Oct. 17, 2011
#6/#6 Oklahoma State (6-0, 3-0) at Mizzou (3-3, 1-2)
Oct. 22, 2011 - Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field - Columbia, Mo.
TIGERS LOOK FOR UPSET OF COWBOYS
The Missouri Tigers (3-3 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play) finish the back end of a two-game homestand this Saturday when they play host to the high-powered, 6th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (6-0, 3-0). Kickoff for the game, which is being televised on F/X, is set for 11:11 a.m. (central time).
Mizzou is looking to win consecutive games for the first time in 2011, after alternating wins and losses for the first four weeks. After a bye week, the Tigers suffered a second-straight loss as it dropped a game at then #20 Kansas State, but then last week got back in the win column with a 52-17 thrashing of Iowa State in what was Mizzou's 100th Homecoming celebration.
Saturday marks the start of the second half of the season, and with Mizzou standing an even .500, the Tigers have got some work to do to extend their current (and school-record) string of six consecutive bowl games (2005-10).
It will be no easy task for the Tigers, as their next four opponents have spent a majority of the season as ranked teams, including current #6 Oklahoma State, at current #17 Texas A&M, at 4-2 and much improved Baylor, followed by a home game with 4-2 Texas.
That tough stretch begins Saturday with the Cowboys, who feature the nation's 2nd-ranked offensive attack (551.17 yards per game). OSU has been moving the ball virtually at will all season long, thanks to a passing attack which also ranks 2nd in the nation coming in (395.67 yds.). They'll be going against a Tiger defense which ranks a respectable 29th overall nationally in total defense, but which has been susceptible to opposing passing attacks, as the Tiger pass defense ranks 65th nationally, allowing an average of 224.67 yards per game.
On the flip side, OSU's defense comes into Saturday's contest ranked 100th out of 120 FBS teams in total defense, allowing opponents an average of 426.67 yards per game. A majority of the yards allowed, however, have come in the second half of games where the Cowboys were up big, and protecting leads. OSU has used an opportunistic defense that has gathered 12 interceptions on the season, which has the Cowboys ranked 23rd nationally in pass efficiency defense, and they also rank 11th in the NCAA in most QB sacks (3.17 per game).
The Tigers will be looking to break a mini-skid against the Cowboys, who have won 2 straight over Mizzou, and 3 of the last 4 in the series. The last time OSU visited Columbia, they upset the 5-0 and 3rd-ranked Tigers, 28-23, in 2008, spoiling MU's hopes for a perfect season...
KICKOFF: 11:11 ap.m. CT.
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (71,004 - FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 259-167-20 there alltime and has won 32 of its last 37 overall and is 42-10 there since 2003 (3-0 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/XM 91.
TV: F/X. Gus Johnson (Play-by-Play), Charles Davis (Analysis), Tim Brewster (Sidelines) will call the action.
RANKINGS (AP / Coaches):
MU - None.
OSU - #6 / #6.
SERIES: Mizzou leads, 28-22, including 5-3 in Big 12 play. OSU has won 2 straight, however, and 3 of the last 4, including 33-17 in Stillwater in 2009.
MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 80-52 at MU (11th year) and 153-89-3 overall (21st year). Pinkel is 2-3 vs. Oklahoma State and 1-2 vs. Mike Gundy.
OSU: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State, `90), 53-29 at OSU and overall (7th year). Gundy is 2-1 vs. Mizzou and Gary Pinkel.
MIZZOU SCORES EARLY, OFTEN IN 52-17 ROUT OF IOWA STATE
The Missouri Tigers hosted longtime rival Iowa State last Saturday for the 100th Homecoming game at the place where the tradition was born. Mizzou was hungry for a win, as it had been nearly a month since they'd won (Sept. 17th vs. FCS Western Illinois), and over a month since their only win against an FBS opponent (Sept. 3 vs. Miami, Ohio). The distaste of three tight road losses at a trio of ranked teams (Arizona State, Oklahoma, Kansas State) had Mizzou riled up and ready to come out swinging.
And that they did, as the Tigers celebrated their centennial Homecoming in style, with a 52-17 win in front of a sellout crowd of 71,004 over Iowa State to improve to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in Big 12 Conference play. The Tigers drove for TDs on their first four possessions to claim a 28-3 lead, and never looked back as they outgained the Cyclones by a 583-to-343 margin in total offense on the day.
Mizzou didn't punt until the 4th quarter, and the only thing which kept the score from being more out of hand was the fact that the Tigers committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions in the 2nd quarter. The miscues led to 7 Cyclone points (on a 78-yard INT return for a score), but Mizzou still managed a 31-10 lead at halftime, and a 14-point 3rd quarter put the game out of reach.
Sophomore TB Henry Josey set the tone for the day when he took the opening kickoff and returned it 43 yards (a season long KO return for Mizzou) to midfield. The Tigers ran the ball eight straight plays and QB James Franklin plunged in from 1 yard out with 12:03 left to mark MU's quickest score of the season at the start of the game, and MU led 7-0 just like that.
The Tiger defense also got involved right away, as it forced a fumble by Cyclone QB Steele Jantz on ISU's second play from scrimmage. The fumble, forced by CB E.J. Gaines, was recovered on the Iowa State 29-yardline by senior LB Luke Lambert, and the offense ran the ball 5 more times in 6 snaps, and Josey scored from 1 yard out to make it 14-0 just like that.
Iowa State put together a solid drive, and reached a 1st-and-goal at the MU 8-yardline. But the Tiger defense stiffened in the red zone, and forced a 26-yard field goal which made it 14-3. Any doubt that this would be Mizzou's day was erased by the next drive, which went 80 yards in 9 plays, with senior TE Michael Egnew covering the last 39 on a catch-and-run TD pass (a career-long reception) to make it 21-3. After the Tiger defense got a 4th-down sack on its side of the 50 by sophomore DE Michael Sam, the offense marched 71 yards the other way and junior TB Kendial Lawrence scored his 1st TD of the season from 2 yards out to make it 28-3 early in the 2nd quarter.
The Cyclones did manage to nab turnovers by Mizzou's offense on three straight Tiger possessions in the 2nd quarter to keep the game from getting out of hand. Only one of those miscues came back to hurt MU, as Franklin was victimized by ISU's A.J. Klein for a 78-yard interception return for a score which made it 28-10 with 10:07 left in the half. The Tiger defense negated the other turnovers by keeping the Cyclones from driving, and Mizzou tacked on a 23-yard field goal at the halftime gun by PK Grant Ressel for a 31-10 lead at intermission.
Mizzou's defense forced an ISU punt to open the 3rd quarter, and Josey, who would end with a game-high 129 rushing yards, burst 26 yards on his first carry of the half to jump start the Tiger offense. The drive would end with Franklin hitting junior WR T.J. Moe for a 7-yard score to make it 38-10. Franklin got his 2nd 1-yard run of the game next to make it 45-10 late in the 3rd quarter, and the sides traded scores in the final period to account for the final margin.
The Tigers outgained ISU by a 583-to-343 margin in total offense. The Cyclones mustered 132 yards of offense in the 4th quarter alone, when it was mop-up time.
It was Mizzou's 5th straight win over Iowa State, and the 8th win in the last 9 games against the Cyclones.
MIZZOU-IOWA STATE NOTABLES
Here were some random bits of news & notes to come out of Saturday's win over Iowa State...
- Mizzou enjoyed another balanced day on offense in the win over ISU, as it gained 294 yards rushing (4 TDs) while throwing for 289 more (3 TDs). Mizzou leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally in rushing, averaging 236.50 yards per game, while it ranks 13th nationally (6th in Big 12) in total offense (496.17 avg.), and 34th nationally (6th in Big 12) in passing (259.67 avg.)...
- The ground game was clicking early on, as MU took the game's opening kick and drove 50 yards for a TD on 8 plays - all rushes - for a 7-0 lead at the 12:03 mark (the quickest score of the year to start a game for the Tigers). In all, MU ran 58 times on the day, which was the most since 63 rushes in 2002 vs. Texas A&M...
- The Tigers avoided the penalty bug that plagued them in the first five games of the year. Mizzou was not whistled for a single penalty on Saturday, for the first time since the 2009 Texas Bowl vs. Navy. MU had averaged 8.6 penalties per game for 71.2 yards per game going into the ISU game...
- The Tigers also enjoyed new-found success on 3rd down conversions, as they were successful on 9-of-14 3rd down tries in the game (64.3%). Mizzou entered the game having made only 20-of-68 3rd downs (29.4%) on the year. That final number was also skewed by the fact that Mizzou was just 1-of-4 on 3rd down tries in the 4th quarter, when it was clock bleeding time. In the first 3 quarters, MU was a stellar 8-of-10 in 3rd down conversion attempts...
- Third quarters had been giving MU troubles overall, as the Tigers had scored only 16 points total in the 3rd quarter of the first 5 games of the season (outscored, 27-16 in those games), but against ISU, the Tigers outscored the Cyclones 14-0 in the period to put the game on ice...
TIGERS IN TOP-30 IN BOTH TOTAL OFFENSE, TOTAL DEFENSE
Heading into Saturday's showdown with Oklahoma State, a check of the NCAA statistics shows Mizzou is in select company, as it is one of just 8 teams to rank among the top-30 in the nation in both total offense and total defense.
Mizzou enters the game ranked 13th nationally in total offense (496.17 avg.) and 29th nationally (and 2nd in the Big 12) in total defense, allowing 337.83 yards per game.
Mizzou is one of only 8 schools in the nation to rank among the top 30 in both total offense and total defense. The others are: Alabama, Boise State, Oklahoma, SMU, South Florida, Stanford, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Those other 7 schools have a combined record of 45-4 heading into this week, while the Tigers stand a deceiving 3-3.
EGNEW HAS BIG DAY IN ROUT OVER CYCLONES
Senior TE Michael Egnew was one of the offensive stars in Mizzou's 52-17 win over Iowa State, as he led MU's passing attack in the Homecoming win over Iowa State, as he recorded game high totals of 6 receptions for 105 yards, including a 39-yard TD reception in the 1st quarter that represented a career-long reception. All 6 of his receptions Saturday went for first downs...
- The 100-yard receiving day was the 2nd of Egnew's career, and his per-catch average of 17.5 on Saturday marked a career best as well (in games with more than one reception)...
- Egnew's season average of 12.5 yards per catch (22 receptions, 275 yards) is much-improved over his career average of 8.3 yards per catch coming into the 2011 season...
- Egnew now has 14 catches for 178 yards in his last two games (8-73 at KSU the previous week), after he began the year with a combined 8 catches for 97 yards in MU's first 4 games...
- He's also a key factor in MU's improved run game, due to his downfield blocking efforts. Mizzou leads the Big 12 and ranks 14th nationally in rushing, averaging 236.50 yards per game...
LAMBERT LEADS DEFENSIVE CHARGE WITH TWO FUMBLE RECOVERIES VS ISU
Senior LB Luke Lambert is making the most of his extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA. Lambert had missed most of the last two seasons due to a variety of injuries, and he was awarded a fifth year of eligibility (he played as a true freshman in 2007) in the off-season.
Lambert has been a solid presence for the Tiger defense all season, and he made some very big plays which keyed Mizzou's 52-17 win over Iowa State last Saturday.
- Lambert was a key to Mizzou's stellar defensive effort, as the Tigers forced a season-high 3 turnovers. Lambert recovered a pair of fumbles, including one that came on ISU's 1st possession of the game that the offense converted into a quick TD to give MU a 14-0 lead...
- He ended the game with 7 tackles, including 1.0 TFL (2 yds.), and added 1 pass break up to his 2 fumble recoveries...
- Lambert ranks 2nd on the team through 6 games, with 36 tackles overall, and his 6.0 TFLs (14 yds.) rank 2nd-best on the defense, as well. He's accounted for a team-high 3 turnovers on the season now, with his 2 fumble recoveries, to go with an interception...
JOSEY TAKES OVER KICKOFF RETURN DUTIES, GETS TIGERS JUMP STARTED
Sophomore TB Henry Josey has been one of the most intriguing story lines in the Big 12 Conference through the first half of the season, with his emergence from No. 3 on the depth chart heading into fall camp, into the top-ranked running back in the league.
Last Saturday against Iowa State, Josey made a splash with a newly-added duty: kickoff returns.
- Josey took over as the Tigers' primary kickoff return man, and jump-started the team with his game-opening 43-yard return to set MU up at midfield for their first series of the game. He also ran 4 times on the drive for 20 yards as MU marched quickly to a 7-0 lead...
- He ended the game with only 2 kickoff returns, as the Cyclones kickoff off only twice while Josey was still in the game, but his other return went for 27 yards, giving him a respectable average of 35.0 yards per try...
- Josey finished the game with 19 rushes for 129 yards (6.8 avg.) and 1 TD, and through 6 games, he continues to lead the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 9th nationally, in rushing, averaging 119.50 yards per game. For the season, he's got 717 rushing yards and 6 TDs on 74 attempts, and his per-carry average of 9.7 ranks as 2nd-best in the NCAA...
- Josey ranks 3rd in the Big 12 Conference, and 28th nationally in All-Purpose yardage, with an average of 143.00 yards per game thus far...
MORE INDIVIDUAL STARS OF THE DAY AGAINST IOWA STATE
Lots of Tigers got into the action against Iowa State. Here were some of the highlights of the big win:
- Sophomore QB James Franklin had another productive day, as he tallied 373 yards of total offense, including 289 yards passing (completing 20-of-28 attempts) and 84 yards rushing (on 11 attempts, for an average of 7.6 yards per try). Franklin did have two interceptions on the day, but he more than made up for that as he accounted for a career-best 5 TDs against Iowa State, throwing for 3 scores (39 yards, 7 yards, 6 yards) and running it in for two more (a pair of 1-yard runs). Franklin's efficiency rating was 179.20 on the day, which was the best mark of the year against FBS competition, and second only to the mark of 194.26 he put up against Western Illinois previously. Through 6 games, Franklin ranks 11th in the NCAA in total offense, averaging 313.00 yards per game. His 7 rushing TDs leads the team thus far...
- Junior TB Kendial Lawrence had his best game of the year, as he ran 16 times for 78 yards and 1 TD to supplement Mizzou's potent rushing attack. He also caught 2 passes for 12 yards on the day as he continued to show he's returning to form after missing games 2, 3 and 4 due to a cracked fibula. Lawrence entered the ISU game with 15 rushing yards on 15 carries in 2 outings...
- Senior WR Wes Kemp caught a 6-yard TD pass on Saturday, and he now leads all MU receivers with 3 TD receptions on the season. That number also equals his career-best for a season, when he grabbed 3 TD catches in each of the last two seasons...
- Junior DE Brad Madison had a disruptive day, as he finished with 5 tackles, including a half-sack and another QB hurry. He also grabbed his first career interception in the 4th quarter, returning it 15 yards to set up a Tiger TD...
- Sophomore LB Andrew Wilson led the way defensively for Mizzou against ISU, as he notched a team-high 10 tackles, including 1 TFL (2 yards). Through 6 games, Wilson leads MU with 48 tackles, and he's now had double-digit tackle totals in two straight games (13 at KSU the previous week), and 3 times overall this season (10 vs. Miami, Ohio)...
- Redshirt freshman FS Braylon Webb got his first career start Saturday, and he was credited with 2 tackles in MU's win over the Cyclones...
- Junior P Trey Barrow wasn't called to duty until the 4th quarter, and he averaged 41.3 yards on 3 punts, including a long of 57 yards. For the season, Barrow leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally in punting average, with a mark of 47.18 yards per kick. He's got 12 boots of 50 yards or more, including a long of 73 yards at Arizona State. His efforts have also helped Mizzou lead the Big 12 and rank 18th nationally in team net punting through 6 games (39.86 avg.)...
TIGERS HAVE WON 10 STRAIGHT AT FAUROT FIELD
Mizzou won its 10th consecutive game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium last Saturday with its 52-17 shellacking of Iowa State in what was MU's 100th Homecoming celebration.
While that might not seem like a huge number, it does stand tied for the 2nd-longest home winning streak for the Tigers. A win Saturday would up the streak to 11 and put it all alone in 2nd place. Interestingly enough, Oklahoma State, who visits Columbia this Saturday, has ended MU home winning streaks that ranked among the top-five alltime in Mizzou history in each of its last two trips to Faurot Field.
Mizzou had won 9 straight games from 2003-2004, until the 22nd-ranked Cowboys rallied from a 17-0 1st-half deficit to post a 20-17 win on Oct. 23, 2004. The Cowboys' next win in Columbia was even more painful for Tiger faithful, as 17th-ranked OSU upset 3rd-ranked and 5-0 Mizzou by a 28-23 score to dash MU's hopes of an undefeated season on Oct. 11, 2008.
In all, Mizzou has won 23 of its last 27 games at Faurot Field, and stands 42-10 overall at home since nicknaming Memorial Stadium "The Zou" prior to the 2003 season.
MIZZOU-OKLAHOMA STATE SERIES HISTORY
Old Big 8 Conference rivals renew their acquaintances Saturday as Mizzou and Oklahoma State hit the field in Columbia, Mo. Mizzou holds a 28-22 overall edge in the series history, and the Tigers have claimed 5-of-8 meetings between the two schools since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996.
However, the Cowboys have won 2 straight, and 3 of the last 4 matchups recently, including a 33-17 decision in Stillwater, Okla. in 2009 that serves as the last meeting between the two schools.
Prior to that, the `Pokes (ranked 17th for the game) claimed a 28-23 contest in Columbia in 2008 that knocked Mizzou from its #3 ranking at the time, when a win could possibly have vaulted them to #1 in the polls.
If recent history is any indicator, Saturday's game could be a tightly-contested one, as all but two of the 9 previous meetings between MU and OSU (dating back to 1995) have been decided by 7 points or fewer, and 3 of them have gone into overtime (all won by Mizzou). The 1996 overtime win by Mizzou (35-28) marked MU's first-ever overtime game.
Oklahoma State's win in Stillwater in 2009 broke a string of four straight wins for the road team in the series, as MU claimed a 41-38 triple overtime win in Stillwater in 2001 and then a 38-31 2005 win in its next trip there. Sandwiched between those were Cowboy wins in Columbia (20-17 win in Columbia in 2004 and 28-23 in Columbia in 2008).
Extending this beyond the Big 12 era, in the MU-OSU series, the road team has won 7 of the last 10 times the two schools have played, dating back to the 1994 season.
LAST MEETING REWIND: #16 OKLAHOMA STATE 33, MIZZOU 17
Here's a recap from Mizzou's 2009 game at Oklahoma State:
SECOND-HALF DRY SPELL, TURNOVERS SEND TIGERS TO DEFEAT AT OSU
Mizzou went to Stillwater, Okla. with the intention of ruining 16th-ranked Oklahoma State's Homecoming, but in the end, turnovers and a rough 2nd half by the Tiger offense led to a 33-17 defeat to the Cowboys.
Things looked promising early on, as the Tigers showed a nice mix of run and pass offensively, and drove the length of the field to open the game, before settling for a 21-yard Grant Ressel field goal and a quick 3-0 lead. After the Cowboys responded to take a 7-3 lead, the Tigers drove 97 yards to take a 10-7 lead, thanks to a 1-yard TD plunge by TB Derrick Washington early in the 2nd quarter.
After falling behind 14-10 on a pick-six by Oklahoma State when a ball pass from QB Blaine Gabbert went through the hands of WR Jerrell Jackson, the Tigers surged back to take a 17-14 lead with 6:23 left in the half when WR Danario Alexander willed his way to a 48-yard TD catch-and-run, as he broke several would-be tackles and a facemask infraction against him to get into the endzone.
The Cowboys got a long kickoff return to near midfield and drove for a tying field goal with 3:24 left, and it appeared MU was about to strike again, but a potential 50-yard gain to the Cowboy 25-yardline went incomplete as WR Wes Kemp couldn't haul in a beautifully-thrown pass from Gabbert on 3rd down with about two minutes left. Instead of MU potentially going into the half ahead by a 20-17 or 24-17 count, the Cowboys got the ball back and drove for a demoralizing TD pass with just :02 seconds left on the clock to take a 24-17 lead into halftime.
Mizzou gained 313 yards of total offense in the first half, as Gabbert threw for 259 yards. Alexander had 161 of those yards in receptions, and the Tiger run game was showing signs of life after struggling the past couple of games. But the second half couldn't bring more of the same output, as OSU controlled the clock and held a massive advantage in field position in the 3rd quarter to shorten the game severely.
Mizzou's defense played valiantly, but faced a short field for most of the 2nd half. In the 3rd quarter alone, OSU's average starting point on 4 possessions was its own 46-yardline, while MU had each of its 3 possessions in the period start precisely on its 14-yardline. The Cowboys held the ball for a massive 10:18 of the quarter, but thanks to a strong effort by the MU defense, OSU could only muster a field goal in the 3rd quarter to take a 27-17 lead into the final period.
The Tigers were flagged for only 3 penalties all night, but one was very costly, as it negated a kickoff return by Jasper Simmons that followed OSU's 3rd-quarter field goal that would have set Mizzou up inside the OSU 20-yardline. Instead, a hold was called on the return and the Tigers started at their own 14 again.
In the 4th quarter, the Tiger defense held OSU to a pair of field goals, while the Tigers had the ball inside the Cowboy 25-yardline twice, only to be turned away on downs both times.
LAST TIME IN COLUMBIA: #17 OKLAHOMA ST. 28, #3 MIZZOU 23 (2008)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Oklahoma State snarled Chase Daniel and a Missouri offense that had been scoring at will, intercepting three passes in the second half and upsetting the third-ranked Tigers 28-23 to end a 10-game home winning streak for MU and spoiling a possible ascension to #1 in the national polls for Mizzou.
Zac Robinson and Damian Davis hooked up on a pair of long scores in the second half, and Patrick Lavine's questionable interception with 1:41 to go was the clincher for the No. 17 Cowboys. Missouri (5-1, 1-1 Big 12) had appeared poised to challenge for No. 1 with a win, after top-ranked Oklahoma lost to Texas and No. 2 Alabama had the weekend off.
Robinson was 19-for-28 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Kendall Hunter had 154 yards on 24 carries and a 68-yard scoring run to open the 3rd quarter which really swung momentum in favor of the visiting Cowboys.
Daniel was 39-for-52 for 390 yards and a touchdown for Missouri, which had won 10 in a row and 18 of 19 at home but were held 19 points below their scoring average. Derrick Washington, averaging 100 yards per game, was held to 11 yards on eight carries with a 5-yard scoring run.
The game matched the second- and third-leading scoring teams in the nation, together combining for a 105-point average. From the start it failed to live up to expectations for a shootout, with Missouri held to a field goal on its opening drive after 11 plays and nearly six minutes and Oklahoma State chewing up nearly five minutes before Robinson's 6-yard scoring run on its first drive.
Missouri trailed only once in its previous five games and then only briefly in the opener against Illinois. Oklahoma State grabbed the lead three times to stun a sellout crowd 68,349, going ahead for good on Davis' 40-yard reception for a 21-17 lead late in the third quarter.
Daniel, who entered with 15 touchdown passes and only one interception, pulled Missouri to within five points with 7-yard touchdown pass to Danario Alexander with 4:27 to go. Missouri got the ball at its own 35 after a shanked 10-yard punt with 2:40 to go.
But Daniel forced a throw into tight coverage on 2nd down and Lavine made the diving pick to wrap it up. The play was reviewed and the call on the field was upheld, despite the fact that the ball appeared to have touched the ground on one replay angle. OSU ran the clock to under 10 seconds and punted the ball away, and Mizzou could not block the punt, nor return it the distance on the last play of the game.
Missouri overcame several problems to take a 10-7 halftime lead.
Besides trailing for the second time all season, the Tigers went three-and-out on offense for the first time all year. Plus, their run of scoring a touchdown on their opening drive in every game ended when they stalled inside the 1 and settled for a chip shot field goal by Jeff Wolfert.
After being held to just 7 points in the first half, Oklahoma State scored three touchdowns in the second half, all coming from 30 yards or more away.
MIZZOU HAS PLAYED 8TH-TOUGHEST SCHEDULE SO FAR
According to the NCAA statistics, Mizzou has played the nation's 8th-toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent winning percentage (through games of Oct. 15th). As noted before, each of Mizzou's 3 losses on the season have come on the road at ranked opponents (at current #25 Arizona State [37-30 in OT]; at current #3 Oklahoma [38-28]; and at current #12 Kansas State [24-17]). Here's a look at the schedule rankings:
NCAA Toughest Schedules, Past Opponents
1. Kansas .800
2. Maryland .739
5. Texas .733
6. Florida State .727
7. Texas A&M .704
8. MIZZOU .696
9. Utah .680
10. Miami, Fla. .667
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 17th-toughest slate of foes in the country, with a collective winning percentage of .696. Beginning with Saturday's game against Oklahoma State, Mizzou will enter a stretch of two straight games against ranked opponents, including current #6 Oklahoma State, and #17 Texas A&M, as well as Baylor and Texas, who have both been ranked for much of the season.
||# Seasons (Years)
||19 (1935-42, 46-56)
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 153-89-3 (63.6%).
Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 58-27 (68.2%) 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 80-52 (60.6%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 52-22 in his last 74 games overall (70.3%). 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 80. 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.