Tigers Look For Bounce-Back vs. Vols

Oct. 28, 2013


Game Nine: No. 10 Mizzou Tigers (7-1, 3-1)
vs. Tennessee Volunteers (4-4, 1-3)

Nov. 2, 2013 - Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium - Columbia, Mo.

TRACK THE TIGERS

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 won the first-ever game between the Tigers and Volunteers last season in exciting fashion, a 51-48 win in 4OT.

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TIGERS LOOK FOR BOUNCE BACK VS. VOLS

  • The No. 10/10 Mizzou Tigers (7-1 overall, 3-1 in Southeastern Conference play) wrap up a three-game homestand this Saturday evening when they play host to the Tennessee Volunteers (4-4 overall, 1-3 SEC) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN and is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff...
  • Mizzou is looking to rebound from a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to No. 22 South Carolina (now ranked No. 14 in this week's A.P. poll) by a 27-24 score. The Tigers jumped to a 14-0 halftime lead, and carried a 17-0 lead into the fourth quarter, only to see Gamecock QB Connor Shaw come off the bench to engineer a big comeback to force overtime on a touchdown pass with just :42 seconds left in regulation. Mizzou regained the momentum when it scored a touchdown on the opening possession of overtime on a Marcus Murphy 1-yard run, and the Tiger defense forced a 4th-and-goal from the 15-yardline on Carolina's ensuing possession, but Shaw cut the hearts out of MU's sellout crowd of 67,124 with a nifty 15-yard TD pass to force the second extra stanza. South Carolina settled for a 40-yard field goal in the top half of the 2nd OT period for the 27-24 lead, and MU drove to a 1st-and-goal at the 8-yardline, but couldn't punch it in. The game ended when PK Andrew Baggett's 24-yard field goal attempt was no good when it hit off the left upright to give South Carolina the win...
  • Tennessee makes its first-ever appearance in Columbia on the heels of a 45-10 loss at No. 1 Alabama last Saturday that saw the Crimson Tide race to a 35-0 halftime lead and cruise from there. The Volunteers did play Alabama to an even 10-10 draw in the second half…
  • The Tigers and Volunteers have faced three common opponents this season, in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Mizzou is 2-1 versus that group (winning at Georgia, winning at home against Florida and losing at home to South Carolina), while Tennessee is 1-2 (losing at Florida, losing at home to Georgia and winning at home against South Carolina)...
  • Even with the disappointing defeat to South Carolina Saturday night, the Tigers still hold the upper hand in the SEC East Division race. Win out and Mizzou would represent the East in the SEC Championship Game, set for Dec. 7th in Atlanta, Ga...

NEARLY THERE VS. GAMECOCKS

  • The Tigers played their third-straight game against a ranked opponent, and nearly pulled off the win, despite the fact that they played without their starting QB, senior co-captain James Franklin (shoulder), and starting CB, senior co-captain E.J. Gaines (quad). Both were injured in MU's 41-26 win at Georgia on Oct. 12th, and the status of both have yet to be determined for this weeks' game...
  • Mizzou came out ready to play and after the teams traded possessions early on, the Tiger offense put together a 77-yard drive capped off by a Marcus Murphy 11-yard TD run with 1:23 left in the first quarter to put MU ahead, 7-0. Later, after the Tiger defense forced a Gamecock fumble on the MU 2-yardline, QB Maty Mauk hooked up with WR L'Damian Washington on a 96-yard catch-and-run TD that blew the lid off Faurot Field and gave the Tigers a 14-0 lead with 4:16 left in the half. It was the 2nd-longest play from scrimmage in MU history (and the longest since 1976)...
  • Mizzou's loss overshadowed a brilliant defensive performance against one of the SEC's top offenses. South Carolina came into the game with the nation's 29th-ranked offense, but they were shut out for the first three quarters, and their first nine possessions ended like this: punt, punt, missed field goal, fumble, fumble, interception, downs, downs and punt. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the 17-0 lead wasn't enough to hold off the Gamecock rally that produced scores on each of their last three possessions of regulation and both OT series...
  • Mizzou had a better average per play on the evening, as the Tigers averaged 6.1 yards per snap, compared to 5.5 for South Carolina, but on the flip side, the Gamecocks enjoyed a huge advantage on number of plays. Carolina ran 91 plays, compared to just 66 for the Tigers, and in line with that, South Carolina held a big 34:27-to-25:33 advantage in time of possession. Possession time proved critical in the final quarter, as South Carolina was able to hold the ball for 9:42 of clock time as they scored 17 straight points to force OT...
  • Making only his second career start in place of injured QB James Franklin, redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk had the Tigers in position for the big win over the Gamecocks, only to see Carolina rally for the win. Mauk completed just 10-of-25 passes, but went for 249 yards, and his 24.9 yards per completion broke a longstanding Mizzou single-game record of 21.9 set by former great Terry McMillan against Kansas in 1969...

WATCH OUT FOR SAM

  • Mizzou's All-American hopeful DE Michael Sam had another impactful performance, as he ended the night with five tackles, including 1.0 sack, and 3.0 tackles for loss while adding two QB hurries. Sam enters Saturday's game against Tennessee leading both the SEC and the nation in both QB sacks (1.3 per game average/10.0 total) and TFLs (2.0 per game/16.0 total)...
  • Sam provided 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's outing vs. Florida was his third multi-sack game of 2013. He also had 3.0 sacks in wins over Arkansas State and Vanderbilt earlier in 2013. Sam has pushed his career sack total to 19.5, fourth all-time at Mizzou...
  • The 3.0-sack stat line has only been accomplished across the FBS 23 times, with Sam having three of those outings to his credit…

CAN'T CATCH WASHINGTON

  • Senior WR L'Damian Washington has emerged as one of the top receiving targets in the SEC. The Shreveport, La., native is tied for second in the league with 8 TD catches through eight games, and his average per catch (19.24) and yards per game (79.4) both rank fifth in the conference. He ranks 17th and 50th nationally in those respective categories…
  • The tall Tiger (6'4") is blasting away his previous season highs with his current 33 catches for 635 yards and eight scores. He previous best in catches and yards was 25 for 443 yards last season, and he accounted for a previous-best three TD snags as a sophomore in 2011…

EIGHT WINS ON THE HORIZON

  • Under head coach Gary Pinkel, Mizzou has made eight wins or more the standard for a successful campaign. The Pinkel-led Tigers have recorded seven 8-win seasons in the head coach's 13-year tenure, with Mizzou looking to lock in its eighth on Saturday against Tennessee…
  • Pinkel's and Mizzou's last 8-win campaign came in 2011, with the Tigers stamping it into history with a 41-24 victory over North Carolina in the Independence Bowl. The other campaigns were 2003 (8-5), 2006 (8-4), 2007 (12-2), 2008 (10-4), 2009 (8-5) and 2010 (10-3)…
  • From a deep historical perspective, a win Saturday against Tennessee would be a pretty big deal. In the previous 122 years of Tiger football (1890-2012), Mizzou has won eight or more games just 22 times. Pinkel's previously mentioned successes make up seven of those previous 22 eight-win seasons for Mizzou, and one more win would make it eight overall for Pinkel, and seven out of the last eight seasons (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013). Pinkel's seven 8-win seasons are already the most ever by a Tiger coach...

MIZZOU IS NCAA'S ALL-TIME OVERTIME KING

  • If it seems like Mizzou has been involved in a lot of overtime games, well, you're not crazy, because the Tigers have now played more OT games than any FBS school since the rule was put in place for the 1995 bowl season…
  • Mizzou had a heart-stopping, acid reflux-inducing 51-48 four-overtime win at Tennessee last season in Knoxville. The Tigers never led in regulation, and forced the extra sessions by scoring a TD to tie the game with just :47 seconds left to play. Mizzou and the Vols then traded TDs in the first three overtime periods, before the Tiger defense got a 4th-down stop to begin the 4th OT period. Needing only a field goal for the win, the Tigers got exactly that, when PK Andrew Baggett nailed a 35-yard FG to end the game…
  • The win also broke a tie that Mizzou held with, incidentally, Tennessee, for most OT wins in FBS history. The Tigers have an FBS-best 11 all-time overtime wins (11-5 overall), while Tennessee is in 2nd place in that category, with 10 wins (10-4 overall)…
  • The Tigers dropped a heart-breaking 27-24 2-OT decision to No. 20 South Carolina last Saturday at Faurot Field, marking the 12th season that Mizzou has played in an overtime contest in the 18 seasons it has been in play (1996-present)…
  • Fresno State, with 15 OT games played, is next on the most-played list after Mizzou, and they are 7-8 alltime. Five schools have played 14 OT affairs, including Tennessee (10-4), East Carolina (7-7), Pittsburgh (6-8), TCU (6-8) and SMU (3-11)…
  • Mizzou had won five straight OT games before falling at Arizona State in 2011...
  • Interestingly, MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel is credited with winning the very first overtime game ever played in Division I history, when his Toledo Rockets beat Nevada, 40-37, in the 1995 Las Vegas Bowl. The overtime rule was put into effect for that bowl season, and has been in use ever since...
  • Pinkel is now 10-3 alltime in his career in overtime games, including 8-3 at Mizzou.

MIZZOU'S DEFENSE LOOKS TO CONTINUE STREAK OF THIEVERY

  • Mizzou's stealing steak continued in the game vs. South Carolina (Oct. 26), as a fumbled forced by senior FS Matt White just after the start of the second quarter was recovered by junior DE Markus Golden. That recovery, along with a second forced fumble (Matt Hoch) and recovery (Kony Ealy) and interception (John Gibson) extended Mizzou's streak of games with a takeaway to 38…
  • Turnovers came the Tigers' way in the 36-17 win vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19), with freshman CB Aarion Penton intercepting a pass in the 1st-quarter. The Tigers struck again when sophomore 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 15 interceptions through eight games (after recording only 7 INTs in 12 games in 2012), and the Tigers are tied for third-most in the nation. Mizzou is +12 on the year entering Saturday's game against Tennessee - 21 takeaways, 9 turnovers lost). The Tigers' 1.50 margin/game ranks fourth in the nation…
  • The turnovers also extended MU's streak to 38 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's steady stream of interceptions continued in the game vs. South Carolina (Oct. 26), as redshirt freshman CB John Gibson snagged the first pickoff of his career in the second quarter. The INT brought the Tigers' season total to 15 and marked the first time 1987 that Mizzou has recorded at least one interception in each of the first eight games of a season…
  • Missouri recorded three interceptions for three-straight games to start the 2013 season, building a solid base for the 15 the defense has collected. The Tigers have more than doubled last season's total of just seven INTs. The 15 pickoffs are tied for third-most in the country with Tulane…
  • Eleven different Tigers have combined for the 15 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 15 interceptions in eight 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…

DEFENSE TAKES SACKS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

  • 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...
  • The Tigers added 6.0 to their tally against No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19), with two of the sacks resulting in fumbles and recoveries for Mizzou. The 6.0 total marked the third time in four games that Mizzou's defense accounted for at least 5.0 sacks, as the Tigers notched 5.0 (30 yards lost) in the win over Arkansas State…
  • Mizzou now has 22.0 QB sacks in its last five 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 3.13 QB sacks per game is the top mark in the SEC heading into Saturday's action, and it ranks the Tigers tied for 13th nationally...
  • Individually, senior DE Michael Sam now ranks first in the SEC, and tied for first in the nation, with his 1.25 sacks-per-game average. Sam is also the league's top-ranked performer in tackles for loss currently, with an average of 2.0 per game, which also ranks him first nationally...

TWO IN A (RANKED) ROW

  • Mizzou defeated ranked A.P. opponents in consecutive weeks with its Georgia and Florida wins 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)...

MAUK PERFORMS ADMIRABLY AGAINST THE GATORS

  • Thrown into the fire 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 (Oct. 19)...
  • 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. OU (1952)- 365 yards; Brad Smith vs. Bowling Green (2002) - 334 yards and Phil Johnson vs. KU (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...

TURNING IT AROUND ON THIRD DOWN

  • Mizzou has been outstanding on third down so far this season. The Tigers are 48-of-105 (.457) on third down this year, which ranks 38th in the country...
  • That's been a drastic shift from 2012, when Mizzou finished the season ranked 109th nationally, with a season conversion rate of just 33.3 percent...
  • Missouri's total of 205 first downs gained ranks 14th in the country and third in the SEC to national leader Texas A&M's 237 and LSU's 208...

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 (Oct. 19), thanks in part to his 5-for-5 field goal kicking performance (43, 19, 39, 33, 28). Baggett added three PATs in the victory…
  • That outing came just three 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 9.5 points per contest...
  • Baggett continues to be a big weapon in the field position battle, as his 42 touchbacks on kickoffs is most in the nation. His touchback percentage of 68.9% ranks as 8th-best in the country…

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 in the win vs. No. 22 Florida (Oct. 19). He averaged 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 UF 25-yardline. That run set up a field goal which gave MU a key two-score lead, at 26-17...
  • This, of course, came after it took 659 days for Josey to make his big return to start the 2013 season. He rushed for 113 yards on just 13 carries (8.7 avg.) and one touchdown in Mizzou's season-opening, 58-14 victory over Murray State…
  • 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...
  • Josey enters Saturday's game against Tennessee ranked ninth in the SEC in rushing (71.6 avg.), and 20th in scoring (6.0 ppg)...

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...
  • The win also broke Georgia's 15-game home winning streak at Sanford Stadium...

WASHINGTON CAME 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 UGA at its own 29-yardline, which prevented the Bulldogs from having a shot at getting any points before halftime...
  • His seven catches against the Bulldogs pushed Washington's then-2013 total (29) past his previous season-high of 25 from last season…

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 2013 . The signal caller was knocked of the contest midway through the fourth quarter with a shoulder injury. The injury kept Franklin out of the 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...

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 170-99-3 all-time (63.1%), including a 73-37-3 record (64.6%) in 10 years at Toledo (1991-2000) and 97-62 (61.0%) 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) 97-62 .610 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 170-99-3 (63.1%)....
  • Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 74-37 (66.7%) over the past 9 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has a 13-season record in Columbia of 97-62 (61.0%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 68-32 in his last 100 games overall (68.0%). 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.

MEMORIAL STADIUM CAPACITY ADJUSTED TO 67,124 IN 2013

  • The official seating capacity for Memorial Stadium has been reduced in 2013 to 67,124, down from the previous figure of 71,004. The figure was reached primarily by the removal of temporary bleachers on the field (behind the North end zone) and on the newly-expanded North concourse that will not be used. Additionally, the renovation of the North hill/Rock M to allow for the expanded concourse left a slightly smaller hill for general admission seating…
  • The east side tower construction project will be ongoing throughout the 2013 season, and is slated for a completion date in time to debut for the 2014 season. When completed, the east side structure will have new private club seating, an upper deck for public seating, and improved amenities for concessions and public restrooms. The future capacity is anticipated to be in the lower to mid 70,000s…
  • The work being done to Memorial Stadium (west side tower renovation completed for 2013) is part of a comprehensive $200 million facilities master plan. The sports of baseball, men's and women's golf and women's tennis are currently undergoing facility enhancements in addition to the work at the football stadium…

WITH A TIGER VICTORY, MIZZOU WILL...

  • Secure the eighth eight-win season in head coach Gary Pinkel's 13-year tenure at Mizzou.
  • Improve to 98-62 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).
  • Win the fifth game in program history as the A.P. No. 10 team, the first victory at the spot since a 1970 win at home vs. Minnesota, 34-12.
  • Improve to 2-0 all-time vs. Tennessee after winning the first-ever meeting between the two programs last season in Knoxville, 51-48 (4OT).

SERIES HISTORY - Mizzou vs. TENNESSEE

  • Saturday's Mizzou-Tennessee game is just the second between the two programs…
  • The Tigers triumphed in last season's first-ever Mizzou-Tennessee matchup, winning 51-48 in four overtimes in Knoxville. QB James Franklin threw four TD passes in the contest, with PK Andrew Baggett hitting 35-yard try in the fourth overtime to win it…
  • Saturday's contest marks the first-ever trip to Columbia for the Volunteers…
Mizzou TENNESSEE
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Josey 98 573 5.8 8 71.6
Hansbrough 68 449 6.6 3 56.1
Murphy 53 410 7.7 7 51.3
RUSHING Att. Yds. Avg. TD Avg/G
Neal 145 763 5.3 9 95.4
Lane 63 360 5.7 4 51.4
Summerhill 20 115 5.8 0 19.2
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G Rating
Franklin 132-195 67.7 1577 14-3 262.8 156.24
Mauk 33-67 49.3 585 2-2 73.1 126.48
PASSING Com.-Att. Pct. Yds. TD-Int. Avg./G
Worley 109-196 55.6 1239 10-8 154.9
Peterman 10-23 43.5 45 0-2 11.2
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
Lucas 39 447 11.5 1 55.8
Washington 33 635 19.2 8 79.4
Green-Beckham 31 457 14.7 4 57.1
Hunt 17 207 12.2 1 25.9
RECEIVING Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Avg./G
North 25 368 14.7 1 46.0
Howard 25 255 20.2 3 36.4
Neal 17 76 4.5 0 9.5
Smith 11 173 15.7 1 24.7
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Wilson 29-29 58 2.5 0.0 0-0 2 0-1
Webb 38-18 56 1.0 0.0 1-9 5 0-0
Brothers 23-19 42 4.0 1.0 3-0 3 0-0
DEFENSE S-Ast. Total TFL Sack Int. PBU FF-FR
Johnson 33-32 65 4.5 0.0 0-0 2 0-0
Randolph 31-17 48 2.0 0.0 3-38 1 1-0
Sapp 19-24 43 3.5 0.0 0-0 3 1-2

 

 

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