by quarterback Eric Crouch who has gained 139 yards.

Crouch took over Saturday as Nebraska's regular quarterback, after splitting time with Bobby Newcombe, now playing wingback, in the first two games. He has completed 11-of-17 passes for 236 yards, with two interceptions and one touchdown.

Matt Davison, the hero of the 1997 miracle victory in Columbia, is the Huskers' leading receiver with seven catches for 106 yards.

Linebacker Eric Johnson, who sacked Corby Jones on the final play of last year's game in Lincoln, is out for the next 4-6 weeks after suffering an injury against Southern Miss. But they won't miss a beat with his stand-in, Julius Jackson, who scored two TDs to win Saturday's game.

Rover Mike Brown is Nebraska's leading tackler with 24 stops. Nebraska has intercepted seven passes, recovered five fumbles and logged 13 quarterback sacks so far in 1999.

A MIZZOU WIN ...

  • would give Missouri a 3-0 record for the first time since 1980,
  • would give MU a 1-0 Big 12 Conference record for the second straight year,
  • would be Missouri's first win over a Top-10 ranked team since 1981 (14-3 over Mississippi State) and would snap a 35-game losing streak against teams in the AP Top-10,
  • would be Missouri's first win at home over a Top-10 ranked team since 1974 (9-0 over Arizona State),
  • would be Missouri's 14th win in its last 19 regular-season games,
  • would be Missouri's ninth win in its last 10 home games,
  • would be Missouri's third straight win at home,
  • would snap a 20-game losing streak against Nebraska,
  • would be MU's first win against Nebraska since 1978 (35-31), and first win against Nebraska in Columbia since 1973 (13-12),
  • would give Missouri a series record against Nebraska of 33-57-3,
  • would be Larry Smith's 29th career win at MU, and 139th overall,
  • would give Missouri an all-time record of 538-454-52.

A MIZZOU LOSS ...

  • would give Missouri a 2-1 record for the third straight year,
  • would give Missouri a record of 1-3 in Big 12 Conference openers,
  • would be Missouri's 36th consecutive loss against Top-10 teams,
  • would snap a two-game home winning streak,
  • would be Missouri's 21st consecutive loss to Nebraska,
  • would give Missouri a series record against Nebraska of 32-58-3,
  • would be Larry Smith's 32nd career loss at MU, and 112th overall,
  • would give Missouri an all-time record of 537-455-52.

LAST WEEK'S GAMES
Missouri 48, W. Michigan 34

COLUMBIA, Mo. - DeVaughn Black ran for 205 yards and two touchdowns as Missouri outscored Western Michigan 48-34 Saturday.

Zain Gilmore also ran for 139 yards on 17 carries and tight end Dwayne Blakley tied a Missouri team record with three touchdown catches.

Black's performance marked the 7th 200-yard game in Missouri history, and five have come since Larry Smith became the Tigers' coach in 1994.

Tim Lester, the nation's fifth-ranked passer coming into the game, tried to spark Western Michigan (1-2) from a 31-14 halftime deficit.

"It was a heck of a win," Smith said. "Our team played with a lot of intensity. We had to fight and those guys don't quit."

Lester's third-quarter lateral to Corey Alston set up a 60-yard halfback pass to Micah Zuhl. Robert Sanford scored one play later to make it 34-21.

After Black's second touchdown run at the end of the third quarter, Lester connected with Steve Neal from the 3 to make it 41-27 early in the fourth quarter.

Blakley's third touchdown catch with 8:41 left moved Missouri (2-0) ahead 48-27, but Lester again rallied the Broncos, throwing a 6-yard touchdown pass to Neal with 4:51 remaining.

Lester didn't get another chance to rally the Broncos as he finished with 260 yards passing, four touchdowns and one interception.

Tigers quarterback Jim Dougherty started his second straight game, and was relieved as expected by redshirt freshman Kirk Farmer in the second quarter. Both threw first-half touchdown passes to Blakley.

After Blakley caught a 4-yard pass from Dougherty to cap the Tigers' opening possession, the Broncos' Steve Neal tied the game at 7 on a 3-yard pass from Lester near the end of the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Dougherty's third-down pass from the Western Michigan 31 was intercepted by Ronald Rogers. After Western Michigan punted, Missouri scored on each of its remaining possessions of the half.

Black, in his second game as the replacement for departed second-team All-American tailback Devin West, scored on a 1-yard run with 3:55 left in the half. Blakley's second TD reception, this one from Farmer, made it 21-7.

Lester's second touchdown pass of the day got the Broncos within 21-14 two minutes later. Missouri closed the half by scoring 10 points in 55 seconds.

Eric Spencer caught a 28-yard pass from Farmer. After Missouri linebacker Barry Odom intercepted Lester's second-down pass with 21 seconds left, Brad Hammerich pushed Missouri up 31-14 with a 22-yard field goal to end the half.

The night began on a somber note as the crowd observed a moment of silence for Carlalee Ankney, wife of MU defensive coordinator Moe Ankney, who passed away early Saturday after a long bout with cancer.

"I just think Moe being here was an inspiration," Smith said. "He wanted to be here and thought she would have wanted him to be here. He said this was the best therapy for him."

Nebraska 20, S. Mississippi 13

LINCOLN, Neb. - It was not new starting quarterback Eric Crouch who bailed out No. 6 Nebraska, but linebacker Julius Jackson and cornerback Keyuo Craver who came through when the Cornhuskers needed them most.

As the Nebraska offense sputtered under Crouch, Jackson returned a fumble 16 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter and ran back an interception 28 yards for the go-ahead score in the third quarter in a 20-13 victory over Southern Mississippi.

Craver tipped the pass that Jackson intercepted, then sealed the victory with 1:17 left by picking off Jeff Kelly at the Nebraska 6-yard line with Southern Miss driving for the potential tying or winning score.

Crouch could muster little against the defense of Southern Miss (2-1), but Jackson came to the rescue 7:10 into the game when he picked up a fumble by Kelly after a sack by Kyle Vander Bosch and ran it in for a 6-0 lead.

Crouch ran 12 times for 27 yards and completed 6-of-10 passes for 66 yards with two interceptions. He was awarded the starting job last week ahead of Bobby Newcombe, who moved to wingback and fumbled a punt that led to the Golden Eagles' first touchdown.

Nebraska was limited to 185 yards of offense, its lowest total since gaining 179 in a 21-7 win over Oklahoma on November 26, 1993. The Cornhuskers did not get a first down until the 12:08 mark of the second quarter and could not eclipse 100 total yards until 5:17 was left in the third.

"I'm not quite sure why the execution is at the level where it is now," Nebraska coach Frank Solich said. "Anytime you play a defensive team that is that good, you're probably going to have some problems. We need to not make so many problems for ourselves. I don't believe that moving personnel around affected it all that much, because those guys have executed well at those positions before."

Nebraska (3-0) found itself behind for the first time this season, 7-6, just under seven minutes later when Kelly threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Todd Pinkston. It came six plays after Newcombe's fumble.

Pinkston had 11 catches for 163 yards and has at least one reception in 32 straight games.

Fullback Willie Miller gave the Cornhuskers a 12-7 edge with 9:45 left in the second quarter when he ran eight yards for a score. But Dan Alexander fumbled on Nebraska's first play of the second half and Kelly gave the Golden Eagles a 13-12 lead at 2:06 with a five-yard TD pass to Sherrod Gideon.

Gideon made eight receptions for 81 yards and Kelly was 19-of-39 for 268 yards with four interceptions.

Kelly made a mistake that cost Southern Miss the lead with 8:25 left in the third quarter. Craver got a hand on a pass that Jackson corraled for an interception and a touchdown. Alexander ran for the two-point conversion and a 20-13 cushion.

Alexander will receive the bulk of the work since DeAngelo Evans left the team earlier in the week. He carried 16 times for 54 yards. Nebraska's Matt Davison made a pair of receptions for 19 yards and has caught at least one pass in 20 straight games.

Last Year: Nebraska 20, MU 13

LINCOLN, Neb. - Senior backup quarterback Monte Christo ran for a pair of second-half touchdowns and linebacker Eric Johnson sacked Corby Jones to end the game as No. 7 Nebraska held on for a 20-13 victory over Big 12 Conference North Division rival No. 18 Missouri.

In a finish reminiscent of 1997's game of the year, Jones and Missouri were on the Nebraska 22 with one play left to erase a seven-point deficit - this time in regulation, not overtime. But just as in '97, Jones was sacked without getting off a throw, securing Nebraska's 20th straight win in the series since 1978.

Christo, who played parts of the first half and all of the second as Bobby Newcombe's nagging knee injury flared up once again, nearly blew the game with a pair of fumbles. With just under three minutes gone in the second quarter, he made a bad pitch on an option right and Missouri defensive tackle Steve Erickson grabbed it and scurried 41 yards to give the Tigers a 6-3 lead.

With Nebraska trying to kill the clock, Christo fumbled a snap that was recovered by Mizzou linebacker Al Sterling at the Cornhuskers 46 with 1:38 left. Missouri ran 10 plays, including a 12-yard pass from Jones to John Dausman on 4th-and-10 to the Nebraska 22. With four seconds left, Jones' throw into the end zone was broken up by cornerback Erwin Swiney before Johnson's sack.

"I didn't have a prayer," claimed Jones, who scrambled from pressure before getting pushed down. "The guys ran the routes they were supposed to, but there were too many guys standing back there. I was just trying to run around and find somebody open somewhere."

"At the very end there, I thought it would be ironic if we would have scored on the last play and took it into overtime," said Missouri coach Larry Smith.

Nebraska extended the fifth-longest home winning streak in NCAA history to 47 games behind a defense that limited Devin West, the second-leading rusher in the nation, to 72 yards on 24 carries. The Cornhuskers received 125 yards on 25 carries from Correll Buckhalter en route to a 328-166 advantage in total yardage.

Jones completed 8-of-20 passes for 89 yards and carried 11 times for no yardage for the Tigers. His fumble at his own 36 set up the first points of the game, a 38-yard field goal by Kris Brown.

Missouri rebounded on defense with Erickson's touchdown, but Brian Long missed the extra point for a 6-3 lead. Nebraska's ensuing possession resulted in Brown's 38-yard field goal try getting blocked by defensive tackle Jeff Marriott and returned by cornerback Wade Perkins and then free safety Harold Piersey to the Nebraska 25.

Jones then led a 10-play drive that took nearly five minutes, running the final yard over left end on 4th-and-goal for a 13-3 lead with 3:52 left before the half.

Nebraska responded with a 14-play, 68-yard march that resulted in Brown's 30-yard field goal on the final play of the half that made it a seven-point game.

Missouri found itself ahead of a highly ranked team at the half for the second time this season. But just as it did against top-ranked Ohio State, the Tigers' offense failed to produce a second-half point.

Christo carried 20 times for 67 yards and completed just 1-of-5 passes for seven yards, while Newcombe carried nine times for 33 yards and was 7-of-11 for 65 yards.

Christo found a comfort zone after recovering his own fumble and throwing an incompletion on the first drive of the second half. He then marched the Huskers to the Missouri 12, but the usually automatic Brown missed a 29-yard kick.

The defense held for a second straight three-and-out and Shevin Wiggins, one of the heroes in the previous year's classic, returned Vince Sebo's punt 43 yards to the 14. Six plays later, Christo ran a yard over right end for a 13-13 tie.

MU managed a first down on their next drive but Sebo flubbed a punt for six yards, giving Nebraska the ball at the MU 49. It took Christo eight plays to find the end zone, this time on a dive over the left side from three yards for a 20-13 edge with 10:27 left.

"Defense won the game," Jones said. "I don't know why we were out of synch. We see basically the same defense each week, and we had a good week of practice. We were confident that we were going to win the game if we could have gotten into a rhythm."

West, who is Jones' roommate, agreed.

"That was a team we could have beat and probably should have beat but offensively, we lost the game," West said. "We know it. They probably know it, too. Nebraska is a great football team, but when you believe you can do something, you should come out and do it."

MISSOURI      0    13   0    0   -   13
NEBRASKA      3     3   7    7   -   20

N - FG Brown 38 M - Erickson 41 fumble recovery (kick failed) M - C. Jones 1 run (Long kick) N - FG Brown 30 N - Christo 1 run (Brown kick) N - Christo 3 run (Brown kick) ATT - 76,425

TEAM STATISTICS

                      MU       NU
First downs           10       22
Rushes-yards          37-77    61-256
Passing yards         89       72
Sacked-yards lost     3-19     1-6
Return yards          96       66
Passes                8-20-0   8-16-0
Punts-average         8-45.1   4-49.3
Fumbles-lost          2-1      4-2
Penalties-yards       5-41     4-26
Time of possession    27:06    32:54

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
RUSHING
- MU: D. West 24-72, Black 2-5, C. Jones 11-0. NU: Buckhalter 25-125, Christo 20-67, Newcombe 9-33, Makovicka 7-31.

PASSING - MU: C.Jones 8-20-0-89. NU: Newcombe 7-11-0-65, Christo 1-5-0-7.

RECEIVING - MU: Dausman 4-34, Black 2-7, Wise 1-32, Layman 1-16. NU: Buckhalter 2-20, Wiggins 2-17, S. Jackson 2-12, Haafke 1-16, Davison 1-7.

TIGERS WHO HAVE GOTTEN THEIR FIRST CAREER START IN 1999

Offense (7)            Year
OT   Justin Bland      Sophomore
OG   Mike Hayes        Sophomore
OG   Joe Glauberman    Junior
FB   T.J. Leon         RS Freshman
QB   Jim Dougherty     Sophomore
TB   DeVaughn Black    Senior
FB   Joe Chirumbolo    Freshman

Defense (4) Year CB Terrence Curry Freshman SS Clarence Jones Sophomore LB Jamonte Robinson Sophomore OLB Pat Duffy Junior

Specialists (2) K Brad Hammerich Sophomore P Jared Gilpin Sophomore

MU Head Coach Larry Smith
Larry Smith is in his sixth season at Missouri (23rd overall) with a record of 28-31-1. He became Mizzou's 30th head football coach on Dec. 15, 1993. With 17 years as a head coach in NCAA Division I before coming to MU, Smith was the most experienced coach ever hired by a Big Eight Conference school.

He has a 23-year career record of 138-111-7, and coached previously at Tulane (18-27, 1976-79), Arizona (48-28-3, 1980-86), and Southern California (44-25-3, 1987-92). He was out of coaching in 1993.

Smith is one of only two active coaches who have taken four schools to bowl games, along with Lou Holtz (S. Carolina), and one of only four who've ever done it (Earle Bruce and Bill Mallory). Smith ranks 11th among active coaches in career victories.

A native of Van Wert, Ohio, Smith is a 1962 graduate of Bowling Green State University. He served as a collegiate assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Arizona before beginning his head coaching career.

MISSOURI COACHES IN THEIR 5th SEASON

COACH          5th SEASON   W-L   TOT. SEASONS
Gwinn Henry       1927      7-2        9
Don Faurot        1939      8-2       19
Dan Devine        1964      6-3-1     13
Al Onofrio        1975      6-5        7
Warren Powers     1982      5-4-2      7
Bob Stull         1993      3-7-1      5
LARRY SMITH       1998      8-4        6

MISSOURI COACHES IN THEIR 6th SEASON

COACH          6th SEASON   W-L   TOT. SEASONS
Gwinn Henry       1928      4-4        9
Don Faurot        1940      6-3       19
Dan Devine        1965      8-2-1     13
Al Onofrio        1976      6-5        7
Warren Powers     1983      7-5        7
LARRY SMITH       1999      2-0        6

THE TIGERS UNDER LARRY SMITH - Their Record When ...

CATEGORY                                SIX YEARS   1999   '97-99
Scoring first                           18-8-1      2-0     10-1
Scoring 40 or more points               11-0        1-0      8-0
Scoring 30 or more points               22-2-1      2-0     15-1
Scoring 24 or more points               26-5-1      2-0     16-3
Scoring more than 14 points             28-10-1     2-0     16-3
Leading at halftime                     26-8        2-0     17-6
Leading after 3 quarters                27-3        2-0     17-2
Outscoring opponent in 2nd half         18-2        0-0     12-0
Outscoring opponent in 4th quarter      13-7        0-0     10-2
Holding opponent to 17 points or less   7-4         0-0      4-2
Rushing for 300 yards                   13-1        1-0      8-1
Rushing for 250 yards                   19-2        1-0     12-1
Rushing for 200 yards                   23-8        2-0     14-3
Having at least one 100-yard rusher     20-8        2-0     13-2
Having more than one 100-yard rusher    5-1         1-0      3-1
Having a 200-yard rusher                5-0         1-0      3-0
Outrushing opponent                     23-9        2-0     14-4
Holding opponent under 100 yrds rush.   9-2         0-0      6-1
Rushing for more yards than passing     24-18       2-0     15-6
Passing for 200 yards                   5-6-1       0-0      4-2
Passing for more yards than rushing     4-13-1      0-0      2-3
Making fewer turnovers than opponent    16-10-1     0-0     12-3
Committing two-or-fewer turnovers       24-20-1     2-0     14-5

CATEGORY SIX YEARS 1999 '97-99

Amassing 400 yards of total offense     20-2        1-0     12-1
Holding opp. under 300 yds total off.   8-5         1-0     5-1
Holding time of possession edge         24-15       2-0     13-6
Making 20-or-more first downs           25-11-1     2-0     14-3
Hold edge in 1st downs and poss. time   19-7        2-0     11-4
Converting 50%-or-better on 3rd down    17-4        2-0     11-1
When punting two or fewer times         6-0         1-0     5-0

TEAM BEST PERFORMANCES

Rushing               473 yards vs. Iowa State, 1995
Passing               320 yards vs. Iowa State, 1994
Total Offense         560 yards vs. Western Michigan, 1999
Points                 51 at Oklahoma State (2 OT), 1997

Rushing Defense 17 yards by Bowling Green, 1998 Passing Defense 39 yards by Bowling Green, 1998 Total Defense 56 yards by Bowling Green, 1998 Scoring Defense 0 points by Houston, 1994, Bowling Green, 1998

Individual Rushing 319 yards, Devin West vs. Kansas, 1998 Individual Passing 320 yards, Jeff Handy at Iowa State, 1994 Individual Receiving 169 yards, John Dausman vs. Kansas State, 1998

WINNINEST ACTIVE COACHES
[by victories entering 1999]

COACH, SCHOOL                             WON
1.   Joe Paterno, Penn State              307
2.   Bobby Bowden, Florida State          292
3.   LaVell Edwards, BYU                  243
4.   Lou Holtz, South Carolina            216
5.   Don Nehlen, West Virginia            191
6.   John Cooper, Ohio State              178
7.   George Welsh, Virginia               176
8.   Jackie Sherrill, Mississippi State   154
9.   Dick Tomey, Arizona                  147
10.   Ken Hatfield, Rice                  139
11.   LARRY SMITH, MISSOURI               136

LARRY SMITH'S WINS

1980   Arizona 23, #2 UCLA 17
1981   Arizona 13, #1 USC 10
1982   Arizona 16, #9 Notre Dame 13
       Arizona 28, #6 Arizona State 18
1985   Arizona 28, #3 SMU 6
1986   Arizona 34, #4 Arizona State 17
1987   USC 17, #5 UCLA 13
1988   USC 23, #3 Oklahoma 7
       USC 31, #6 UCLA 22
1989   USC 17, #3 Michigan 10
1991   USC 21, #5 Penn State 10
1992   USC 14, #7 Arizona 7

"THIS WEEK IN MU FOOTBALL"
Hosted by KOMU-TV Sports Director Brian Neuner, "This Week in Mizzou Football" airs on TV stations across the state each week. The show, with Coach Larry Smith, previews the upcoming game, takes a look back at the previous game, includes special features, Big 12 highlights and more. The show begins Sun., Sept. 5, and runs for 12 consecutive weeks. It airs on these stations:

Station        City                Time, Day
KOMU           Columbia            10:30 a.m., Sundays
KPLR           St. Louis           9:30 a.m., Sundays
Fox Sports MW  St. Louis           tba
KMCI           Kansas City         2 p.m., Sundays
Metrosports    Kansas City         7:30 p.m., Wednesdays
KBSI           Cape Girardeau      10 p.m., Sundays
KYOU           Kirksville/Ottumwa  11:30 p.m., Sundays
KGCS           Joplin              7 p.m., Wednesdays
KYTV           Springfield         11 a.m., Sundays

"TIGER TALK"
Coach Larry Smith takes calls from fans around the country each Monday night, along with host Mike Kelly. The show is broadcast "live" from Harpo's (10th & Cherry in Columbia), beginning at 7:08 p.m. "Tiger Talk" may be heard on many of the Tiger Network stations, and on the Internet at www.gamecruiser.com. "Tiger Talk" is preceded by "The Mike Alden Show" at 6 p.m. on KFRU Radio in Columbia.

MU's Tiger Network
Ava, KKOZ-AM, 1430
Ava, KKOZ-FM, 92.1
Bethany, KAAN-AM, 870
Bethany, KAAN-FM, 95.5
Bolivar, KYOO-AM, 1200
Bolivar, KYOO-FM, 99.1
Bowling Green, KPCR-AM, 1530
Bowling Green, KPCR-FM, 94.1
Butler, KMAM-AM, 1530
Butler, KMOE-FM, 92.1
California, KREL-AM, 1420
Cape Girardeau, KZIM-AM, 960
Clinton, KDKD-FM, 95.3
Columbia, KFRU-AM, 1400
Farmington, KREI-AM, 800
Festus, KJFF-AM, 1400
Hannibal, KHMO-AM, 1070
Jeff City/Columbia, KOQL-FM, 106.1
Joplin, WMBH-AM, 1450
Kansas City, KCMO-AM, 710
Kennett, KBOA-FM, 105.5
Kirksville, KTUF-FM, 93.7
Lebanon, KLWT-AM, 1230
Malden, KTCB-AM, 1470
Marshall, KMMO-AM, 1330
Marshall, KMMO-FM, 102.9
Memphis, KMEM-FM, 96.7
Mexico, KXEO-AM, 1340
Moberly, KWIX-AM, 1230
Monett, KRMO-AM, 990
Montgomery City, KMCR-FM, 103.9
Mountain Grove, KELE-AM, 1360
Mountain Grove, KELE-FM, 106.5
Neosho, KBTN-AM, 1420
Nevada, KNEM-AM, 1240
Osage Beach, KRMS-AM, 1150
Poplar Bluff, KWOC-AM, 930
Potosi, KYRO-AM, 1280
Rolla, KTTR-AM, 1490
Rolla, KTTR-FM, 99.7
Salem, KSMO-AM, 1340
Sedalia, KDRO-AM, 1490
Sikeston, KSIM-AM, 1400
Springfield, KWTO-AM, 560
Ste. Genevieve, KSGM-AM, 980
St. Joseph, KFEQ-AM, 680
St. Louis, KTRS-AM, 550
Sullivan, KTUI-AM, 1560
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Mizzou Getting Closer And Closer To Winning The Big One
The Missouri Tigers have climbed a lot of mountains during their football turnaround of the last three seasons. Their next challenge is to beat a highly ranked team.

While Mizzou has lost 35 straight games to Top-10 opponents, the Tigers have been narrowing the gap. In their last five games against teams in the Top 10 (and those are Missouri's only losses in its last 18 regular-season contests), the aggregate score has been 148-104, or an average score of 29.6-20.8.

MISSOURI vs. AP TOP 10 SINCE 1981

Missouri has lost 35 consecutive games against Top-10 ranked teams since 1981. From 1970-80, Mizzou was 10-19 when playing against the Top 10.

10/3/81    Missouri 14, at #9 Mississippi State 3
10/23/82   at #5 Nebraska 23, Missouri 19
10/15/83   #1 Nebraska 34, Missouri 14
10/13/84   at #6 Nebraska 33, Missouri 23
11/3/84    at #9 Oklahoma 49, Missouri 7
11/10/84   at #4 Oklahoma State 31, Missouri 13

COACH WOODY WIDENHOFER
0-8, average score 42-10

10/19/85   #9 Nebraska 28, Missouri 20
11/9/85    #7 Oklahoma 51, Missouri 6
11/16/85   #10 Oklahoma State 21, Missouri 19
10/18/86   at #3 Nebraska 48, Missouri 17
11/8/86    at #4 Oklahoma 77, Missouri 0
10/31/87   #2 Nebraska 42, Missouri 7
11/14/87   at #1 Oklahoma 17, Missouri 13
10/1/88    at #1 Miami (Fla.) 55, Missouri 0

COACH BOB STULL
0-9, average score 43-10

9/23/89    #2 Miami (Fla.) 38, Missouri 7
10/7/89    at #3 Colorado 49, Missouri 3
10/14/89   #4 Nebraska 50, Missouri 7
10/13/90   at #7 Nebraska 69, Missouri 21
10/26/91   at #9 Nebraska 63, Missouri 6
9/19/92    #5 Texas A&M 26, Missouri 13
10/8/92    #9 Colorado 6, Missouri 0
10/24/92   #8 Nebraska 34, Missouri 24
10/23/93   at #5 Nebraska 49, Missouri 7

COACH LARRY SMITH


0-13, average score 35-13 10/8/94 #5 Colorado 38, Missouri 23 10/22/94 #3 Nebraska 42, Missouri 7 10/14/95 at #2 Nebraska 57, Missouri 0 11/11/95 at #9 Colorado 21, Missouri 0 8/31/96 at #8 Texas 40, Missouri 10 11/2/96 #7 Colorado 41, Missouri 13 11/9/96 at #5 Nebraska 51, Missouri 7 9/27/97 #7 Ohio State 31, Missouri 10 11/8/97 #1 Nebraska 45, Missouri 38 OT 9/19/98 at #1 Ohio State 35, #19 Missouri 14 10/24/98 at #7 Nebraska 20, #19 Missouri 13 11/14/98 at #6 Texas A&M 17, #13 Missouri 14 11/21/98 #1 Kansas State 31, #19 Missouri 25

OUTLAND TROPHY CANDIDATE
Rob Riti .. center .. 6-3 .. 289 .. senior

  • One of 15 players on the pre-season Outland Trophy "watch" list by the Football Writers Association of America.
  • Pre-season All-American by many publications, including Playboy, the Sporting News, Student Advantage, Football News, Athlon, and others.
  • Holder of the Missouri squat lift record - 1,000 pounds.
  • Has started 35 consecutive games at Missouri, during three seasons in which the Tigers have ranked among the nation's top nine teams in rushing yards per game.
  • In 1998, graded out at 86 percent for the season with 59 knockdown blocks, and was a first-team all-Big 12 selection.

Says Rob of his goals for 1999: "If you accomplish your team goals, the individual things will take care of themselves ... I'd like to be the best center in college football."
Riti is spotlighted each weekend on ESPN.com's "The Players" feature.

Tigers Refuse To Punt
Missouri had its punting woes in the season opener against UAB, having two blocked for touchdowns by the Blazers.

The Tigers, though, found the perfect way to remedy that problem against Western Michigan - they didn't punt at all!

For Missouri, it was the first time since 1960 that the Tigers had not punted in a game. The last time was in a 45-0 victory over Kansas State, Oct. 15, 1960.

Hammering Home A Point
Sophomore Brad Hammerich further solidifed his hold on the Missouri place kicking duties against Western Michigan, booting a pair of field goals and six extra points.

Hammerich is 3-for-3 on field goals this season, and the 48-yarder he kicked on Saturday was the longest by a Tiger since Kyle Pooler hit from 49 yards against Kansas State in 1994.

With 19 points in two games, Hammerich is just four points shy of Missouri's leading kick scorer of a year ago - Tim Geiger - who scored 23 points.

He's also been effective on kickoffs. His booming kickoffs have helped the Tiger coverage team limit opponents' average returns to 18.9 yards.

Mizzou Hits High-Water Marks
Missouri rolled up 560 yards of total offense against Western Michigan - its best figure of the Larry Smith era. That equated to 48 points - the most Mizzou has scored under Smith in regulation. The Tigers tallied 49 points at Baylor in 1996, and 51 at Oklahoma State in '97, but those were both overtime affairs.

Quarterbacks Kirk Farmer (3) and Jim Dougherty (1) combined to throw four touchdown passes, tying the school record of four accomplished four other times, most recently vs. Oklahoma State in 1991.

Sophomore Dwayne Blakley caught three TD passes, tying the school record for touchdown receptions previously set by Victor Bailey against Kansas in 1991. Blakley has now caught 13 passes in his career at Mizzou and five have gone for touchdowns.

Tiger all-American Kellen Winslow (1976-78) had 10 touchdown receptions during his collegiate career.

True Freshmen Who've Played
Five true freshmen have played in MU's first two games - LB Sean Doyle, FS Gary Anthony, CB Terrence Curry (who has started twice), WR Terrence Garvin, and FB Joe Chirumbolo.
Curry is the first true freshman to start in the defensive backfield in a season-opening game for Missouri since Adrian Jones did so in 1986. The only other Missouri freshman to start an opener since 1986 was DE Justin Smith last season.

MISSOURI NON-LEAGUE RECORDS

1970-1983     1984-1999
1970   2-2    1984   1-3
1971   1-3    1985   0-4
1972   3-1    1986   1-3
1973   4-0    1987   2-2
1974   2-2    1988   1-2-1
1975   3-1    1989   1-3
1976   3-1    1990   2-2
1977   1-3    1991   2-1-1
1978   3-1    1992   1-3
1979   3-1    1993   1-2-1
1980   3-1    1994   1-3-1
1981   4-0    1995   2-2
1982   3-1    1996   2-1
1983   2-2    1997   2-1
TOTAL  37-19  1998   2-1

1999 2-0 TOTAL 23-33-4

Young Tigers Score The Points
With the exception of two touchdown runs by DeVaughn Black against Western Michigan, all of Missouri's points in the season's first two games have been scored by freshmen and sophomores.

Sophomore Dwayne Blakley has scored four touchdowns. Sophomore kicker Brad Hammerich has kicked three field goals and 10 PATs. Mizzou's other TDs have come from sophomores Zain Gilmore and Eric Spencer, and freshmen John McPherson and Joe Chirumbolo.

MISSOURI IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE/NCAA TEAM STATS

CATEGORY                 STATISTIC            BIG 12   NCAA
Rushing Offense          310.3 yards/game     2nd      4th
Passing Offense          159.5 yards/game     9th      85th
Total Offense            469.5 yards/game     4th      13th
Scoring Offense          39.5 points/game     5th      T-17th
Turnover Margin          -1/game              T-10th   T-90th
Pass Efficiency Defense  138.8 rating points  12th     85th
Rushing Defense          135.5 yards/game     8th      53rd
Total Defense            357.5 yards/game     10th     65th
Scoring Defense          31 points/game       9th      T-81st
Net Punting              5.4 yards/punt       12th     114th
Punt Returns             14.5 yards/return    3rd      11th
Kickoff Returns          20.6 yards/rreturn   8th      57th

TIGERS IN BIG 12 CONFERENCE/NCAA INDIVIDUAL STATS

CATEGORY            PLAYER           STATISTIC           BIG 12   NCAA
Rushing             DeVaughn Black   172.5 yards/game    2nd      4th
                    Zain Gilmore     92 yards/game       5th      T-43rd
All-Purpose Running DeVaughn Black   180 yards/game      3rd      12th
                    Zain Gilmore     102 yards/game      11th     -
Passing Efficiency  Kirk Farmer      156.9 rating points 5th      -
Total Offense       DeVaughn Black   172.5 yards/game    9th      -
Pass Receptions     Dwayne Blakley   4 receptions/game   T-8th    -
Scoring             Dwayne Blakley   12 points/game      T-2nd    T-11th
                    Brad Hammerich   9.5 points/game     5th      T-32nd
Field Goals         Brad Hammerich   1.5/game            5th      T-22nd
Kickoff Returns     Ricardo Rhodes   23 yards/return     3rd      T-41st
Pass Interceptions  Barry Odom       0.5/game            T-7th    T-49th

Black Rings Up 200
Senior tailback DeVaughn Black rushed for a career-high 205 yards and two touchdowns against Western Michigan. It was the sixth-best rushing day in Missouri history.

Five of the seven 200-yard rushing efforts by Missouri Tigers have come since Larry Smith became the Tigers' head coach in 1994 (two by Devin West, two by Brock Olivo, one by Black).

He ranks second in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in rushing, averaging 172.5 yards per game. That's just two yards per game less than Wisconsin's Heisman Trophy favorite Ron Dayne.

His sidekick, sophomore Zain Gilmore, gained 139 yards against the Broncos, the sixth time under Smith that Mizzou has had two backs gain 100-or-more yards in the same game. The Tigers are 5-1 in those contests.

Missouri currently ranks fourth in the nation in rushing offense, averaging 310 yards per game. This is the fourth straight season in which MU has ranked among Division I-A's top nine rushing teams.

National Spotlight Shines on Justin Smith
Missouri sophomore defensive end Justin Smith reached the century mark in career tackles against Western Michigan. In just 13 games as a Tiger, the sophomore has registered 103 tackles, including 17 for 37 yards in losses. In the opener against UAB, he blocked a punt for a touchdown.

He was featured in the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated in an article written by reporter B.J. Schecter.

For the story, Smith endured a three-hour photo session. One of the poses for Smith was a weight-lifting scene on The Quad in front of MU's historic Columns.

Tigers Turn Turnovers into Points

Missouri has turned the ball over four times this season, but the opposition is yet to score as a result of those miscues. On the other hand, MU has scored 10 points following turnovers by its opponents.

Last year, MU scored 108 points off of 25 turnovers, while MU opponents tallied just 23 following Tiger miscues.

All of this opportunistic play continues the trend that began in 1997 when Mizzou scored 93 points as a result of 21 turnovers by the opposition, while MU foes managed just 20 points off of Tiger mistakes. In 1996, MU gave up 136 points following its own turnovers.

Since Larry Smith came to Missouri, the Tigers have forced 111 turnovers and committed 98. They've forced at least one turnover in 53 of 59 games since Smith became the head coach. And the Tigers have scored 13 defensive touchdowns during the Smith era, including six last season.

Missouri is 9-2-1 since 1994 when its defense finds the end zone:

1994 @ Iowa State (MU wins, 34-20)
Damon Simon pass interception for a TD

1994 @ Hawaii (MU ties, 32-32)
Damon Simon fumble recovery for a TD
Marc Pedrotti pass interception for a TD

1995 vs. Iowa State at home (MU wins, 45-31)
Caldrinoff Easter pass interception for a TD

1996 @ Baylor (MU wins, 49-42)
Harold Piersey pass interception for a TD

1997 vs. Baylor at home (MU wins, 42-24)
Justin Wyatt pass interception for a TD

1998 @ Ohio State (MU loses, 35-14)
Carlos Posey fumble return for a TD

1998 @ Texas Tech (MU wins, 28-26)
Terrell Jurineack fumble recovery for a TD

1998 vs. Oklahoma at home (MU wins, 20-6)
Wade Perkins pass interception for a TD

1998 vs. Colorado at home (MU wins, 38-14)
Carlos Posey pass interception for a TD

1998 @ Nebraska at home (MU losses, 20-13)
Steve Erickson fumble recovery for a TD

1998 vs. West Virginia (MU wins, 34-31)
Carlos Posey blocked field goal return for a TD

1999 vs. UAB (MU wins, 31-28)
John McPherson blocked punt return for a TD

100-YD. RUSHERS UNDER LARRY SMITH

1.   Devin West vs. Kansas, 9/12/98            33-319
2.   Devin West vs. Iowa State, 10/10/98       40-252
3.   Brock Olivo vs. NE Louisiana, 9/23/95     38-222
4.   DeVaughn Black vs. W. Mich., 9/18/99      32-205
5.   Brock Olivo vs. Iowa State, 11/18/95      28-201
6.   Corby Jones vs. Okla. State, 10/26/96     18-193
7.   Devin West vs. Northwestern St., 10/3/98  30-176
8.   Brock Olivo vs. Kansas, 11/23/96          26-166
9.   Corby Jones vs. Kansas, 11/23/96          12-159
10.   Brock Olivo vs. Kansas St., 11/12/94     27-151
11.   Devin West vs. Colorado, 11/7/98         32-146
12.   DeVaughn Black vs. UAB, 9/4/99           25-140
13.   Zain Gilmore vs. W. Mich., 9/18/99       17-139
14.   Corby Jones vs. Iowa State, 11/18/95     22-136
15.   Corby Jones at Iowa State, 9/28/96       13-135
16.   Devin West at Texas Tech, 10/31/98       23-133
17.   Corby Jones vs. Colo. St., 12/29/97      20-132
18.   Joe Freeman at Houston, 9/17/94          23-131
19.   Brock Olivo vs. North Texas, 9/2/95      28-129
20.   Corby Jones at Tulsa, 9/20/97            19-126
21.   Corby Jones vs. Baylor, 11/15/97         15-126
22.   Devin West vs. W. Virginia, 12/26/98     31-125
23.   Devin West vs. Bowling Green, 9/5/98     16-125
24.   Devin West at Baylor, 11/16/96           14-118
25.   Ernest Blackwell vs. E. Michigan, 9/6/97 12-116
26.   Devin West vs. Iowa State, 10/4/97       24-114
27.   Devin West at Texas A&M, 11/14/98        26-113
28.   Joe Freeman vs. Tulsa, 9/3/94            25-110
29.   Corby Jones vs. Colorado, 11/7/98        19-108
30.   Brock Olivo at Oklahoma, 11/5/94         23-107
31.   Brock Olivo vs. E. Michigan, 9/6/97      19-104
32.   Devin West vs. Colo. St., 12/29/97       11-104
33.   Brock Olivo at Kansas, 11/4/95           23-102
34.   Brock Olivo vs. Kansas St., 10/12/96     21-100

Tigers Get Their Kicks
After blocking a punt for a TD against UAB (and deflecting another), and snuffing an extra point against Western Michigan MU has blocked kicks in five of its last eight games (including the Insight.com Bowl).

That gives Mizzou 25 blocked kicks since Larry Smith took over at MU - 12 PATs, eight punts and five field goals.

Layman Nears Record
Senior wide receiver Kent Layman is closing in on Missouri's career top-10 for receiving yardage. He's gained 1,058 yards in his career and needs 88 to pass Harold Burnine to 10th place.

He enters this week's game having nabbed 50 career passes and has caught at least one pass in 24 consecutive games. He can tie the school record of 25 this week. The mark is held by the Tigers' alltime leading receiver, Kenny Holly.

MU CAREER RECEIVING LEADERS

     name           yards   REC.   YEARS
7.   Brian Sallee   1313    119   1991-94
8.   Andy Gibler    1290    101   1979-82
9.   Tim Bruton     1286    97    1987-90
10.  Harold Burnine 1145    75    1953-55
     KENT LAYMAN    1058    50    1996-99

Odom Climbs the Charts, Too
Senior linebacker Barry Odom moved into 13th place in career tackling at Missouri with his eight stops against Western Michigan. The senior from Ada, Okla., now has 267 career tackles and could climb two more spots this week, passing Harold Piersey (268) and Chris Garlich (276).

MU CAREER TACKLE LEADERS

 
      name                   UT-AT-TT      YEARS
9.    Van Darkow, lb         97-197-294    1978-81
10.   Caldrinoff Easter, db  180-103-283   1995-98
11.   Chris Garlich, lb      115-161-276   1975-78
12.   Harold Piersey, db     162-106-268   1995-98
13.   BARRY ODOM, lb         145-122-267   1996-99
14.   Ken Downing, db        153-110-263   1973-75

Homegrown Tigers
Missouri's depth chart reveals that 29 members of the two-deep roster are from the State of Missouri - 19 on offense and 10 on defense.

TIGERS IN THE NFL
Here's a look at Missouri players who are playing in the National Football League:

#Byron Chamberlain, TE   Denver Broncos
Craig Heimburger, OG     Green Bay Packers
Michael Jones, LB        St. Louis Rams
Rick Lyle, DE            New York Jets
Steve Martin, NT         Philadelphia Eagles
A.J. Ofodile, TE         Baltimore Ravens
Brock Olivo, TB          Detroit Lions
Harold Piersey, DB       San Francisco 49ers
Otis Smith, CB           New York Jets
# Completed eligibility at another school.

If It Goes to Overtime
Missouri has a 3-1 record in overtime, having beaten Oklahoma State in Columbia, 35-28, and, Baylor, in Waco, 49-42 (three overtimes) in 1996, and at Oklahoma State 51-50 (2 OT) in 1997. MU's first OT defeat came on Faurot Field, in '97, when Nebraska prevailed, 45-38, in the "Flea-Kicker" game.

Another Big Crowd At Faurot
With season ticket sales having reached 35,000, Missouri is well on its way to reaching its goal of a 1999 attendance average of 60,000 fans per game.

The crowd of 50,356 that was on hand for the UAB opener was the 10th crowd of 50,000-or-more since Larry Smith became the Missouri head coach in 1994. And the crowd of 60,206 that witnessed the Western Michigan game was the biggest for a non-league game in Smith's tenure.

Eleven of the top 17 home crowds Mizzou has had since '84 have come with Smith at the helm.

This week MU will have its second sellout in a span of four home games. The tilt against the Cornhuskers was declared a complete sellout two weeks ago when the last general admission tickets were sold. That means a crowd of 68,174 will be on hand for the Big 12 Conference opener.

BIG CROWDS SINCE 1984

9/29/84    70,915   Notre Dame 16, Missouri 14
10/19/85   62,733   Nebraska 28, Missouri 20
11/9/85    50,321   Oklahoma 51, Missouri 6
10/31/87   55,594   Nebraska 42, Missouri 7
10/14/89   55,620   Nebraska 50, Missouri 7
10/24/92   53,337   Nebraska 34, Missouri 24

ARRIVAL OF LARRY SMITH

9/3/94     55,263   Tulsa 20, Missouri 17
10/22/94   50,537   Nebraska 42, Missouri 7
9/6/97     52,514   MISSOURI 44, E. Michigan 24
9/27/97    58,882   Ohio State 31, Missouri 10
11/8/97    66,846   Nebraska 45, Missouri 38 (ot)
9/12/98    59,720   MISSOURI 41, Kansas 23
10/17/98   61,586   MISSOURI 20, Oklahoma 6
11/8/98    57,261   MISSOURI 38, Colorado 14
11/21/98   68,174   Kansas State 31, Missouri 25
9/4/99     50,356   MISSOURI 31, UAB 28
9/18/99    60,206   MISSOURI 48, W. Michigan 34

QUARTERBACK COMPARISON

Player          G-GS  TC-Yds.  Avg.  TD   Att.-C-Int-Yds   TD   Eff.    Plays  Total Off.   TDP
JIM DOUGHERTY   2-2   8-42     5.3   0    26-15-2-142      1    100.9   34     184          1
KIRK FARMER     2-0   10-4     0.4   0    27-15-2-177      5    156.9   37     181          5

Tiger Tales

  • In the first two games, Missouri has started a freshman at fullback, and both debuted in similar fashion. Redshirt freshman T.J. Leon started against UAB and true freshman Joe Chirumbolo got the nod against Western Michigan. The first carry for each of them was a seven-yard gain.
  • Returning starter, senior Rob West, was back in action on Saturday. He missed the first game with a broken foot suffered during two-a-days. He should log even more plays against Nebraska.
  • At the conclusion of two-a-day workouts, Coach Larry Smith rewarded four players who came to Mizzou as walkons. Now on full scholarship are seniors Brad Smith (OT), DeVaughn Black (TB) and Arty Johnson (WR), and sophomore Ben Davidson (deep snapper).
  • The St. Petersburg Times this summer picked a alltime list of the top-100 high school football players in Hillsborough County. Checking in at No. 6 was Missouri sophomore tailback Zain Gilmore.
  • Brad Hammerich's 42-yard field goal against UAB was Missouri's longest since the opening game of 1997 when Scott Knickman booted the longest of his career - 47 yards vs. Eastern Michigan. His 48-yarder against Western Michigan was the longest by a Tiger since 1994.
  • Senior Kareem Wise caught a career-high four passes against Western Michigan, for 50 yards - two shy of his career best.
  • Missouri has one Nebraska product on its roster - defensive end Barry Mazuch (Madison, Neb., Norfolk High). He plays on Mizzou's special teams.
  • In the 1999 NCAA Football Records Book, just released, former MU quarterback Corby Jones was mistakenly omitted on page 28 from the list of alltime quarterbacks with the most career yards gained rushing. Jones' total of 2,533 yards ranks 11th in NCAA history.

Big Crowds Necessitate New Traffic Patterns
As soon as the 1998 season was completed, Missouri officials began revising the parking and traffic patterns at Memorial Stadium to accommodate the big crowds that have become commonplace the last two seasons.

Patrons are reminded that most parking lots in the immediate vicinity of the stadium are reserved for donors to the Tiger Scholarship Fund. General public parking may be found on the east side of Hearnes Center and at the Maryland Ave. Parking Garage.

In 1999, Mick Deaver Drive (which runs between Hearnes Center and Memorial Stadium) and South Hearnes Drive (south of the stadium) will be accessible pre-game only to those persons who have permits to park in Tiger Scholarship Fund lots.

Post-game, traffic exiting most lots will be required to turn right for the first 30-45 minutes to clear the stadium area as quickly as possible.

New Media Parking Lot
A new parking lot has been constructed for the media and game officials. It is located at the southwest corner of Providence Road and Carrie Francke Drive, just south and west of its previous location in Lot C.

Two media shuttle vans will run continuously from the new lot to the Memorial Stadium press box. Shuttle service will begin three hours prior to kickoff, and will run until four hours after the game's conclusion.

Tigers Score Against Hunger
Again this year, MU Head Coach Larry Smith and the Tigers have teamed up with the Central Missouri Food Bank to stop hunger in its tracks. Interested persons can pledge money for every point the Tigers score in 1999. The proceeds help the food bank and more than 120 charities in its 29-county region provide free food to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries.

For more information, call 1-800-764-3663, or 573-474-1020.

Since the program began five years ago, more than $750,000 has been raised and more than 11 million meals have been provided to Missourians in need.

New Facilities Dedicated
It was a proud moment for the University of Missouri in September when three jewels of The Sports Park at MU's Central Grounds were dedicated in special ceremonies.

The Daniel J. Devine Pavilion, Glenn L. McElroy, M.D. Sports Medicine Center and the Shelden Academic Resource Center each had separate ribbon-cuttings on Sept. 11.

Construction on the $12 million facilities, which were designed by the Kansas City architectural firm of Ellerbe Becket, began last year and was completed in August. The general contractor was Curtiss Manes Schulte of Eldon, Mo.

  • The Devine Pavilion, named for former MU football coach and two-term athletic director Dan Devine, is an indoor practice facility that will be utilized by the football, baseball, softball and soccer teams. It features an 80-yard synthetic field and permanent and portable batting cages.
  • The Shelden Academic Resource Center, named for Dr. and Mrs. Russell Shelden of Kansas City, is a state-of-the-art home to the University's Total Person Program. It includes staff offices and conference rooms, individual tutorial rooms, open study areas and a large computer laboratory.
  • The Glenn L. McElroy, M.D. Sports Medicine Center, named for team physician emeritus Glenn McElroy, includes greatly expanded taping and treatment areas, staff offices, physician's examining rooms, and hydrotherapy space. The center also features new dressing rooms for MU's softball and soccer teams, staff dressing rooms and the Varsity M Association Student-Athlete Lounge.


 

 

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