Oct. 10, 2011
Iowa State (3-2, 0-2) at Mizzou (2-3, 0-2)
Oct. 15, 2011 - Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field - Columbia, Mo.
HOMECOMING 2011 - A CENTURY OF COMING HOME
TIGERS COME HOME IN SEARCH OF A `W'
The Missouri Tigers (2-3 overall, 0-2 in Big 12 Conference play) return home this Saturday to the recognized birthplace of Homecoming as they play host to the Iowa State Cyclones (3-2, 0-2) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the game is set for 1:07 p.m.
The Tigers are looking to break a two-game losing streak that has seen them drop consecutive road games at #1 Oklahoma (38-28 on Sept. 24th) and last Saturday at #20 Kansas State (24-17). In fact, all three of MU's losses have come on the road at the hands of ranked teams, with the other one being a 37-30 overtime setback on Sept. 9th at #23 Arizona State.
Last Saturday, the Tigers got out to a sluggish start and fell into a 10-0 first-quarter deficit at K-State. The 2nd quarter was all Tigers statistically, as MU outgained the Wildcats by a massive 156-to-20 edge in total offense. Unfortunately, all Mizzou could muster was just three points, which left the score 10-3 at halftime.
A Tiger interception on the 2nd play of the 3rd quarter buoyed Mizzou hopes, but the drive stalled and a 37-yard field goal try was no good. Mizzou's defense stoned K-State on their ensuing possession for a 3-and-out but a roughing the punter penalty gave the Wildcats new life and they capitalized on the mistake, driving the length of the field for a killer TD and a 17-3 lead. The Wildcats would eventually stretch the lead to 24-3 before MU mounted a rally with a pair of TDs in the final eight minutes before the Wildcats ran out the clock on their final possession.
Iowa State has also dropped two straight games coming into Saturday, following a 3-0 start to the season. The Cyclones played well early last week at #25 Baylor, as they got out to a 14-3 lead in the 2nd quarter, only to see the Bears' potent offense erupt for 28-straight points. ISU was trailing 28-14 midway through the third, and threatening in the red zone, but QB Steele Jantz was stripped of the ball, and Baylor returned the fumble 86 yards for a TD and a 35-14 lead. Baylor would go on to amass 603 yards of offense, including 391 rushing yards. ISU opened the season with a narrow home win over Northern Iowa (20-19 on Sept. 3rd), and then put together a pair of solid victories, first at home over in-state rival Iowa (44-41 in triple overtime), followed by a road win at Connecticut (24-20 on Sept. 16th). After a bye week, #17 Texas came into Ames and dealt the Cyclones their first loss of the season (37-14 on Oct. 1st).
KICKOFF: 1:07 p.m. CT.
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (71,004 - FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 258-167-20 there alltime and has won 31 of its last 36 overall and is 41-10 there since 2003 (2-0 in 2011).
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.
The Tiger Network broadcast will also be available on Sirius 128.
RANKINGS (AP / Coaches):
MU - None.
ISU - None.
SERIES: Mizzou leads, 60-34-9, and has won 3 straight, and 7 of last 8 in the series, including 4 straight in Columbia.
MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 79-52 at MU (11th year) and 152-89-3 overall (21st year). Pinkel is 7-3 vs. Iowa State and 2-0 vs. Paul Rhoads.
ISU: Paul Rhoads (Missouri Western, `89), 15-15 at ISU and overall (3rd season). Rhoads is 0-2 vs. Mizzou and Gary Pinkel.
HOMECOMING RETURNS FOR ITS 100TH CELEBRATION AT MIZZOU
Legend says that the Homecoming tradition got its start at the University of Missouri in 1911, thanks to the vision and efforts of Chester L. Brewer, MU's Director of Athletics at the time. Although Illinois staged a similar celebration in 1910, Missouri claims its 1911 effort as the first formal Homecoming celebration surrounding a football game.
That year, the Missouri-Kansas game was to be played on a college campus for the first time ever. Previously, the game had been played in either Kansas City or St. Joseph, and Missouri trailed in the series by a 12-5-3 count at the time.
Brewer wanted to add some spice to the season-ending game in Columbia, so he issued a plea to Mizzou alumni and especially to former Tiger football players to "Come Home" for the game. They did just that, with a record crowd of 9,000 overflowing old Rollins Field.
With four minutes to play, and MU trailing by three, Tiger captain Glen Shuck booted a tying field goal from a difficult angle. Then, little Billy Blees caught a rampaging KU fullback in the open field in the final seconds to preserve the tie, and was carried off the field a hero.
Hence, "Homecoming" was born. MU has a 57-37-5 record in Homecoming games over the years. Not surprisingly, rival Kansas has been its most common opponent for the game - with MU holding an 18-7-2 edge in 27 such meetings - although the two did not meet on Homecoming from 1960 until 2000 in Columbia.
Saturday's opponent, Iowa State, has served as MU's Homecoming opponent 10 times previously, and the Cyclones have given Mizzou all sorts of Homecoming headaches, as ISU holds a 6-2-2 edge in those games.
The last time ISU visited as Homecoming guests was back in 2005, when the Tigers rallied from a 10-point 4th-quarter deficit to post a 27-24 overtime win. That was the game when true freshman Chase Daniel came off the bench to spell an injured Brad Smith, and led MU to 10 points in the final nine minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime, where Adam Crossett made a 26-yard field goal for the win, after ISU's Bret Culbertson missed on a 43-yard field goal to open the extra stanza.
For a full schedule of 2011 Homecoming events, please visit www.mizzou.com. This year's Homecoming Grand Marshall is the man who started it all, Chester Brewer. Brewer, who passed away in 1953, will be presiding over the festivities in posthumous fashion, and he will be represented this weekend by members of his family.
Brewer worked in a variety of positions during his time at Mizzou. He served as athletic director for two different terms (1911-17 and 1924-34) and, at different times, coached football, basketball, baseball, and track. During his reign as athletic director, Brewer was responsible for improvements to Rollins Field as well as the construction of Memorial Stadium in 1926 and Brewer Fieldhouse in 1930. One of his most notable achievements, however, began early during his time at Mizzou when he organized the first homecoming celebration.
MIZZOU HOMECOMING HISTORY
How has Mizzou fared over the years in Homecoming games? The Tigers stand 57-37-5 alltime (60.1%) on Homecoming, and MU enters Saturday's game against Iowa State having won 7 of their last 9, including last season's landmark 36-27 win over #1-ranked Oklahoma, which featured the first-ever visit to Columbia by the ESPN College GameDay crew. Mizzou's last Homecoming loss was in 2009 to #3 Texas (41-7).
Iowa State has historically proven to be a thorn in Mizzou's side, especially when it comes to Homecoming. They Cyclones have been MU's Homecoming guest 10 times in the past, and ISU holds a 6-2-2 edge in those games. That ISU advantage would be bigger, were it not for a miracle comeback in 2005 by Mizzou to overcome a 10-point deficit to ISU in the final nine minutes and pave the way for a 27-24 MU overtime win. The only other Homecoming win for MU over Iowa State was back in 1968 (42-7). Between those two wins, ISU was undefeated 5-0-2 playing in Columbia on Mizzou's Homecoming.
If history holds, expect to see a close game on Saturday, as 7 of the 10 times Iowa State has played as MU's Homecoming foe, the games have been decided by 7 points or less, including 5 decided by 3 or less.
TIGERS HAVE WON 9 STRAIGHT AT FAUROT FIELD
Mizzou hopes to get back on the winning track this Saturday, and they will carry a 9-game home winning streak into the contest with Iowa State. While that might not seem like a huge number, it does stand tied for the 3rd-longest home winning streak for the Tigers. A win Saturday would equal the 2nd-longest streak (Nov. 25, 2006 through Oct. 11, 2008). Here's a look at the longest home win streaks in Mizzou history:
MU Longest Home Winning Streaks
- 20 - Started: Nov. 5, 1938 (Michigan State) / Ended: Nov. 13, 1943 (Oklahoma)
- 10 - Started: Nov. 25, 2006 (Kansas) / Ended: Oct. 11, 2008 (Oklahoma State)
- 9 - Started: Nov. 21, 2009 (Iowa State) / Ended: Current streak
- 9 - Started: Sept. 13, 2003 (Eastern Illinois) / Ended: Oct. 23, 2004 (Oklahoma State)
- 9 - Started: Oct. 24, 1959 (Nebraska) / Ended: Oct. 7, 1961 (California)
In all, Mizzou has won 22 of its last 26 games at Faurot Field, and stands 41-10 overall at home since nicknaming Memorial Stadium "The Zou" prior to the 2003 season.
MIZZOU HAS PLAYED 5TH-TOUGHEST SCHEDULE SO FAR
According to the NCAA statistics, Mizzou has played the nation's 5th-toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent winning percentage. Here's a look at the numbers:
NCAA Toughest Schedules, Past Opponents
1. Kansas .813
2. Utah .750
Notre Dame .750
4. Texas A&M .737
5. MIZZOU .733
6. LSU .727
7. Arizona .722
Things don't get much easier the rest of the way either for the Tigers, as the NCAA lists Mizzou's future opponents as the 13th-toughest slate of foes in the country, with a collective winning percentage of .688. Following Saturday's game with Iowa State, Mizzou will enter a stretch of four straight games against ranked opponents, including current #6 Oklahoma State, #21 Texas A&M, #20 Baylor and #22 Texas.
MIZZOU-IOWA STATE SERIES HISTORY
Mizzou and Iowa State have met 103 times previously, with the Tigers holding a 60-34-9 edge in the series which dates back to the first-ever meeting between the two in 1896. MU is looking for its 5th straight win over Iowa State, which would be the longest streak for MU in the rivalry since a 10-game win streak for the Tigers from 1956-65. The 60 wins is tied for the most ever by Mizzou over an opponent, along with the 60 wins over Kansas State.
The Tigers have held the upper hand of late between the two longtime rivals, winning four straight, and seven of the last eight matchups overall, including a 14-0 shutout win in Ames in 2010. However, the games have been tightly contested more often than not, with each of the last two MU wins not being decided until the 4th quarter. In 2010 in Ames, the Tigers held a slim 7-0 lead heading into the 4th quarter, but were able to tack on another TD and hold the Cyclones scoreless the rest of the way. Mizzou's 34-24 win in Columbia was no walk in the park, either, as the Cyclones held a 17-10 halftime lead in a game that was tied at 24-apiece heading into the 4th quarter, before the Tigers pulled away late.
The only loss in the last eight games against Iowa State was a 21-16 setback in Ames in 2006 that saw the Tigers denied a comeback win as a potential game-winning TD was wiped out by a penalty in the final moments of the game.
Mizzou holds a 29-16-7 lead in the series in games played in Columbia, including a 26-10-6 record in games played at Memorial Stadium. Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, the Tigers hold a 9-6 series edge, including a 5-2 mark in Columbia and a 4-4 mark in Ames.
Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is 7-3 overall against Iowa State, and 2-0 vs. ISU Coach Paul Rhoads.
LAST YEAR REWIND: #15 MIZZOU 14, IOWA STATE 0
Here's a recap from Mizzou's 2010 game against Iowa State:
AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Blaine Gabbert threw a touchdown pass and No. 15 Missouri turned a fake punt into another score in a 14-0 victory over Iowa State.
On a chilly night in the heartland, Missouri (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) wasn't clicking offensively for most of the game. But the Tigers' defense remained stout and they made just enough plays with the ball to deny Iowa State (5-7, 3-5) the victory it needed for bowl eligibility.
Gabbert threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Michael Egnew in the first quarter and De'Vion Moore scored from the 1 in the second half after punter Matt Grabner kept the drive alive with a 15-yard run on fourth-and-2 at his own 28.
Missouri won its second straight after a two-game losing streak spoiled a 7-0 start. This is just the sixth time Missouri has won nine games in a season.
With the regular-season finale against Kansas and a bowl game still to go, the Tigers could reach 10 wins for the fourth time.
Iowa State, which broke out special gold jerseys for the game, had to go with sophomore Jerome Tiller at quarterback in place of injured starter Austen Arnaud. Tiller, making his third career start, gave the Cyclones a spark at times with his running, but he completed only 13 of 31 passes for 155 yards and lost a fumble at the Missouri 30 when the Cyclones were driving to cut into MU's lead in the 4th quarter.
Arnaud, a three-year starter, had his college career end when he tore ligaments in his left knee in a 34-14 loss at Colorado a week ago. He was introduced with the other seniors before kickoff and encouraged Tiller and offered him advice on the sideline during the game.
Gabbert finished 16 of 26 for 172 yards with no interceptions, while Egnew caught seven passes for 77 yards. But the Tigers' offense overall never generated much rhythm and stalled repeatedly.
Iowa State just couldn't do enough with Tiller to capitalize. The Cyclones needed one victory in their last three games to become eligible for a second straight bowl appearance, but they lost all three and wound up with their fourth losing season in five years.
Clinging to a 7-0 lead late in the third quarter, Missouri lined up in punt formation at its own 28 after falling 2 yards short of a first down. But Iowa State left the middle of the field open and Grabner sprinted straight ahead to a first down at his own 43.
Gabbert hit Egnew, his tight end, for gains of 11 and 16 yards and ran 15 yards on a quarterback draw. The Tigers got a scare when Gabbert fumbled as he was hit, but teammate T.J. Moe recovered at the ISU 6 and Moore scored two plays later.
Missouri managed to put together an 80-yard scoring drive during what was otherwise a quiet first half.
Gabbert completed passes of 26 yards to Rolandis Woodland and 24 yards to Egnew before a roughing the passer penalty gave the Tigers a first down at the Iowa State 11. On the next play, Gabbert lofted a pass toward the far right corner of the end zone, where the 6-foot-6 Egnew made a leaping catch.
Tiller moved the Cyclones at times--they ran six more plays than Missouri in the first half--but he couldn't finish the drives.
Iowa State's best chance to score in the opening half came when Alexander Robinson's 18-yard run gave the Cyclones a first down at the Missouri 23. But the next three plays netted only 3 yards and Grant Mahoney's 38-yard field goal attempt hooked wide left.
Mahoney also missed a 27-yard attempt in the third quarter and finished the season 8 for 17, missing seven of his last eight kicks.
LAST TIME IN COLUMBIA: MIZZOU 34, IOWA STATE 24 (2009)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Danario Alexander reached double digits in receptions for the third straight game and Jerrell Jackson had a career day, helping Missouri end a three-game home losing streak in a 34-24 victory over Iowa State. Alexander had 11 catches for 173 yards and a 63-yard score, breaking records for single-season and career yardage set by Jeremy Maclin in the 2008 season. In his last three games, Alexander has 34 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns. He came up just 27 yards shy of becoming only the third player in NCAA history to post three consecutive 200-yard receiving games.
Jackson, a sophomore replacing injured senior Jared Perry in the starting lineup (Perry was lost for the remainder of the regular season due to a hairline fracture of his right shin at Kansas State the week before) had eight receptions for 142 yards and a 70-yard score.
Both of the big plays came in the third quarter for Missouri (7-4, 3-4 Big 12), which had been plagued by poor second halves in conference play before pulling away at Kansas State the previous week. Iowa State (6-6, 3-5) led 17-10 at halftime after Austen Arnaud's 38-yard pass to Darius Darks with 26 seconds left.
Jackson outran the coverage on his catch, which tied it at 17-17 early in the second half. On MU's next possession, Alexander took a swing pass to paydirt for 63 yards, splitting defenders along the way who appeared to have an angle on him.
Blaine Gabbert was 23 for 32 for 337 yards and two touchdowns and had 51 yards on 12 carries, helping fill the void after Derrick Washington left the game after sustaining a concussion in the second quarter.
Mizzou rushed 50 times in all for a season-high 202 yards. De'Vion Moore's 1-yard run with 4 minutes 43 seconds to go gave Missouri a 10-point cushion and sealed the game.
That game-clinching score capped an 11-play, 59-yard drive that consumed 5:57 off the clock - Mizzou's longest scoring drive of the season in clock time. It was extended on a gutsy 4th-and-1 gamble at midfield with about 9 minutes to go and the Tigers clinging to a slim 27-24 lead.
Gabbert kept on a sneak and gained two yards on the play to move the chains, and he later hit Alexander on a crucial 22-yard gain on 3rd-and-4 that took the ball to the Cyclone 9-yardline. Moore took it from there, going for eight yards and following on the next snap with his game-clinching score, the second touchdown of the season for the sophomore from St. Louis, Mo.
Iowa State scored on a pair of trick plays, a 10-yard option pass by wide receiver Alexander Robinson to Jake Williams in the first quarter and a 12-yard run by 338-pound tackle Scott Haughton off a lateral pass from Arnaud in the third quarter to make it 24-24.
The Cyclones allowed 539 yards, one week after clamping down on Colorado for a 17-10 victory that made them bowl-eligible for the first time since 2005.
Darks had a season-best 107 yards on nine catches for Iowa State, but was held to 22 yards on five receptions in the second half. Mizzou played keep-away from Iowa State in the final quarter, as it held the ball for 12:21 of the 4th quarter, and for the game it owned a 35:55-to-24:05 edge in time of possession.
UNCHARACTERISTIC SLOW START LEADS TO 24-17 LOSS AT K-STATE
Through its first four games of the 2011 season, Mizzou had done a nice job of starting fast and either getting out to leads or answering opponent scores right away. Last Saturday, it was just the opposite, as Kansas State jumped to a 10-0 first quarter lead and that keyed the #20 Wildcats to a 24-17 win in Manhattan, Kan.
Mizzou walked off the field feeling like it had given away 14 of Kansas State's points, and it's hard to argue that, as an interception on the MU 21-yardline set up one KSU score, and a roughing the punter penalty extended another K-State drive which led to another Wildcat touchdown.
Things got off to about as bad a start as possible, as QB James Franklin was intercepted on the first play of the game, with the Wildcats taking over at the Mizzou 21-yardline. Six plays later, they punched it in for a touchdown and a quick 7-0 lead. A pair of three-and-out offensive possessions followed for MU's offense, and K-State added a field goal to post a 10-0 lead after one quarter. In the first quarter, K-State held a total offense advantage of 74 yards to Mizzou's zero. The Tigers ran only 7 offensive plays in the quarter, and K-State held the ball for a massive 11:10 of the 15 minutes.
That was some uncharacteristic MO for Mizzou, as the Tigers entered the game having outscored opponents by a 45-17 margin in the first quarter in 2011.
The script flipped in the 2nd quarter, as Mizzou controlled play on both sides of the ball, holding a total offense advantage of 156-to-20. However, all MU could muster was a field goal despite holding the huge statistical edge, and they trailed 10-3 at halftime.
Things looked promising to start the 2nd half, as junior CB Kip Edwards nabbed his first interception of the season on Kansas State's 2nd snap at the Wildcat 36-yardline. After one first down, the drive stalled at the KSU 19, and Ressel missed right on a 37-yard field goal, leaving the score at 10-3.
After that last miss, the Tiger defense appeared to have another 3-and-out to give MU's offense another chance. But disaster struck once again, as MU was flagged for roughing the punter to extend the K-State possession. They capitalized from there, and drove for a back-breaking touchdown to take a 17-3 lead with 5:50 left in the 3rd quarter. After the Wildcats extended the lead to 24-3 early in the 4th, Mizzou's offense came to life, and this time they capitalized on their scoring chances, driving 79 yards and 74 yards for a pair of TDs to close to within 24-17 with 5:02 to play.
Needing one more defensive stop, the Tiger defense, which ended up being on the field for a massive 38:28 on the day thanks to K-State's ball-control offense, couldn't get the ball back. K-State converted a key 3rd down near midfield on a completed pass that appeared as though it was intended for a different receiver. However it happened, it was enough to help the Wildcats kill the clock eventually, and hold on for their 24-17 win, which broke a Tiger 5-game win streak in the series.
MISSED OPPORTUNITIES HURT TIGER CAUSE AT K-STATE
As noted above, Mizzou had plenty of opportunities to take charge last Saturday in Manhattan, only to see things slip away in a frustrating stretch spanning four offensive possessions in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.
After falling behind by a 10-0 score in the 1st quarter, the Tigers started clicking offensively. Each of their next four drives would reach the Kansas State 14-yardline, the KSU 35-yardline, the KSU 25-yardline and the KSU 19 yardline, respectively.
Unfortunately for Mizzou, the Tigers came away with only 3 points total during that stretch where they dominated the Wildcats in total offense by a 168-to-10 margin. But instead of taking control, they could only draw as close as 10-3 before a pair of Wildcat TDs gave Kansas State some breathing room prior to MU's late rally attempt.
Here's a brief look at that stretch:
- Trailing 10-0 at the start of the 2nd quarter, the Tiger defense forced a 3-and-out and Mizzou took over on its 28-yardline and marched downfield for a 1st-and-Goal at the 9-yardline. But a rush for no gain, followed by a false start penalty and two incomplete passes forced MU to settle for a 32-yard Grant Ressel field goal...
- Mizzou forced a 2nd-straight 3-and-out by K-State, and went from its own 29-yardline to a 1st-and-10 at the Wildcat 27-yardline. Junior TB Kendial Lawrence, who had consecutive rushes of 14 and 11 yards to help the push, got tripped up in the backfield for an 8-yard loss on 1st down, however, and that was followed by a James Franklin run for no yards, and an incomplete pass. Facing a 4th-and-18 on the K-State 35-yardline, the Tigers opted to punt, trailing 10-3 still...
- Kansas State was unable to milk the clock before halftime, and the Tigers got the ball on their own 18-yardline with just 1:23 left in the half, still trailing, 10-3. Four consecutive gains netted 53 yards, and suddenly Mizzou was at the Wildcat 29-yardline. They would get as far as the 25 before time forced them to try a 43-yard field goal, which was missed wide right at the gun, leaving the score 10-3 at halftime...
- The Wildcats opened the 2nd half with the ball, but Mizzou got a huge play on the 2nd snap, when CB Kip Edwards jumped a slant route for his first interception of the season, and the Tigers took over on the K-State 36-yardline. Franklin hit TE Michael Egnew for 3 yards and WR T.J. Moe for 12 yards to reach the Wildcat 21-yardline, and a Henry Josey rush for 4 yards left them with a 2nd-and-6 at the 17. On 2nd down, Josey was stuffed for a 2-yard loss, however, and a 3rd-down pass was incomplete, forcing a 37-yard field goal attempt, which Ressel missed left, to leave the score at 10-3...
- The tough times weren't over for Mizzou, however, as on the ensuing possession, MU's defense forced an apparent 3-and-out to get the ball back to its offense. But Mizzou's LB Darvin Ruise was flagged for roughing the punter to give KSU a fresh set of downs, and they capitalized by marching downfield for a TD to take a 17-3 lead late in the 3rd quarter...
NEWS AND NOTES FROM KANSAS STATE GAME
Despite the tough loss at #20 Kansas State last Saturday, there were still several notable performances for the Tigers on the day. Here's a recap of some of those noteworthy efforts...
- Senior TE Michael Egnew caught a season-high 8 passes for 73 yards on the game, doubling his receptions total for the season. He entered the K-State game with 8 catches for 97 yards in 4 games. Egnew also carried the ball once on an end around that went for 7 yards on his first career rush...
- Similarly, senior WR Jerrell Jackson was targeted for a season-high 5 receptions for 72 yards against the Wildcats. Jackson, who missed the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, entered the K-State game with just 3 receptions for 39 yards...
- Sophomore LB Andrew Wilson was all over the field Saturday, as he ended the day with a career-high 13 tackles against the Wildcats. Nine of the stops were of the solo variety, and he now leads Mizzou in tackles on the year, with 38 through 5 games...
- Senior DE Jacquies Smith showed that he's getting closer to 100 percent, as he had a productive game against K-State, with a season-high 8 tackles, including 3.0 TFLs (6 yards) and 2 QB sacks (5 yards). Smith, who dislocated his left elbow in the season opener against Miami (Ohio), missed games 2 & 3 before returning in limited fashion at #1 Oklahoma two games ago. He entered the Kansas State game with just 3 tackles, and the sacks were the first of the year and the 9th and 10th of his Tiger career...
- As a team, the Tiger defense was very active, as it registered 11.0 tackles for loss against Kansas State. Seven different Tiger defenders were credited with tackles behind the line, including: DE Jacquies Smith (3.0), CB E.J. Gaines (2.5), LB Luke Lambert (2.0), DT Terrell Resonno (1.0), SS Kenji Jackson (1.0), CB Robert Steeples (1.0) and LB Zaviar Gooden (0.5)...
- Mizzou's defense performed admirably against the Wildcats, holding them to just 286 yards of total offense - the lowest offensive output so far against MU's three BCS AQ schools, after Arizona State had 492 and Oklahoma had 592 earlier in the year. And even though Mizzou held K-State to below it's season average of 217 rushing yards coming into the game, the 174 yards allowed on the ground did represent an opponent season high, and the rushing yards helped K-State to a huge advantage in time of possession on the day (38:28-to-21:32)...
- Mizzou continued to show improvement in the amount of penalties it committed, as the Tigers were whistled 7 times for 49 yards at K-State. While any coach will tell you that a 7-for-49 day is too much (and a key roughing the punter penalty against Mizzou contributed to a Wildcat TD), it continued a downward trend for the Tigers in the penalty category, as through the first 3 games of the season, Mizzou averaged 9.7 penalties for an average of 87.3 yards (including a season-high 11 penalties for 114 yards in an overtime loss at #23 Arizona State). In the last two games, MU has been flagged 7 times each at #1 Oklahoma (45 yards) and at #20 Kansas State (47 yards)...
- Continuing on the topic of penalties, Kansas State didn't hurt itself at all with mistakes, as the Wildcats were whistled only 3 times Saturday for 13 yards in penalties. Through 5 games so far, Mizzou ranks 92nd in the NCAA in penalty yardage assessed to opponents (44.6 yards per game average). Guess who ranks #3 in the nation in this category? Kansas State, who is getting an average of 77.2 yards per game in free territory...
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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 152-89-3 (62.9%).
Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 57-27 (67.9%) 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 79-52 (60.3%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 51-22 in his last 73 games overall (69.9%). 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.