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Oct. 7, 2013


Game Six: No. 25 Mizzou Tigers (5-0, 1-0)
at No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0)

Oct. 12, 2013 - Sanford Stadium - Athens, Ga.

TRACK THE TIGERS

KICKOFF: 11 a.m. CT

STADIUM: Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. Capacity of 92,746. Natural grass surface.

SERIES HISTORY: Mizzou trails Georgia in the all-time series, 2-0. MU-UGA met in the 1960 Orange Bowl before last season's game.

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MIZZOU HEADS TO ATHENS FOR TOP-25 MATCHUP WITH GEORGIA

  • The Missouri Tigers (5-0 overall, 1-0 in SEC play) head to Athens, Ga. to make their first-ever appearance at Sanford Stadium, where they'll take on the seventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs (4-1, 3-0) in an 11 a.m. (central time) game set for an ESPN telecast...
  • Mizzou is coming off a resounding 51-28 win last Saturday night to spoil Vanderbilt's Homecoming game. The Tigers raced to a 7-0 lead just 1:17 into the game, and held a 20-0 lead after one quarter on the way to a commanding 30-7 halftime lead. Mizzou's resurgent offense managed 523 yards of total offense, including 278 in the air and 245 on the ground in yet another balanced effort, while the Tiger defense was in lock-down mode early, holding Vanderbilt to just 97 yards of total offense in the first half...
  • With its five wins so far in 2013, the Tigers have already equaled their entire win total from an injury-riddled 2012 season that saw MU go 5-7 in their inaugural year in the Southeastern Conference. This marks the fifth time that Mizzou has started a season 5-0 in Gary Pinkel's 13 years at the helm...
  • Georgia comes into Saturday's game riding a four-game win streak, since dropping a heartbreaker in the season opener at No. 8 Clemson, 38-35. Since then, Georgia won three-straight home games against No. 6 South Carolina (41-30), North Texas (45-21) and No. 6 LSU (44-41), before winning an OT thriller last Saturday at Tennesse (34-31)...

Plenty of points

  • Mizzou's 51 points at Vanderbilt marked the most scored by the Tigers in a road conference game (non-OT) since claiming a 52-20 win at Iowa State on Nov. 15, 2008...
  • The Tigers' 30 points at halftime against the Commodores were also more than Mizzou scored in all but two complete SEC games in 2012 (Mizzou scored 33 against Kentucky and 51 at Tennesse in 4-OTs)...
  • In four SEC road games in 2012, Mizzou averaged 24.3 points per game, scoring 10 at South Carolina, 7 at Florida, 51 at Tennesse (in a 4OT game) and 29 at Texas A&M...

TIGERS TURN HEADS WITH MUSIC CITY MAULING OF VANDY

  • Mizzou rolled through its four-game non-conference season, claiming wins by an average margin of 24.5 points, but most outside observers chose to maintain a "wait-and-see" approach to evaluating just what the Tigers bring the table in 2013. After its dominating 51-28 win at Vanderbilt - a team which defeated Mizzou by a 19-15 score in Columbia in 2012 - people have taken notice, as the Tigers made their first appearance in the Associated Press Top-25 on Sunday, Oct. 6 - MU's first showing in the AP poll since the second week of the 2011 season...
  • The Tigers took an aggressive mindset into last Saturday's game in Nashville, as they chose to take the ball after winning the coin toss. The decision paid off as James Franklin led a lightning-quick 5-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that ended with his 26-yard TD pass to WR L'Damian Washington just 1:17 into the game to put the Tigers up, 7-0...
  • After a quick three-and-out turned in by Mizzou's defense, PK Andrew Baggett hit a 44-yard field goal for a 10-0 lead, and the defense got the ball back three plays later with an interception by LB Kentrell Brothers that he returned to the Vandy 11-yardline. On the next play, Franklin hit TE Eric Waters for an 11-yard TD pass and a 17-0 lead at the 7:54 mark. A third-straight three-and-out series by MU's defense set up a second Baggett three-pointer, this one from 29 yards out, and the Tiger lead surged to 20-0...
  • After Vandy finally scored with a TD drive, Mizzou squelched any Commodore momentum with another 75-yard scoring drive of their own, this one capped by a Henry Josey 5-yard TD run. Baggett would hit his third field goal of the half later on with 1:38 left (this one from 41 yards out) and the Tigers held a 30-7 lead at the half...
  • With the outcome largely decided, VU found some offense in the second half, scoring three TDs, but they would pull no closer than 16 points each time. Most importantly, every time Vandy scored in the second half, Mizzou turned right back and answered with a TD drive of their own to extend the lead and keep momentum on their side. Josey had a 1-yard 3rd-quarter run for his second score of the night, and Franklin would throw his 3rd and 4th TDs of the game (tying a career high) with a 15-yard 3rd-quarter strike to WR Marcus Lucas and with a 4th-quarter pass to Washington of 42 yards...

FAST STARTS HAVE KEYED PAIR OF TIGER ROAD WINS IN 2013

  • Mizzou has played in only two road games so far in 2013, but they hope one early trend repeats itself this Saturday when they play at Georgia - a fast start on both sides of the ball. The combined first-quarter score of MU's wins at Indiana and at Vanderbilt has been a whopping 34-0 in favor of the Tigers. Mizzou jumped to a 14-0 lead at Indiana on the way to a 45-28 win on Sept. 21st, and they followed with a 20-0 lead at Vandy this past Saturday to key the 51-28 triumph...
  • Combined stats for those two first quarters: Total Offense - MU 373, Opps 113; Rushing Yards - MU 135, Opps 44; Passing Yards - MU 238, Opps 79; Punts - MU 0, Opps 5...
  • Oddly enough, in MU's three home games so far, fast starts haven't been the norm at all. In those three home games (wins over Murray State, Toledo and Arkansas State) the combined score was 30-23 in favor of Mizzou. The Tigers actually trailed FCS' Murray State 14-13 at the end of the 1st quarter, and held slim leads of 10-3 and 7-6 over Toldeo and Arkansas State, respectively...

BRINGING BALANCE TO THE FORCE

  • Mizzou comes into the game at Georgia with one of the nation's most balanced offensive attacks, as the Tigers rank in the top-32 nationally in both rushing (T-15th - 258.8 avg.) and passing (32nd - 285.0 avg.)...
  • That makes Mizzou one of only eight offenses in the country who rank in the top-32 in both categories...
  • Digging further, the Tigers can lay claim to being one of only five schools to this point averaging 255+ yards per game in rushing and 285+ yards passing coming into this weekend (Baylor, Oregon, Washington and UCLA are the others)...
BALANCED OFFENSES
(LISTED ALPHABETICALLY)
School Rush Avg. Rush Rank Pass Avg. Pass Rank
Baylor 347.3 2nd 432.3 1st
Mizzou 258.8 T-15th 285.0 32nd
Oregon 335.8 3rd 294.6 24th
UCLA 259.8 14th 302.0 21st
Washington 258.8 T-15th 298.2 23rd

EXERCISING GREAT DISCIPLINE

  • Mizzou is playing disciplined ball so far, as the Tigers are the least-penalized team in the SEC heading into Saturday's game at Georgia. Mizzou ranks 14th in the nation, and 1st in the SEC in fewest penalties (4.00 p/g) and they rank 16th nationally and 2nd in the SEC in fewest penalty yards (34.80 avg.) per outing...
  • The Tigers have been the lesser-penalized team in all five games of its 5-0 start to the 2013 season, with the season-low coming in Mizzou's opening rout of Murray State (Aug. 31), two penalties for 20 yards in a 58-14 victory...

FRANKLIN DELIVERS

  • Senior QB James Franklin threw four touchdown passes for the second time in his career in the 51-28 win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5), matching his four-TD performance in the 51-48 4OT win at Tennessee last season. It was additionally the seventh time in his career he has thrown for at least three scores...
  • Franklin finished the game against the Commodores completing 19-of-28 passes for 278 yards, the four scores and zero interceptions. The outing featured 341 yards of total offense for Franklin, as he also ran for 63 yards on 12 attempts...
  • In just five games in 2013, Franklin has already surpassed his total offense output for his entire injury-plagued 2012 season. He enters the Georgia game with 1,685 total yards of offense (1,407 passing, 278 rushing), compared to 2012 totals of 1,684 (1,562 passing and 122 rushing)...
  • He's got 13 passing TDs and 2 rushing TDs thus far in 2013, compared to 2012 totals of 10 passing TDs and zero rushing TDs...
  • Through five games, Franklin has Mizzou's offense ranked 7th in the NCAA in total offense (543.8 ypg), 8th nationally in scoring offense (46.6 ppg) and 9th nationally in 3rd-down conversion rate (53.8%)...
  • Individually, Franklin ranks 10th nationally, and 2nd in the SEC, in total offense, with his per-game average of 337.0 yards...
  • Franklin amassed a career-best 404 yards of total offense as he led the Tigers to a convincing 45-28 road win at Indiana (Sept. 21). 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 vs. UNC...
  • 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...

FANTASTIC FOUR

  • The Tigers' rushing game has been so potent thanks in large part to its balance. Mizzou has four players with 275 or more rushing yards and 2 TDs or more, including sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough (379 yards, 3 TDs, 7.9 avg.), junior TB Henry Josey (307 yds., 4 TDs, 5.7 avg.), junior TB Marcus Murphy (293 yds., 4 TDs, 8.4 avg.) and senior QB James Franklin (278 yds., 2 TDs, 5.2 avg.)...
  • Mizzou's four-headed rushing monster is unique on the national level. The Tigers are the only school in the country with four players who have rushed for 275+ yards. Army is the closest program with its top rushers at 440, 437, 366 and 217 yards. Just four total schools (Army, Minnesota, Oregon and Wisconsin) can lay claim to having three rushers with 275+ yards...

SAM CONTINUES TO BE A HANDFUL

  • Senior DL Michael Sam notched a career-best 3.0 sacks in back-to-back games, first against Arkansas State (Sept. 28) and then at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5). His play in the ASU and Vanderbilt games earned him SEC Defensive Line Player of the Week recognition in back-to-back weeks. Against the Commodores, Sam totaled five tackles and two of his three sacks came on 4th-down plays in the 4th-quarter as Vanderbilt was trying to stage a late rally...
  • The 3.0 sacks from both games ties the NCAA single-game high through Oct. 5 this season, and Sam is the only player in the nation so far to record 3.0 sacks in a game twice. It's been done 16 times overall so far, but Sam is the only repeat performer on the single-game list...
  • Sam leads the SEC in both sacks and tackles for loss, and ranks 5th in the NCAA so far in sacks (1.2 per game) and 6th in the NCAA in TFLs (2.0 per game)...

TIGER DEFENSE NOTCHES MAGNIFICENT SEVEN SACKS AT VANDY

  • One huge key to Mizzou's big win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5) was the havoc created in the backfield by the Tiger defensive line. Mizzou's front four got pressure all night long, and the Tigers ended the game with 7.0 sacks in all - with all of them coming from the line. Ends accounted for 6.5 of the sacks, including 3.0 from DE Michael Sam (the second straight week Sam has recorded 3.0 sacks), 2.0 from DE Kony Ealy, 1.5 from DE Markus Golden and the remaining 0.5 coming from tackle Lucas Vincent...
  • The 7.0 sacks marked the most by Mizzou since they recorded 7.0 in a 30-9 win at Texas A&M on Oct. 16, 2010 against Aggie QB Ryan Tannehill...
  • Mizzou now has 12.0 QB sacks in its last two games, and that's been a welcome sight, as the Tigers had totaled only 3.0 combined sacks in its first three outings (with all three coming in the opener against Murray State)...
  • Mizzou's average of 3.0 QB sacks per game is the top mark in the SEC heading into Saturday's action, and it ranks the Tigers 15th nationally...
  • Individually, senior DE Michael Sam now ranks first in the SEC, and fifth in the nation, with his 1.2 sacks-per-game average. Sam is also the league's top-ranked performer in tackles for loss currently, with an average of 2.0 per game, which ranks him 6th nationally...

JOSEY GETS TWO

  • Junior TB Henry Josey scored two touchdown runs in the 51-28 win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5), crossing the goal line from 5-yards out and on a 1-yard plunge...
  • Josey's multiple rushing TD performance was the fourth of his career. His double against the Commodores goes along with a two-TD day against Toledo earlier this season. He also rushed for two scores 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...

SPREADING OUT THE POINTS

  • The Tigers have been a model of consistency offensively so far in 2013, as they have scored in every one of their 20 quarters played to date, and the per-quarter scoring for MU so far reads: 1st quarter - 64 points; 2nd quarter - 55 points; 3rd quarter - 58 points; 4th quarter - 56 points...
  • In the fourth quarter this year, Mizzou outscored its four non-conference opponents by a 49-17 margin, much improved from 2012, when its four non-conference foes outscored MU by a 47-31 count in the final period...

SIGHTS SET ON 6-0

  • Mizzou is 5-0 for the fifth time in 13 seasons under Pinkel. That kind of fast start to a season has been a precursor to big things for Pinkel at Mizzou, as the average season win total for those previous four teams is 10 (8 in 2006, 12 in 2007, 10 in 2008, 10 in 2010)...
  • Mizzou's last 6-0 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...

WHAT A LEG!

  • Baggett tallied a career-high 15 points thanks to a career high-tying 3 field goals (44, 29, 41) and 6 PATs in Mizzou's 51-28 win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5). His first two kicks came in the decisive first quarter, with the game still in the balance. He hit a 44-yarder at the 8:43 mark to give Mizzou a 10-0 lead, and then followed with a 29-yarder to make it 20-0 with 2:50 left in the 1st...
  • His 15 points came up just one shy of the Mizzou single-game scoring record for kickers. The record mark was 16 points by Jeff Jacke against Kansas in 1992 (5 FGs, 1 PAT)...
  • Baggett continues to be a huge field position weapon for the Tigers, as he had 6 touchbacks on 10 kickoffs against Vanderbilt Saturday. Through 5 games, Baggett ranks 3rd nationally in kickoff touchback percentage, at 78.1% (32 touchbacks in 41 kickoff attempts)...

TAKING CARE OF NON-CONFERENCE BUSINESS

  • Having completed its non-conference schedule, Mizzou's statisical improvements are staggering. Mizzou rushed for 1,049 yards in the four games, as opposed to just 596 yards vs. non-league teams in 2012...
  • In terms of total offense against non-conference foes, Mizzou's 2,196 yards outpaces the 1,600 from last year...
  • Mizzou's offense has moved the ball at an impressive clip, notching 112 first downs in the first four games this season. Against 2012 non-conference opponents, the Tigers' claimed 77 first downs...

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • Sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers' INT at Vanderbilt pushed Mizzou's consecutive games with a turnover forced streak to 35, the longest active streak in BCS. The last time Mizzou didn't record a takeaway was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska (a 31-17 loss)...
  • Conversely, the Tiger defense made its living in 2012 by jarring the ball loose from opponents, as MU recovered 16 fumbles in 12 games, which ranked them fifth in the nation for most recoveries...

INTERCEPTIONS? MIZZOU HAS THOSE

  • Missouri recorded three interceptions for three-straight games to start the 2013 season, adding single picks against Arkansas State and at Vanderbilt for 11 INTs on the year. The Tigers had just seven INTs all of last season. The 11 pickoffs are second-most in the NCAA, behind only Virginia Tech's 13 in six games...
  • Eight different Tigers have combined for the 11 total interceptions, with senior CB E.J. Gaines with three pickoffs. Gaines is Mizzou's active career interceptions leader with six, but interestingly enough, the INTs for all of the other seven in 2013 have marked the first of their careers, with Brothers' picking up his second INT of the season and his career at Vanderbilt...

TURNING IT AROUND ON THIRD DOWN

  • Mizzou has been outstanding on third down so far this season. The Tigers are 35-of-65 (.538) on third down this year, which ranks ninth in the country...
  • 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 five games in 2013, Mizzou has converted 35 third-downs, after netting only 62 in 12 games in 2012...

WELCOME TO WILSON's WORLD

  • Senior LB Andrew Wilson led the way defensively for the Tigers with a career-high 17 tackles in Mizzou's 41-19 win over Arkansas State (Sept. 28). That tied for the second-highest tackles output in the Gary Pinkel era at Mizzou, trailing only the 20 stops registered in 2008 by LB Sean Weatherspoon against Buffalo...
  • The big night jumped Wilson into a tie for the team lead on the season, with 26 stops in four games. He has been Mizzou's leading tackler each of the past two seasons...
  • Career-wise, Wilson burst up to 245 stops as a Tiger, which is nearing the top 20 all-time in Mizzou history. Ranking 20th on the all-time list is LB Dedrick Harrington (2003-06), who recorded 280 career tackles...

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...

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...

BIG NIGHTS FOR FOUR MIZZOU RECEIVERS

  • Career nights were had by a quartet of Mizzou's wide receivers in the win at Indiana (Sept. 21), 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...

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 five 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 tied for eighth in the SEC, with the most of any defensive lineman in the league...
  • 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...

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 QB was more like himself from his stellar sophomore year in 2011, a campaign that ended with his previous rushing and passing team-leader performance in the 41-24 win vs. UNC 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 5.2 yards per rush in 2013 after averaging just 1.4 in his injury-riddled 2012 season...

GAINES GAINS INTERCEPTIONS

  • The preseason honors candidate got his senior campaign off to an outstanding start as he pulled in a career-high two interceptions and added four tackles as the Tiger defense was stout overall in Mizzou's 58-14 win over Murray State in the 2013 season opener...
  • Gaines' first interception was a key one that came at a time when the game was still in the balance, as Murray had the ball with a 14-13 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Gaines jumped an out route and made a diving interception to give Mizzou the ball at the Racer 33-yardline. Three plays later, Mizzou converted with a touchdown for a 20-14 lead, and that jump-started the Tigers to 45-straight unanswered points...
  • Mizzou's defense found itself deep in the fourth quarter against Arkansas State (Sept. 28) still looking for one of its signature turnovers. Redshirt freshman DL Harold Brantley, playing in his first career start, responded by getting his hands in the air to deflect a pass attempt from Arkansas State's Adam Kennedy. The deflection wobbled down field into the waiting hands of senior CB E.J. Gaines with a little more than four minutes left in the game...
  • The pick was Gaines' third of his final Tiger season and sixth of his career. His three INTs ties him for first in the SEC (0.60/per game)...

GARY PINKEL IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 168 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 168-98-3 all-time (63.0%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 95-61 (60.9%) 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 95 13 (2001-Present) 95-61 .609 8
Dan Devine 93 13 (1958-70) 93-37-7 .704 6
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

PINKEL HAS SECOND-MOST WINS IN MIZZOU HISTORY

  • Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 13th season at MU (23rd overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 168-98-3 (63.0%)....
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 72-36 (66.7%) over the past 9 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has a 13-season record in Columbia of 95-61 (60.9%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 66-31 in his last 97 games overall (68.0%). MU's win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks second on the coaching wins list at MU, with 95. The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career...
  • Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935. Here's a quick look at the top winning coaches in MU history...
  • 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.

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...

WITH A TIGER VICTORY, MIZZOU WILL...

  • Start 6-0 for the third time in Coach Pinkel's 13-season tenure at Mizzou.
  • Start 6-0 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 96-61 under Coach Pinkel, moving the Tiger coach closer to Mizzou's all-time winningest coach, Don Faurot, who won 101 games (1935-42, 46-56).
  • Start 2-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010 season and fourth time under Pinkel.
  • Notch its first victory against Georgia, with the two schools having only met twice previously.

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. Georgia

  • Saturday's Mizzou-Georgia matchup is just the third meeting between the two schools on the gridiron. The Bulldogs have a 2-0 advantage over the Tigers...
  • The Tigers and Bulldogs first met in the 1960 Orange Bowl, the first of three trips to Miami made by legendary coach Dan Devine's Mizzou squads. Georgia edged the Tigers in that Jan. 1 game by a score of 14-0...
  • Mizzou and Georgia would not meet again until last season, with the No. 7 Bulldogs serving as the Tigers' opponent for their first-ever SEC game. Mizzou battled until late in the contest, eventually dropping a 41-20 decision to Georgia...
Mizzou GEORGIA
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Hansbrough 48 379 7.9 3 75.8
Josey 54 323 5.7 6 61.4
Murphy 3531 298 8.4 4 58.6
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Gurley 71 450 6.3 4 112.5
Marshall 56 246 4.4 1 49.2
Green 22 194 8.8 1 38.8
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G Rating
Franklin 114-168 67.9 1407 13-3 281.4 160.17
Mauk 2-3 66.7 18 0-0 18.0 117.07
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G
Murray 98-151 64.9 1534 14-3 306.8
Wooten 1-1 100.0 42 0-0 8.4
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Lucas 27 263 9.7 1 52.4
Green-Beckham 23 364 15.8 4 72.8
Washington 22 340 15.5 5 68.0
Hunt 13 118 9.1 1 23.6
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Conley 20 318 15.9 3 63.6
Scott-Wesley 16 311 19.4 2 62.2
Bennett 14 176 12.6 2 35.2
Lynch 11 169 15.4 2 33.8
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Wilson 15-18 33 1.5 0.0 0-0 0 0-0
Webb 21-11 32 1.0 0.0 1-9 1 0-0
Gaines 23-9 32 2.0 0.0 3-0 1 0-0
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
R. Wilson 23-29 52 3.5 1.0 0-0 1 0-0
Herrera 17-30 47 1.5 0.5 0-0 5 0-0
Harvey-Clemons 12-18 30 2.5 0.0 0-0 3 0-0