South Carolina Next For Mizzou on Homecoming

Oct. 21, 2013


Game Eight: No. 5 Mizzou Tigers (7-0, 3-0) vs. No. 20 South Carolina (5-2, 3-2)

Oct. 26, 2013 - Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium - Columbia, Mo.

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KICKOFF: 6 p.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 leads the all-time series with South Carolina 2-1. Pinkel-led Tigers won 38-31 in 2005 Independence Bowl.

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SOUTH CAROLINA NEXT FOE FOR MIZZOU on HOMECOMING

  • No. 5 Mizzou Football enters its Homecoming matchup with No. 20 South Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 26, with consecutive victories over A.P.-ranked opponents for the first time since 1976...
  • The Tigers will be facing three consecutive ranked opponents for the first time since 2009...
  • Missouri continued its undefeated season, earning a 36-17 victory over No. 22 Florida in the Gators' first-ever trip to Columbia on Saturday, Oct. 19. Mizzou improved to 2-1 vs. Florida, earning its first win in the series since the 1966 Sugar Bowl (20-18). A sellout crowd of 67,124 saw last Saturday's win...
  • Missouri improved to 7-0 for the first time since 2010. The Tigers are also 3-0 in league play for the first time since that 2010 season. Prior to 2010, Missouri last had seven wins and zero defeats in 1962. The Tigers were 7-0-1 through eight games that year...
  • Mizzou became the first SEC team to defeat Georgia and Florida in consecutive weeks since Tennessee accomplished the feat in 1992...
  • Pinkel won his 97th game as head coach at Missouri with the win at Georgia. Pinkel is now just four wins shy of tying Don Faurot (101 wins from 1935-42, 1946-56) for the most wins in school history...
  • South Carolina, led by head coach Steve Spurrier, enters the Mizzou-USC game off a setback at Tennessee. The Gamecocks dropped a 23-21 loss to the Volunteers...

HOMECOMING RETURNS FOR ITS 102ND 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 one of the first formal Homecoming celebrations 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 59-37-5 record in Homecoming games over the years. Not surprisingly, former 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...
  • Mizzou has won 9 of its last 11 Homecoming games, including a landmark 36-27 win over BCS #1-ranked Oklahoma in 2010 (36-27). The Tigers also got their first-ever SEC win in the 2012 Homecoming tilt against Kentucky (a 33-10 Tiger victory). Mizzou's last loss on Homecoming was a 41-7 defeat at the hands of the #3-ranked Texas Longhorns in 2009...
  • Mizzou's nine Homecoming wins under Head Coach Gary Pinkel have come by an average score of 26.4 points per game. Those final scores include wins over: Kansas in 2002 (W, 36-12), Texas Tech in 2003 (W, 62-31), and 2007 (W, 41-10), Iowa State in 2005 (W, 27-24 in OT) and 2011 (W, 52-17), Kansas State in 2006 (W, 41-21), Colorado in 2008 (W, 58-0), Oklahoma in 2010 (W, 36-27) and Kentucky in 2012 (W, 33-10)...
  • For a full schedule of 2013 Homecoming events, please visit www.mizzou.com...

TOPPLING RANKED FOES IN OCTOBER

  • Mizzou has now defeated ranked A.P. opponents in consecutive weeks for the first time since 1976, when Al Onofrio's Tigers got consecutive wins at 2nd-ranked Ohio State (22-21 on Sept. 25, 1976) and at home the next week against 14th-ranked North Carolina (24-3 on Oct. 2, 1976)...
  • The Tigers also won twice in a row against ranked foes in 1973, winning 17-7 at 19th-ranked SMU (Oct. 6) and at home vs. 2nd-ranked Nebraska, 13-12 (Oct. 13)...
  • Onofrio's squad had previously completed the task in the 1972 season, winning at 8th-ranked Notre Dame (30-26 on Oct. 21, 1972) and then at home the next week vs. 7th-ranked Colorado (20-17 on Oct. 28, 1972)...

WATCH OUT FOR SAM

  • Senior DL Michael Sam continued his All-American level of play with yet another huge game to help key Mizzou's 36-17 win over No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19). He tallied 3.0 sacks on the day (22 yards in loss), and added four tackles in all, to go with one other QB hurry...
  • The Tiger was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Gators, marking the second-straight week a Mizzou player brought home the honor (Kentrell Brothers, at Georgia). The recognition is Sam's third weekly conference honor of the season...
  • Sam now leads the SEC in both QB sacks (9.0 total / 1.3 avg.) and tackles for loss (13.0 total / 1.9 avg.), and he ranks 2nd in the nation and 4th in the nation in those categories, respectively...
  • Sam recorded his third multi-sack game of 2013. He also had 3.0 sacks in wins over Arkansas State and Vanderbilt earlier in 2013. Sam pushed his career sack total to 18.5, fifth all-time at Mizzou...
  • The 3.0-sack stat line has only been accomplished across the FBS 22 times, with Sam having three of those outings to his credit...
  • Missouri held Florida to just 61 yards in the first half, the fewest yards gained by a Tiger opponent in a half since MU allowed just 16 yards in the second half vs. Kentucky last season...

MAUK KEEPS HOT MIZZOU OFFENSE MOVING FORWARD

  • Thrown into the fire on Saturday, as he made his first-ever collegiate start subbing for injured senior captain James Franklin, redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk threw for 295 yards and a touchdown (with one interception), while also adding a rushing touchdown to seal the game in the fourth quarter, as he led the Tigers to a 36-17 win over No. 22 Florida...
  • Mauk led the Tiger offense to a 500-yard and 36-point day against the vaunted Florida defense, which came into last Saturday's game ranked 3rd in the NCAA in total defense (allowing 235.3 yards per game coming in) and 4th in the NCAA in scoring defense (allowing just 13.0 points per game coming in)...
  • Florida entered the game toting the nation's No. 3-ranked pass defense (152.0 yards per game) and the nation's No. 2-ranked pass efficiency defense...
  • Mauk was named SEC Freshman Player of the Week for his outstanding play against the Gators...
  • It took the redshirt freshman all of two plays, a 41-yard pass to L'Damian Washington and a 20-yard pass to Bud Sasser (TD), to put the Tigers in front 7-0 just 22 seconds into the contest...
  • Mauk finished the game throwing for 295 yards vs. Florida, the most the Gators have allowed in a game all season. The 295 yards by Mauk are the most ever by a Tiger freshman in his debut start and the fourth highest total by a freshman, just behind: Tony Scardino vs. Oklahoma (1952)- 365 yards; Brad Smith vs. Bowling Green (2002) - 334 yards and Phil Johnson vs. Kansas (1990) - 306 yards. Mauk's 295 yards passing were by far the most against Florida in 2013. The previous high was 164 by Arkansas.
  • It marked the first time Florida gave up 500 yards in an SEC game since 2007 against Kentucky. The 36 points scored by Mizzou snapped a string of 13 consecutive games in which Florida held an SEC opponent to 20 points or fewer...

JOSEY DOES HIS THING

  • Junior TB Henry Josey ran for a season-high 136 yards and added a touchdown in his ninth career 100-yard rushing game. He veraged 7.6 yards per carry against a stout Gator defense which came into the game ranked 4th in the nation in rush defense, allowing an average of only 83.3 yards on the ground per game...
  • Josey scored on a 6-yard run off left tackle with 13:24 left in the 3rd quarter to cap a critical drive which answered a Florida score. The Gators opened the 2nd half with a 100-yard kickoff return to close to within 13-10, but the Tigers responded with a 75-yard, 5-play drive that culminated in Josey's 6-yard score to give some breathing room again, at 20-10...
  • Later in the third, Josey lied motionless on the ground holding his surgically-repaired knee after being tackled awkwardly, but after a few minutes with the MU trainers, he got up and jogged off the field to a big ovation from the sellout crowd. Two series later, after being checked out on the sideline, he was allowed to return, and his first touch produced a 50-yard run down to the Florida 25-yardline. That run set up a field goal which gave MU a key two-score lead, at 26-17...
  • Josey enters Saturday's game against No. 20 South Carolina ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing (70.6 avg.), and 15th in scoring (6.9 ppg)...

WHAT A LEG!

  • Sophomore PK Andrew Baggett broke Mizzou's single-game scoring record for kickers with 18 points in the 36-17 win vs. No. Florida last Saturday, thanks in part to his 5-for-5 field goal kicking performance (43, 19, 39, 33, 28). Baggett added three PATs in the victory...
  • His latest kicking outing comes just two weeks after he notched 15 points on 3 field goals (44, 29, 41) and 6 PATs in Mizzou's 51-28 win at Vanderbilt (Oct. 5)...
  • Baggett earned "Star of the Week" from the Lou Groza National Collegiate Placekicker Award for his efforts...
  • The previous record mark in the category was 16 points by Jeff Jacke against Kansas in 1992 (5 FGs, 1 PAT)...
  • Baggett is currently the leading scorer in the SEC, based on his league-best per-game average of 10.0 points per contest...
  • Baggett continues to be a big weapon in the field position battle, as his 41 touchbacks on kickoffs is most in the nation. His touchback percentage of 71.9% ranks as 7th-best in the country...

SIGHTS SET ON 8-0

  • Mizzou is 7-0 for the second time in 13 seasons under Pinkel. The Tigers' incredible start to the 2013 season is approaching historic territory, with a potential 8-0 start being just the second in school history...
  • Mizzou's last 8-0 start came under legendary Tiger head coach Dan Devine in 1960, as he coached the squad to an undefeated 11-0 season and Big Eight Conference Championship...
  • That particular Mizzou squad went on defeated No. 4 Navy by a score of 21-14 in the Orange Bowl in Miami...
  • Additionally, Mizzou held a 7-0-1 record through eight games in the 1962 season, with a 0-0 deadlock at Minnesota serving as the lone tie...

Plenty of points

  • Mizzou's offense averaged 42.7 points in its wins at Vanderbilt (51-28), at No. 7 Georgia (41-26) and vs. Florida (36-17). 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...

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • Mizzou's opportunistic defense continued to find ways to take the ball from its opponent in the 36-17 win vs. No. 22 Florida, with CB Aarion Penton intercepting a pass in the 1st-quarter. The Tigers struck again when DE Shane Ray blew through the Gator o-line to sack QB Tyler Murphy, stripping the ball for his second-straight game with a sack/strip. The ball was recovered at the Florida 7-yard line by DL Harold Brantley at 7:09 in the 4th-quarter...
  • Mizzou forced four Georgia turnovers which proved crucial to the Tigers' 41-26 win (Oct. 12). The first was a 2nd-quarter sack/fumble by 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 kept the interceptions coming in the win vs. No. 22 Florida with true freshman Aarion Penton providing the pickoff. In the first start of his Tiger career, Penton snached a Gator deflection at 2:42 in the first quarter, allowing Mizzou to notch an Andrew Baggett field goal on the ensuing possession for a 10-3 lead...
  • Missouri recorded three interceptions for three-straight games to start the 2013 season, building a solid base for the 14 the defense has collected. The Tigers have doubled last season's total of just seven INTs. The 14 pickoffs are tied for the most in the country with Oregon State...
  • Ten different Tigers have combined for the 14 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 14 interceptions in seven 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...

TURNING IT AROUND ON THIRD DOWN

  • Mizzou has been outstanding on third down so far this season. The Tigers are 44-of-91 (.484) on third down this year, which ranks 28th 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 seven games in 2013, Mizzou has converted 44 third-downs, after netting only 62 in 12 games in 2012...
  • Missouri's total of 188 first downs gained ranks eighth in the country and second in the SEC only to national leader Texas A&M's 209...

FIRST ROAD TOP-10 WIN SINCE 1981

  • Mizzou fell behind at No. 7 Georgia (Oct. 12) 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 (Oct. 12) 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...

BROTHERS GARNERS SEC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

  • Sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts at Georgia (Oct. 12). 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)...

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 through six games in 2013, compared to 2012 totals of 10 passing TDs and zero rushing TDs...
  • Through six games, Franklin had 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%)...
  • 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...

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...

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...

Gary Pinkel IS EIGHTH-WINNINGEST ACTIVE FBS COACH

  • With his 170 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 170-98-3 all-time (63.3%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 97-61 (61.4%) 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 97 13 (2001-Present) 97-61 .614 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 170-98-3 (63.1%)....
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 74-36 (67.3%) 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 97-61 (61.4%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 68-31 in his last 99 games overall (69.7%). 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 97. The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career...
  • Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935. Here's a quick look at the top winning coaches in MU history...
  • In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25. Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game). For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards. He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007, and his 8 bowl games is an MU record...
  • Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 8 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011), with those representing 8 of MU's 10 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season...
  • The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represent the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969 - the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown. In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he'll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season.

WELCOME 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...

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...

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 8-0 for the first time in Coach Pinkel's 13-season tenure at Mizzou.
  • Start 8-0 for the first time since the Tigers' historic 11-0 season in 1960 under legendary head coach Dan Devine.
  • Improve to 98-61 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 4-0 in conference play for the first time under Pinkel and fist time since the 1968 season, in which Mizzou started 5-0 in Big Eight action.
  • Improve to 3-1 all-time vs. South Carolina.

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. SOUTH CAROLINA

  • Saturday's Mizzou-South Carolina matchup is just the fourth meeting between the two programs, with the Tigers holding a 2-1 series advantage on the Gamecocks...
  • Mizzou's two meetings with South Carolina prior to last season's game were in bowl games, both victories for Mizzou...
  • MU won 24-14 in the 1979 Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. Head coach Gary Pinkel led the Tigers to a 38-31 win over USC in the 2005 Independence Bowl, which was Spurrier's first season coaching the Gamecocks...
  • USC took a 31-10 result in 2012 in Mizzou's inaugural campaign in the SEC...
Mizzou SOUTH CAROLINA

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Josey 83 494 6.0 8 70.6
Hansbrough 54 438 6.8 3 62.6
Murphy 41 357 8.7 5 51.0

RUSHING

Att.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

Avg/G

Davis, M. 132 879 6.7 10 125.6
Shaw 93 397 4.3 3 56.7
Wilds 30 140 4.7 1 28.0
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G Rating
Franklin 132-195 67.7 1577 14-3 262.8 156.24
Mauk 23-42 54.8 336 1-1 48.0 125.06
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G
Shaw 92-145 63.4 1307 11-1 186.7
Thompson 29-51 56.9 421 2-2 70.2
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Lucas 36 358 9.9 1 51.1
Washington 32 539 16.8 7 77.0
Green-Beckham 30 451 15.0 4 64.4
Hunt 16 187 11.7 1 26.7
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Ellington 21 332 15.8 3 47.4
Byrd 19 384 20.2 3 54.9
Jones 19 195 10.3 3 27.9
Davis, M. 17 201 11.8 0 28.7
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Wilson 23-27 50 2.0 0.0 0-0 2 0-1
Webb 30-18 48 1.0 0.0 1-9 4 0-0
Brothers 17-18 35 3.0 1.0 3-0 3 0-0
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Roberts, M. 19-13 32 3.5 1.5 0-0 1 1-0
Legree 22-10 32 5.5 0.0 2-22 2 1-0
Moore 13-17 30 2.5 0.5 0-0 0 0-0


 

 

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