Tigers Hunt For Road Win at KSU Mizzou heads to Manhattan
Jacquies Smith scored his third career TD on a fumble return vs. K-State last season.
Oct. 3, 2011
Missouri Tigers (2-2, 0-1) at #20/#21 Kansas State Wildcats (4-0, 1-0)
Oct. 8, 2011 - Snyder Family Stadium - Manhattan, Kan.
TIGERS HUNT FOR ROAD WIN AT KSU
After an open week, the Missouri Tigers (2-2 overall, 0-1 in Big 12 play) are looking to regain their winning ways, and they'll have another big road test on their hands as they play the #20/#21 Kansas State Wildcats (4-0, 1-0) in Manhattan, Kan. Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ABC Sports.
This will mark the third ranked team the Tigers will be playing on the road in the last four games, as the Wildcats surged into the rankings for the first time this season after forging a comeback win last week over previously undefeated Baylor.
Mizzou is hoping to continue its early-season trend of alternating wins and losses. The Tigers are coming off a hard-fought 38-28 loss at #1-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 24th - a game in which Mizzou jumped to a 14-3 first-quarter lead before the Sooners rallied for the win. The Tiger offense racked up 532 yards of offense against the vaunted OU defense, but the Sooners countered with 592 yards of their own, and 28-consecutive points proved too much for Mizzou to overcome.
Mizzou has alternated wins and losses each week of the season thus far, opening the season with a workmanlike 17-9 home win over Miami (Ohio). Six days later, Mizzou played on Friday at #23 Arizona State, and forged a 4th-quarter comeback from 14 points down only to see a game-winning field goal try at the end of regulation go wide to force overtime, where the Sun Devils prevailed, 37-30. While there's certainly more than one play that determines the outcome of a game, the fact remains that if that kick goes in for the Tigers at the end of regulation, they're likely entering Saturday's game at K-State 3-1 overall and ranked, with their only defeat being on the road at top-ranked Oklahoma in what was a very competitive game.
In week three, the Tigers took out their frustrations on Western Illinois of the Football Championship Subdivision, claiming a dominant 69-0 win that featured a 263-yard, 3-TD rushing night by TB Henry Josey, and a massive total offense advantage of 744-to-44 in MU's favor.
Kansas State has vaulted into the national scene thanks to its 4-0 start, and especially after the last two weeks, as the Wildcats made a goal-line stand in the closing seconds to win at Miami (Fla.) two weeks ago, followed by their home upset of then-15th-ranked and previously undefeated Baylor last week (36-35).
STADIUM: Bill Snyder Family Stadium (50,000). Mizzou has won its last 2 games there, and is 12-9-1 there overall since it opened in 1968.
RADIO: Tiger Network. Mike Kelly (play-by-play), Howard Richards (color), Chris Gervino (sidelines), Scotty Cox (producer), Matt Winegardner (director). Carried on over 50 stations across the Midwest, and on the Internet at mutigers.tv.
TV: ABC Sports. Announce crew is TBA.
RANKINGS (AP / Coaches): MU - RV / RV. KSU - 20th / 21st.
SERIES: Mizzou leads, 60-31-5, and has won 5 straight by an average margin of 18.0 ppg, including a 38-28 win in Columbia in 2010.
COACHES: MU:Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 79-51 at MU (11th year) and 152-88-3 overall (21st year). Pinkel is 5-5 vs. Kansas State and 2-5 vs. Bill Snyder. KSU: Bill Snyder (William Jewell, `63), 152-80-1 at KSU (20th year) and overall. Snyder is 14-5 vs. Mizzou and 5-2 vs. Gary Pinkel.
TIGERS PUT SOONERS ON ROPES BEFORE OU RALLIES FOR 38-28 WIN
Some basic notes to recap Mizzou's 38-28 loss at top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 24th...
Mizzou had the #1 team on the ropes early, as it shot out to a 14-3 lead at top-ranked Oklahoma, but the Sooners recovered to post a 38-28 win. The loss, hard-fought as it was, dropped the Tigers to 2-2 on the season, with both losses coming on the road to ranked teams (#23 Arizona State, #1 Oklahoma)...
Mizzou's offense racked up 532 yards of offense for its highest yardage output ever in Norman. The only other time Mizzou has had 500 yards of offense in Norman was back in 1976, when the 11th-ranked Tigers put up 504 yards in a 27-20 loss at #14 Oklahoma. It was also the 2nd-highest offensive output ever for Mizzou against an OU team, coming up just shy of the 559 standard that 9th-ranked Mizzou amassed over #20 Oklahoma in 1969 - a 44-10 MU win in Columbia...
Mizzou showed great balance once again, as it threw for 291 yards and rushed for 241 yards and 3 TDs. The Sooner defense came into the game not having allowed a rushing TD on the season, and OU carried a national ranking of 20th in rushing defense into the game, allowing an average of 78.00 yards per game to opponents on the ground...
The Tigers took care of the ball, as they won the turnover battle, 2-0, thanks to grabbing a pair of interceptions off OU quarterback Landry Jones. Oklahoma entered the game ranked 11th in the country in turnover margin (+1.50 per game)...
Missed opportunities left the Tigers thinking about what could have been in Norman. Five different times, the Tiger offense left the ball at midfield or better, with nothing to show for it. Two of the drives ended at the Oklahoma 28-yardline (missed field goals), one ended at the OU 48-yardline, another at the OU 49-yardline, and yet another at midfield...
Mizzou's defense was touched for 592 yards of offense by the Sooners' high-octane unit, with 448 coming in the air. The Tigers continued to be solid against the run, as the Sooners averaged just 3.7 yards per carry (144 yards total on 39 attempts). Through four games, Mizzou's defense ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 20th nationally in rushing defense, allowing an average of 87.00 yards per game...
FRANKLIN NETS 394 YARDS OF OFFENSE AT #1 OKLAHOMA
Sophomore 1st-year starting QB James Franklin continued to show he's fast becoming one of the most exciting play-makers in the Big 12 Conference with his last performance at top-ranked Oklahoma. He came out of the gates in impressive fashion, guiding Mizzou to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, playing in front of 85,547 screaming fans.
Playing on the same field where his father, Willie, once played as a Sooner tight end, Franklin led an impressive offensive night for the Tigers in their 38-28 loss at #1-ranked Oklahoma. Franklin accounted for 394 yards of total offense as the Tigers racked up 532 yards of offense in all - the most ever for a Mizzou team in Norman...
Franklin completed 16-of-33 passes for 291 yards and 1 TD (with no INTs) and he also ran for a career-high 103 yards and 2 TDs on the night...
In his last 3 games, Franklin has a QB rating of 151.7, as he's completed 60-of-100 passes for 856 yards, with 6 TDs against zero interceptions. Two of those games have come on the road at ranked teams (#23 Arizona State, #1 Oklahoma). He's accounted for 1,044 yards of total offense in those three games, as well...
Franklin now ranks 17th in the NCAA (6th in the Big 12) in total offense, as he's averaging 311.25 yards per game after four outings...
LAMBERT HAS STAND-OUT EFFORT AT OKLAHOMA
Senior LB Luke Lambert is playing very well for the Tiger defense, and is coming off his strongest outing of the season. The 5th-year senior (he earned a 5th-year hardship waiver to play this year after missing all but four games due to injuries last season) had a season-high 7 tackles on the night, including a team-best 1.5 tackles for loss in the 38-28 defeat at #1 Oklahoma...
Lambert was most effective in helping the Tiger defense limit the damage of Oklahoma's rushing game, as the Sooners averaged just 3.7 yards per carry on the night...
He also came up with a big play when the game was still in the balance, when he grabbed his first career interception in the 3rd quarter, as he got his hands on a deflected ball that came his way to snuff out Oklahoma's opening series of the second half. This is a change from the original statistics, as Tiger coaches reviewed game video and determined that it was Lambert who should be credited with the INT (CB E.J. Gaines was originally credited with the INT)...
BARROW SHOOTS MORE ARROWS AGAINST SOONERS
Mizzou's special teams player of the week at Oklahoma was junior P Trey Barrow.
Barrow continued his outstanding contributions to the field position battle, as he averaged 47.1 yards per punt on 8 attempts. He had a long of 63 yards in Norman, and twice pinned the Sooners inside their 20-yardline...
Through four games, Barrow is leading the Big 12 Conference, and he ranks 3rd in the NCAA, with his season punting average of 47.95 yards...
Nearly half of his punts (8-of-20) have been for 50 yards or more on the season, and he's got a similar number (7-of-20) that have finished inside the opponent's 20-yardline. He cranked a career-best 73-yarder at Arizona State that pinned the Sun Devils inside their own 10-yardline...
JOSEY LEADS BIG 12, RANKS 6TH IN NCAA IN RUSHING
A pretty compelling storyline is emerging thanks to the outstanding play of sophomore TB Henry Josey. The unassuming and baby-faced youngster enters Saturday's game at #20 Kansas State as the Big 12's leading rusher, and the 6th-ranked runner in the NCAA, averaging 133.25 yards per game.
What makes his story so interesting is that he entered the season third on the depth chart in what was considered by most to be MU's deepest position. However, injuries to senior TB De'Vion Moore (2 games, 7 rushes so far - COULD return for K-State this week) and junior TB Kendial Lawrence (1 game, 9 carries so far - COULD also return for this week), combined with losing sophomore TB Marcus Murphy for the season with a shoulder injury that occurred prior to the start of fall camp, and all of a sudden, it's been a one-man show.
Quite a show it's been however...
Josey continued his impressive stretch, as he rushed for a game-high 133 yards and 1 TD (on a 48-yard scamper in the 4th quarter) to help the Tigers to a 241-yard output on the ground at top-ranked Oklahoma. Josey has now ran for 490 yards in his last three games (avg. of 163.33 ypg). Josey did his damage against an OU defense that came into the game ranked 20th in the NCAA against the run, allowing just 78.00 yards per game to opponents...
Josey averaged an impressive 9.5 yards per carry against the Sooners, as he got his yardage on just 14 carries. Through 4 games, Josey leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 6th in the NCAA with an average of 133.25 rushing yards per game. His ridiculous per-rush average of 12.40 for the season is 2nd-best in the NCAA for players with a minimum of 20 attempts (Orwin Smith of Georgia Tech is averaging 15.11 yds. on 28 carries through Oct. 1st)...
Nearly half of Josey's rushes on the year (20-of-43) have been for 10 or more yards, and he's gotten at least 4 yards on 79% of his carries (34-of-43), as well. His 7 runs so far of 20 or more yards is the most by any Tiger ever through the first 4 games of the year (6 each through first 4 games by Brad Smith , Tony Temple , Devin West ). Thanks to resident MU historian Tom Orf for those great nuggets!...
Josey became MU's primary back early in the season, as Lawrence (who began the year with the starting role) went down with a cracked fibula in practice the week of the Arizona State game, while Moore started at ASU but suffered a high ankle sprain on the first play of the night. Josey came off the bench and was impressive against the Sun Devils, as he had 145 yards from scrimmage (94 rushing on 9 carries / 51 receiving on 2 receptions)...
The week after that, Josey was thrust into the starting role for the first time this season against Western Illinois (he started one time in relief in 2010), Josey looked to make the most of his new-found opportunity. And did he ever do just that.
In a performance for the record books, Josey played only one half before retiring for the night, but not before he blistered Western Illinois for 263 rushing yards and 3 TDs (6, 21, 68) on just 14 carries - good for a rather salty per-carry average of 18.8 yards. His 68-yard scoring burst just before halftime ended up being the last carry of the night, as the Tigers led 42-0 and Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel called off the dogs. It was the 4th-highest single-game rushing total in MU history, and on Monday, Josey was named the Big 12 co-Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. He became the first MU tailback since Devin West in 1998 to win the league's weekly award.
Moreover, Josey's yardage is the 3rd-highest single-game output in the NCAA through games of Oct. 1st. The top rushing performances through Oct. 1st are:
Dustin Garrison, West Virginia vs. Bowling Green (32-291, 2 TDs, 9.09 avg.)
LaMichael James, Oregon vs. Arizona (23-292, 2 TDs, 12.52 avg.)
Henry Josey, Missouri vs. Western Illinois (14-263, 3 TDs, 18.79 avg.)
Marcus Lattimore, S. Carolina vs. Navy (37-246, 3 TDs, 6.65 avg.)
Malcolm Agnew, Oregon St. vs. Sacramento St. (33-223, 3 TDs, 6.76 avg.)
2,463 (205.3 - 17th)
2,694 (224.5 - 53rd)
5,157 (429.8 - 24th)
1,943 (149.5 - 46th)
3,590 (276.2 - 10th)
5,533 (425.7 - 8th)
2,467 (176.2 - 38th)
4,397 (314.1 - 9th)
6,864 (490.3 - 5th)
2,153 (153.8 - 52nd)
4,625 (330.4 - 4th)
6,778 (484.2 - 8th)
1,651 (127.0 - 85th)
3,711 (285.5 - 14th)
5,362 (412.5 - 32nd)
2,033 (162.9 - 48th)
3,292 (238.2 - 43rd)
5,325 (401.1 - 45th)
1,013 (253.2.3 - 8th)
1,055 (263.8 - 37th)
2,068 (517.0 - 11th)
TIGER OFFENSE AS BALANCED AS THEY COME
Since going to the spread offensive attack prior to the 2005 season, the Tigers have built a reputation for having one of the more potent passing games in the country. Through 4 games in 2011 however, it would be difficult to find a more balanced offense through than Mizzou's, as the Tigers have totaled 1,013 yards rushing and 1,055 yards passing.
The emergence of sophomore TB Henry Josey (1st in Big 12, 6th in NCAA in rushing, averaging 133.25 ypg) has served as a nice complement to sophomore QB James Franklin, who ranks 17th in the NCAA in total offense so far, averaging 311.25 yards per game (246.3 passing yards). They have been arguably among the best 1-2 rush/pass combinations in the country.
Mizzou's scores have been similarly balanced, with 9 rushing TDs to go with 8 passing TDs thus far.
At right is a look at the yardage total for Mizzou each season since going to the spread (w/per game average and NCAA ranking in parentheses):
MORE ON BALANCE OF THINGS - MU ONLY TEAM AVG. 250 RUSH/250 PASS
Most observers thought that the Tiger offense, despite returning 9 starters from last year, might take awhile to find itself, given the fact that it was being led in 2011 by a first-time starter in sophomore QB James Franklin. Add to the mix the fact that three-year starting LT Elvis Fisher was lost for the entire season due to a ruptured patellar tendon in his left leg in training camp, and outside expectations for Mizzou's offense were very tempered heading into the season.
After a slow start offensively in the season-opening 17-9 win over Miami (Ohio), where the Tigers had just 291 yards of total offense, MU has been very impressive since. Since that game, Mizzou has averaged a whopping 592.3 yards of total offense, including 501 at #23 Arizona State, a school-record 744 against Western Illinois and 532 more at #1 Oklahoma (the most-ever by Mizzou at Oklahoma).
In that 3-game stretch, the balance has been evident, as Mizzou has passed for 926 yards (308.7 avg.) and 7 TDs, while running for 851 yards (283.7 avg.) and 8 TDs.
Again, we will humbly submit that through 4 games, Mizzou's offense has been the most balanced in the nation. Here's a look at the top rushing schools so far, and how they also throw the ball. Of note is the fact that Mizzou is the only team so far to average both 250 yards passing and 250 yards rushing.
MOE NETS FIRST 100-YARD RECEIVING GAME AT #1 OKLAHOMA
After leading the Tigers in receiving a year ago (92 receptions, 1,045 yards, 6 TDs), junior WR T.J. Moe was looking for a breakout performance, and he got just that at top-ranked Oklahoma two weeks ago.
Moe had a big game at OU, as he hauled in 7 James Franklin passes for a season-best 119 yards. It marked the first 100-yard receiving game of the year for any Tiger, and it was the 4th 100-yard receiving game of Moe's career. He currently ranks 7th in the Big 12 in both receptions (5.75) and receiving yardage (72.75).
Moe had 3 receptions at Oklahoma of 20 yards or more, going for gains of 32, 29 and 21 on the night. He leads Mizzou with 7 catches on the year of 20 yards or more so far.
That was a nice sign for the Tiger offense, as Moe entered the OU game as MU's leading receiver, but with numbers that were smaller than what Mizzou fans had grown accustomed to seeing. He began the year with a 6-catch, 56-yard outing against Miami (Ohio) and followed with 6 catches for 48 yards at Arizona State, and added 4 catches for 68 yards and 1 TD against Western Illinois in a little over one half of play.
KANSAS STATE (MU Leads, 60-31-5)
Last 10 Games
at Manhattan: MU leads, 30-14-2
at KSU/Snyder Stadium: MU leads, 12-9-1
as part of Big 12 Conf.: KSU leads, 10-5
MIZZOU-KANSAS STATE SERIES HISTORY
Mizzou and Kansas State will square off for the 97th time when they meet Saturday in Manhattan, with Mizzou holding a 60-31-5 lead overall in the previous 96 meetings.
The 60 wins is tied for most by Mizzou over any opponents, along with the 60 wins the Tigers hold alltime over longtime rival Iowa State (60-34-9 overall, with a Oct. 15th Homecoming date in Columbia coming next week).
Mizzou has won 5 straight over K-State, including a 38-28 victory in Columbia last season on Senior Day. That's the longest win streak by Mizzou over the Wildcats since the Tigers claimed seven straight wins from 1972-78. While all of the games in MU's current 5-game streak have been hard fought, the Tigers' average winning margin has been 18.0 points.
Snyder Family Stadium is a tough venue at which to win, but the Tigers have been successful in their last two games there, claiming wins in 2007 (W, 49-32) and 2009 (W, 38-12).
While Mizzou holds the historical edge in the series, the Tigers are still trying to play catch up from a recent period of domination by Kansas State. The Wildcats hold a 10-5 edge in the series since the Big 12 began play in 1996. Mizzou's 41-21 win over K-State in Columbia in 2006 was a watershed moment for Gary Pinkel's program, as it broke a 13-game MU losing streak to the Wildcats, a streak that dated from 1993-2005. The Tigers' win in Manhattan in 2007 (W, 49-32) was historic as well, as it was MU's first there since 1989 - the first season for KSU coaching legend Bill Snyder.
Prior to K-State's 13-year stranglehold on the series, Mizzou had dominated the rivalry, holding a 55-18-5 advantage in the series ledger after claiming a 27-14 win in Columbia in 1992.
LAST YEAR REWIND: #17 MIZZOU 38, KANSAS STATE 28
Here's a recap from Mizzou's 2010 game against Kansas State: COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Blaine Gabbert accounted for three touchdown in a strong bounce-back effort and No. 17 Missouri [BCS] made just as many big plays on defense in a 38-28 victory over Kansas State in its home finale.
The Tigers (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) capitalized on three fumble recoveries, two of them huge swing plays, and scored 17 straight points to put away the Wildcats (6-3, 3-4). After leading 21-14 at halftime in a back-and-forth affair, the Tigers broke it open with the 17 unanswered points, to take a commanding 38-14 lead. Kansas State had a pair of touchdown drives in mop-up time well after the outcome had been decided.
Missouri finished 6-0 at home, beat Kansas State for the fifth straight time and won for the sixth straight time in the Tigers' home finale, recovering from consecutive losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech that derailed a 7-0 start.
Kansas State had four turnovers, one of them wasting an opportunity to tie it in the final minute of the first half when quarterback Carson Coffman fumbled the center snap at the Missouri 1. Jacquies Smith's fumble recovery preserved Missouri's 21-14 lead and the defensive end later scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the third quarter after Aldon Smith leveled Coffman with a sack.
Smith now has three career touchdowns, after scoring last year on an interception return and a touchdown reception on a fake field goal.
T.J. Moe caught two touchdown passes from Gabbert, who was 17 of 25 for 208 yards with an interception while running for a season-best 89 yards on 14 carries. The junior completed only 42 percent of his passes with one touchdown the previous two games.
Gabbert opened with seven straight completions, including a 25-yard scoring pass to Moe.
Coffman started for Kansas State, but the Wildcats had a lot more success with backup Collin Klein, who had 141 yards rushing on 18 carries.
Klein's running set up two short touchdown runs by Daniel Thomas in the first half.
Missouri led 38-14 before Kansas State scored a pair of late touchdowns on Klein's 35-yard pass to Adrian Hilburn and Coffman's 26-yard throw to Aubrey Quarles.
Gabbert had a big first half, going 11 of 13 for 98 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 70 yards on seven carries, including a 32-yard score.
Wide receiver Wes Kemp had a big peelback block on Gabbert's scoring scramble, leveling Terrance Sweeney. Kemp was among three wide receivers who got carries in the first half, and Jerrell Jackson's 9-yard run made it 21-14 with 4:12 to go in the half.
Thomas, who had 66 yards on 12 carries, scored two touchdowns for the second straight game, but he was held well below his season average of 122 yards per game coming in.
PINKEL THIRD ON MU WINS LIST
Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 11th season at MU (21st overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 152-88-3 (63.2%).
Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 57-26 (68.7%) over the past 6 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, has a 10-year record in Columbia of 79-51 (60.8%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 51-21 in his last 72 games overall (70.8%). 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 79. 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.
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.
Mizzou's bowl appearance in 2010 meant that Pinkel has led MU to 7 bowl games overall, and that is the most bowl games by any MU coach.
Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 7 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 and 10-3 in 2010), with those representing 7 of MU's 9 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.