Tigers, Sooners, Square Off

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Oct. 18, 2010

#1/#3/#3 Oklahoma Sooners (6-0, 2-0)
at #11/#18/#16 Missouri Tigers (6-0, 2-0)


KICKOFF: 7:00 p.m. CT.

STADIUM: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (71,004 – FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 254-167-20 there alltime and has won 27 of its last 32 overall and is 37-10 there since 2003 (4-0 in 2010).

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TV: ABC Sports. Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline reporter), Bill Bonnell (producer), Derek Mobley (director).

   MU – 11th / 18th / 16th.
   OU – 1st / 3rd / 3rd.

SERIES: Oklahoma leads, 66-23-5, and has won 7 straight since MU’s last win in 1998.

   MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, ‘75), 73-46 at MU (10th year) and 146-83-3 overall (20th year). Pinkel is 0-6 vs. Oklahoma and Bob Stoops.
   OU: Bob Stoops (Iowa, ‘83), 123-29 at OU & overall (12th year). Stoops is 6-0 vs. Gary Pinkel and 7-0 vs. Mizzou.

   After successfully navigating a road trip for the first time this season, thanks to a solid 30-9 win at Texas A&M last Saturday, the Missouri Tigers (6-0 overall, 2-0 in Big 12 Conference play) return home for a game with a rather large stature. The Tigers will play host to the Oklahoma Sooners (6-0, 2-0) Saturday night at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium, in a nationally-televised ABC game which will kick off at 7:00 p.m.
   Both teams stand in first place in their division, as the Tigers are the only undefeated team remaining in the North Division, both overall, as well as in league play. The Sooners are tied atop the South Division standings entering Saturday, with their in-state rival Oklahoma State.
   But the national landscape is just as prominent in this matchup as pecking order within the Big 12 Conference. Missouri comes into the game ranked 11th in the BCS rankings, released for the first time this season on Sunday evening. The Tigers also find themselves ranked 16th in the USA Today Coaches poll, and 18th in the Associated Press rankings.
   The Sooners come to Columbia toting the #1 BCS ranking with them, thanks to their perfect start to the season, which included a very impressive 52-0 whitewashing of Iowa State this past Saturday in Norman, Okla. In the human polls, Oklahoma enters Saturday’s game ranked third in both the USA Today Coaches’ poll, as well as the Associated Press poll.

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   It’s Homecoming Week at Ol’ Mizzou – the birthplace of the Homecoming tradition, when it began on the MU campus in 1911 (more on that later) – and if that wasn’t enough to stir the excitement for Tiger alumni and fans, it was announced on Sunday that the wildly-popular ESPN College GameDay show will originate from the Mizzou campus for the first time ever.
   The set will be constructed at Francis Quadrangle, and Tiger fans are encouraged to come out in droves to show their support for the Tigers, as well as the GameDay show. ESPN officials have said that the biggest crowd ever assembled for a Saturday GameDay show was 15,800 at Nebraska, so Tiger fans have the bar set high.
   Saturday’s show will air live from 8-9 a.m. on ESPN-U, and then it will swith over to ESPN, where it will continue live from The Quad from 9-11 a.m.
   It will be the perfect opportunity for Tiger fans already used to coming downtown Saturday morning for the annual Homecoming Parade, as Mizzou Alumni Association officials have graciously agreed to push back the start time of the parade to accommodate fans who want to make a big showing at GameDay. With final details still to be determined, the Homecoming parade will not start until shortly after the conclusion of the GameDay window, which ends at 11 a.m.
   Mizzou has been part of the feature GameDay (which began in 1993 with a Florida State-at Notre Dame contest) game four times previously – all away from home. Three of the appearances came during Mizzou’s magical 2007 season, as the Tigers were part of GameDay for games at Oklahoma, versus rival Kansas at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and again versus Oklahoma in a rematch as part of the Big 12 Championship Game in San Antonio’s Alamodome. The last appearance with GameDay was in 2008 at Texas. Mizzou went 1-3 in those games, claiming the win over 2nd-ranked Kansas in an epic 36-28 game which propelled the Tigers to #1 in the BCS and virtually every poll around.
   Of course, one of the most talked-about features of GameDay is the weekly head gear segment, where analyst and former Coach Lee Corso dons the headgear of the mascot from the school he feels will win the game. For the history buffs out there, Coach Corso has put on Truman the Tiger’s head twice in the previous four MU GameDay appearances – in 2007 versus Kansas and at the 2007 Big 12 Championship Game.

   When the first BCS ranking came out this Sunday, it had Mizzou ranked at #11 overall, and that represented the highest debut position ever for the Tigers.
   Since the BCS rankings orginated in 2000, Mizzou has made the initial list three times previously, including three straight years, from 2006-08.
   Here’s a quick look at that those three years:

  • 2006 – Debuted at #24 in initial BCS ranking; unranked in final ranking
  • 2007 – Debuted at #16 in initial BCS ranking; finished 6th in final ranking
  • 2008 – Debuted at #15 in initial BCS ranking; finished 21st in final ranking

   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 56-37-5 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, Oklahoma, has served as MU’s Homecoming opponent 14 times previously, and Mizzou holds an 8-6 overall mark against the Sooners for Homecoming. That includes getting a win over OU in the last time the Sooners were the Homecoming opponent – in 1998 (a 20-6 MU win).
   For a full schedule of 2010 Homecoming events, please visit www.mizzou.com. This year’s Homecoming Grand Marshall is Russ Mitchell, a 1982 graduate of Mizzou’s esteemed School of Journalism, and most widely recognized for his role as CBS News national correspondent and anchor of the CBS Evening News Sunday Edition.

   Our picks for players of the week in Mizzou’s 30-9 win at Texas A&M included QB Blaine Gabbert on offense, DE Brad Madison on defense and P Matt Grabner for special teams…

  • Gabbert had the Mizzou offense humming along nicely, and that was a key to the Tigers’ 30-9 win at Texas A&M on Saturday, a win which moved MU to 6-0 for only the 5th time in program history (first since 2006). Gabbert, playing despite suffering a high hip pointer last week against Colorado, completed 31-of-47 passes for 361 yards and 3 TDs (tying a career high in scores)…
  • With the outcome of the game in the balance, Gabbert was at his best. He directed the Tigers to a 16-0 halftime lead, thanks to a crisp 22-of-33 first-half performance, for 233 yards and 1 TD. In MU’s opening drive of the 3rd quarter, Gabbert was 4-of-6 for 76 yards and a TD that effectively killed any chance of A&M getting back into the game, as it gave MU a commanding 23-0 lead. To that point, Gabbert’s numbers read 26-of-39 for 309 yards and 2 TDs, and he attempted only 5 passes in the final quarter-and-a-half as the Tigers cruised to the big win…
  • Madison continued his outstanding and disruptive work as he racked up a career-high 3 QB sacks off the bench of Texas A&M’s Jerrod Johnson in Mizzou’s 30-9 win on the road. He totaled 28 yards in losses for the three sacks, and his efforts were indicative of a great day of pressure applied by the Tiger defense as a whole. Mizzou notched 7 sacks in all on the elusive Johnson…
  • Madison’s contributions were much welcomed, as the Tiger defense played its 3rd-straight game without the services of 2009 Big 12 Defensive Freshman/Newcomer of the Year Aldon Smith, who has been out suffering a cracked fibula at the end of the San Diego State game on Sept. 18th…
  • Madison now has a team-best 4.0 sacks on the year (34 yards), and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 Conference, and 44th nationally, in the category. He also has 7.0 tackles for loss on the year (of his 13 total tackles), and he ranks 5th in the league and 61st nationally in that category, as well…
  • The Tiger defense managed a whopping 7 sacks of Aggie QB Jerrod Johnson, and that propelled Mizzou up the national rankings to #4 in sacks, with a new average of 3.33 per game…
  • Grabner continued his outstanding work in his first year on the field for Missouri, as he averaged 43.3 yards per punt on 6 attempts in Mizzou’s 30-9 win at Texas A&M. His work early on in the game was crucial to the Tigers keeping the Aggies pinned deep in their own territory, as his first kick traveled 46 yards and was returned just 2 yards to the Aggie 14-yardline. His second kick went 50 yards and was downed at the Aggie 7-yardline…
  • Three of Grabner’s punts on Saturday ended up inside the Aggie 20-yardline. For the season, 11 of Grabner’s 26 punts have ended inside the opponent 20-yardline, and his average of 43.15 yards per punt ranks him 33rd nationally…
  • Grabner’s work is best noticed by Mizzou’s net punting average, which is now 41.04 for the season as a team after Saturday’s performance. That average ranks the Tigers 6th in the country (1st in the Big 12 Conference) in team net punting, one season after MU ranked 4th nationally (40.48 avg.) in the same category in 13 games in 2009…

   Some random musings about Mizzou’s 30-9 win last Saturday at Texas A&M…

  • Mizzou’s win over A&M rings even more impressive considering the fact that the Aggies didn’t turn the ball over once (neither did the Tigers, for that matter). A&M came into the game having turned the ball over 18 times in their previous 4 games, but the explosive Aggie offense was held in check by Mizzou’s underappreciated defense, which pitched a shutout until 2:32 left in the 3rd quarter, when A&M kicked a 24-yard field goal to make it 23-3…
  • Coupled with MU’s shutout of Colorado the week before, the Tiger defense strung together 6 consecutive shutout quarters against conference opposition, and that marked the longest string of shutout quarters against league foes by MU since 1967, when the Tigers shutout Oklahoma in the final half of a 7-0 loss, before MU shutout Oklahoma State the next week in a 7-0 Tiger win…
  • Junior WR Wes Kemp had a huge day, as he caught a career-high 10 passes for 89 yards and 2 TDs. Kemp’s previous career-high in receptions was 4 (several times), and it marked his first multi-TD game of his career. Kemp nearly doubled his season reception total on Saturday, as he entered the game with 13 catches for 142 yards and 1 TD. He also had a potential 3rd TD reception taken away by replay, as he was ruled to have scored initially late in the 2nd quarter on a catch-and-run just before halftime, but replay officials overtuned the call and said he was down before crossing the goalline…
  • Kemp was joined in double figure receptions by TE Michael Egnew, who added 10 catches of his own for 87 yards. Egnew now ranks 4th in the Big 12, and 6th nationally (1st among all tight ends) with his 8.17 receptions per game average (49 catches, 437 yards, 3 TDs in all)…
  • Sophomore WR T.J. Moe caught a season-low 6 passes at A&M, but he was still very effective, as he turned those catches into 110 yards and 1 TD, including a nice 20-yard score at the end of the 3rd quarter that made it 30-3. Moe ranks 3rd in the Big 12, and 5th nationally, with his 8.33 receptions per game, and his yardage average of 98.17 is 3rd in the league and 9th nationally so far. For the season, Moe has 50 catches for 589 yards and 3 TDs…
  • True freshman TB Marcus Murphy had a nice day returning kickoffs, as he ran back 3 kicks for 28.7 yards on average, going for 86 yards total. He returned the opening kick of the game for 25 yards, and then had a 39-yarder (tying a season-best) in the 3rd quarter that he nearly broke for the distance. He now ranks 7th in the Big 12 and 73rd nationally with an average of 23.11 yards per kickoff return…

   It’s been a full 50 years since the Missouri Tigers have started a season 7-0, but that’s just what the 2010 squad will be shooting for this Saturday when they play host to 3rd-ranked Oklahoma. After moving to 6-0 for only the 5th time in school history, after last week’s impressive 30-9 win at Texas A&M, Mizzou is looking for its first 7-0 start since 1960.
   That 1960 team – which actually was honored with a player/coach reunion earlier this season – has been considered one of the top teams in school history. That’s thanks to an 11-0 season that saw them win the first of two eventual Big Eight Conference titles under Hall of Fame Coach Dan Devine (the other came in 1969). Devine’s 1960 Mizzou squad rose to #1 in the rankings late in the season, only to suffer a loss in the regular-season finale to rival Kansas (23-7), which was later forfeited back to MU thanks to the use of ineligible players by the Jayhawks. Mizzou recovered to beat 4th-ranked Navy in the 1961 Orange Bowl, 21-14, and finished with a #5 national ranking.
   Mizzou’s current 6-0 start is only the 5th in school history (1899, 1960, 1973, 2006, 2010). The 1899 squad was the only Tiger team other than the 11-0 1960 team to win game #7.
   Under Head Coach Gary Pinkel, Mizzou has managed to start 5-0 four times in the past five years (2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010), and those four make up nearly half of the 10 times in MU history MU has started 5-0.
   Here’s a look at the previous seasons in which MU has started a season 7-0, with the 1st number in parentheses the start and the 2nd number the end record for the season…

  • 1899 (7-0 / 9-2)
  • 1960 (11-0 / 11-0) - Won Big Eight Championship
* Auburn 7-0   Boise State 6-0
* LSU 7-0   # Oklahoma 6-0
Michigan State 7-0   Oklahoma State 6-0
TCU 7-0   Oregon 6-0
# Missouri 6-0   Utah 6-0
*/# - Play each other head-to-head Sat. night

   Entering this week’s games, Mizzou stands as one of 10 undefeated teams left standing. Seven teams entered the week at a perfect 6-0, with another six touting 5-0 marks. Four of the unbeaten hail from the Big 12 Conference, with Nebraska, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State also checking in at an unblemished 5-0.
   We know going into the week that at least two undefeated teams will be knocked out, as two games feature battles of unbeaten teams, including the Mizzou-Oklahoma game, as well as LSU at Auburn. Just how many are left standing unbeaten come Sunday is up for grabs. At right is a look at the undefeated teams.

   A glance at the latest batch of statistics shows that Mizzou’s improved defense leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 2nd in the nation, in scoring defense. Through 6 games, the Tigers, under 2nd-year Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel, are allowing an average of just 10.83 points per game. TCU currently leads the nation with a 9.29 average, followed by Mizzou at #2, then Boise State (#3, 12.33), West Virginia (#3, 12.33) and Alabama (#5, 12.86).
   While pitching a shutout against the Buffaloes undoubtedly helped propel the Tigers up the rankings, it wasn’t a one-game deal, as Mizzou entered the CU game ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense. Mizzou entered the CU game allowing 14.0 points per game.
   That was followed with a stifling defensive effort that held Texas A&M’s potent offense to a season-low 9 points on their home field. A&M came into the game averaging 35.00 points per game (ranked 27th in NCAA). Mizzou held the Aggies to 379 yards of offense, nearly 100 yards below their average of 472.60 coming in, which ranked them 15th nationally in total offense at the time.
   The 65 points allowed by MU through 6 games is the lowest by a Tiger defense since the 1973 season, when Mizzou permitted 49 points in its first 6 games (also a 6-0 start).

Red Zone Defense National Leaders
Rk. Team G Scores Opp. Pct.
1. MIZZOU 6 8 15 53%
  Iowa 6 9 17 53%
  Oregon 6 9 17 53%
4. Maryland 6 16 26 62%
  North Carolina 6 13 21 62%

   It would stand to figure that a good scoring defense performs well in the red zone, and that has definitely been the case for Mizzou’s defense to this point. Through 6 games, Mizzou’s defense is tied for 1st nationally in red zone defense, as opponents have scored just 53% of the time they’ve gotten inside the 20-yardline. Here’s a look at the details:
   The 8 scores allowed have been split evenly, between 4 TDs and 4 FGs. Illinois was 2-of-2 in the red zone against Mizzou (1 TD/1 FG), while McNeese State was 1-of-2 (1 TD). San Diego State and Miami (Ohio) each went 2-of-3 against MU (1 TD/1 FG apiece), while Colorado was shut out all 3 times (1 missed FG, 1 blocked FG, 1 stopped on downs). Last Saturday at Texas A&M, Mizzou’s defense allowed only 2 redzone penetrations, with the Aggies converting one into a field goal, and being stopped on downs on the other threat.

   Coaches aren’t real fond about comparing stats from different years, since each team is its own reality. But, that never stopped us from doing it, so with that, let’s take a look at the numbers which show Mizzou’s defense, through 6 games in 2010, is a much-improved unit overall…

Category 2010 (6 Games) 2009 (6 Games) 2009 (Season)
Scoring Def. 2nd (10.83) 35th (20.33) 59th (25.38)
Sacks By 4th (3.33) 83rd (1.50) 34th (2.31)
Pass Efficiency Def. 10th (103.84) 35th (114.82) 74th (132.54)
Total Def. 29th (328.67) 45th (336.83) 64th (370.08)
Rushing Def. 29th (117.17) 52nd (127.33) 26th (118.62)
Passing Def. (Yds.) 58th (211.50) 48th (209.50) 104th (251.46)

   Tiger Head Coach Gary Pinkel always touts the importance of turnovers, and how no other statistic can more directly impact the outcome of ballgames. Mizzou’s emphasis on both taking care of the ball on offense, and getting it out on defense, have led to outstanding results in 2010 thus far.
   Through 6 games, Mizzou ranks 19th in the nation in turnover margin, at +0.83 per game and is among the nation’s best defenses at forcing takeaways (14), including 9 interceptions gained, which is already one more than the 8 that Mizzou picked off in 13 games in 2009. Mizzou is picking off a pass once in every 25.1 pass attempts so far in 2010 (9 INTs in 226 attempts), and that’s a huge improvement from the ratio of once every 59.4 pass attempts by opponents in 2009 (8 INTs in 475 attempts).
   Research shows that when MU is on the plus side of the turnover equation in a game, the results are astoundingly good. Coming into Saturday’s game against Oklahoma, Mizzou has won 28 straight games when it has been at least +1 in turnover margin. The last time Mizzou dropped a game in which it was positive in turnovers was in 2005 at Kansas, when MU was +1, but lost, 13-3.
   In 2010, MU has been plus in 3-of-6 games, beginning the year by finishing +3 against both Illinois and McNeese State, and going +2 against Miami (Ohio). The Tigers were minus-2 in turnovers against San Diego State (including three 4th-quarter turnovers), which contributed heavily to the need for posting a comeback win. In Big 12 play, the Tigers were actually minus-1 against Colorado (2 turnovers/1 takeaway), but still managed the shutout win, and that followed an even-Steven outing last Saturday at A&M, as both teams were turnover free.
   The streak of 28 wins includes the 3 aformentioned games in 2010, plus all 7 games in 2009 when MU was plus in turnover margin, 3 in 2008, 9 in 2007, 5 in 2006, and the last instance in 2005, which was the 2005 Independence Bowl victory over South Carolina.

   Whenever he’s asked about halftime adjustments, MU Coach Gary Pinkel is fond of saying that if you’re waiting until halftime to make adjustments, you’re waiting too long.
   Even with that being the case, Mizzou has been coming out of the lockerroom for the second half in dominating fashion. Through 6 games, Mizzou has now outscored opponents by a 64-6 margin in the 3rd quarter, and the Tigers are one of only two teams through games of Oct. 16th to not allow a touchdown in the 3rd quarter of play – Iowa is the other team.
   Last Saturday in College Station, Mizzou outscored Texas A&M 14-3 in the 3rd quarter, to extend a 16-0 halftime lead to an insurmountable 30-3 advantage.
   The tone was set in the season opener, when the Tigers trailed rival Illinois, 13-3 at halftime, only to come out looking like a new team in the 3rd quarter. Thanks to a 7-0 3rd-quarter (which was more lopsided than the score might indicate), the Tigers went on to a 23-13 win. Mizzou outscored McNeese State by a 17-0 margin in the 3rd quarter of game #2 to pull away for a 50-6 win. On Sept. 25th, Mizzou held a solid 28-3 halftime lead over Miami (Ohio), but they quickly removed any doubt about the eventual outcome of the game, thanks to a sterling 23-3 blitz in the 3rd quarter that led to MU’s 51-13 win.
   In fact, one could say that Coach Gary Pinkel and staff have done an outstanding job of having their team prepared to play coming out of the lockerroom all year long, as the Tigers have outscored opponents in the 1st and 3rd quarter combined by a whopping 120-16 margin (56-10 in 1st quarter, 64-6 in 3rd quarter)…

Rank Class Wins Bowls
1. 2009 38 4
2. 2008 37 4
3. 2010 36 3
4. 1963 33 2
5. 2007 32 3
1962 32 3
7. 1981 31 4
8. 1969 30 2
1942 30 2

   Mizzou’s senior class isn’t very big (just 16 in all) but they’ve no doubt played a big role in helping the Tigers elevate the overall standing of the program in their time at MU. The 2010 senior class entered the season having collected 30 wins over the previous three years, and with 6 wins so far in 2010, that puts them within reach of the school record of 38 wins over a four-year period, which was established by the 2009 class.
   The 2009 class one-upped the record of 37, which had been established just the previous year by the 2008 class. The 2010 class has been a very key group of players and leaders who have helped push Mizzou to new heights. They have been part of two Big 12 North Division championship teams (2007, 2008), they’ve helped lead Mizzou to bowl games in each of the past four seasons overall (2006 Sun, 2008 Cotton, 2008 Alamo, 2009 Texas), and they were also part of the 2007 team which ascended to #1 in the BCS polls on Nov. 25th, 2007.
   If the 2010 team can reach a bowl game, this senior class will become only the fourth in MU history to play in four bowl games in a four-year span. The only previous classes to achieve that feat were the 1981 senior class, followed by the last two classes to come through (2008 & 2009).
   At right is a look at the most prolific senior classes at Mizzou, in terms of wins.

Coach Wins # Seasons (Years) Record Pct. # Bowls
Don Faurot 101 19 (1935-42, 46-56) 101-79-10 .558 4
Dan Devine 93 13 (1958-70) 93-37-7 .704 6
Gary Pinkel 73 10 (2001-Present) 73-46 .614 6
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

   Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 10th season at MU (20th overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 146-83-3 (63.6%).
   Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 51-21 (70.8%) over the past 5+ seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, has a 10-year record in Columbia of 73-46 (61.4%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has won 45 of his last 61 games overall (73.8%).
   MU’s win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks 3rd on the coaching wins list at MU, with 72.
   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. At right is a quick look at the top winning coaches in MU history.
   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 2009 means that Pinkel has led MU to 6 bowl games overall, and he now joins Devine as the only other coach to guide MU to 6 bowl games.
   Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 6 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008 and 8-5 in 2009), with those representing 6 of MU’s 8 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.
   The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007 and 2008 represent the first football conference title of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969 – the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown.
   In November of 2008, Pinkel agreed to a new seven-year contract, meaning he’ll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2015 season.



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