Tigers Return Home vs. Arkansas State

Sept. 23, 2013


Game Four: Mizzou Tigers (3-0) vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (2-2)

Sept. 28, 2013 - Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium - Columbia, Mo.

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MIZZOU HOSTS ARKANSAS STATE

  • Mizzou Football returns to Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium with a 3-0 record and an offense that is ranked seventh in the nation in total yardage with a 567.0 average. The Tigers host non-conference foe Arkansas State on Saturday, Sept. 28, with kickoff set for 6:30 p.m. on CSS…
  • With the 45-28 win at Indiana on Sept. 21, head coach Gary Pinkel matched former Mizzou coach Dan Devine for No. 2 in school history with his 93rd win. Pinkel has coached the Tigers to a 93-61 record during his 13-year tenure in Columbia. He now needs eight wins to match Mizzou's all-time winningest coach, Don Faurot, who won 101 games from 1935-42, 46-56…
  • Visiting squad Arkansas State recently took a setback at Memphis, losing by a score of 31-7 on Sept. 21. The Red Wolves enter the contest with Mizzou sporting a 2-2 record…

FRANKLIN GOES BIG IN BLOOMINGTON

  • Senior QB James Franklin amassed a career-best 404 yards of total offense as he led the Tigers to the convincing 45-28 road win at Indiana. He finished the night 32-of-47 passing for a career-high 343 yards, two touchdowns (7 yards, 14 yards) and two interceptions, while also rushing for 61 yards and one touchdown (1 yard) on 13 carries (4.7 avg.)...
  • The rushing TD was the first for Franklin since he won Offensive MVP honors of the 2011 Independence Bowl against North Carolina…
  • Franklin helped Mizzou roll to 623 yards of offense against the Hoosiers, and that marked a record for most yardage ever by an opponent at IU's Memorial Stadium...

MORE ON FRANKLIN…

  • Through three games, Franklin has Mizzou's offense ranked seventh in the NCAA in total offense (567.0 ypg), eighth nationally in scoring offense (47.0 ppg) and sixth nationally in third-down conversion rate (59.6%)...
  • Individually, Franklin ranks 10th nationally, and second in the SEC, in total offense, with his per-game average of 351.7 yards...

INTERCEPTIONS? MIZZOU HAS THOSE

  • Missouri recorded three interceptions for the third consecutive game this season and now has nine INTs on the year. The Tigers had just seven interceptions all of last season, and the nine pickoffs ranks first in the SEC and first nationally with its 3.0 average per game. The nine INTs are second-most in the NCAA, behind only Northwestern (10, in four games)...
  • Eight different Tigers have combined for the nine total interceptions, with senior CB E.J. Gaines the only one with two pickoffs. Gaines is Mizzou's active career interceptions leader with five, but interestingly enough, the INTs for all of the other seven in 2013 have marked the first of their careers...

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • The INTs at Indiana pushed Missouri's consecutive games streak with a turnover forced to 33, the longest active streak in the country. The last time Mizzou had notched three INTs in three consecutive games was back in 1980, when the Tigers had five against San Diego State, three against Penn State and three against Oklahoma State in games 3-4-5 of that season...
  • Conversely, 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 fifth in the nation for most recoveries...

TURNING IT AROUND ON THIRD DOWN

  • Mizzou has been outstanding on third down so far this season. The Tigers are 28-of-47 (.596) on third down this year, including a solid 8-of-16 at Indiana….
  • That's been a drastic shift from the 2012 season, when Mizzou finished the season ranked 109th nationally, with a season conversion rate of just 33.3 percent…
  • Through three games in 2013, Mizzou has converted 28 third-downs, after netting only 62 in 12 games in 2012...

TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE

  • Mizzou had two 100-yard receivers at Indiana - senior wide receiver Marcus Lucas and sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham with Lucas grabbing 10 catches for 101 yards and Green-Beckham making eight receptions for 105 yards…
  • It marked the first time the Tigers had two 100-yard receivers since the final game of the 2010 season, a 27-24 setback to Iowa in the Insight Bowl. T.J. Moe made 15 catches for 152 yards, while Jerrell Jackson made nine catches for 129 yards in that game...

HANSBROUGH tops 100 Again

  • Further affirmation that Mizzou's crew of tailbacks is a group that will concern opposing defenses was given by sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough, who rushed for 104 yards on 13 carries, securing the second 100-yard game of his career by ripping off a 45-yard touchdown run late in the win over Indiana…
  • Hansbrough's strong night went along with steady rushing performances from junior TB Henry Josey (47 yards, 13 att.) and junior TB Marcus Murphy (67 yards, 10 att.). Mizzou's entire rushing effort against the Hoosiers totaled 280 yards to go along with Franklin's top-notch passing performance…

GOOD THINGS COME IN THREES

  • Three games into the 2013 season, and Mizzou's rushing attack appears to be a three-headed monster, allowing Tiger coaches to go with a hot hand on any given day. The trio of sophomore Russell Hansbrough and juniors Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy have combined for a healthy 6.7 yards per attempt thus far, with 604 combined yards and nine touchdowns on 90 carries...
  • It's truly a case of pick your poison for opposing defenses with the triumvirate of Tiger tailbacks: Hansbrough has the most yards of the trio (239) and the best per-carry average (7.7), and also has the most 100-yard outings so far, with two in three games (104 each in games versus Murray State and at Indiana). Josey has the longest run between the three (a 68-yard TD scamper against Murray State), making him perhaps the best breakaway threat of the group. Murphy, on the other hand, has been the most consistent of the three, as his lowest single-game total (56 yards twice) is more than the single-game low for Hansbrough (31 vs. Toledo) and Josey (26 vs. Toledo). Murphy has also tallied one rushing TD in each of the Tigers' first three games...

BIG NIGHTS FOR FOUR MIZZOU RECEIVERS

  • Career nights were had by a quartet of Mizzou's wide receivers, with the most prolific coming from the earlier mentioned senior Marcus Lucas's 10-catch, 101-yard performance, both career highs. Also topping the 100-yard mark for the first time of his career was sophomore Dorial Green-Beckham, who set new bests with eight catches for 105 yards…
  • Joining the previous two were junior Jimmie Hunt and senior L'Damian Washington, with Hunt snagging a career-high six catches for 44 yards. Washington matched his previous career-best of five catches in a 77-yard, one-touchdown outing…

SIGHTS SET ON 4-0

  • All of Pinkel's Mizzou squads that have started 3-0 have won the following game to improve to a 4-0 record, with the instance happening six times during his 12 previous seasons at Mizzou…
  • Mizzou's 4-0 teams under Pinkel have kept momentum going incredibly well, as three of the last four seasons in which the Tigers started 4-0 ended in conference divisional titles…
  • Mizzou's last 4-0 start in 2010 was part of a remarkable 7-0 run to begin the season. The Tigers finished that campaign with a 10-3 record, Big 12 North Co-Championship and an Insight Bowl appearance…

EALY SCORES ANOTHER FOR MIZZOU'S DEFENSIVE LINE

  • Junior DL Kony Ealy had perhaps the single biggest individual play of the win at Indiana (Sept. 21), when, with the Hoosiers driving for a potential tying score right before half, he jumped to knock down a pass on a 3rd-and-3 at the MU 46-yard line with two minutes left. Instead of just knocking the ball down, however, Ealy got the ball to stick in his mitts, and he raced the other way for a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown. That staked the Tigers out to a 28-14 lead, and they never looked back the rest of the night, as the Tigers pulled away for the big road win...
  • The pickoff was the first of Ealy's career, and he ended the night with two total pass break ups overall, while adding one solo tackle as the Tigers held the vaunted Hoosier offense to well below their season averages coming in. Ealy earned SEC Defensive Line Player of the Week for his efforts…
  • Through three games, Ealy leads the Tiger defense with four pass break ups. According to www.cfbstats.com, Ealy's five passes defended (PBUs plus INTs) ranks him 26th among all defenders nationally, and tied for first among all defensive linemen...
  • Ealy's interception return was the 30th defensive touchdown for Mizzou under Gary Pinkel (2001-13) and the 20th pick six for a Tiger under Pinkel…

GOLDEN GOES 70

  • Ealy's play at Indiana was incredible due to the fact that Mizzou fans had just seen an equally impressive play in the Tigers' previous victory - the 38-23 win over Toledo (Sept. 7). Junior DL Markus Golden intercepted a pass from the Rockets' Terrance Owens and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown…
  • Golden's big pick-six started Mizzou's scoring in the second half, putting the Tigers up 24-9 with 11:40 left in the third quarter. A strong upfield rush and pressure from Golden put him in position to make the snag when Owens lost control of the football while attempting a pass…
  • Golden snatched the ball out of the air while he pushed Owens out of the way, allowing him open space to race 70 yards the other way for the score. Golden was named SEC Defensive Line Player of the Week for his efforts…
  • The 70-yard score represented the 29th defensive touchdown for Mizzou under Pinkel and the 19th pick six for a Tiger under Pinkel, but it was the first against an FBS foe since 2008 (William Moore INT vs. Iowa State - 17 yards). It also marked the longest defensive score for Mizzou since Pig Brown returned a fumble 100 yards in a 40-34 win to open the 2007 season in St. Louis, Mo. against Illinois. It was the longest interception return for a score by a Tiger since Marcus King returned one 99 yards against South Carolina to spark a big 38-31 comeback win for Mizzou in the 2005 Independence Bowl...

JOSEY GETS TWO ON TOLEDO

  • Junior TB Henry Josey scored twice on one-yard touchdown runs in the 38-23 win vs. Toledo (Sept. 7), with the double-dose of touchdowns baring significance…
  • Josey's multiple rushing TD performance was just the third of his career. His double against the Rockets matched one previous effort that came at Baylor on Nov. 5, 2011…
  • The Tiger TB's career day came on Sept. 17, 2011, vs. Western Illinois in which he scored three times on the ground, which was a part of the well-known Josey running spree that totaled 263 yards on just 14 carries…

WHEN FRANKLIN SHOULDERS THE LOAD

  • A balanced contribution from the Tiger offense is often asked for to assure victory for Mizzou, but when senior QB James Franklin handles the rushing to go along with his passing, good things happen for the Tigers…
  • Mizzou improved to 4-0 in games in which Franklin leads Mizzou in both rushing and passing yardage with his 77 rushing yards (17 attempts) and 212 passing yards (16-of-25) in the 38-23 win vs. Toledo (Sept. 7)…
  • Franklin's outing vs. Toledo showed the quarterback was more like himself from his stellar sophomore season in 2011, a campaign that ended with his previous rushing and passing team-leader performance in the 41-24 win vs. North Carolina in the Independence Bowl…
  • Franklin racked up 142 rushing yards (18 attempts) and 132 passing yards (15-of-23) against the Tar Heels, claiming Independence Bowl MVP honors…
  • Franklin is averaging 5.1 yards per rush in 2013 after averaging just 1.4 in his injury-riddled 2012 season…

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 the Murray State 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, 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 TBs 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 (Aug. 31), 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…

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 166 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 166-98-3 all-time (62.7%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 93-61 (60.1%) in 13 years at Mizzou...

MIZZOU COACHING WINS LEADERS

Coach

Wins

# Seasons (Years)

Record

Pct.

# Bowls

Don Faurot

101

19 (1935-42, 46-56)

101-79-10

.558

4

Gary Pinkel

93

13 (2001-Present)

93-61

.603

8

Dan Devine

93

13 (1958-70)

93-37-7

.704

6

Warren Powers

46

7 (1978-84)

46-33-3

.580

5

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 165 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 165-98-3 all-time (62.6%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 92-61 (60.1%) in 13 years at Mizzou…
  • 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 4-0 for the third time in five seasons, as well as the seventh time in Coach Pinkel's 13-season tenure at Mizzou.
  • Start 4-0 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 94-61 under Coach Pinkel to move the coach into sole possession of No. 2 all-time at Mizzou. Former Tiger leader Dan Devine won 93 games from 1958-70.
  • Improve to 3-0 all-time vs. Arkansas State.

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. ARKANSAS STATE

  • Saturday's Mizzou-Arkansas State matchup marks the third contest between the two programs, with the Tigers taking the previous games - 52-20 in 2004 and 44-17 in 2005…
  • The Tigers rolled to big offensive days in both games, totaling 506 offensive yards in the 2004 win and 657 yards the following year…
  • Those two games were season-opening affairs for Mizzou, with the 2005 game taking place at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City…
  • Mizzou went on to the postseason in 2005, winning 38-31 over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl…

Mizzou

ARKANSAS STATE

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Hansbrough

31

239

7.7

3

79.7

Josey

34

186

5.5

3

62.0

Franklin

36

182

5.1

1

60.7

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Oku

65

291

4.5

4

72.8

Gordan

18

219

12.2

3

54.8

Knighten

11

145

13.2

3

36.2

PASSING

Com.-Att.

Pct.

Yds.

TD-Int.

Avg./G

Rating

Franklin

74-110

67.3

873

6-3

291.0

146.48

Mauk

2-3

66.7

18

0-0

18.0

117.07

PASSING

Com.-Att.

Pct.

Yds.

TD-Int.

Avg./G

Kennedy

78-124

62.9

869

2-1

217.2

Knighten

2-2

100.0

15

1-0

3.8

RECEIVING

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg./G

Green-Beckham

17

239

14.1

2

79.7

Lucas

17

162

9.5

0

54.0

Washington

13

187

14.4

2

62.3

Hunt

8

70

8.8

1

23.3

RECEIVING

Rec.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg./G

Jones

23

198

8.6

1

49.5

Muse

11

207

18.8

1

51.8

McKissic

10

99

9.9

1

24.8

Griswold

9

120

13.3

0

30.0

DEFENSE

S-Ast.

Total

TFL

Sack

Int.

PBU

FF-FR

Gaines

11-6

17

1.0

0.0

2-0

1

0-0

Webb

10-4

14

0.0

0.0

1-9

0

0-0

White

7-6

13

0.0

0.0

1-10

0

0-0

DEFENSE

S-Ast.

Total

TFL

Sack

Int.

PBU

FF-FR

Lee

17-15

32

2.0

1.0

0-0

1

2-0

Humes

20-9

29

3.0

1.0

0-0

1

1-0

Carrethers

16-12

28

4.0

3.0

0-0

0

0-0


 

 

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