Regular Season Closes With Traditional MU-KU Game

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Nov. 20, 2006

Kansas Jayhawks (6-5, 3-4) at Missouri Tigers (7-4, 3-4)
Nov. 25, 2006 — Faurot Field/Memorial Statium — Columbia, Mo.


KICKOFF:
11:10 a.m. (central time).
STADIUM: Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium (68,349 — FieldTurf surface). Opened in 1926. MU is 235-163-20 there alltime, including 5-1 in 2006.
RADIO: Tiger Network (Mike Kelly, play-by-play/John Kadlec, color/Chris Gervino, sidelines). Carried on over 50 stations statewide, and on the Internet at mutigers.com. The game is also carried on SIRIUS Satellite Radio on Channel #181.
TV: ABC Sports (view coverage map | order ESPN GamePlan). Dan Fouts (Play-by-Play), Tim Brant (Analysis), Jack Arute (Sideline). Available on Mizzou All-Access beginning at 4 p.m.
RANKINGS (AP/COACHES): None.
SERIES: KU leads, 53-52-9, and has won 3 straight dating back to MU’s last win – 36-12 in Columbia in 2002.
COACHES:  
   Mizzou: Gary Pinkel (Kent, ‘75), 36-34 at MU (6th year) and 109-71-3 overall (16th year). Pinkel is 2-3 versus KU and 1-3 versus Mark Mangino.
   Kansas: Mark Mangino (Youngstown State, ‘87), 25-34 at KU (5th year) and overall. Mangino is 3-1 versus MU and Gary Pinkel.

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2006 REGULAR SEASON CLOSES WITH TRADITIONAL MU-KU GAME
   The Missouri Tigers (7-4 overall, 3-4 in Big 12 Conference play) will host their longtime rival Kansas Jayhawks (6-5, 3-4) in a Thanksgiving Saturday game. The contest, slated for an 11:10 a.m. kick at MU’s Faurot Field, will be televised regionally on ABC.
   Mizzou is looking to break out of a three-game losing streak that has seen the Tigers fall from 7-1 to 7-4. Mizzou is coming off a heart-breaking loss last Saturday at Iowa State (lost, 21-16), when an apparent game-winning TD run by QB Chase Daniel was nullified by a holding call.
   Kansas comes to town after defeating in-state rival Kansas State by a 39-20 count last Saturday in Lawrence. The win was KU’s third straight, after the Jayhawks had dropped four straight Big 12 games to begin the league season at 0-4. KU stood 3-5 prior to gaining consecutive wins over Colorado (20-15), at Iowa State (41-10) and KSU.

Closest Rivalry Series
with at least 100 Games Played
Rivalry
# Meetings
Series Leader Next Meeting
Mizzou-Kansas
114
Kansas by 1 Nov. 25th
Army-Navy
106
Navy by 1 Dec. 2nd
Baylor-TCU
104
Baylor by 1 N/A
Auburn-Georgia
110
Auburn by 4 2007
UNC-Virginia
111
North Carolina by 7 2007
Minnesota-Wisconsin
116
Minnesota by 10 2007

TIGERS, JAYHAWKS RESUME NATION’S 2ND-MOST PLAYED RIVALRY
   With roots dating back all the way to the Civil War period in American history, Missourians and Kansas have always had a fierce rivalry in everything from washers to football.
   Not only is it a spirited one, but it has several other things going for it that makes it one of the best (and most underrated) in the country:

  • The MU-KU series is the 2nd-most played in the nation, with its 114 previous meetings. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin (116 meetings including their 2006 contest won by the Badgers) have played eachother more than MU and KU…
  • It is one of the most even rivalries around. KU enters Saturday’s contest holding the slimmest of possible leads, at 53-52-9 in the previous 114 meetings. The 1-game difference makes it tied for the most closely-contested of the nation’s top-23 most-played rivalries – those with 100 or more games played alltime (tied with Army-Navy and Baylor-TCU; see chart at right)…
  • And like all great fierce rivalries, it’s complete with controversy. Many stories abound about the bad blood between the two programs throughout the years. While the two schools maintain diplomatic relationships, they don’t even agree on the series results, as MU claims that KU leads by 1 (53-52-9), while KU claims that it leads by 3 games (54-51-9). The dispute goes back to the 1960 season, when unranked KU came to Columbia and upset undefeated and #1-ranked Mizzou, 23-7. The win was later forfeited by KU after the NCAA ruled that ineligible players took the field for the Jayhawks. Kansas counts the result on the field in their record books, while MU sides with the NCAA and counts the forfeit in its win column. The loss remains as likely the most bitter in Tiger history, as it cost MU a chance at its only national championship, as the Tigers went on to finish 10-1 on the field (11-0 in the record books with the forfeit), and ranked 5th after defeating Navy in the 1961 Orange Bowl.

SATURDAY IS WORTH MORE THAN A WIN ON THE GRIDIRON
   Saturday’s winner will not only take home the traditional bass drum trophy given to the winner of the rivalry game, but the school will earn 3 ploints in the MU-KU Border Showdown Series, as presented by the Midwest Ford Dealers.
   This marks the 5th year of the Border Showdown, which records the head-to-head results between MU and KU in all sports each season. Each competition is assigned a certain amount of points during the year, and the school that wins the most at the end wins a traveling trophy and bragging rights.
   Entering Saturday’s football game, Mizzou holds a 5.5-to-4.0 lead thus far in the 2006-07 series, as the Tigers earned 1.5 points each for wins in volleyball (twice) and women’s swimming, while KU got 3 points for soccer, and the 2 schools each took home 1 point in cross country.
   Keeping in line with the closeness of the MU-KU football series, the season series in the Border Showdown is even at 2 wins apiece coming into this year, as Mizzou won in 2002-03 (32.0-to-8.5) and again in 2004-05 (22.5-to-17.5), with KU claiming wins in 2003-04 (21.5-to-18.5) and last season in 2005-06 (22.0-to-17.0).

SENIOR CLASS OF 2006
Tiger (GP) Pos. Hometown Career Notes
Marcus Bacon (45) LB Houston, Texas 228 career tackles, leads MU in 2006 w/99 tackles so far
Josh Barbo (24) DL Conway Springs, Kan. Has been a standout member of special teams last 2 seasons
Joel Clinger (35) OL Warrenton, Mo. All-Big 12 OL in 2005 has 23 consecutive starts
Brandon Coleman (13) QB Miami, Fla. Has thrown and rushed for 1 TD each; 114 rush yds., 73 pass yds.
Mike Cook (36) OL Friendswood, Texas 2006 team captain has 18 career starts
Brad Ekwerekwu (43) WR Arlington, Texas 93 career catches for 909 yds. & 6 TDs; Also thrown and run for TD
Dedrick Harrington (47) LB Mexico, Mo. 2003 Freshman All-American; Has 269 career tackles & 41 starts
Andrew Hoskins (22) WR Plattsburg, Mo. Special teams member missed all of 2005 due to injury
DeQuincy Howard (42) TE Tyler, Texas 2 career catches for 14 yds. and 1 TD (at Kansas State in 2003)
Xzavie Jackson (42) DE Vacaville, Calif. 179 career tackles, 14.5 QB sacks, leads MU in 2006 w/10.0 TFLs
David Lazaroff (0) OL Chesterfield, Mo. Joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on
Brandon Massey (32) S St. Louis, Mo. 79 career tackles, incl. 54 in 2006
Darren Meade (1) S Champaign, Ill. Joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on
David Overstreet II (47) S Dallas, Texas MU’s active career leader w/275 tackles & 17 PBUs
Louis Pintola (6) OL Los Angeles, Calif. Junior college transfer in 2005 has played 6 games overall
DeMarcus Scott (18) DL Greenville, Miss. Has career-high 27 tackles & 3.0 TFLs in 2006 season
Brian Smith (44) DE Denton, Texas MU’s career QB sacks leader (31.5); 159 career tackles, 42.5 TFLs
Jamar Smith (23) DL Miami, Fla. JUCO transfer has 76 career tackles, incl. 18.0 TFLs & 1 TD
Trace Teas (0) PK Springfield, Mo. Lefty kicker joined team prior to 2004 season as a walk-on

19 SENIORS TO TAKE FIELD ONE LAST TIME SATURDAY ON SENIOR DAY
   Nineteen Tiger seniors will suit up one last time at MU’s Faurot Field Saturday when they don the Black and Gold for the 2006 home finale vs. Kansas.
   This class has been a part of some great moments in Tiger football history. They have helped MU to 27 wins over the course of the 2003 season through now. This class (Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s second after taking over at Mizzou prior to the 2001 season) is the first since the 1983 senior class to play in three bowl games (MU appeared in three bowl games in a four-year span from 1980-83).    Many of them played key roles in helping Mizzou to an 8-5 record in 2003 and to a 7-5 campaign in 2005 and MU’s first bowl win since 1998.
   Three Tigers listed as juniors eligibility-wise (Josh Barbo, David Lazaroff and Trace Teas) are being recognized as seniors this year, as all three are seniors academically, and have chosen not to use their final year of eligibility in 2007. Here’s a quick look at the senior class of 2006:

MIZZOU-KANSAS SERIES HISTORY
   As previously stated, MU and KU have the 2nd-most played rivalry in college football history, and this Saturday will mark the 115th meeting between the two heated rivals, with KU holding a 53-52-9 overall series lead.
   The Tigers are looking to exact some revenge Saturday, as the Jayhawks have won three straight over Mizzou coming into the game.
   Neither team has won 4 straight over the other since MU took 4 straight from 1963-66. The last time that KU won 4 straight over MU was when it posted 5 consecutive wins from 1930-34 – marking the Jayhawks’ longest winning streak in the series.
   Interestingly enough, Mizzou’s longest winning streak in the series is also a mere 5 games – from 1938-42.
   Kansas won at Faurot Field by a 31-14 score in 2004. The Jayhawks have not won consecutive games in Columbia since claiming identical 20-19 wins here in both 1943 and 1946.
   Mizzou holds a 27-15-3 alltime lead in games played in Columbia, including 25-13-2 alltime at Memorial Stadium.    However, the Jayhawks have had decent success playing in Columbia in the recent past, as the teams have split their last 8 meetings on Faurot Field, with the Jayhawks winning in 1989, 1994, 2000 and 2004, while the Tigers won in 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2002.
   MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel won his first 2 games against Kansas, making him only the 3rd coach in Tiger history to win his first 2 games over the Jayhawks.

50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “THE SAFETY”
   The 2006 game against Kansas marks the 50th anniversary of one of the more bizarre endings to a game in the storied history of the MU-KU rivalry.
   On Dec. 1, 1956, legendary MU Coach Don Faurot took to the field for his last-ever game as Mizzou’s coach. Fittingly, it was against bitter rival Kansas, and it ended up being the most thrilling win in Faurot’s history, he would later go on to say.
   KU led most of the game, but the Tigers scored with under 5 minutes left to tie it up at 13 apiece, but the score stayed tied as MU could not make the PAT.
   Mizzou seemingly had one last chance to win, as it had the ball inside the Kansas 30 yardline with under 2 minutes to play, but KU intercepted the ball in its own endzone for a touchback. But instead of settling for the tie, KU dropped back for a pass, and was sacked back to its 4-yardline on 1st down. On 2nd down, MU tackle Chuck Mehrer crashed through the line on a running play, and tackled KU’s Robinson in the end zone with just 39 seconds left for an improbable safety to win the game, 15-13, and send Faurot out a winner, as the coach was carried off the field by his team.
Sadly, Mehrer passed away in the fall of 2006.

BIG 12 CONFERENCE BOWL SELECTION PROCESS


   Again this season, the Big 12 has 8 bowl slots guaranteed. The Conference is partnered with 9 different bowls for the 2006 season, with the Gator Bowl and Sun Bowl picking alternately over the next 4 years, with each bowl taking a Big 12 team twice over the next 4 years. The Gator Bowl has first pick of a Big 12 team, and if it passes, then the Sun Bowl will figure into the mix. If the Gator Bowl chooses a Big 12 team in 2006, then the Sun Bowl will not take a Big 12 team this season.
   Here's a quick breakdown of the selection order for Big 12-affiliated bowls in 2006:

1. BCS - The winner of the Big 12 Championship game is guaranteed a slot in one of five bowls: Rose (Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif.), Fiesta (Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.), Orange (Jan. 2 in Miami, Fla.), Sugar (Jan. 3 in New Orleans, La.), and the brand new BCS Championship Game (Jan. 8 in Glendale, Ariz.);
2. Cotton Bowl - Jan. 1 in Dallas, Texas;
3. Holiday Bowl - Dec. 28 in San Diego, Calif.;
4. Gator Bowl (when it selects a Big 12 school) - Jan. 1 in Jacksonville, Fla;
5. Alamo Bowl - Dec. 30 in San Antonio, Texas;
6. Sun Bowl (if the Gator Bowl does not select a Big 12 school) - Dec. 29 in El Paso, Texas;
7. Insight Bowl - Dec. 29 in Tempe, Ariz.;
8. Independence Bowl - Dec. 28 in Shreveport, La.;
9. Texas Bowl - Dec. 28 in Houston, Texas.

MU-KU BASS DRUM UP FOR GRABS SATURDAY
   Most every school has goofy trophies that they play rivals for each year, and Mizzou is no exception. MU and KU play annually for a bass drum. Here are details of the significance behind the drum:
   MU-KU BASS DRUM — Issued to the winner of the Missouri-Kansas football game … Originated in 1935 … Trophy was originally conceived as Indian War Drum in nature by a couple of Mizzou alumni, since Osage Indians roamed the plains of Kansas and Missouri long before the state universities were founded … Original intent was to stimulate new interest in longtime series that had dwindled during the Depression of the ’30s and MU’s all-time low in football victories … Supposedly authentic Indian drum was purchased in a Kansas City pawn shop, and new drum was acquired prior to 1986 game … Autographed originally on both drum heads by KU and MU alumni … Tradition was temporarily forgotten for a few years but resumed on an annual basis in 1947 … The first game ended in a scoreless tie.

TIGERS CAN BECOME 10TH MU TEAM IN HISTORY TO WIN 8 GAMES
   Even though Mizzou has dropped three straight games to fall from 7-1 to 7-4 overall, the Tigers still have a lot to play for as they close the 2006 regular season against rival Kansas
   In addition to Saturday being Senior Day at Faurot Field, at 7-4 heading into Saturday’s game against Kansas, Mizzou still has an opportunity to make the 2006 season a special one.
   If the Tigers can manage to come away victorious Saturday, that would give them 8 regular season wins for only the 10th time in the school’s 116 years of football – and only the 6th time since World War II.
   If the Tigers can turn that trick, Head Coach Gary Pinkel would join MU legends Don Faurot and Dan Devine as the only Mizzou coaches to achieve that distinction. Faurot won 8 regular season games 4 times, while Devine did it twice. Pinkel’s 2003 Tiger team went 8-4 in the regular season before ending 8-5.
   Mizzou’s 8-win regular seasons include 2003, 1980, 1969 (9 wins), 1960 (10 wins including a forfeit win from Kansas), 1948, 1942, 1941, 1939 and 1899 (9 wins).

2005 REWIND: KANSAS 13, MIZZOU 3
   Jon Cornish scored on a 10-yard run after Aqib Talib intercepted Brad Smith’s ill-timed pitch, helping Kansas beat Missouri for the third straight year, 13-3 in Lawrence.
   Smith, on the heels of a record-setting day on which he totaled 480 yards against Nebraska, was held in check by Kansas’ nationally ranked defense.
   The Tigers (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) drove to the Kansas 36 with about 5 minutes left, but Smith’s pass was intercepted at the 1-yard line by Theo Baines and the Jayhawks, behind Clark Green, ran out the clock.
   Smith wound up with 38 yards rushing and 141 passing, one week after shredding Nebraska to become the first Division I-A player with more than 230 yards passing and rushing in a game.
   Green had 125 yards on 22 carries and scored Kansas’ first TD on a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter.
   Missouri trailed just 6-3 and had a first down on the Kansas 49 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when Smith sprinted to his right on an option play and then pitched to Brad Ekwerekwu.
   Talib, as he lowered his helmet and came up to meet Ekwerekwu, did not appear even to see the ball. But it somehow ended up in his grasp and Kansas took possession on the Missouri 43.
   Three plays took it to the 22, then Cornish reeled off consecutive runs of 12 and 10 runs for what turned out to be the victory-clinching TD.
   The Missouri offense, which totaled 523 yards the previous week against Nebraska, had only 75 yards in the first half and 180 for the game.
   The Tigers got two Kansas turnovers in the first quarter and took possession on the Jayhawks 38, 45 and 43.
   Yet, all they could manage was Adam Crossett’s 39-yard field goal following Jason Swanson’s fumble and David Overstreet’s recovery on the 43. On Missouri’s first possession following Darnell Terrell’s interception of Swanson’s wobbly pass, Crossett missed a 47-yard attempt.
   Swanson, the third quarterback to start this year for the Jayhawks, hit only 12 of 19 for 90 yards, and had two interceptions. But he led an eight-play, 49-yard scoring drive that sent the Jayhawks into halftime with a 6-3 lead.
   Green fueled the drive with runs of 9 and 16 yards, and Missouri contributed an additional 12 yards on a face mask penalty, putting the ball on the 12.
   Swanson’s 4-yard gain on a quarterback draw gave Kansas a first-and-goal from the 1, but the Jayhawks needed three tries into the middle of the line before Green pushed across. The extra point was blocked by Lorenzo Williams.

LAST TIME IN COLUMBIA: KANSAS 31, MIZZOU 14 (2004)
   Kansas QB Brian Luke threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns, helping KU end a 13-game Big 12 road losing streak with a 31-14 victory over Missouri.
   Clark Green had 118 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown as Kansas (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) snapped a four-game losing streak and finished its season by winning for only the second time in the last nine games. The Jayhawks beat Missouri for the second straight year, tying the nation’s second-oldest series at 52-52-9.
   Missouri (4-6, 2-5) had entered the game with an outside shot at advancing to the Big 12 championship game and staying alive for a bowl, but got its offense untracked too late with a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown catches by Sean Coffey.
   Missouri, which had proven to be a fast-starting team in 2004, this time couldn’t recover from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit.
   Luke, a junior, got his first career start after injuries to the three quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. He was at his best in the first half, going 14-for-17 for 128 yards.
   Kansas bottled up Missouri quarterback Brad Smith for the second straight year until the fourth quarter, sacking him six times. Smith was 15-for-40 for 262 yards, most of it after the game was out of reach, and had minus-41 yards rushing on 13 carries, a year after the Jayhawks held him to 95 total yards.
   Coffey’s receptions of 34 and 11 yards gave him a school-record 10 touchdown catches on the season, but Missouri was held to minus-6 yards rushing on 27 attempts.
   Trailing, 28-14 in the 4th quarter after the pair of Smith-to-Coffey scoring strikes, MU appeared to close it to 28-21 when Smith hit Damien Nash on a screen pass that Nash took for an apparent 42-yard TD with nearly seven minutes remaining.
   However, the back judge ruled that MU was guilty of holding on the play, and MU’s last real chance went by the wayside when Smith was sacked for a 16-yard loss on the very next play, forcing MU to punt.
   Green scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter, Brandon Rideau caught an 8-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter, and his 24-yard reception set up a 1-yard run by Austine Nwabuisi for a 21-0 lead with 3:42 left in the half. Rideau had eight catches for 100 yards.
   Missouri didn’t make it into Kansas territory until 1:18 remaining in the first half, but Adam Crossett missed on a 46-yard field goal after a 16-yard sack by McMillan.
   James Kinney, a senior linebacker, had 15 tackles for Missouri and has 421 for his career, breaking the previous school mark of 415 set by DeMontie Cross from 1994-96.

JAYHAWKS HAVE DEFENDED TIGERS TOUGH OF LATE
   Kansas has used a stifling defense and a punishing ground game to surge to its 3-game winning streak over Mizzou, and the Tigers will certainly be looking to reverse those trends on Saturday in Columbia.
   In the last 3 meetings between MU-KU, the Jayhawks have outrushed the Tigers by a combined 550-to-161 margin, with KU rushing for 9 combined TDs in that stretch, compared to just 1 for Mizzou.
   The Tigers have been held to just 1.7 yards per rush combined in those 3 Jayhawk wins (161 yards rushing on 94 carries), while KU has averaged 4.0 yards per rush combined (550 yards, 139 attempts).
   In 2005, KU’s defense held Mizzou to 33 rushing yards on the day, while racking up 208 yards and 2 TDs on the ground in their 13-3 win in Lawrence. In 2004, the Jayhawks ran for 135 yards and 2 TDs, while holding MU to minus-6 yards rushing while coasting to a 31-14 win in Columbia. The trend started in 2003 in Lawrence, where KU ran for 207 yards and 5 TDs in a 35-14 win, while the Tigers managed 134 rushing yards and 1 TD, but only 196 yards of offense.
   Thankfully for Mizzou, the force behind most of those rushing yards is gone for Kansas, as KU running back Clark Green is gone. Green accounted for 321 yards and 4 TDs on his own in the last 3 games combined, including 125 yards and 2 TDs in 2005, 118 yards and 1 TD in 2004, and 78 yards and 2 TDs in 2003.
   That would be the good news part of the equation for Mizzou, but there is some bad news to dole out – the 2006 Jayhawks bring to Columbia the Big 12 Conference’s leading rusher, in Jon Cornish. Cornish currently leads the Big 12 with a per-game average of 121.00 yards an outing – a figure which also ranks him 8th in the country. Cornish is coming off a 201-yard, 2-TD game against Kansas State last week.

GAME KEYS FOR TIGERS AND JAYHAWKS
   Mizzou’s ability to hold onto the ball offensively, and to get to the opposing team’s quarterback on defense, have proven to be good measures of success in 2006.
   In MU’s 7 wins, MU is plus 6 in turnover margin (19 gained, 13 lost), while it is minus 6 in its 4 losses (5 gained, 11 lost).
   The Tigers hope to hang onto the ball Saturday against Kansas team that ranks 8th-best in the nation in forcing turnovers, as the Jayhawks rank 8th nationally with 28 turnovers (16 fumbles/12 INTs) gained on the year. KU’s 16 recovered fumbles ranks 3rd-best nationally. Even with that, KU ranks only 75th nationally in turnover margin, as the Jayhawk offense has been just as prone to losing the ball as its defense has been at getting it back. Kansas ranks 4th-worst (tied for 114th) in the nation with its 31 lost turnovers (18 INTs thrown, 13 fumbles lost).
   On the other side of the ball, in MU’s 7 wins, the Tiger defense has been very disruptive, as it has recorded 28 QB sacks for 166 yards in loss, while in MU’s 4 losses, the Tigers have a total of just 3 QB sacks for 24 yards.
   When MU has the ball, it will be a matchup of the 14th-best passing attack (261.36 ypg) going against a KU defense that ranks last in the Big 12 and 116th in the NCAA in pass defense (261.18 ypg allowed). With all of its interceptions gained, however, the KU defense does rank much better in pass efficiency defense, at 3rd in the Big 12 and 35th nationally, with a rating of 115.46 allowed by opposing QBs.
   When KU has the ball, it is probably reasonable to expect the Jayhawks to lean on their rushing attack that ranks 23rd nationally coming in, with a 177.91 ypg average. They’ll be going against a Tiger defense that ranks 60th nationally against the run (135.27 ypg allowed), but has really had a hard time stopping the run lately. MU opponents in the last 5 games have totaled 1,052 yards rushing, including 196 last Saturday at Iowa State, and back-to-back 200-yard games by Kansas State (262) and Oklahoma (231).

THIRD-QUARTER LULL DOES IN TIGERS LAST WEEK IN AMES
   Mizzou jumped out to a 10-0 lead last Saturday at Iowa State, and held a 10-7 edge at halftime. But the homestanding Cyclones wouldn’t wilt, as they mounted a fierce 3rd-quarter charge that completely turned the game around.
   Taking the opening kick, ISU – who scored only once in 5 1st-half possessions – marched 80 yards in 15 plays for a TD at the 8:22 mark to take a 14-10 lead. The drive was aided by a Tiger offsides penalty on a 4th-and-7 from the MU 11-yardline as the Cyclones were ready to settle for a field goal that, if good, would have kept the lead on MU’s side of the scoreboard. But the ill-advised penalty made it just 4th-and-2 from the MU 6-yardline, and outgoing ISU coach Dan McCarney opted to go for it on 4th down. The gamble paid off, as ISU gained 4 yards on the ensuing play to set up a 1st-and-goal that they punched in 2 plays later for their first lead of the game.
   That drive consumed 6:32 off the clock, and after MU’s offense went 3-and-out, the Cyclones marched 76 yards this time on 11 plays to punch it in again for a TD to take a commanding 21-10 lead with 2:42 left in the quarter.
   MU got its offense untracked on its next possession, as it drove to the ISU 44-yardline as the 3rd quarter ended, but the damage was done, as the Tigers faced an 11-point deficit with only 15 minutes remaining in the game.
   In the 3rd quarter alone, Iowa State held a time of possession advantage of 11:03-to-3:57, and ran 26 plays to just 9 for MU. With that kind of advantage in snaps, the Cyclones enjoyed a total offense edge of 151-to-39 in the quarter, including 78-to-6 in rushing yards.
   The third quarter lull was reminiscent of MU’s 1st loss of the season, at Texas A&M on Oct. 14th. In game #7 at Texas A&M, the Tigers and Aggies were tied at 17 going into the 3rd quarter, but A&M held a time of possession advantage of 12:25-to-2:35 to take a 25-19 lead into the 4th quarter (which is how the game ended). In the quarter, A&M racked up 126 yards of offense, to just 6 for Mizzou, as the Aggies ran 25 plays to only 6 for the Tigers.
   In MU’s 4 losses combined, opponents have ran almost twice as many plays as MU (90-to-47), for almost twice as much yardage (490-to-255), and have held the ball for 43:53, compared to a combined 16:07 for MU.

LAST TIME OUT: IOWA STATE 21, MIZZOU 16
   
A dramatic Tiger comeback victory appeared to have taken place, as QB Chase Daniel scored from a foot out on 4th-and-goal with just 26 seconds left in the game to put MU on top for good. But Iowa State and outgoing coach Dan McCarney ended up with the last laugh, as the Daniel TD was nullified when MU was whistled for holding on the play – a call that was later ruled to be incorrect according to the Big 12 office, after review of film.
   The tough break pushed MU back to the 10 yardline and left one more try for the Tigers, and the Cyclones won that battle, as the ISU defense forced Daniel out of the pocket on the ensuing pass play, and sacked him at the 18-yardline as he scrambled to buy time, ending the game and giving Iowa State its only Big 12 win of the season. The loss dropped Mizzou to 7-4 and handed the Tigers their 3rd straight defeat, and 4th in their last 5 games.
   But it was so painfully close to going Mizzou’s way, as Daniel’s apparent TD led a furious Tiger rally that saw MU come nearly all the way back from a 21-10 deficit to enter the 4th quarter. Mizzou had jumped out to a 10-0 lead, and appeared on the verge of breaking the game open, only to see its offense get bogged down in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while ISU scored 21 straight points over 4 possessions in that span.
   The Cyclones dominated the 3rd quarter, turning a 10-7 halftime deficit into a 21-10 ISU lead at the end of the period. Iowa State outscored MU 14-0 in the 3rd quarter, thanks to huge advantages over Mizzou in time of possession (11:03-to-3:57), plays run (26-to-9), total yards (151-to-39) and rushing yards (78-to-6).
   It appeared as Mizzou would roll over the Cyclones early, as MU took the opening kick and methodically drove 80 yards for a TD that came by way of a Daniel 8-yard scoring strike to TE Martin Rucker for a quick 7-0 lead. After MU’s defense forced a punt, the Tiger offense was rolling again, getting deep in ISU territory before losing a fumble at the Cyclone 31-yardline. The Cyclones had staved off what looked to be a likely 14-0 deficit.
   Mizzou did score next, but could manage only a 38-yard field goal at the 13:18 mark of the 2nd quarter by PK Jeff Wolfert to take a 10-0 lead. A key period in the game came next, as ISU took over at its own 10-yardline after a penalty on the ensuing kickoff. Held in check to that point, the Cyclone offense found its rhythm, as it converted 3 3rd-downs and marched 90 yards for a TD to make it 10-7 and give ISU life.
   The Tiger offense got the ball 2 more times before half, including its last drive, which reached the ISU 43-yardline. But MU got nothing to show for it on the scoreboard, as both drives ended in punts.
   After ISU’s dominating 3rd quarter, the Tigers responded by scoring on a 7-yard TD run by TB Tony Temple with 13:46 left in the game to close it to 21-16 (MU’s 2-point try failed). The teams traded punts, and after ISU drove 48 yards and missed a 28-yard FG with just 3:33 left in the game, Daniel led the brilliant drive that saw him nearly score on an acrobatic 3rd-down rush from the ISU 7 that was ruled down at the 1-yardline. That set up the nullified Daniel TD run on the next play that will likely go down as one of the most discussed in MU history.

MIZZOU-IOWA STATE NOTABLES
   Here are some various and sundry notes from the Iowa State game last Saturday:

  • Despite the loss, QB Chase Daniel had a big day, as he virtually willed the Tigers to a comeback win. Daniel threw for 310 yards and 1 TD, as he completed 29-of-44 passes. He also netted 19 yards rushing, and nearly was the hero, as his 1-yard TD keeper on 4th-and-goal with 26 seconds appeared to have given MU the lead, but was nullified by a holding penalty. Daniel was brilliant out of the gate, as he completed his first 12 passes for 145 yards and 1 TD in all, before throwing his first incompletion at the 13:29 mark of the 2nd quarter on his 13th attempt…
  • MU’s struggles offensively during the 2nd and 3rd periods could possibly be attributed to the fact that it was playing without its leading receiver and leading rusher for most of that time. Junior WR Will Franklin appeared headed for a big day, as he caught 2 passes for 36 yards on MU’s game-opening drive. But the St. Louis, Mo., native strained his right shoulder making his 2nd catch on that opening series, and he did not return. Later, on MU’s 2nd series, TB Tony Temple had a nice 8-yard gain over the right side to the ISU 31-yardline, but the ball popped out and was recovered by the Cyclone defense to wipe out a prime scoring opportunity for MU. Temple did not return to the field until late in the 3rd quarter when MU trailed 21-10, and he responded by rushing 7 yards for a score to open the 4th quarter as the Tigers attempted their rally. But, without their leading rusher on the field, the Tigers managed just 20 yards on its next 9 rushes (2.2 avg.) spanning the 1st and 3rd quarters until he returned…
  • Sophomore WR Tommy Saunders had a career day, as he set new career highs in receptions (7) and yards (72). He was Daniel’s go-to guy late, as Saunders caught 4 passes on MU’s last drive, including acrobatic consecutive grabs of 23 and 18 yards, respectively, that took MU from the ISU 49-yardline to a 1st-and-goal at the Cyclone 8-yardline…
  • Youth was well-served in the Tiger passing game Saturday, as MU’s top-4 pass catchers were either sophomores or freshmen. Saunders, a sophomore, led the way with his 7-catch, 72-yard outing, and he was joined by the freshman WR duo of Jared Perry (6-for-59) and Danario Alexander (5-for-47), as well as sophomore TE Chase Coffman (4-for-51) – meaning that freshmen and sophomore combined for 22 of MU’s 29 completions and 229 of MU’s 310 yards in the air on the day. Of course, all of the throws were put in the air by sophomore QB Chase Daniel…
  • Keeping with the theme, sophomore PK Jeff Wolfert continued his storybook season, as he connected on a 38-yard FG in the 2nd quarter, as well as his only PAT try of the day. Wolfert, announced two weeks ago as a Lou Groza semifinalist, has now made 14-of-16 FGs on the season, and is a perfect 37-of-37 on PATs thus far. He has made 11 consecutive FGs since his last miss that came in the 4th quarter of game #2 against Ole Miss. With 79 points scored on the year, Wolfert now needs only 3 more to break the MU single-season kick scoring record of 81 points set just last season by Adam Crossett…
  • Sophomore CB Domonique Johnson provided some good news for the Tiger defense, as he played in his first game since injuring a knee in game #5 against Colorado. Feared to be out for the season after the injury, Johnson returned for ISU, and got involved early, as he broke up a pass on MU’s 2nd defensive series. On the next defensive series, Johnson recorded his 1st career interception off of a deflected pass near midfield to give MU the ball back…

 

 

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