Mizzou Returns to Faurot For Clash With Florida

Oct. 14, 2013


Game Seven: No. 14 Mizzou Tigers (6-0, 2-0) vs. No. 22 Florida Gators (4-2, 3-1)

Oct. 19, 2013 - Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium - Columbia, Mo.

TRACK THE TIGERS

KICKOFF: 11:21 a.m. CT

STADIUM: Faurot Field at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Renovation reduced 67,124 capacity, previous capacity of 71,004. FieldTurf.

SERIES HISTORY: Mizzou and Florida are tied 1-1 in the all-time series. First meeting was in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, a 20-18 Mizzou win.

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MIZZOU RETURNS TO FAUROT FIELD FOR SEC CLASH WITH FLORIDA

  • Fresh off the first road victory over a Top 10 team since 1981, 14th-ranked Mizzou Football hosts No. 22 Florida at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19 with an 11:21 a.m. CT kickoff on SEC TV…
  • The matchup of ranked teams is the first at Mizzou's Faurot Field since Oct. 23, 2010 when the 18th-ranked Tigers took down No. 3 Oklahoma by a score of 36-27. That victory got the Tigers out to the program's last 7-0 start …
  • Mizzou moved to 6-0 for the third time in 13 seasons under Head Coach Gary Pinkel, with its 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia last Saturday. Mizzou is now 2-0 in SEC play, and the Tigers have now moved to 14th in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll, up 11 spots from 25th last week…
  • Pinkel won his 96th game as head coach at Missouri with the win at Georgia. Pinkel is now just five wins shy of tying Don Faurot (101 wins from 1935-42, 1946-56) for the most wins in school history…
  • The Tigers opened SEC play with a 2-0 record, despite having to play both games on the road to start league action (Ole Miss was the only other team who started with two league road games this year). Mizzou comes home for a three-game home stretch where they'll face some tough tests in current No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19), No. 11 South Carolina (Oct. 26) and Tennessee (Nov. 2)…
  • Florida enters the Mizzou game coming off a 17-6 loss to No. 10 LSU in Baton Rouge, La., the first SEC setback of the season for the Gators…

SIGHTS SET ON 7-0

  • Mizzou is 6-0 for the third 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…
  • 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…

Plenty of points

  • Mizzou's offense averaged 46.0 points in its pair of wins at Vanderbilt (51-28) and at No. 7 Georgia (41-26). 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 4-OT game) and 29 at Texas A&M. The Tennessee game was tied 28-all at the end of regulation, which means in four SEC road games in 2012, Mizzou averaged just 18.5 points per game in regulation…
  • 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…

FIRST ROAD TOP-10 WIN SINCE 1981

  • Mizzou fell behind at No. 7 Georgia last Saturday by a 7-0 score, but rallied to score 28 of the next 31 points in the first half, outscoring the Bulldogs 28-3 to take a commanding 28-10 lead into halftime. Georgia found its groove in the third quarter and ultimately pulled to within 28-26 early in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers dug in and answered with two touchdowns to pull away for the big win - Mizzou's first on the road against a top-10 opponent since a 14-3 win in 1981 at No. 9 Mississippi State…
  • Mizzou got the win despite losing a pair of captains and award candidate players in senior QB James Franklin and senior CB E.J. Gaines to injuries. Gaines was lost for the day early in the second quarter with a quad injury, and Franklin (2nd in the SEC in total offense coming into the game) was lost midway through the 4th quarter with a shoulder injury. Redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk came in and led the Tigers to touchdowns on two of three possessions to help secure the win…
  • Mizzou's win also broke Georgia's 15-game home winning streak at Sanford Stadium…

WASHINGTON COMES UP BIG IN ATHENS

  • Senior WR L'Damian Washington led the charge in Mizzou's 41-26 win at No. Georgia last Saturday by catching a seven passes for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, all career highs. His performance included a crucial 40-yard TD reception on a double-pass from fellow WR Bud Sasser with 9:22 left in the game for a 34-26 Tiger lead. Georgia had the play covered well, but Washington went up and outfought the Bulldog defender to make the catch in traffic that stopped UGA's momentum that had seen them score 16 straight points to cut what was a 28-10 MU lead at half to just 28-26 at the time…
  • The senior team captain also got loose for a 16-yard TD catch in the second quarter to give the Tigers a 14-7 lead at the 12:33 mark. It marks his second-straight two-TD game, and the fourth-straight game with a TD reception on the season…
  • Two of his catches came on 3rd downs to extend drives that ended in Tiger touchdowns. The first was a 12-yard grab in the 2nd quarter on a 3rd-and-10 from the MU 39-yardline, while the other was a critical 15-yard catch on 3rd-and-9 from the MU 26-yardline in the 4th quarter with MU holding a slim 28-26 lead. His 40-yard TD catch would follow five plays later on the same drive…
  • Washington also got in on the special teams act when he raced downfield to cover a Tiger punt late in the 2nd quarter. He made the tackle for a five-yard loss with :22 seconds left in the half after a 56-yard punt to pin Georgia at its own 29-yardline, which prevented the Bulldogs from having a realistic shot at getting any points on the board before halftime…
  • His seven catches against the Bulldogs pushed Washington's 2013 total (29) past his previous season-high of 25 from last season…

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • Mizzou's opportunistic defense continued its ball-hawking ways last Saturday, as it forced four Georgia turnovers which proved crucial to the Tigers' 41-26 win. The first was a 2nd-quarter sack/fumble by DE Shane Ray that fellow DE Michael Sam picked up and raced 21 yards untouched for a TD that made it 28-10 Tigers with 5:46 left in the half…
  • Amazingly, that marked Mizzou's first recovered fumble of the 2013 season. Another fumble would follow later in the half, as DT Lucas Vincent jarred the ball loose inside the MU 10-yardline, where DE Markus Golden fell on it with 1:31 left in the half to thwart a potential Georgia late score. In the 4th quarter, Mizzou's back seven got in the action, as SS Braylon Webb and LB Kentrell Brothers each grabbed an interception. Webb's theft led to a 7-yard TD run by TB Henry Josey with 2:18 left in the game to put the game on ice, and Brothers sealed it with his interception on the Tiger 18-yardline (his team-leading 3rd INT of the season)…
  • Mizzou's defense now has 13 interceptions through six games (after recording only 7 INTs in 12 games in 2012), and the Tigers are tied for the nation's lead with those 13 picks (Virginia Tech has 13 in 7 games, and has 13 in 6 games). The plus-4 takeaway day Saturday has bumped Mizzou into a tie for 4th in the NCAA turnover margin category, at +1.5 per game (Mizzou is +9 on the year entering Saturday's game against Florida - 15 takeaways, 6 turnovers lost)…
  • The turnovers also extended MU's streak to 36 consecutive games having forced a turnover, the longest active streak in the nation… The last time Mizzou didn't record a takeaway was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska (a 31-17 loss)…

INTERCEPTIONS? MIZZOU HAS THOSE

  • Mizzou recorded two more interceptions in the win at Georgia, with senior CB Randy Ponder and sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers grabbing picks off standout quarterback Aaron Murray. Missouri recorded three interceptions for three-straight games to start the 2013 season, adding single picks against Arkansas State and at Vanderbilt for a total of 13 INTs on the year. The Tigers had just seven INTs all of last season. The 13 pickoffs are second-most in the NCAA, behind only Virginia Tech's 13 in six games…
  • Nine different Tigers have combined for the 13 total interceptions, with senior CB E.J. Gaines and Brothers leading with three pickoffs. Gaines is Mizzou's active career interceptions leader with six…
  • Mizzou's 13 interceptions in six games has now put them in the neighborhood of the Tigers' all-time season-best in the category. Mizzou's 1980 team snatched 23 interceptions to fuel them to an 8-4 record and Liberty Bowl berth…

BROTHERS GARNERS SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • Sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts at Georgia. Besides his interception to ice the game inside the final minute, the sophomore made a career-high 10 tackles, including 1.0 TFL…
  • The interception was Brothers' third of the season (tying him for the team lead), and it gave him an interception in two consecutive games. All three of his INTs have come in MU's three road games (one INT each at Indiana, at Vanderbilt and at Georgia)…

SAM CONTINUES TO BE A HANDFUL

  • Senior DL Michael Sam may not have recorded one of his signature sacks in the win at No. 7 Georgia, but one of his plays was certainly memorable. The Tiger scooped up an Aaron Murray fumble and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown to put Mizzou up 28-10 over the Bulldogs at 5:46 in the second quarter. Sam had a first quarter sack against the Bulldogs wiped out due to a defensive penalty…
  • 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 18 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 tied for seventh in the NCAA so far in sacks (1.0 per game) and tied for sixth in the NCAA in TFLs (1.67 per game)…

FRANKLIN DELIVERS

  • Senior QB James Franklin led Mizzou to a 28-10 halftime lead at No. 7 Georgia and finished the game completing 18-of-27 passes for 170 yards and one score. Franklin also rushed for his third TD of the season. The signal caller was knocked of the contest midway through the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. The injury will keep Franklin out of Saturday's game vs. Florida, and it is a 3-5 week time table for return from the shoulder sprain…
  • 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 six games in 2013, Franklin already surpassed his total offensive output for his entire injury-plagued 2012 season. He finished the Georgia game with 1,867 total yards of offense (1,577 passing, 290 rushing) for the season, compared to 2012 totals of 1,684 (1,562 passing and 122 rushing)…
  • He recored14 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs thus six games in 2013, compared to 2012 totals of 10 passing TDs and zero rushing TDs…
  • Through six games, Franklin has Mizzou's offense ranked 12th in the NCAA in total offense (515.7 ypg), 8th nationally in scoring offense (45.7 ppg) and 10th nationally in 3rd-down conversion rate (51.0%)…
  • Individually, Franklin ranks 22nd nationally, and third in the SEC, in total offense, with his per-game average of 311.2 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.)…
  • 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…

MAUK EXPECTED TO MAKE FIRST START

  • Redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk came off the bench to help guide the Tigers to a 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia, after captain and awards candidate James Franklin was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury midway through the fourth quarter and MU nursing a 28-26 lead…
  • On his first play, facing a 3rd-and-6 from the MU 45-yardline with 10:35 to play, Mauk broke a couple of tackles on a designed QB keeper for 6 yards to extend the drive. Two plays later, Mizzou WR Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard TD pass to fellow WR L'Damian Washington with 9:22 to play on a double-pass for a 34-26 lead…
  • Mauk ended his relief appearance 3-of-3 passing for 23 yards, while he gained 12 yards rushing on three attempts. The Tigers scored TDs on two of Mauk's three drives in the final 10:35 of the game as they pulled away for the win…

TURNING IT AROUND ON THIRD DOWN

  • Mizzou has been outstanding on third down so far this season. The Tigers are 40-of-77 (.519) on third down this year, which ranks 10th 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 six games in 2013, Mizzou has converted 40 third-downs, after netting only 62 in 12 games in 2012…
  • Missouri's total of 164 first downs gained ranks 11th in the country and second in the SEC only to national leader Texas A&M's 180…

WHAT A LEG!

  • Sophomore PK Andrew 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 7 kickoffs against Georgia Saturday. Through 6 games, Baggett ranks second nationally in kickoff touchback percentage, at 79.2% (38 touchbacks in 48 kickoff attempts)…

FANTASTIC FOUR

  • The Tigers' rushing game has been so potent thanks in large part to its balance. Mizzou has four players with 290 or more rushing yards and 3 TDs or more, including sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough (391 yards, 3 TDs, 7.5 avg.), junior TB Henry Josey (358 yds., 7 TDs, 5.5 avg.), junior TB Marcus Murphy (350 yds., 5 TDs, 8.8 avg.) and senior QB James Franklin (290 yds., 3 TDs, 4.5 avg.)…

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 14.0 QB sacks in its last three 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 eighth in the nation, with his 1.0 sacks-per-game average. Sam is also the league's top-ranked performer in tackles for loss currently, with an average of 1.67 per game, which ranks him ninth 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…

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…

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…

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 six games, Ealy leads the Tiger defense with five pass break ups. According to www.cfbstats.com, Ealy's six passes defended (PBUs plus INTs) ranks him tied for fifth 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…

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 169 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 169-98-3 all-time (63.1%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 96-61 (61.1%) 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 96 13 (2001-Present) 96-61 .611 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 169-98-3 (63.1%)….
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 73-36 (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 96-61 (61.1%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 67-31 in his last 98 games overall (68.3%). 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…

MIZZOU COACHING WINS LEADERS

  • 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 7-0 for the second time in Coach Pinkel's 13-season tenure at Mizzou.
  • Start 7-0 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 97-61 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 3-0 in conference play for the first time since the 2010 season and second time under Pinkel.
  • Notch its second victory against Florida to break the 1-1 series tie (1966, 2012).

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. FLORIDA

  • Saturday's Mizzou-Florida matchup is just the third meeting between the two schools on the gridiron, withthe series tied at 1-1…
  • The Tigers and Gators first met in the 1966 Sugar Bowl, with Mizzou turning away the Gators with a 20-18 win to finish 8-2-1 that season…
  • Mizzou and Florida would not meet again until last season, with the No. 8 Gators needing everything they had to hold off their new SEC foe, taking a 14-7 result on Nov. 3 in Gainesville…
Mizzou Florida
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Hansbrough 52 391 7.5 3 65.2
Josey 65 358 5.5 7 59.7
Murphy 40 350 8.8 5 58.3
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Brown 91 340 3.7 3 56.7
Jones 79 339 4.3 2 67.8
Murphy 34 122 3.6 2 20.3
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G Rating
Franklin 132-195 67.7 1577 14-3 262.8 156.24
Mauk 5-6 83.3 41 0-0 6.8 140.73
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G
Murphy 54-81 66.7 645 5-1 107.5
Driskel 42-61 68.9 477 2-3 159.0
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Lucas 30 301 10.0 1 50.2
Washington 29 455 15.7 7 75.8
Green-Beckham 27 399 14.8 4 66.5
Hunt 13 118 9.1 1 23.6
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Burton 26 310 11.9 1 51.7
Patton 22 380 17.3 4 63.3
Dunbar 20 283 14.1 0 47.2
Showers 7 35 5.0 1 8.8
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Wilson 19-25 44 2.0 0.0 0-0 1 0-0
Webb 26-14 40 1.0 0.0 1-9 4 0-0
Gaines 25-9 34 2.0 0.0 3-0 1 0-0
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Morrison 14-21 35 0.0 0.0 0-0 0 0-0
Taylor 15-20 35 3.0 0.0 0-0 1 0-2
Watkins 15-15 30 1.0 0.0 0-0 4 0-0

 

 

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