The last time Texas Tech came to Columbia, Jeremy Maclin torched the Red Raiders for a 57-yard catch-and-run.
Nov. 14, 2011
Texas Tech (5-5, 2-5) at Missouri (5-5, 3-4)
KICKOFF: 2:33 p.m. CT.
STADIUM: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field (71,004 - FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 260-168-20 there alltime and has won 33 of its last 39 overall and is 43-11 there since 2003 (4-1 in 2011).
RADIO: Tiger Network. Mike Kelly (play-by-play), Howard Richards (color), Chris Gervino (sidelines), Scotty Cox (producer), Matt Winegardner (director). Carried on over 50 stations across the Midwest, and on the Internet at mutigers.tv.
The game will also be available on satellite radio (Sirius 112, XM 191).
TV: ABC Sports. Dave LaMont (Play-by-Play), Ray Bentley (Analysis), will call the action, with Eric Posman (Producer) and Scott Barke (Director) running the show.
MU - NA / RV (33rd) / NA.
Tech - none.
SERIES: Mizzou leads, 5-3, but Tech broke a 3-game losing streak in the series with a 24-17 upset win in Lubbock in 2010. MU is 3-0 alltime vs. Tech in Columbia.
MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, `75), 82-53 at MU (11th year) and 155-90-3 overall (21st year). Pinkel is 3-2 vs. Texas Tech and 0-1 vs. Tommy Tuberville.
Tech: Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, `76), 13-10 at Tech (2nd year) and 123-70 overall (16th year). Tuberville is 1-0 vs. Mizzou and Gary Pinkel.
TIGERS HOST RED RAIDERS IN HOME FINALE WITH BOWL ELIGIBILITY IN GRASP
The Missouri Tigers (5-5 overall, 3-4 in Big 12 Conference action), wrap up their 2011 home schedule this Saturday afternoon when they play host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-5, 2-5). Kickoff for the game is set for 2:30 p.m., with the game being televised regionally on ABC Sports.
The Tigers will pay tribute to 26 seniors who will be suiting up for the final time on Faurot Field, and a win would not only send them off the right way, but it would also make Mizzou bowl eligible for a record 7th-straight season.
Mizzou is coming off a resounding 17-5 win over #21 Texas last Saturday in Columbia. The Tiger defense suffocated the Longhorns - who entered the game as the Big 12's leading rushing unit - and held them to just 76 yards on the ground (they averaged 246.38 per game coming in, ranking 11th nationally), and just 247 yards total (well below their season average coming in of 437.13 yards per game).
After the Longhorns converted a Tiger fumble into a 3-0 lead early in the game, Mizzou dug in and forged a 14-3 halftime lead thanks to TD runs by QB James Franklin and TB Kendial Lawrence.
Those were the only touchdowns scored all day, as Mizzou turned a blocked punt into a 3rd quarter field goal, while the Longhorns also got free for a blocked punt in the 3rd, and theirs went for a safety to account for the final score. Mizzou held Texas without a touchdown for the first time in the MU-UT series since 1916 (a 3-0 MU win), and it was the first time since 2004 that Texas did not score a touchdown in any game.
Texas Tech comes to town looking to get back on track, as the Red Raiders have lost three straight games, and five of their last six, after getting out to a 4-0 start on the year. Since that fast start to the season, Tech dropped a couple of close home games to Texas A&M (45-40) and Kansas State (41-34), before they shocked top-ranked Oklahoma in Norman by a 41-38 score, to knock the Sooners from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Since that signature win, however, Texas Tech has dropped three straight by margins of 34 points (41-7 at Iowa State), 32 points (52-20 at Texas) and 60 points (66-6 last Saturday at home to Oklahoma State). Even with the recent skid, the Red Raiders still own one of the more potent and dangerous offensive attacks in the nation, led by QB Seth Doege. Tech ranks 7th nationally in passing offense (342.70 avg.), and 16th in total offense (474.60 avg.), while their defense has had a tough time of late - it ranks in the bottom 20 in total defense (113th - 472.00 avg.), points allowed (114th - 37.40 avg.), rushing defense (117th - 242.80 avg.) and pass efficiency defense (106th - 149.89 rating).
BIG 12'S LEADING RUSHER Henry Josey LOST TO KNEE INJURY
Mizzou's big win last Saturday over #21 Texas was exciting on many levels for Tiger fans, but it also came in the midst of a big injury setback for sophomore TB Henry Josey, who just on Friday had been named a semifinalist for the 2011 Doak Walker Award. Josey, who led the Big 12 Conference, and ranked 5th nationally in rushing (127.67 avg. coming into the UT game), was tackled in the 3rd quarter, and went down in pain as his left leg got caught awkwardly underneath him.
Unfortunately for the Angleton, Texas native, he sustained a torn patellar tendon, along with tears in his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL), injuries which obviously will sideline him for the remainder of the 2011 season. Josey had surgery Sunday morning to begin the repair process, and Mizzou team physicians and trainers are confident that he will be able to return to full strength down the road. The exact timetable for his return is unknown currently, but he ends his season with the 5th-best rushing total in MU history (1,168 yards, 9 TDs, 8.1 avg. per carry).
SENIOR CLASS ROSTER/NOTES
Here's a quick glance at the 26 seniors who have helped Tiger Nation stand proud for the last few years. This class has won 33 games entering Saturday's game against Texas Tech (4th-best win total in Mizzou history), and has been part of three bowl games (2008 Alamo, 2009 Texas, 2010 Insight), a Big 12 North Division championship, the first-ever win in school history over a #1-ranked opponent (vs. BCS #1 Oklahoma in 2010), and Mizzou's first win over Texas since 1997, among many other noteable achievements...
Most importantly, everyone in this group of scholar-athletes is scheduled to graduate by May, 2012...
|Tiger (Jersey)||Position||Hometown||Career Notes|
|John Birdwell (79)||OL||La Monte, Mo.||Saw 1st MU action in 2011 vs. Western Illinois|
|Beau Brinkley (86)||TE/DS||Kearney, Mo.||Has been virtually flawless as long-snapper for 4 seasons|
|Quinn Brown (76)||OL||Braymer, Mo.||Has 3 career appearances, 1 each in 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Jimmy Costello (12)||QB||Liberty, Mo.||Threw 1st career TD pass this year vs. Western Illinois|
|Terry Dennis (80)||WR||Peculiar, Mo.||Has made appearances in 2 games in his career|
|Brendan Donaldson (58)||DL||St. Joseph, Mo.||8 tackles, 2.0 TFLs, 1 FF in 24 career games|
|Michael Egnew (82)||TE||Plainview, Texas||Consensus 1st-Team All-American in 2010 w/90 receptions|
|**Elvis Fisher (72)||OL||Saint Petersburg, Fla.||Lost for 2011 season w/knee injury in pre-season camp|
|Brandon Gerau (16)||WR||Columbia, Mo.||Career: 16 receptions, 211 yards in 39 games|
|**Dominique Hamilton (90)||DL||El Paso, Texas||Big 12's most productive int. D-lineman w/50 tackles|
|**Trey Hobson (21)||DB||Stanley, Kan.||Has career-high 19 tackles in 2011; 46 gms., 58 tot. tackles|
|Dan Hoch (77)||OL||Harlan, Iowa||Has started 36 straight games at right tackle|
|Jerrell Jackson (29)||WR||Houston, Texas||Career: 108 rec., 1,373 yds., 5 TDs in 46 games|
|Kenji Jackson (13)||SS||Mansfield, Texas||Has 222 career tackles, 14 PBUs and 6 INTs (31 starts)|
|Andrew Jones (87)||TE||Smithville, Mo.||Career: 29 receptions for 196 yards|
|Wes Kemp (8)||WR||St. Louis, Mo.||Career: 86 receptions, 1,103 yards, 9 TDs w/36 starts|
|**Luke Lambert (33)||LB||Brookfield, Mo.||Career: 183 tackles, 14.5 TFLs, 4 fum. rec. in 48 games|
|**De'Vion Moore (26)||TB||St. Louis, Mo.||Career: 1,045 yards and 10 TDs on the ground (44 gms.)|
|Marvin Norman (52)||OL||Steger, Ill.||Has 2 games played in career, one each in 2008 & 2011|
|**Jayson Palmgren (71)||OL||Kansas City, Mo.||Has played C and LG in 2011; Has 45 gms/22 starts in all|
|Tony Randolph (10)||LB||Blue Springs, Mo.||Has made 7 tackles in 10 games in 2011|
|**Terrell Resonno (93)||DL||Jefferson City, Mo.||48 career gms, 78 tackles, 9.0 TFLs, 4.0 QB sacks|
|Grant Ressel (95)||PK||Jackson, Mo.||52-of-62 FGs, 114-of-116 PATs; 2009 1st-Team All-American|
|Jacquies Smith (3)||DE||Dallas, Texas||48 gms, 149 tackles, 26.0 TFLs, 13.0 Sacks, 8 FF, 3 FR|
|Corey Sudhoff (92)||DL||Blue Springs, Mo.||Made 1st career appearance in 2011 vs. Western Illinois|
|**Austin Wuebbels (66)||OL||Troy, Ill.||Has made 36 consecutive starts; 46 appearances in career|
|** - Denotes a 5th-year senior who was part of the February 2007 signing class.|
SENIOR CLASS WINS,
2011 SENIOR CLASS STANDS 4TH CURRENTLY ON SCHOOL TOP-FIVE WINS LIST
Mizzou's sizeable 2011 senior class has been around for some outstanding moments in the program's history, as detailed above. Even though MU's 5-5 record entering the final weeks of the season isn't what the group had in mind back in August, it still has a chance to make its mark on the Tiger history books.
This senior class has already been part of one of the winningest four-year periods of time in Mizzou football history, as their 33 wins from 2008-present stand as the 4th-best mark ever. The 2010 class was part of a record 40 wins in its four years (2007-10), a record in which this year's senior class certainly had a large role in contributing to.
What's more, if the Tigers can reach a bowl game in 2011, this class would become only the 5th in MU history to play in four bowl games in a 4-year span. The only previous classes to achieve that feat were the 1981 senior class, followed by the last three classes to matriculate (2008, 2009, 2010). Here's a look at the most prolific senior classes at Mizzou, in terms of wins in a four-year period.
TIGERS FENCE IN LONGHORNS, TAKE 17-5 WIN TO REACH .500
One week after being touched for 697 yards of offense by Baylor in a disappointing 42-39 road loss, very few outside of the Tiger program would have expected the Mizzou defense to lead the charge this past Saturday against #21 Texas - a team that Mizzou hadn't beaten since 1997.
But that's exactly what took place, as the Tiger defense dedicated itself during the week to clean up its mistakes, and the end result was a defensive masterpiece. Texas managed only 247 yards of offense on the day (with 78 of them coming on their game-opening drive), including just 76 yards rushing for a ground game which came into last Saturday ranked as the Big 12's top rushing attack (11th nationally, averaging 246.38 yards per game).
Mizzou's offense was held in check most of the day by a stout Longhorn defense, but it contributed enough to help the Tigers grab a 14-3 halftime lead, then it used a ball-control style of play in the 2nd half - MU held the ball for 17:42 in possession time after half - to coast to the win (Mizzou's 2nd of the year over a ranked opponent).
The Tigers took the opening kick and took just six plays to move into the redzone. On 2nd-and-2 from the Texas 8-yardline, however, WR L'Damian Washington was stipped after a reception, and the Longhorns recovered. Texas put together an impressive drive the other direction - giving the game early appearances of being an offensive showdown - but the Tiger defense stiffened and forced a short field goal for a 3-0 Texas lead.
After the teams traded punts back and forth, Mizzou mustered an impressive drive, going from its 17-yardline to the Longhorn 2-yardline, where QB James Franklin scored on 3rd-and-goal on a QB keeper with 8:46 left in the first half to give MU the lead, 7-3. After the Tiger defense forced a 3-and-out, the offense responded again. TB Kendial Lawrence took a nifty-looking option play 35 yards for a TD with 4:43 left to make it 14-3, and that's how it stood at half.
Just to hold a halftime lead against Texas was a big deal for the Tigers. Mizzou hadn't held a halftime lead over Texas since 1997, and the aggregate score at halftime of the last two games was 70-10 in favor of Texas (Longhorns led 35-3 at half in Austin in 2008 and led 35-7 at half in Columbia in 2009).
In the 3rd quarter, both teams blocked punts which led to points for both sides. Mizzou struck first when TE Eric Waters got loose to block a Texas punt near the Texas 15-yardline. The ball rolled backward toward the endzone, where MU's Matt Hoch fell on the ball inside the 1-yardline. Three rushes netted a loss of one yard for Mizzou, however, and the Tigers settled for a 19-yard Trey Barrow field goal and a 17-3 lead. The Longhorns later bottled Mizzou's offense up inside its own end, and blocked a Barrow punt attempt near the goalline. A heads up play by Barrow, who pushed a Texas player out of the endzone before he could corral the ball, kept the damage to a safety, which made it 17-5 with 3:31 left in the 3rd quarter.
On Texas' ensuing drive, the Longhorns reached the Tiger 35-yardline, but Mizzou's defense held and forced a 53-yard field goal attempt, which was missed to preserve the 17-5 margin just before the start of the 4th quarter. Mizzou went to a ball control offense in the final period and ate up 9:58 in possession time to keep the Longhorns at bay and preserve the win which got them back to an even .500 on the season.
It was MU's first win over Texas under Head Coach Gary Pinkel, and it marked Mizzou's first win over UT overall since 1997.
DEFENSE DISPLAYS AMAZING TURNAROUND IN LEADING THE CHARGE
As noted above, Mizzou's defense was the story in the Tigers' 17-5 win over #21 Texas last Saturday. Here's a few bits of tid from the effort:
- Mizzou allowed just 247 yards on the day - a season low for the Longhorn offense, which came into the game averaging 437.13 yards per game (ranked 32nd coming in). What's more is that effort came just seven days after the Tigers got touched for 697 yards of offense at Baylor in a 42-39 loss. That's exactly 430 yards less of offense Mizzou gave up from one week to the next!...
- Texas came into the game leading the Big 12 Conference, and ranking 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 246.38 yards per game. In the two weeks prior to Saturday, Texas ran for a combined 880 yards and 11 touchdowns against Texas Tech and Kansas. The Tiger defense held the Longhorns to a mere 76 yards rushing - UT's 2nd-lowest rushing total of the season, and a whopping 364 yards below what they had averaged over the previous two games...Texas got 78 yards on its first series of the game, when it drove for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. That drive took 12 plays, for an average of 6.5 yards per snap. The rest of the game saw Texas muster just 169 more yards of offense on 53 snaps, meaning Mizzou allowed only an average of 3.2 yards per play after the opening drive...
- Texas came into the game ranked 28th in the nation in scoring offense, with a per-game average of 34.38 points. Mizzou held them out of the endzone for the first time in series history since a 3-0 Tiger win in 1916, and it was the first time overall for Texas to go without a touchdown since the 2004 season...
- Smith leads the Big 12 in forced fumbles, with an average of 0.50 per game, and his 4 total forced fumbles is tied for most in the league this season...
- Entering Saturday's game against Texas Tech, Smith stands 5th in QB sacks (0.63 per game average), and he ranks 6th in the league in TFLs with his 1.13 average per game. Keep in mind that Smith suffered a dislocated elbow in the season opener against Miami (Ohio), and he was forced to miss the next two games. The injury definitely hampered him for awhile upon his return, and his numbers didn't jump off the page, but now that he's healthy he's playing at the level he expected to when he was a pre-season 1st-Team All-Big 12 pick by many outlets...
- Smith had only 3 tackles last Saturday versus Texas, but he was his disruptive self as he contributed to Mizzou's huge defensive effort with 2.0 TFLs and 1 QB sack, plus a forced fumble and a pass break up...
- Smith got a sack and forced fumble to end one Texas drive, and later nearly got another in the 4th quarter, but the Longhorn QB was ruled to have started his arm coming forward before the ball came out...
LAWRENCE STARS WITH FIRST 100-YARD DAY TO KEY WIN OVER TEXAS
Junior TB Kendial Lawrence began the year as MU's #1 tailback coming out of fall camp, as he was clearly the Tigers' most productive back in two-a-days. After a tough opener against Miami (Ohio) when he was held to just 10 yards on 9 carries, Lawrence suffered a broken bone in his leg in practice prior to the 2nd game of the year at Arizona State. He missed the next three games recovering and had his first action back at Kansas State (6 carries, 5 yards).
The emergence of Henry Josey as the Big 12's most productive running back could have deterred Lawrence, but he was determined to get back to help his team, and he did just that and then some last Saturday against #21 Texas when he subbed for an injured Josey and ran for a career-high 106 yards and 1 touchdown to key Mizzou's 17-5 win.
Lawrence went for his first career 100-yard game against a Longhorn defense which entered the game with the nation's 9th-ranked rushing defense, allowing just 94.88 yards per game. He carried a career-high 18 times on the day, and his 35-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter staked MU to a 14-3 lead. He also caught a pass for a 20-yard gain on the day.
His previous career best rushing game was a 96-yard outing in 2010 at Texas Tech. He enters Saturday's game against the Red Raiders with 301 rushing yards and 3 TDs on the season.
SAGARIN RATINGS INDEX HAS TIGERS RANKED 11TH, WITH #1 TOUGHEST SCHEDULE
The latest Sagarin Ratings Index (a portion of which is used in the BCS standings) has Mizzou ranked 11th in the country (through games of Nov. 12th), and Sagarin ranks Mizzou's schedule as the nation's #1 toughest.
MIZZOU HAS PLAYED 2ND-TOUGHEST SCHEDULE SO FAR, PER THE NCAA
According to the NCAA statistics, Mizzou has played the nation's 2nd-toughest schedule so far, in terms of opponent winning percentage (through games of Nov. 12th). The combined record of the 5 teams Mizzou has lost to is 38-10.
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 then-#20 Kansas State [24-17]), in addition to a 45-24 home loss to then-#6 Oklahoma State. Three 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), and followed up with last week's win over #21 Texas (17-5 in Columbia).
Here's a look at the schedule rankings:
NCAA Toughest Schedules, Past Opponents Winning Pct.
- Kansas .681
- MIZZOU .671
- Tennessee .662
- LSU .653
- Texas A&M .650
- Minnesota .618
- Oklahoma .605
- Auburn .604
- Marshall .602
- Nebraska .597
MIZZOU-TEXAS TECH SERIES HISTORY
Mizzou and Texas Tech will meet for only the 9th time when they square off Saturday afternoon in Columbia, Mo. The eight meetings marks the fewest number of games Mizzou has played against a Big 12 opponent (the next lowest total is MU-Texas A&M, with 12 games).
The Tigers hold a 5-3 edge in the previous eight meetings against Tech, but had a three-game series winning streak broke last season, as the Red Raiders upset the 14th-ranked Tigers, 24-17 in Lubbock, Texas. Tech's previous win over the Tigers came in Lubbock in 2002 (52-38).
In MU's 3-game win streak over Tech, the Tigers won by an average margin of 26.3 points per game, taking a 62-31 win in Columbia in 2003 (when Tiger QB Brad Smith ran for 291 yards and 5 TDs), followed by a 38-21 MU win in Lubbock (highlighted by INT returns for TDs on consecutive snaps by Mizzou's defense in the 2nd quarter), and capped with a 41-10 MU win in Columbia in 2007 (which also featured a pick-six TD return for MU's defense).
Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference in 1996, Mizzou stands 5-2 alltime against Texas Tech, while Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel has a record of 3-2 against the Red Raiders.
Interestingly enough, only twice in the eight-game history between Mizzou and Texas Tech has a contest been decided by fewer than 14 points. Previous to last season's 24-17 final, the only other instance resulted in a 28-26 Tiger win in Lubbock in 1998 on Halloween Day, when Mizzou stopped a Red Raider two-point conversion try after a touchdown with 1:05 left in the game.
LAST MEETING REWIND: TEXAS TECH 24, #14 MIZZOU 17 (2010)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS - Mizzou raced out to a 17-3 lead in the second quarter, thanks to a pair of long touchdown runs, but Texas Tech switched quarterbacks and rallied for a 24-17 win on the Red Raiders' Homecoming game. The loss was MU's second straight after surging to #6 in the BCS standings after getting out to the school's first 7-0 start since 1960.
Things looked good for Mizzou early - real good. On just the third play of the game, true freshman Marcus Murphy took an option pitch to the right and raced 69 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead barely a minute into the game. That marked the longest play from scrimmage for the Tigers in 2010, but it lasted as the standard for exactly 5:21 of clock time, as on MU's third series, sophomore TB Kendial Lawrence scooted around left end for a 71-yard TD run to make it 14-0 with 8:36 left in the first quarter.
After Tech managed a field goal to pull to within 14-3, the Tigers drove from their own 7-yardline into the Texas Tech red zone. But the drive stalled out on the 9-yardline, and MU had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Grant Ressel and a 17-3 lead. That red zone hold for Tech seemed to light a fire under the Red Raiders, but it was more likely due to the insertion of QB Taylor Potts into the lineup. Potts had been Tech's normal starter during the year, but he was benched in favor of Steven Sheffield for the game. Sheffield, however, was mostly ineffective, as he led only one scoring drive in seven series before he gave way to Potts.
Potts promptly led a 16-play, 82-yard drive that saw the Red Raiders convert on three 3rd downs and one 4th down along the way, and the QB closed it out with a 5-yard TD pass to Detron Lewis with just :15 seconds left in the half to cut the MU lead to 17-10.
Tech received the second half kick and took control of the momentum by marching 70 yards in only 6 plays to tie it up at 17-apiece and get the Homecoming crowd back into the game. That marked the first time in 2010 that an opponent had scored against MU's defense on its opening possession of the third quarter.
Mizzou's offense went cold unfortunately, and a three-and-out series for MU gave the ball back to Potts, and he came up with his third straight TD drive (this one covering 92 yards) to give Tech a 24-17 lead with 6:46 left in the 3rd quarter.
The Tiger defense recovered from the onslaught to shut out the potent Red Raider attack the rest of the way, and even got an interception near the MU goal line late in the 3rd quarter to snuff out a potential Tech TD, but the offense never could regain its early rhythm, as it was shut out in the second half for the first time all season. Four of MU's six second-half possessions went three-and-out as the Tigers faced poor field position most of the half.
Mizzou did get one last prime chance to forge a tie when the defense held one more time, and the offense took over on the Tech 48-yardline following a punt with 7:19 left in the game. Gabbert hit T.J. Moe on consecutive passes that gave MU a 1st down at the Tech 36-yardline, but two straight potential TD passes into the Tech endzone on 3rd and 4th down from the 33-yardline went off the hands of Tiger receivers Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson to end the threat. Tech took over and killed the clock by getting two first downs to end the game.
Mizzou was done in offensively by an inability to convert in 3rd down situations, as the Tigers were just 1-of-12 on 3rd downs, in addition to going 0-of-2 on 4th down tries, while the Red Raiders converted on 10-of-23 3rd downs.
LAST TIME IN COLUMBIA: #15 MIZZOU 41, #22 TEXAS TECH 10 (2007)
Oct. 20, 2007 - COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Chase Daniel led the Missouri offense in the Tigers' most well-rounded effort of the season. Missouri's improving defense intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score, while throttling the nation's top-ranked offense in a 41-10 victory over No. 22 Texas Tech.
Texas Tech forced 15th-ranked Missouri, minus injured Tony Temple, to run the ball, and the Tigers did so with great success. They gained 212 yards on the ground and Daniel had 210 yards passing on only 19 attempts, both season lows.
Backup tailback Jimmy Jackson had 59 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Freshman Derrick Washington added 66 yards on nine carries for Missouri (6-1, 2-1 Big 12), which rebounded from a 10-point loss at Oklahoma the previous week and went 2-1 during a three-game stretch against ranked opponents.
The scoring total was by far a season low for Texas Tech (6-2, 2-2), which entered the game first in the nation in points (50) and yards (582) per game. Missouri scored on its first four possessions of the second half to top its 40-point average, though the game didn't come close to fulfilling expectations of a points-fest featuring two of the most prolific passers in the country.
Texas Tech entered the rankings the previous week after a 35-7 victory over Texas A&M. The high point for the Red Raiders was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Harrell to Edward Britton in the second quarter that cut Missouri's lead to 10-7. Harrell, who entered the game with 31 TD passes and only three interceptions, was 44-for-69 for 397 yards and wasn't helped by several drops.
Texas Tech had 388 yards total offense, 101 yards fewer than the previous low against Iowa State.
Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, who leads the nation in receiving and scoring with 17 touchdowns, had 10 catches for 76 yards to set an NCAA freshman record of 1,320 yards with four games plus a bowl appearance to go. He entered the game needing 22 yards to surpass the mark set by USC's Mike Williams in 2002, but was held out of the end zone for the second straight week.
Missouri kept it on the ground for the most part against a defense designed to stop the passing game. Daniel completed 14 passes, including a 57-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin in the fourth quarter.
Texas Tech was shut out in the first quarter for the second straight game, trailing 10-0, although the Red Raiders' defense kept it close. The lone touchdown came on a 38-yard interception return by Stryker Sulak on a ball tipped high in the air, and Missouri had to settle for a 21-yard field goal later in the quarter after a drive that fizzled at the 1.
Texas Tech ended its drought on a TD connection from Harrell to Britton with 6:39 left in the second quarter, but Missouri answered with its first offensive touchdown only 1:39 later on Jackson's 1-yard run for a 17-7 lead.
MU SEASON LEADERS
PASS BREAK UPS
GAINES 2ND IN NCAA WITH 16 PASSES DEFENDED - HAVING ALL-BIG 12 TYPE OF YEAR
Sophomore CB E.J. Gaines is in his first year as a starter, and he's quickly developing into an outstanding cover man who leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 2nd in the NCAA with 16 passes defended (14 PBUs, and 2 INTs). His 14 pass break ups this season is 2nd-most on the Mizzou single-season list (see accompanying chart), and he needs just one to tie the record of 15 set in 2002 by Michael Harden.
The youngster has really stepped up to the challenge the last month, as he's come up with 10 pass break ups in games against Texas (2 PBUs), Baylor (1 PBU), Texas A&M (4 PBUs), Oklahoma State (3 PBUs, plus an INT). He has also moved up to 2nd on the squad with 64 tackles.
Gaines was front and center in Mizzou's 17-5 upset over #21 Texas last Saturday, as he contributed with 2 pass break ups, to go with 6 tackles as the Tigers held UT to a season-lows of 247 yards and 5 points.
Gaines had a 7-tackle, 1-PBU night at Baylor, and prior to that won Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for his 10-tackle outing at Texas A&M, and his play in the 2nd half was indicative of the improved results of his unit, as the Tiger defense held the high-powered Aggie offense to just a field goal after halftime. Gaines had 3 of his pass break ups in the 2nd half. He became the first Mizzou cornerback to win the weekly conference award since R.J. Jones in 2002.
He's at his most exciting with the ball in his hands, however. Against OSU he showed just how exciting, as he broke two long returns, nearly taking them both for touchdowns that could have changed the complexion of the game.
His first came late in the 3rd quarter, with MU trailing by 14 points and with the defense's back against the wall. Oklahoma State faced a 3rd-and-4 at the Mizzou 5-yardline. A TD by the Cowboys would have been a back-breaker, but Gaines saw to it that that wouldn't happen. He made a great read and jumped the route thrown by OSU's Brandon Weeden, intercepting the ball five yards deep near the right sideline of the endzone. Most of the time, people take a knee, but Gaines saw a chance to make something happen, and he did that as he made several moves to elude would-be tacklers inside the 20. He eventually took it back 54 yards the other way to set the Tigers up in plus territory, needing perhaps just one more downfield block that would have sprung him.
Later, in the 4th quarter, Gaines also came up big in the return game. Inserted as MU's new primary punt returner prior to the Iowa State game, Gaines raced the other way 33 yards with 6:09 left to put the Tigers, who trailed by just 14 points at the time, on the Oklahoma State 35-yardline. A score there would have cut the deficit to a touchdown, but it wasn't to be as MU was intercepted on a batted ball on the next snap.
Those plays weren't the first big ones Gaines has made this season. He took a punt return back 44 yards for a score against Western Illinois (when he was the backup return man), and in the season opener, he made another interception in the Tiger endzone to thwart a scoring opportunity by Miami (Ohio).
In 7 punt returns, Gaines is averaging a solid 13.4 yards per attempt. That would rank him far and away tops in the Big 12 and 10th-best in the nation, but he doesn't yet meet the minimum number of attempts to qualify for the leader board (must average 1.2 returns per game).
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||82||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 155-92-3 (62.9%).
Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 60-29 (67.4%) 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 82-54 (60.3%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 54-24 in his last 78 games overall (69.2%). 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 82. 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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