Oct. 23, 2006
#19/19 Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 2-1) at #23/23 Missouri Tigers (7-1, 3-1)
Oct. 28, 2006 -- Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium -- Columbia, Mo.
KICKOFF: 11:10 a.m. (central time).
STADIUM: Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium (68,349 -- FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 236-162-20 there alltime, including 5-0 in 2006.
RADIO: Tiger Network (Mike Kelly, play-by-play/John Kadlec, color/Chris Gervino, sidelines). Carried on over 50 stations statewide, and on the Internet at mutigers.com. The game is also carried on SIRIUS Satellite Radio on Channel #155.
TV: ABC Sports. Brent Musburger (Play-by-Play), Bob Davie (Analyst), and Lisa Salters (Sidelines) will call the action, with Bill Bonnell producing.
RANKINGS (AP/COACHES): MU - #23/#23; OU - #19/#19.
SERIES: OU leads, 62-23-5 overall, and has won 3 straight since MU's last win in the series (20-6 win in Columbia, in 1998). OU has won 15 of the last 16 overall.
Mizzou: Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 36-31 at MU (6th year) and 109-68-3 overall (16th year). Pinkel is 0-2 versus OU and Bob Stoops.
Oklahoma: Bob Stoops (Iowa, `83), 80-18 at OU (8th year) and overall. Stoops is 2-0 vs. MU and Gary Pinkel, and is 23-3 alltime vs. Big 12 North teams.
Game Notes in PDF Format
TIGERS AND SOONERS OFFER NATION'S ONLY GAME OF RANKED FOES
The 23rd-ranked Missouri Tigers (7-1 overall, 3-1 in Big 12 play) begin the final third of the 2006 season by playing host of longtime foe and the 19th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (5-2, 2-1) in an inter-division game Saturday in what is the only game in the nation featuring two ranked teams in this week's Associated Press Top-25 poll.
Mizzou is coming off a solid 41-21 Homecoming win last Saturday over Kansas State that saw the Tigers rebound from a 7-0 deficit after the first play of the game, to score 34 straight points. MU is 7-1 for the first time since the 1969 season.
Oklahoma enters Saturday's game - which is set for an 11:10 a.m. (central) kickoff on ABC - is coming off a 24-3 homecoming win of its own last week against Colorado. The Sooners jumped out to a 10-0 halftime lead and never looked back in notching their 2nd straight win. Oklahoma is 0-2 away from home this season, but both losses have come against ranked opponents (at #18 Oregon and vs. #8 Texas).
TIGERS HIT HOME STRETCH WITH SHARE OF BIG 12 NORTH DIVISION LEAD
The Missouri Tigers head into the final third of the 2006 season holding a share of the Big 12 North Division lead, at 3-1 along with Nebraska. Mizzou is chasing its first conference title of any kind in football since the 1969 squad won a share of the Big Eight championship.
This marks just the 3rd time in the 11 seasons of Big 12 Conference play that Mizzou has started league play at 3-1. In 1998, MU started 3-1, and split it's last 4 games en route to a 5-3 league mark and a tie for 2nd in the North. In 2003, Gary Pinkel's squad started 3-1 but finished 1-3 to end with a 4-4 league mark (3rd).
With 4 games left in the season, the North Division race is looking like a battle between the Tigers (picked to finish 5th in the North prior to the season by league media) and the Huskers (pre-season Big 12 North favorites), and it could all come down to the Nov. 4th showdown between the two teams in Lincoln, Neb.
MU and Nebraska hold a two-game lead currently over both Colorado and Kansas State (both 1-3), while holding a three-game edge over Iowa State and Kansas (both 0-4).
Who has the tougher road down the stretch? Both teams have 2 home/2 road games left, but MU's 4 remaining foes have a combined record of 17-14, while Nebraska's remaining opponents are a combined 19-12.
OVERSTREET NAMED BIG 12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior strong safety David Overstreet II (Dallas, Texas) was named the Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, after he led the Tiger defensive effort in MU's 41-21 win over Kansas State last week. Overstreet earned the honor after he had 11 tackles against K-State (film adjusted), and 1 pass break up.
His biggest contribution to the win, however, came when he scooped up a fumble forced by LB Brock Christopher in the 3rd quarter, and he raced untouched for his first career TD, from 41 yards out. That play gave MU a 34-7 lead with 5:30 left in the 3rd, and effectively iced the game for the Tigers, as Mizzou broke a 13-game losing streak to the Wildcats.
The weekly honor is the first of Overstreet's career, and comes during the week that he will try to help his Tigers win a game against the school where his father, David Overstreet, became one of college football's great running backs playing for the vaunted Sooner wishbone attack of the late 1970s under former coach Barry Switzer. Overstreet went on to become a #1 draft pick of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, before he was killed in a car crash in 1984, when his son, David, was only 1 year old.
Overstreet - a pre-season 2nd-Team All-American pick by one media outlet - is the 3rd Tiger defender, and 4th Tiger overall, to win the Big 12's weekly award this season. Above and right is a listing of MU's 2006 award winners.
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||L, 20-13 vs. Oklahoma (11-13-43)
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||L, 20-17 vs. Oklahoma St. (10-23-04)
||W, 9-0 vs. Nebraska (10-24-59)
||T, 14-14 vs. California (10-7-61)
||W, 17-14 (OT) vs. Iowa St. (10-15-05)
||W, 45-6 vs. Washington (Mo.) (11-13-26)
||L, 6-0 vs. Drake (11-3-28)
MIZZOU LOOKING TO DEFEND 8-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
With its 41-21 home win last Saturday over Kansas State, not only did Mizzou bounce back from its first loss of the season the week prior at Texas A&M, the Tigers also kept alive a home field winning streak that is becoming one of the longest in school history.
Mizzou has won its last 8 home games, including its last 3 of the 2005 season, and the first 5 of the 2006 campaign. MU's last home loss came on Oct. 1, 2005 against then #2-ranked (and eventual national champion) Texas, by a 51-20 score.
Mizzou's current 8-game home winning streak ranks tied for the 4th-longest in school history, per the chart below. A 9th-straight win this Saturday against Oklahoma would tie for the 2nd-longest in school history.
TIGERS LOOK TO KEEP UNDEFEATED HOME SEASON STRING ALIVE SATURDAY
Mizzou enters the Oklahoma game this Saturday looking to stay undefeated at home for the season, as the Tigers enter the ballgame a perfect 5-0 this year at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.
The last perfect home season for MU came back in 2003 when Gary Pinkel's squad went a record 6-0 at Faurot Field on the way to an 8-5 season mark.
Only 12 times in the history of Memorial Stadium (which opened in 1926), has MU had perfect records at home.
TIGERS APPEAR IN ALL FOUR MAJOR POLLS
When Mizzou takes the field this Saturday against Oklahoma, it will do so carrying the nation's No. 23 ranking into the game, according to both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches' polls. MU moved up 1 spot in the A.P. poll after last week's 41-21 win over Kansas State, and jumped into the coaches' poll at No. 23, after being just out of that poll the week before.
Additionally, when the Bowl Championship Series rankings were released Sunday, Mizzou climbed to #20, up 4 spots from #24 in the previous week's initial set of BCS rankings.
In other polls, Mizzou moved up to #21 in this week's Harris Interactive poll, jumping 4 spots from #25 prior to the K-State win.
This marks the 5th straight week that the A.P. poll has included Mizzou. After defeating Ohio, 31-6, on Sept. 23rd, the Tigers moved into the AP poll - at No. 25 - for the first time since 2004, when the Tigers were ranked 19th prior to the second game of the year, at Troy. MU began that season ranked 18th in the AP poll.
Mizzou has played 4 games previously in its history as the #23-ranked team in the A.P. poll, and MU is 3-1 in those outings - including a 38-21 win at Texas Tech this season.
Saturday will mark the 149th time overall that Mizzou has entered a game as a ranked team. In its previous 148 such encounters, MU holds an alltime record of 89-58-1 (.605).
This is the 11th week that Mizzou has been ranked in the AP poll under Gary Pinkel, as the Tigers were ranked for 4 weeks (peaking at #22) in 2003, in addition to the aforementioned 2-week stay in the polls in 2004, and the current 5-week span.
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MORE RANKING BREAKDOWN HISTORY
Saturday will mark the 11th time overall that Mizzou and Oklahoma have squared off with both teams carrying an A.P. top-25 ranking into the game. Oklahoma has won 8-of-10 games in that situation, including 6 straight dating back to MU's last win, in 1969, when the 9th-ranked Tigers downed the 20th-ranked Sooners, 44-10 in Columbia. See the chart at right for details.
Mizzou has played 50 games in its history where both teams carried an A.P. poll ranking into the game, and the Tigers are 16-34 in those instances (.320), and have lost 10 straight dating back to its last win in 1978, when 19th-ranked MU won at home vs. 20th-ranked Iowa State (W, 26-13).
Mizzou is 2-2 alltime in 4 previous games playing against the #19-ranked team in the nation, with wins coming in 1973 against SMU (17-7 in Dallas) and in 1970 against Colorado (30-16 in Columbia), and losses in 1984 to Notre Dame (16-14 in Columbia) and in 1971 to Stanford (19-0 in Columbia).
MIZZOU-OKLAHOMA SERIES HISTORY
Mizzou and Oklahoma will be facing each other for the 91st time when they meet this Saturday in Columbia. The Sooners hold a commanding 62-23-5 lead in the previous 90 meetings between the two long-time conference partners.
Oklahoma has won 3-of-4 contests over Mizzou since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, including 3 straight games in the series, with MU's last win coming in 1998 - a 20-6 Tiger win in Columbia. Prior to that MU win, Oklahoma claimed 12 straight wins in the series from 1984 through 1995.
Going further back, Mizzou has defeated Oklahoma only 4 times since 1967 (a span of 33 games), but all 4 have come at Faurot Field (1969, 1981, 1983, 1998).
Oklahoma has been ranked in the A.P. poll 23 times in those 33 games dating back 1967, compared to just 9 times that MU has carried a ranking into the MU-OU contest. The last two times Mizzou faced the Sooners, OU was ranked #1 (2003) and #3 (2002). In fact, in 15 of those meetings dating back to 1967, OU has been ranked in the top-10 when it's met the Tigers.
More recent history has provided some very competitive games in Columbia, as MU has outscored the Sooners by a combined 53-50, despite losing 2-of-3. Most recently, #3 Oklahoma used a 4th-quarter fake field goal to escape Columbia and redshirt freshman QB Brad Smith with a 31-24 win. Prior to that, in 1998, #20 MU cruised to a 20-6 win over unranked OU, breaking the Sooners' 12-game win streak in the series. In the last year of the Big Eight Conference, #23 OU scratched out a 13-9 win in 1995 over unranked Mizzou.
THE LAST TIME IN COLUMBIA: #3 OKLAHOMA 31, MIZZOU 24 (2002)
In 2002, Oklahoma brought the nation's #3 ranking to Columbia to play unranked Mizzou, and the Sooners escaped with a hardfought 31-24 win that might have done as much for the national reputation of Tiger redshirt freshman QB Brad Smith as any game in his career.
Smith was scintillating on the night, as he nearly single-handedly engineered one of the biggest upsets in Tiger history, despite throwing 3 interceptions on the night.
Smith, Missouri's redshirt freshman quarterback, had the third-ranked Sooners on the run all game long. Oklahoma needed a touchdown on a fake field goal with 6:33 left to escape with a 31-24 victory.
Smith carried 26 times for 213 yards - then a record for Missouri quarterbacks - and two touchdowns. He also threw for 178 yards and a score, accounting for 391 of the Tigers' 449 yards.
"Brad Smith, just an incredible performance," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "He really was exceptional in his play and what he did tonight. As a team and as a head coach, I feel very fortunate - lucky - to have been able to have fought through this and won."
The winning touchdown was a stunner. Holder Matt McCoy took the snap, waited a moment, then threw a perfect lob to freshman tight end Chris Chester, who went up and caught the ball between two defenders for his first career reception. Nate Hybl's 2-point conversion pass to Curtis Fagan made it 31-24.
Stoops said he liked his chances of the fake working better than the chances of Trey DiCarlo making a 31-yard field goal. DiCarlo had already missed an extra point and field goals of 34 and 43 yards.
The touchdown was set up by Brandon Everage's interception, which gave Oklahoma (5-0, 1-0 Big 12) the ball at the Tiger 16. It was one of three interceptions thrown by Smith.
He threw another on Missouri's next drive, but the Sooners went nowhere and punted. The Tigers (3-2, 0-1) took over at their 23 with 1:39 left and drove to the Oklahoma 35, but Smith was sacked on fourth down with 5 seconds remaining.
Oklahoma scored twice in under 3 minutes in the third quarter to seemingly take control. Fagan took a short pass from Hybl, broke a tackle and outran two defenders for a 65-yard touchdown. Then Quentin Griffin scored on a 53-yard run, slipping away from a tackle behind the line before bouncing outside and getting down the boundary.
The extra point failed, making the score 23-7.
That's when Missouri got going, scoring on its next three possessions to take the lead.
Justin Gage caught a slant pass and took it 23 yards for a touchdown to cap an 87-yard drive, and later in the third, Michael Matheny kicked a 38-yard field goal.
Five minutes into the fourth quarter, Smith scored on a 25-yard run to put the Tigers in front 24-23. He began the drive with a 37-yard scramble, added a 12-yard completion on a third-down play, then scored on another third down.
Gage finished with nine catches for 122 yards. His first reception made him Missouri's career receiving leader, moving him past Kenny Holly, who had 151 catches.
The Sooners dominated the first quarter, outgaining Missouri 152-36 and keeping Smith in check, but Oklahoma managed just a 7-0 lead. The touchdown came on a 2-yard run by Kejuan Jones, one play after Hybl threw a 34-yard completion to Antwone Savage on third-and-inches from the 36.
It was 10-0 when Missouri scored late in the half on a 25-yard keeper by Smith on a third-and-7 play. He had kept the drive alive three plays earlier with a 15-yard run on third-and-3.
LAST TIME OUT: #24 MIZZOU 41, KANSAS STATE 21
Mizzou came into its 2006 Homecoming game looking to get the pain of its first loss of the season out of its system, and while things couldn't have started any worse for the Tigers, they withstood some early body shots and emerged with a solid 41-21 win to break a 13-game losing streak to Kansas State.
K-State had won 13 straight games over Mizzou from 1993-2005, and it appeared the spectre of past losses might be haunting the Tigers again, when, on the first play of the game, Tiger QB Chase Daniel fumbled after being sacked from his blindside. KSU's Zach Diles scooped up the ball at the MU 43-yardline, and raced untouched for a TD to give the Wildcats a 7-0 lead before the season-best crowd of 64,657 could even get settled in their seats.
On a cold, rainy day, things seemed like they might get even worse, as Kansas State, leading 7-3 early in the 2nd quarter, had a 4th-and-goal from the Tiger 1-yardline, and decided to go for it to try and take a 14-3 lead. But the Tigers stiffened, as reserve DL Tommy Chavis stuffed KSU RB for no gain at the 1-yardline, giving MU the ball and some life.
The offense then responded with its best drive of the season, promptly marching 99 yards in 10 plays - taking just 3:13 off the clock in doing so - for a TD on a 14-yard Daniel-to-Martin Rucker pass that gave MU its first lead of the game with 8:33 left before half. That momentum shift really turned the game, as the Tigers scored 4 more times before K-State could muster another score, as MU jumped to a 34-7 lead before settling for the 41-21 final.
Daniel completed 24-of-31 passes on the soggy day, for 262 yards and 4 TDs (going to 4 different receivers). His 4th of the day - on a 15-yarder to TE Chase Coffman in the 4th quarter - gave Daniel 19 TD passes for the season, breaking the 37-year-old MU single-season record of 18 held previously by Terry McMillan (1969 season).
Coffman was once again brilliant for the Tigers, as he had 6 catches for 75 yards and the 1 TD. He was joined in the endzone by WR Tommy Saunders (6 catches, 51 yards, 1 TD), WR Will Franklin (5 catches, 87 yards, 1 TD) and Rucker (3 catches, 18 yards, 1 TD). TB Tony Temple led the Tigers in rushing, as he had 62 yards on just 9 carries (6.9 avg.), while Daniel added 47 yards on the ground to give him 309 yards of offense on the day.
Mizzou rushed for 171 yards overall, marking the most for MU since it rushed for 197 in game #3 at New Mexico.
David Overstreet led the Tiger defensive effort that kept the Wildcats in check for most of the day, as KSU didn't score any offensvive points until the game was 34-7 in MU's favor. Overstreet scored the 1st TD of his career when he scooped and scored on a 41-yard fumble return in the 3rd quarter to make it 34-7. He led Mizzou on the day with 11 tackles (film adjusted) and was on Sunday named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts.
In all, MU forced 4 Kansas State turnovers (2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions), and the Tigers scored 17 points off those miscues. Mizzou's defense held KSU QB Josh Freeman to just 5-of-19 passing for 63 yards and 2 interceptions (zero TDs).
TIGERS LOSE ALLTIME QB SACKS LEADER Brian Smith TO INJURY
Mizzou's Homecoming win over Kansas State last Saturday came with a heavy price to pay, as senior defensive end Brian Smith was lost for the remainder of the regular season with a broken right hip. The injury does not require surgery, but he'll need to be on crutches for around 8 weeks, meaning there could be an outside chance of him being available in a bowl game.
Smith was injured in the 3rd quarter on the play when safety David Overstreet returned a fumble 41 yards for a Tiger touchdown. Smith was running interference for his teammate, and leapt to hurdle a downed player, and landed awkwardly, apparently breaking his hip in a non-contact situation.
Smith was having an outstanding senior season for the Tigers, as he was named just last week as 1 of 12 semi-finalists for the prestigious Lombardi Award. He had ranked all season long among the nation's top-5 in QB sacks, with 7.5 through 8 games. He is Mizzou's alltime career leader in sacks, with 31.5, and needed just 3 more to break the Big 12 Conference career record of 34, held by Aaron Hunt of Texas Tech (1999-2002).
The loss of Smith leaves senior DE Xzavie Jackson as MU's most accomplished sack master. Jackson enters the OU game with 5.0 sacks on the year and 13.5 career sacks - both numbers currently best among active MU players. Jackson's 13.5 sacks now ranks as 9th-best in MU history.
Replacing Smith directly in the lineup will likely be sophomore DE Stryker Sulak. Sulak actually has more tackles on the 2006 season than Smith (35-to-30), despite more limited reps, and he has produced nicely, accumulating 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 QB sack, breaking up 3 passes, and recovering 1 fumble. Sulak has 8 starts in his career, including 7 in 2005 as a redshirt freshman, and 1 in 2006, as he started in place of Jackson in the season opener while Jackson sat out the game due to disciplinary reasons.
PINKEL HAS WON 15 OF LAST 21 GAMES AT MIZZOU
Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his sixth season at MU and touts a career record of 109-68-3 (61.4%). His career winning percentage of 60.2% to begin the season ranked him 23rd in the nation among active Division I-A coaches with a minimum of seven years coached.
Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 27-17 over the past four seasons (including 15 wins in his last 21 games dating back to the 2004 season finale), and to bowl games in 2003 and 2005, has a six-year record in Columbia of 36-31 (53.7%).
With a team picked to finish 4th in the Big 12 North in 2005, Pinkel's Tigers tied for 2nd place last year (winning all tiebreakers), and were playing for a chance to share for the division title heading into the regular-season finale. Pinkel has led MU to two bowl games, and with a third on the horizon in 2006, that puts him in select company, as he joins Don Faurot, Dan Devine, Al Onofrio, and Warren Powers as the only coaches to guide MU to three bowl games. After beating Nebraska (41-24 in 2005) for the second time in three years, Pinkel became the first MU coach since Onofrio to defeat NU twice.
Mizzou's 34-7 win over Ole Miss earlier this year drew him above the .500 mark at Mizzou. Pinkel is the first Tiger coach since Powers to have an MU record of above .500 after at least one full season of coaching (Powers left after the 1984 season with an MU record of 46-33-3).
Pinkel has driven Mizzou to a pair of winning seasons (8-5 in 2003 and 7-5 in 2005) in his five previous years at the wheel, with those representing two of MU's four winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season. With a winning season in 2006, he would become the first MU coach since Powers to have three winning years.
NEWS & NOTES FROM THE K-STATE GAME
QB Chase Daniel completed 24-of-31 passes for 262 yards and 4 TDs (zero INTs), as he compiled a QB rating of 190.99 on the day. He broke the school record for most consecutive games with a TD pass, as he moved his running total to 8 currently, surpassing the old mark of 7 co-held by Terry McMillan (1969) and Brad Smith (2004)...
Junior WR Will Franklin continued his push for All-Big 12 honors, as he caught 5 passes for 87 yards and 1 TD. His TD - a 52-yard catch-and-run effort - came with just 2:40 left in the 2nd quarter, and helped extend MU's lead to 17-7 at halftime. Franklin ranks 3rd in the Big 12 (15th nationally) in receiving yards per game (86.25). His average per catch of 18.2 yards ranks 4th in the Big 12 among those with at least 2 catches per game. He now has 5 TDs of 30 yards or more this season, and that ties him for the season record, along with former greats Mel Gray (1969), Henry Marshall (1975) and Sean Coffey (2004), who all had 5 of 30 yards or more...
Sophomore TE Chase Coffman had yet another sterling day, as he caught 6 passes for 75 yards and 1 TD. His season totals of 35 catches for 353 yards and 5 TDs leads all Big 12 TEs, and his receptions per game average of 4.38 currently ranks 8th in the Big 12 among all players, and 73rd nationally. Only 2 TEs nationally have caught more passes than Coffman (Chris Hopkins - Toledo, Dustin Keller - Purdue), and only 2 TEs nationally have caught more TD passes than Coffman to this point (Darius Hill - Ball State, Hopkins - Toledo)...
MU gained 433 yards of total offense on the day, including 262 passing and 171 rushing (MU's most since game #3 at New Mexico ). That was the most surrendered all year by K-State, which had a defense that was allowing 298.29 yards per game coming in (36th in NCAA). The 41 points scored by MU was also a season high for KSU opponents, and the Wildcats were allowing an average of 17.00 points coming in (30th in NCAA)...
Sophomore PK Jeff Wolfert continued his outstanding contributions to the squad, as the former MU diver was perfect on all kicks for the 6th-straight game. He was 2-of-2 on FGs (20, 30) and a perfect 5-of-5 on PATs Saturday to raise his season totals to 10-of-12 on FGs and 33-of-33 on PATs. He has made 33 consecutive kicks overall (7 FGs, 26 PATs), since he missed his last kick - a 4th-quarter FG attempt in game #2 versus Ole Miss. With 63 points scored on the season to date, Wolfert needs only 19 more to break the MU single-season kick scoring record of 81, set by Adam Crossett in 2005. The MU single-season record for most FGs made is 16 (Tom Whelihan in 1985 and Jeff Jacke in 1992)...
Junior P Adam Crossett raised his season punting average to 40.3 yards per punt, a figure that would rank him 4th in the Big 12 if he had enough punts to qualify for the standings. Crossett punted 3 times Saturday versus Kansas State for an average of 42.0 yards per punt, and in his last 3 games, Crossett is averaging 48.3 yards per punt in his last 3 games (10 punts)...
GOALLINE STAND SPARKS TIGER VICTORY OVER K-STATE
Not to be outdone, LB Marcus Bacon had another productive night, as he turned in 8 tacklesforced a fumble, recovered another, had 1 QB sack and 1 QB hurry. DE Xzavie Jackson might have had the most disruptive 2-tackle night possibleLost in the boxscore of MU's 41-21 win last Saturday over Kansas State was possibly the biggest play of the game - an MU stop of a K-State rush on 4th-and-goal from the Tiger 1-yardline in the 2nd quarter. The Wildcats admirably went for it on the 4th down play, as they were trying to extend their 7-3 lead at the time, and to get MU's Homecoming crowd squirming in their seats.
But instead of backing down, the Tiger defense dug in, and stopped the Wildcats for no gain, as reserve DL Tommy Chavis stopped KSU RB James Johnson for no gain to turn the ball over to MU's offense.
Despite facing the longest of possible fields, QB Chase Daniel and his offensive teammates put together their best drive of the season, and marched 99 yards in 10 plays for a TD to put the Tigers on top, 10-7 with 8:33 left in the 2nd quarter. Daniel was 5-of-5 passing for 60 yards on the drive, and TB Earl Goldsmith covered 15 yards in 3 rushes (Daniel had 9 yds. on 2 carries), and K-State helped out with a 15-yard personal foul to account for the yardage. TE Martin Rucker covered the final 14 yards on a TD reception, and MU never looked back, as it scored four more times in a row to make it 34-7 before K-State could muster any offensive points.
Just how good was the Tiger goalline stand? Consider that MU had to overcome 2 fresh sets of downs due to a facemask penalty on what appeared to be a 3rd-down stop on the Tiger 8-yardline. After getting a fresh set of downs with a 1st-and-goal from the 4, the Tigers held, as K-State endured a false start penalty, and could muster only 8 yards on 4 straight rushing attempts.
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BIG CROWD EXPECTED SATURDAY FOR OU GAME
While Saturday's game against Oklahoma is not in a sold-out situation, Mizzou Athletic Officials are expecting the crowd to at least equal, if not surpass, the season-high crowd of 64,657 that took in last week's Homecoming victory over Kansas State.
That crowd was the 6th-largest at Memorial Stadium dating back to 1984 - and that even predates the shrinking of capacity to the current level. Current capacity of the stadium is listed as 68,349, and that changed in 1995 when the grass berm that now outlines the field was installed, taking out many seats that used to come from concrete steps at the time. The largest crowd to ever see a game at Memorial Stadium was when 75,298 saw MU take on Penn State on Oct. 4, 1980. Here's a quick look at the largest crowds since 1984, when 70,915 fans saw MU take on Notre Dame on Sept, 29, 1984 (representing the last crowd of 70,000 at MU)...
TIGER RUNNING GAME KICKS IN GEAR VERSUS K-STATE
Mizzou rushed for 171 yards in Saturday's win over Kansas State, and while that total might not cause eyes to pop, it was the most that MU had rushed for since going for 197 in game #3 at New Mexico. Additionally, it wasn't the yardage that was so impressive, it was the efficiency of the attack, as the Tigers averaged a salty 4.6 yards per attempt. In its 3 previous games, MU had averaged 2.9 yards per carry in games against Colorado (40 rushes, 100 yards), at Texas Tech (40-133) and at Texas A&M (26-74).
Last Saturday against K-State, MU's top 3 tailbacks averaged 7.6 yards per carry, as they gained 129 yards combined on 17 carries. Tony Temple led the way with 62 yards on 9 attempts (6.9 avg.), while Jimmy Jackson had 36 yards on 4 carries (9.0 avg.) and Earl Goldsmith added 31 yards on 4 attempts (7.8 avg.).
The Tigers had success against a K-State defense that was allowing just 3.4 yards per rush to opponents coming into last Saturday's game.
The challenge gets even stiffer this weekend, as Oklahoma brings with it the Big 12's top-ranked defense in terms of total yardage allowed - OU ranks 1st in the league, and 11th nationally with a 266.71 yards per game average.