Two-Game Homestand Begins With Texas

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Jerrell Jackson
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Nov. 7, 2011


#21/20/16 Texas (6-2, 3-2) at Missouri (4-5, 2-4)

TWO-GAME HOMESTAND BEGINS WITH TEXAS LONGHORNS
   The Missouri Tigers (4-5 overall, 2-4 in Big 12 Conference play) continue a stretch of four straight games against league foes from the Lonestar State, as they play host host this Saturday to the #21-ranked Texas Longhorns (6-2, 3-2). Kickoff for the game is set for 11:07 a.m., and it will be televised live on the F/X Network.
   Saturday's game is the first of a two-game homestand to close out the 2011 home season. Each of Mizzou's last three games will be played in the Show-Me State, where it has won 12 of its last 13 games dating back to the 2009 season (including home games, and neutral-site games in Kansas City and St. Louis).
   The Tigers are looking to bounce back from a tough 42-39 defeat at Baylor last Saturday in Waco, Texas where MU held a 14-13 halftime lead, only to see the Bears go on a 21-3 scoring spree in the 3rd and 4th quarters to take control of the scoreboard. Mizzou rallied furiously in the 4th quarter, scoring 25 points in the 4th quarter, including the final score with 1:59 left, but the onside kick was recovered by Baylor and they ran out the clock to preserve the win.
   Mizzou enters the final stretch of games needing two wins to achieve bowl eligibility for the 7th straight year, which would extend MU's active school-record bowl game appearance streak.
   Texas, on the other hand, is a team firing on all cylinders, as they've won two straight heading into Saturday's game at Faurot Field. The Longhorns have won their last two games by a combined 95-20 count, including a 43-0 shutout win over Kansas two weeks ago, followed by a 52-20 win last week over Texas Tech (both games played in Austin, Texas). This will mark only the 3rd true road game of the season for the Longhorns, but they have come out on top in both previous roadies, winning 49-20 at UCLA (Sept. 17) and 37-14 at Iowa State (Oct. 1).
   Texas broke open a tie ballgame last Saturday against Texas Tech by scoring a whopping 28 points in the 2nd quarter to surge to a 31-6 halftime lead. Tech would get no closer than 38-13 the rest of the way as the Longhorns cruised, thanks to a punishing ground attack that 439 rushing yards on the day, including 191 yards and 3 TDs by Joe Bergeron. Texas didn't punt once in the game, as they scored on all eight possessions where they attempted to score (the other two possessions ended by taking a knee at the end of each half).
   Texas comes into Saturday's game at Mizzou ranked 11th nationally in rushing offense, with an average of 246.38 yards per game. They also feature one of the top defenses in the nation, as the Longhorn defense ranks 15th overall in total defense (310.75 avg.), 9th in rushing defense (94.88 avg.) and 11th in pass efficiency defense (108.26 rating).

KICKOFF: 11:07 a.m. CT.

STADIUM: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (71,004 - FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 259-168-20 there alltime and has won 32 of its last 38 overall and is 42-11 there since 2003 (3-1 in 2011).

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TV: F/X. Craig Bolerjack (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analysis), Petros Papadakis (Sidelines) will call the action.

RANKINGS (AP/USA/BCS):
   MU - NA.
   UT - 21 / 20 / 16.

SERIES: UT leads, 17-5, and has won 6 straight since MU's last win in 1997 (37-29 in Columbia). UT has won 14 of the last 15 meetings dating back to 1931.

COACHES:
   MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 81-53 at MU (11th year) and 154-90-3 overall (21st year). Pinkel is 0-5 vs. Texas and Mack Brown.
   UT: Mack Brown (Florida State, `74), 138-36 at UT (14th year) and 223-109-1 overall (27th year). Brown is 6-0 vs. Mizzou and 5-0 vs. Gary Pinkel.

LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT AT BAYLOR
   After notching a dramatic comeback win at 16th-ranked Texas A&M two weeks ago - thanks to the 2nd-largest 4th-quarter comeback in school history (trailed by 11 pts. entering the 4th quarter) - Mizzou looked to continue the momentum last Saturday at Baylor. Things got off to a good start, as the Tigers took a 14-7 lead late in the 2nd quarter, thanks to two short TD runs by TB Henry Josey (6 yards, 2 yards). Up to that point, the Tiger defense had held the high-powered Bear offense in relative check, but that would change in a hurry, as Baylor would score 28 of the game's next 31 points, to jump out to a 35-17 lead midway through the 4th quarter.
   Mizzou would mount a big rally, as it 3 TDs in the final 7:05 of the game to pull to within 42-39 with 1:59 remaining, but the comeback hopes were ended when the Bears recovered MU's final onside kick attempt, and ran out the clock.
   A turning point in the game came right before halftime, when Baylor drove in the closing seconds to the Tiger 1-yardline. A stop on 3rd-and-goal just short of the goalline set up a 4th-down gamble with :06 seconds left, and Baylor QB Robert Griffin III was ruled to have scored on a QB sneak with four-tenths of a second left, even though MU defenders were adamant that he never crossed the line. The play was reviewed by replay officials, but with the scrum of bodies, it was impossible to overrule the call on the field, and the TD stood to make it 14-13. The Tigers' Dominique Hamilton blocked the ensuing extra point to preserve a 14-13 halftime lead, but the TD definitely seemed to turn the tide.
   Baylor opened the 2nd half by taking the opening possession for a TD and a 21-14 lead, and Mizzou's offense went dormant in the 3rd quarter, losing the ball on downs, a punt, and a fumble, while the Bears capitalized to take a 28-14 lead. A Trey Barrow field goal early in the 4th cut the deficit to 28-17 (the exact margin overcome the previous week at College Station), but then the Bears broke out their big-play offense, striking for a 68-yard TD pass and an 80-yard TD run on consecutive drives to hold the Tigers at bay.
   Mizzou got a 24-yard TD pass from QB James Franklin to WR Marcus Lucas with 7:05 left to cut the deficit to 35-25, only to see the Bears respond with the long TD run on the first play to make it 42-25. The Tigers wouldn't go down quietly though, and answered with a Franklin-to-T.J. Moe TD pass of 17 yards, followed by by a Franklin-to-L'Damian Washington TD strike of 15 yards with 1:59 left to account for the final margin.
   Mizzou eventually put up 578 yards of offense on the night (including 253 rushing and 325 passing), but it wasn't enough to overcome a 697-yard output by Baylor (291 rushing, 406 passing).

OMG: 4TH-QUARTER = :-) ; 3RD-QUARTER = :-(
   There's a big emphasis put on finishing games strong in the Mizzou program, and the numbers show that the Tigers have done that well in 2011, as they have outscored opponents by a significant 119-52 margin in the 4th quarter. That's an average of 13.2 points scored in the 4th quarter for Mizzou.
   On the flip side, 3rd quarter scoring has been troublesome for the Tigers, as they've managed only 30 points all season in the 3rd period (3.33 pts./game), including just 14 total in 6 Big 12 Conference games (2.33 pts./game). Third-quarter dry spells in league play turned a manageable 24-14 halftime deficit at Oklahoma into a 31-14 deficit at the end of 3 quarters; a 10-3 halftime deficit at Kansas State into a 17-3 deficit; a 24-17 halftime deficit vs. Oklahoma State into a 38-17 deficit; and a 14-13 halftime lead at Baylor into a 28-14 deficit.
   Putting it another way, in MU's 4 Big 12 losses, it has been outscored in the 3rd quarter by a 43-0 margin. In its 2 Big 12 wins to this point, MU has outscored opponents by a 14-0 margin (all scoring against Iowa State, to extend a 31-10 halftime lead into a 45-10 lead; there was no scoring by either team at Texas A&M in the 3rd quarter).
   It's not like the Tigers have been getting stonewalled by opposing defenses in the 3rd quarter, they simply haven't capitalized on opportunities. In 12 3rd-quarter possessions in conference losses only, only 4 have ended in 3-and-out punts, and 6 of them have ended on the opponents' side of the field.
   The 12 drives have ended in the following ways: 6 punts, 2 missed FGs, 2 fumbles, 1 interception and 1 on downs.

JOSEY, FRANKLIN LEAD THE CHARGE AT BAYLOR
   The usual suspects led the way for the Tiger offense at Baylor, as sophomores Henry Josey and James Franklin were front and center on the night. Josey took the first play of the game for a 35-yard scamper off right tackle, and that jump-started him to a 132-yard rushing night which included 2 TDs. Josey averaged 8.8 yards on 15 carries, and he increased his season average to 127.67 yards per game, which now ranks him 5th in the nation, and 1st in the Big 12 Conference. He jumped to 6th on the MU single-season rushing chart, and his 1,149 yards so far puts him just 429 yards shy of the MU single-season record of 1,578 by Devin West in 1998.
   It was Josey's 4th-straight 100-yard rushing game, the 5th in his last 6 games, and his 6th overall of the season in 9 outings.
   Franklin threw for a career-high 325 yards on 33-of-46 passing, and he tied his career-best with 3 TD passes - all coming in the 4th quarter as the Tigers tried to mount a rally.
   He also tallied 57 yards rushing to give him 382 yards of offense on the game, and he now ranks 14th in the nation (6th in the Big 12) in total offense, with his per-game average of 310.44 yards coming into Saturday's game with Texas.
   Franklin had a scintillating 4th quarter in Waco, as he completed 20-of-27 passes for 219 yards and 3 TDs - good for a solid QB rating of 178.87 in the quarter.
   Since being picked off 5 times combined in consecutive games against Iowa State (2 INTs) and Oklahoma State (3 INTs, with 2 of them coming on tipped passes at the line of scrimmage), Franklin has settled in to go a combined 49-of-70 (70.0%) passing in the last 2 games for 523 yards and 5 TDs, with no INTs. That's good for a QB rating of 156.33.

BAYLOR WRAP-UP NOTES
   Some general news and notes to recap the Baylor game:

  • Senior TE Michael Egnew caught a season-high 12 passes Saturday night, for 69 yards. That output moved him into 9th place on the MU career receptions list, as he now has 139 career receptions entering Saturday's game against Texas. He stands just ahead of teammate WR T.J. Moe, who caught 3 passes for 31 yards and 1 TD (17 yards) at Baylor. Moe now stands 10th on MU's career receptions list, with 138...
  • Junior DT Sheldon Richardson had a disruptive game, as he had 6 tackles, including 1.5 QB sacks, 2.5 TFLs, a forced fumble and a QB hurry. Those numbers are different than the initial stat packet, but he was mistakenly not credited with a sack when he got to Baylor's Robert Griffin III in the 3rd quarter and forced an intentional grounding penalty. He was also not initially credited with a forced fumble by Griffin later in the 3rd, but a film review by coaches changed the fumble from DE Kony Ealy to Richardson...
  • Senior DT Dominique Hamilton led the team with 9 tackles at Baylor (along with senior SS Kenji Jackson). Hamilton got free for 1.5 QB sacks, and he forced a fumble and also blocked a PAT attempt at the end of the first half...
  • Sophomore WR Marcus Lucas followed up his game-winning clutch OT reception at Texas A&M the week before with another solid game, as he started for the 2nd time this season, and ended with 4 catches for a team-high 80 yards and 1 TD. Lucas is now 3rd on the team with 293 receiving yards, and tied for 2nd with his 3 TDs...
  • Sophomore WR L'Damian Washington caught 4 passes for 52 yards and 1 TD in the game, and he has a team-best 19.4 yards per catch average on the season (14 catches, 271 yards, 3 TDs in all)...
  • Junior Trey Barrow handled all kicking and punting duties for the 2nd straight game for the ailing PK Grant Ressel (strained hip flexor), and he connected on a 30-yard field goal, made all 4 PATs, averaged 34.8 yards per punt (below his season average, but he did have a 61-yarder on the night), and he managed 3 touchbacks on 7 kickoffs. Despite his off-night in the punt game, he still leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 13th nationally, with his punting average of 44.33 yards per attempt...

SAGARIN RATINGS INDEX HAS TIGERS RANKED 11TH, WITH #1 TOUGHEST SCHEDULE
   From the "Did You Know" files, for your reading pleasure:

  • The latest Sagarin Ratings Index (a portion of which is used in the BCS standings) has Mizzou ranked 14th in the country (through games of Nov. 5th), and Sagarin ranks Mizzou's schedule as the nation's #1 toughest.
MOST 10+ YARD RUSHES, NCAA
Player School 10+ Runs
1. Henry Josey (So.) Mizzou 43
2. David Wilson (Jr.) Virginia Tech 34
    Bobby Rainey (Sr. Western Ky. 34
Zach Line (Jr.) SMU 34
Collin Klein (Jr.) Kansas State 34
Denard Robinson (Jr.) Michigan 34
 
MOST 10+ YARD RUSHES vs. RANKED OPPONENTS
Player School 10+ Runs
1. Henry Josey (So.) Mizzou 12
   C.J. Brown (So.) Maryland 12
   Christine Michael (Jr.) Texas A&M 12
4. Collin Klein (Jr.) Kansas State 11
   Zac Stacy (Jr.) Vanderbilt 11
6. James Franklin (So.) Mizzou 10
   3 Others Tied With 10
 
TEAM RUSHES OF 10+ YARDS
School 10+ Runs
1. Army 99
2. Georgia Tech 87
3. Mizzou 86
4. Oregon 81
   Air Force 81

JOSEY HAVING AN ALL-STAR SEASON, 1ST IN BIG 12, 4TH IN NCAA RUSHING
   Sophomore TB Henry Josey has squarely put himself into the mix as one of the top story lines in the Big 12 Conference in 2011, and he's making a serious push for national honors, beyond the league. The unassuming and baby-faced youngster began the season as Mizzou's 3rd-string tailback, but he enters Saturday's game against Texas as the Big 12's leading rusher, and the 5th-ranked runner in the NCAA, averaging 127.67 yards per game. He's had 4-straight 100-yard rushing games, and 6 100-yard outings in his last 7 outings. He had a 132-yard, 2-TD night at Baylor last Saturday, and previously had a 162-yard, 1-TD effort in MU's 38-31 overtime win at #16 Texas A&M. The Aggies entered the game with the 5th-ranked rushing defense in the nation (allowing just 79.86 yards per game, but Josey gashed them for 8.1 yards per carry on 20 tries. His 43-yard burst in the 4th quarter set up his own 11-yard TD run with 7:38 left in regulation that gave Mizzou a 31-28 lead after trailing 28-14.
   Prior to that, Josey had a 138-yard outing in defeat to #6 Oklahoma State. He carried a career-high 25 times against the Cowboys and averaged 5.5 yards an attempt.
   Now that we're into November, it's time to start thinking about national honors. Keep in mind that Josey is doing what he's doing against what the NCAA regards as the nation's 4th-toughest schedule (#1 by Sagarin).
   What makes Josey's story so interesting is that he entered the season third on the depth chart in what was considered by most to be MU's deepest position. However, injuries to senior TB De'Vion Moore and junior TB Kendial Lawrence, combined with losing sophomore TB Marcus Murphy for the season with a shoulder injury that occurred prior to the start of fall camp, and all of a sudden, he became a one-man show of sorts.
   Josey had a 129-yard performance the week prior in MU's 52-17 Homecoming win over Iowa State. He carried 19 times against the Cyclones (a career-high at the time), and had 1 rushing TD while averaging 6.8 yards per attempt.
   A few more tidbits on Josey's exploits...

  • Josey rushed for a game-high 133 yards and 1 TD (on a 48-yard scamper in the 4th quarter) to help the Tigers to a 241-yard output on the ground at top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 24th. Josey did his damage against an OU defense that came into the game ranked 20th in the NCAA against the run, allowing just 78.00 yards per game to opponents...
  • Josey averaged an impressive 9.5 yards per carry against the Sooners, as he got his yardage on just 14 carries. Through 8 games, his ridiculous per-rush average of 8.5 for the season is #1 in the NCAA among those who qualify for the top-100 rushers list...
  • Josey became MU's primary back early in the season, as Lawrence (who began the year with the starting role) went down with a cracked fibula in practice the week of the Arizona State game, while Moore started at ASU but suffered a high ankle sprain on the first play of the night. Josey came off the bench and was impressive against the Sun Devils, as he had 145 yards from scrimmage (94 rushing on 9 carries / 51 receiving on 2 receptions)...
  • The week after that, Josey was thrust into the starting role for the first time this season against Western Illinois (he started one time in relief in 2010), Josey looked to make the most of his new-found opportunity. And did he ever do just that.

   In a performance for the record books, Josey played only one half before retiring for the night, but not before he blistered Western Illinois for 263 rushing yards and 3 TDs (6, 21, 68) on just 14 carries - good for a rather salty per-carry average of 18.8 yards. It was the 4th-highest single-game rushing total in MU history.
   Moreover, Josey's yardage is the 3rd-highest single-game output in the NCAA through games of Oct. 29th.

  1. Dustin Garrison, West Virginia vs. Bowling Green (32-291, 2 TDs, 9.09 avg.)
  2. LaMichael James, Oregon vs. Arizona (23-288, 2 TDs, 12.52 avg.)
  3. Henry Josey, Missouri vs. Western Illinois (14-263, 3 TDs, 18.79 avg.)
  4. Marcus Coker, Iowa vs. Minnesota (32-252, 2 TDs, 7.88 avg.)
  5. Marcus Lattimore, S. Carolina vs. Navy (37-246, 3 TDs, 6.65 avg.)

MIZZOU FEATURES 35 TEXAS TIGERS
   From day one of his tenure at Missouri, Head Coach Gary Pinkel identified the state of Texas as a recruiting priority. Over the years, the Tigers have mined the state for athletes who developed into All-Big 12 honorees, including the likes of MU's alltime career passing leader and 2007 Heisman finalist QB Chase Daniel (Southlake), 2009 NFL Draft 1st-Round pick Ziggy Hood (Amarillo), 2010 NFL Draft 1st-Round pick Sean Weatherspoon (Jasper) and 2009 All-American WR Danario Alexander (Marlin), among many others.
   Mizzou features 35 Texas natives on its roster in 2011, including 10 projected starters for Saturday, including 6 on defense and 4 on offense. Projected starters on defense include senior co-captain SS Kenji Jackson (Mansfield), senior co-captain DE Jacquies Smith (Dallas), senior DT Dominique Hamilton (El Paso), junior LB Zaviar Gooden (Pflugerville), junior CB Kip Edwards (Arlington) and redshirt freshman FS Braylon Webb (Gilmer). The quartet of Texas starters on offense include the Big 12's leading rusher in sophomore TB Henry Josey (Angleton), sophomore QB James Franklin (Corinth), as well as 2010 consensus 1st-Team All-American TE and senior Michael Egnew (Plainview), as well as senior WR Jerrell Jackson (Houston).
   Add to that mix some key reserves such as junior TB Kendial Lawrence (Rockwall), and sophomore defenders Michael Sam (DE - Hitchcock), Brayden Burnett (DE - Southlake) and Matt White (FS - Keller), and there's quite a flavor of Texans on the field at any time for the Tigers.

MIZZOU-TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
   Missouri and Texas will meet for the 23rd time when they face off Saturday morning in Columbia, Mo. The Longhorns hold a 17-5 lead in the alltime series, including wins in 7-of-8 meetings since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. Mizzou played its first-ever Big 12 Conference game against Texas, as in 1996, the Tigers opened their season with a 40-10 loss at 8th-ranked Texas in the first game of the inaugural season of Big 12 play.
   The Longhorns have won 15-of-16 meetings between UT and Mizzou dating back to 1931. Mizzou's last win against Texas was in 1997, when the Tigers claimed a Homecoming win over the Longhorns in a 37-29 victory which marked MU's first win over Texas since 1916.
   Mizzou did win four of the first six meetings between the two state universities, from 1894 through 1916, but then the Longhorns went on to eight straight wins in the series until MU's sole win in Big 12 play between the two - a 37-29 win in Columbia in 1997.
   Tiger Head Coach Gary Pinkel is 0-5 versus Texas and their coach, Mack Brown, while Brown is 6-0 alltime against Missouri, with one win coming over the Tigers' late former coach Larry Smith.

LAST MEETING REWIND: #3 TEXAS 41, MIZZOU 7 (2009)
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - A sellout Homecoming crowd of 71,004 was on hand (the 10th-largest crowd ever at Memorial Stadium, and the largest since 1983) but it wasn't enough to help the Missouri Tigers overcome the 3rd-ranked Texas Longhorns, who posted a 41-7 victory to spoil the celebration. Any designs of a Tiger upset were quickly dismissed by the Longhorns, who bolted to a 21-0 first quarter lead as they controlled both sides of the ball early on - after one quarter, UT held a 170-to-19 edge in total offense, as they ran 24 plays to Mizzou's 10 in the opening quarter.
   The Tigers mustered an impressive 81-yard, 12-play touchdown drive midway in the 2nd quarter to bring life to the sellout crowd and to pull to within 21-7 as QB Blaine Gabbert hit WR Jared Perry on an 11-yard TD pass with 5:53 left in the half. But the Longhorns, led by 2008 Heisman Trophy runner-up QB Colt McCoy, promptly marched 87 yards the other way for a TD with 1:49 to play, and then got a kill shot as they blocked a Tiger punt and fell on the ball in the endzone with 0:45 seconds left for a 35-7 lead.
   Mizzou held its own in the second half, keeping the Longhorns out of the endzone and limiting them to just 115 yards of offense after intermission and a pair of field goals, but the Tiger offense couldn't get untracked against the stout Texas defense, save for the one 1st-half scoring drive. Gabbert ended the night just 8-of-16 passing for 84 yards and the 1 TD before having to leave late in the 3rd quarter after reaggravating his injured right ankle that has hobbled his mobility since the Nebraska game.
   Senior LB Sean Weatherspoon had 11 tackles (3.0 TFL, 1 QB sack) and an interception of McCoy to lead the defensive charge, while freshman DE Aldon Smith also added a career-high 11 stops, including 4.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks, while offensive highlights came from senior WR Danario Alexander (6 catches, 74 yds.) and freshman TB Kendial Lawrence (7 rushes, 37 yards, 5.3 avg.).

RECAP OF MU'S LAST WIN OVER TEXAS
COLUMBIA, Mo. -Future Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams ran for 235 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it wasn't enough to overcome 518 yards of offense by Missouri, as the Tigers rebounded from a 41-11 loss at Kansas State the week before by handing Texas a 37-29 loss on Homecoming in Columbia.
   Texas entered the season being mentioned by some as a contender for the national title, but they ran into a buzzsaw in a Mizzou team determined to make amends for the previous week. They did just that, as Mizzou rushed for 252 yards, while QB Corby Jones completed 12-of-21 passes for 220 yards and ran for a score to ice the game late. The Tiger ground attack was led by Ernest Blackwell, who gained 85 yards on just 4 carries, one of which was a breathtaking 67-yard touchdown run in the 4th quarter to make it 23-16 Mizzou.
   On the Tigers' next possession, RB Devin West took a handoff and headed around right end. The Longhorns bought the run, only to see West pull back to pass and hit a wide open Kent Layman for a 46-yard gain. It set up West for a 1-yard scoring run that would give MU a 30-16 lead. Texas answered to make it a one-score game, but Jones put the game away with his own 13-yard run to ice it. Brock Olivo carried 16 times for 81 yards and scored a pair of 1st-half TDs (from 19 and 1 yard out) as the Tigers forged a 17-16 lead at the break.
   Mizzou fumbled four times on the day, losing three of them, but the Tiger defense held Texas QB James Brown in check, as Brown completed only 15-of-40 passes for 149 yards. The Longhorns managed to convert only 3-of-15 3rd-down tries on the day as the Tigers controlled the clock to a time of possession edge of 34:02-to-25:58. Layman was MU's leading receiver, with 4 catches for 103 yards.
   Williams rushed 23 times in a losing effort for 235 yards, which included TDs of 80 and 2 yards.
   The win improved Mizzou to 4-3 on the year, while Texas fell to 3-3.

MIZZOU HAS PLAYED 4TH-TOUGHEST SCHEDULE SO FAR, PER THE NCAA
   According to the NCAA statistics, Mizzou has played the nation's 4th-toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent winning percentage (through games of Nov. 5th). The combined record of the 5 teams Mizzou has lost to is 35-9.
   Four of Mizzou's 5 losses on the season have come at the hands of ranked opponents, with three of them coming on the road (at #23 Arizona State [37-30 in OT]; at then-#1 Oklahoma [38-28]; and at #20 Kansas State [24-17]), in addition to a 45-24 home loss to #6 Oklahoma State three weeks ago. Two weeks ago, the Tigers were able to get over the hump and defeat the 5th ranked team they've gone up against - #16 Texas A&M in College Station (38-31 in OT).
   Here's a look at the schedule rankings:

NCAA Toughest Schedules, Past Opponents

  1. Kansas .712
  2. LSU .695
  3. Arizona .683
  4. MIZZOU .678
  5. Tennessee .655
  6. Texas A&M .646
  7. Baylor .635
  8. Texas .623
  9. Oklahoma .618
  10. Miami, Fla. .604
MIZZOU COACHING WINS LEADERS
Coach Wins # Seasons (Years) Record Pct. # Bowls
Don Faurot 101 19 (1935-42, 46-56) 101-79-10 .558 4
Dan Devine 93 13 (1958-70) 93-37-7 .704 6
Gary Pinkel 81 10 (2001-Present) 81-54 .605 7
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

PINKEL HAS THIRD-MOST WINS IN MIZZOU HISTORY
   Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 11th season at MU (21st overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 154-91-3 (62.7%).
   Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 59-29 (67.1%) over the past 6 seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, has a 10-year record in Columbia of 81-54 (60.0%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 53-24 in his last 77 games overall (68.8%). MU's win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks 3rd on the coaching wins list at MU, with 81. The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career.
   Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935.
   In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25. Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game). For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards. He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007.
   Mizzou's bowl appearance in 2010 meant that Pinkel has led MU to 7 bowl games overall, and that is the most bowl games by any MU coach.
Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 7 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009 and 10-3 in 2010), with those representing 7 of MU's 9 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.
   The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represent the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969 - the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown. In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he'll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season.


 

 

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