Kansas City, Here We Come!



Nov. 24, 2008

Kansas Jayhawks (6-5, 3-4)
vs. #12/11 Missouri Tigers (9-2, 5-2)
Nov. 29, 2008 – Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, Mo.

Game Central

   It’s time for some barbecue and blues, as the Big 12 North Division Champion Missouri Tigers (9-2 overall, 5-2 in Big 12 Conference play) will camp out in Kansas City, Mo. for the next two weeks for two of the bigger games in program history.
   The two-week drama about to play out begins with Saturday’s game against arch rival Kansas. The game will kick at 11:40 a.m. from Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium, and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
   After that, the Tigers then will make the return trip west on I-70 the following Saturday for its second-straight appearance in the Dr. Pepper Big 12 Championship Game on Dec. 6th against a South Division opponent that won’t be determined until after this weekend (most likely not until the BCS rankings come out Sunday).
   The 12th-ranked Missouri Tigers, who were off last Saturday, won their 2nd-straight North Division title in emphatic fashion the last time out, with a 52-20 win at Iowa State on Nov. 15th. Mizzou enters Saturday’s contest riding a four-game winning streak, with consecutive wins over Colorado (58-0 in Columbia), at Baylor (31-28), at home over Kansas State (41-24 in Columbia) and at Iowa State (52-20), winning the four games by an average margin of 27.5 points per game.
   Kansas enters Saturday’s game having lost two straight games, and four of its last five overall, after beginning the year 5-1. The Jayhawks were off last Saturday, after dropping consecutive games at Nebraska (45-35) and at home against Texas (35-7).
   Playing the common opponent comparison, Mizzou and KU have played five games against the same team, with the comparison looking like this: both played at Nebraska (MU won, 52-17; KU lost, 45-35), both played at Iowa State (MU won, 52-20; KU won, 35-33), both played at home against Colorado (MU won, 58-0; KU won, 30-14), both played at home against Kansas State (MU won, 41-24; KU won, 52-21) and both played against Texas, with MU losing in Austin (56-31) while KU lost in Lawrence (35-7).

Year Conference Conf. Overall Coach
1909 Missouri Valley 4-0-1 7-0-1 William Roper
1913 Missouri Valley 4-0-0 7-1-0 Chester Brewer
1919 Missouri Valley 4-0-1 5-1-2 John Miller
1924 Missouri Valley 5-1-0 7-2-0 Gwinn Henry
1925 Missouri Valley 5-1-0 6-1-1 Gwinn Henry
1927 Missouri Valley 5-1-0 7-2-0 Gwinn Henry
1939 Big Six 5-0-0 8-2-0 Don Faurot
1941 Big Six 5-0-0 8-2-0 Don Faurot
1942 Big Six 4-0-1 8-3-1 Don Faurot
1945 Big Six 5-0-0 6-4-0 Chauncey Simpson
1960 Big Eight 7-0-0 11-0-0 Dan Devine
1969 & Big Eight 6-1-0 9-2-0 Dan Devine
2007 Big 12 North 7-1-0 12-2-0 Gary Pinkel
2008 Big 12 North 5-2-0 9-2-0 Gary Pinkel
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   Mizzou’s North Division championship trophy was presented to the team in Columbia last Thursday by Director of Athletics Mike Alden, and while the team was happy to get their hands on the trophy, the celebration was somewhat muted, knowing that bigger things lie ahead, starting with the game Saturday against arch enemy Kansas.
   Those of us who don’t play the games, however, can step back and appreciate just what the North Division title means to the program, as it represents the first time since 1941-42 that MU has won or shared a conference or division title in football. That’s when the Tigers won the Big Six Conference in back-to-back years, very similar to the current six-team division championship.
   This year’s title marks the 14th conference or division championship in Tiger history. Here’s a quick look…

No. School Seasons Avg.*
13 Nebraska 1996-1998 30.5
12 Kansas State 1997-1999 22.8
11 Colorado 2001-2003 13.7
10 Mizzou 2006-2008 28.6
 9 Nebraska 1998-2000 20.2
 9 Kansas State 2002-2003 37.6
* -  Margin of Victory

   Mizzou carries a 10-game win streak over Big 12 North opposition into Saturday’s game, having gone 4-0 thus far in 2008, to go with a 5-0 mark in 2007, plus winning the final game of 2006 against Kansas. The 10-game streak ranks among the longest ever for Big 12 North teams, here’s a look at those…
   Additionally, Mizzou is looking to become the 11th team to go a perfect 5-0 in Big 12 North play. Among the previous 10 North teams to go undefeated in division play, MU’s four-game average margin of victory against North opponents in 2008 stands as the best, at 35.5 so far.

MOST WINS, 2007-08 
Wins School 2007 2008
21 Mizzou 12  9
21 Boise State 10 11
21 Brigham Young 11 10
21 Ohio State 11 10
21 Oklahoma 11 10
21 Utah  9 12

   With a school-record 12 wins in 2007, and 9 wins to this point in 2008, MU’s two-year win total of 21 is tied for most in the nation during that time period. Here’s a look at the leaders…
   Additionally, MU’s three-year win total of 29 wins (MU won 8 games in 2006) ranks as tied for 8th-best in the NCAA during the 2006-08 stretch. Boise State leads from 2006-08 with 34, with Ohio State next at 33…

   The 2008 Tigers have already turned in a big achievement, as they are already only the 5th team in school history to amass 9 regular-season wins. The Tigers are obviously gunning for a win this Saturday night against rival Kansas, and a win would make this group only the 3rd team in MU history to claim 10 wins in a regular season.
   Mizzou has now won 8 regular-season games in 3 straight years for the first time in school history (8 in 2006, 11 in 2007, 9 in 2008). The only other time Missouri has recorded consecutive 8-win regular seasons was way back in 1941 and 1942, when MU won 8 games in both years.
   Head Coach Gary Pinkel joins MU legends Don Faurot and Dan Devine as the only Mizzou coaches to achieve multiple 8-win regular seasons. Faurot won 8 regular season games 4 times, while Devine did it twice. Pinkel’s teams have now done it 4 times as well (2003, 2006, 2007, 2008).

KICKOFF: 11:40 p.m. (central time).

STADIUM: Arrowhead Stadium (77,038 – Natural Grass). The 2007 game here between MU and KU drew 80,537 – the 2nd-largest crowd in Arrowhead history. MU is 2-0 alltime playing in Arrowhead Stadium.

RADIO: Tiger Network. Mike Kelly (play-by-play), John Kadlec (color), Chris Gervino (sidelines), Mark Mills (engineer). Carried on over 50 stations across the Midwest.
   Satellite radio owners may also find the game on Sirius (channel 127) and XM (channel 103).

TV: FSN. Bill Land (play-by-play), Dave Lapham (color), Jim Knox (sidelines), Dr. Robert Steinfeld (producer), Phil Mollica (director).

   MU – #13.
   KU – None.

SERIES: MU leads, 54-53-9 and has won two straight, including a 36-28 win in Kansas City in 2007. The series is 6-6 since the Big 12 formed in 1996.

   MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, ‘75), 58-39 at MU (8th year) and 131-76-3 overall (18th year). Pinkel is 4-3 vs. KU and is 3-3 vs. Mark Mangino.
   KU: Mark Mangino (Youngstown State, ‘87), 43-41 at KU (7th year) and overall. Mangino is 3-3 vs. MU and Gary Pinkel.

   With roots dating back all the way to the Civil War period in American history, Missourians and Kansans have always had a fierce rivalry in everything from football, to a fierce game of Galaga in the neighborhood pub.
   Not only is the rivalry 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 116 previous meetings. Only Minnesota and Wisconsin (118 meetings including their 2007 contest won by the Badgers) have played eachother more than MU and KU…
  • It is one of the most even rivalries around. Amazingly, the series is just one game apart, with MU holding a 54-53-9 edge in the previous 116 meetings. That makes the series the 2nd-most closely-contested of the nation’s top-23 most-played rivalries – those with 100 or more games played alltime (Baylor/TCU is knotted at 49-49-7)…
  • 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 a series lead at 54-53-9, while KU claims that it leads by the exact same margin (54-53-9). 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 Big 8 Conference ruled that ineligible players took the field for the Jayhawks. Kansas counts the result on the field in their record books, while MU 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’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 points in the M&I Bank MU-KU Border Showdown Series.
   This marks the 7th 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 7.5-to-2.5 lead thus far in the 2008-09 series, as the Tigers earned 3 points for a soccer win, plus a half-point for a soccer rematch in the Big 12 Tournament. Mizzou also won volleyball and women’s swimming matchups, giving MU 1.5 points each, and also earned 1 point in men’s cross country by finishing higher in the Big 12 Championships. Kansas claimed 1.5 points in volleyball (the schools split their home-and-home series) and got 1 point in women’s cross country.
   In the previous six years of the showdown, MU has won the series four times, claiming yearly wins in 2002-03 (32.0-to-8.5), in 2004-05 (22.5-to-17.5), in 2006-07 (25.0-to-14.0) and again last year in 2007-08 (24.0-to-15.0), with KU claiming wins in 2003-04 (21.5-to-18.5) and in 2005-06 (22.0-to-17.0).

   As previously stated, MU and KU have the 2nd-most played rivalry in college football history, and this Saturday will mark the 117th meeting between the two heated rivals, with MU claiming it holds the series lead by the slimmest of margins, at 54-53-9.
   Mizzou won for the second straight year against Jayhawks in 2007, claiming a thrilling 36-28 win over KU at Arrowhead Stadium. A win this Saturday against Kansas would give MU its first three-game win streak in the series since winning three straight from 1986-88. Kansas had won three straight from 2003-05, prior to MU winning his first 2 games against KU in 2001 and 2002. That made him only the 3rd coach in Tiger history to win his first 2 games over the Jayhawks. After last year’s victory in Arrowhead, Pinkel stands 4-3 overall against Kansas.
   The series returned to Kansas City, Mo., for two years, as both schools agreed to move home games in 2007 and 2008 to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. School officials are in talks currently with both the Chiefs and the Kansas City Sports Commission about the potential of extending the series, but nothing to this point has been finalized.
   Kansas City was the historical site of the MU-KU rivalry, as the city was the host of the 1st 16 games in the series, from 1891-1906, and for 22 games overall. KU holds a 12-7-3 edge overall in games played in the series in Kansas City, and the 2007 game marked the first games played there since MU won in consecutive years in 1944 (28-0) and 1945 (33-12).

   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:
   "Issued to the winner of the Missouri-Kansas football game … Originated in 1935 … Trophy was originally conceived as an 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. "

   The Missouri Tigers improved to 11-1 by jumping on top of previously unbeaten and 2nd-ranked Kansas, and then held off a late KU surge to claim the Big 12 Conference North Division title with a 36-28 win in Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The win, coupled with #1 LSU’s loss to Arkansas the night before, vaulted Mizzou to #1 in the A.P. and Coaches’ polls the next day, as well as the BCS standings.
   The Tigers, who came into the game ranked 4th in the BCS standings, won its first conference title of any kind since 1969 by jumping out to leads of 7-0 (1st quarter), 14-0 (halftime) and 21-0 (3rd quarter), before KU was able to make a run. But the closest the Jayhawks would get was 6 points in the final minutes, and their last-ditch shot at a score was snuffed out deep in their territory on a QB sack for a safety with :12 seconds left by Lorenzo Williams to account for the final score.
   Chase Daniel added to his Heisman-worthy resume as he completed 40-of-49 passes on the night for 361 yards and 3 TDs. His precision passing systematically picked apart a Jayhawk defense that came into the game ranked 8th in the NCAA in total defense, allowing an average of 300.00 total yards per game. MU outgained the Jayhawks on the evening, 519-to-391.
   Daniel’s most dangerous target on the night was WR Danario Alexander, who hauled in 8 receptions for a career-best 117 yards and 1 TD. Alexander had caught a total of 4 passes for 25 yards combined in the previous 2 games, but he came up big early and often on the night.
   As good as MU’s offense was, its defense maybe turned the most heads, especially for the opening 30 minutes, as it pitched its first first-half shutout against a BCS opponent since 2005 against Baylor, as the Tigers led 14-0 at halftime. Mizzou allowed only 139 Jayhawk yards of total offense in the opening half, limiting KU to just 1-of-6 on 3rd downs in the process.
   In all, the Tiger defense stymied the KU rushing attack, holding them to a season-low 42 yards rushing on the night – far below their per-game average of 210.64 coming into the game, which had ranked 15th nationally coming in.
   The Tigers also turned the tables on Kansas in the turnover battle, as MU nabbed a pair of interceptions on QB Todd Reesing, who hadn’t thrown an interception in over 200 pass attempts coming into the game. Both picks led to touchdowns for the Tiger offense that helped the Tigers build a 21-0 lead midway through the 3rd quarter.
   TB Tony Temple, playing in his hometown of Kansas City, ran like a man possessed, hitting holes, breaking tackles, making something out of nothing, and running over and through people, as he finished with 98 yards on 22 carries (4.5 avg.).
   Reesing’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Henry with 2:03 to go drew the Jayhawks within six points and after Mizzou milked all but 17 seconds off the clock before punting deep into KU territory, Lorenzo Williams put the finishing touches on it for Mizzou, sacking Reesing in the end zone for a safety with 12 seconds left.
   Kansas came into the game second nationally averaging almost 46 points a game, but fell behind 21-0 before Reesing finally got the Jayhawks into the end zone. Scott Webb missed two field goals in the second quarter for the Jayhawks, who had been an even bigger surprise than Missouri up to this point and were gunning for what would have been their first North Division title as well.
   MU’s Alexander caught eight passes for 117 yards, including a 16-yard gain on third-and-14 with 6:46 to play after Reesing’s touchdown pass to Dexton Fields pulled Kansas to 31-21.
   A moment later, Jeff Wolfert kicked his second field goal, a 43-yarder, for a 34-21 lead with 3:31 to go.
   The Tigers had only one first down on their first three possessions but finally broke through with a 78-yard touchdown drive once Daniel found his groove.
   Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 1 on his fourth possession, Daniel hit tight end Martin Rucker on a quick slant for the night’s first touchdown with 29 seconds left in the first quarter.
   Reesing seemed to find his touch after a poor first quarter when he hit Kerry Meier for a 39-yard gain on the first play of the second quarter. That was his school-record 213th straight pass without an interception. But on the next play, safety William Moore stepped in front of Fields at the 2 and made the pick. It was his seventh interception of the season, tying the Missouri record of NFL Hall of Fame defensive back Roger Wehrli, and gave all the momentum right back to the Tigers.
   The Jayhawks, one of the nation’s least-penalized teams, made another big mistake, a defensive holding after stopping Missouri on third-and-12 from the 40.
   Given new life, Daniel found Alexander for 20 yards and then on third-and-goal from the 11, the junior quarterback danced away from pressure and fired a pass to Alexander as he fell into the corner of the end zone, capping a 98-yard drive.
   Twice Kansas, which had scored on 22 straight trips to the red zone, got to the Missouri 16. But both times, Scott Webb missed field goals.
   Tommy Saunders had eight catches for 82 yards for Missouri and Fields led the Jayhawks with eight receptions for 116 yards.

Rank Class Wins Bowls
1. 2008 36 3
2. 1963 33 2
3. 2007 32 3
1962 32 3
5. 1981 31 4

   Mizzou’s class of 23 seniors has a lot left to play for in the 2008 season, but they’ve already established themselves as arguably the most successful class in MU history.
   This class has been a very key group of players and leaders who have helped lead Mizzou to new heights. They have helped MU to 36 wins over the course of the 2005 season through now, and that represents a record for any four-year period of time (see chart below). This class is on pace to join the 1981 senior class as the only other in Tiger history to play in four bowl games in a four-year span (Mizzou played in bowls each year from 1978-81, and has done so each of the last three years, as well).
   Here’s a look at the most prolific senior classes at Mizzou, in terms of wins (through games of Nov. 15th)…

AMES, Iowa (AP) - Chase Daniel threw for 328 yards and two touchdowns and No. 12 Missouri clinched the Big 12 North and a spot in the conference title game by crushing Iowa State 52-20 on Nov. 15th.
   Swirling winds and temperatures in the high 20s had little effect on Daniel and Missouri’s high-flying offense. Daniel went 32-of-40 and completed his first 16 passes as the Tigers (9-2, 5-2 Big 12) jumped out to a 31-7 halftime lead.
   Derrick Washington rushed for 128 yards and two touchdowns and Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 103 yards and a score for Missouri, which has won four straight since a two-game losing streak that bounced the Tigers out of the national championship picture.
   Austen Arnaud threw for 326 yards and two touchdowns for Iowa State (2-9, 0-7), setting a school record with 36 completions. The Cyclones have lost nine straight.
   Grant Mahoney hit field goals of 47 and 38 yards to made it 31-13, but Maclin answered by taking a Daniel pass 43 yards for a touchdown with 4:05 left in the third quarter to put the Tigers ahead 38-13.
   Collin Franklin’s 25-yard TD catch brought Iowa State back within 38-20. But Jimmy Jackson’s 1-yard plunge early in the fourth quarter put the Tigers back ahead 45-20, and Carl Gettis picked off Arnaud at the goal line midway through the fourth quarter.
Jackson added his second score, a 6-yard touchdown with 3:23 left.
   Missouri was nearly perfect in the first half, scoring on five of six possessions to go ahead 31-7. And even when the Tigers slipped up, they rectified things in a hurry.
   Allen Bell picked off Daniel at the Cyclones 10 early in the second quarter, but William Moore returned the favor with an interception off of Arnaud three plays later, running it back for a 17-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead.
   Iowa State responded with 5:02 left in the first half on a 1-yard TD pass from Arnaud to Patrick Neal. It took Missouri just 51 seconds to get those points back.
   On a simple off-tackle run, Derrick Washington cut it back inside, slipped past a defender and ran 52 yards for his second touchdown of the game. Jeff Wolfert hit a 30-yard field as time expired in the first half.

   The 2008 season has been a challenging one for senior FS William Moore, who came into the year with All-American aspirations after a huge 2007 season that saw him earn 2nd-Team All-American honors after notching 117 tackles and tying for the NCAA lead with 8 interceptions.
   Moore got off to a good start, as he had 12 tackles in the season opener against Illinois, but he also suffered a sprained foot in the game, and that injury hampered him for a long time, as he missed two games and was not 100% until midway through the season.
   Willy Mo made up for lost time in MU’s last outing against Iowa State, as he made one of the biggest plays of the game, grabbing his first interception of the season and returning it 17 yards for a TD to make it 21-0 Mizzou in the 2nd quarter. The play came just three plays after ISU had snuffed out a Tiger drive deep in Cyclone territory, and it helped keep momentum on MU’s side of the ledger.
   Just as significant was the fact that his pick-six was the 4th of his career, and that gives him the MU career record for interceptions returned for touchdown. He entered the season with 3 career pick-sixes, which had him tied with former great Erik McMillan (1984-87).
   Moore has now returned an interception for a TD in each of his four seasons. He did the deed as a freshman against Iowa State (62 yards), then as a sophomore at Texas Tech (22 yards) and last year as a junior in the Cotton Bowl against Arkansas (26 yards). For his career, Moore has 11 interceptions, which ranks him 5th on the MU career chart. One of his interceptions was a huge play against rival Kansas in 2007 that came at the MU 2-yardline in the 2nd quarter that was a huge momentum swing for the Tigers and broke a long string of passes thrown without an interception by KU QB Todd Reesing.
   For the season, Moore stands 4th on the Tiger team with 69 tackles, and he’s added 4 pass break-ups, 3 tackles for loss and 2 forced fumbles to go with his one interception.


  • QB Chase Daniel has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete (and is a winner of an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship). He is now one of 16 finalists for the Draddy Award, which is known as the “Academic Heisman.” Daniel is also an O’Brien Award semi-finalist, a Maxwell Award semi-finalist and a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award finalist. Additionally, he was named one of five finalists for the Manning Award as well as the Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Wuerffel Trophy…
  • PK Jeff Wolfert has been named a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top kicker, while LB Sean Weatherspoon has been named a semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award and quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy, both awards which go to the nation’s top defensive player. Senior FS William Moore was also recently named as a semi-finalist for the Thorpe Award, which goes to the nation’s top defensive back…
  • QB Chase Daniel had 328 passing yards last game against Iowa State (he’s got 3,592 entering the KU game), giving him 3,000 yards each of the last 3 seasons for MU (no Tiger QB had ever reached 3,000 passing yards prior to Daniel). His 30 TD passes in 2008 stand just 3 shy of his MU season record of 33 achieved in 2007, and his season completion percentage of 76.5% and QB rating of 171.18 are far and away ahead of the MU season records of 68.2% (his own in 2007) and 154.3 (Phil Johnson in 1990), respectively…
  • Daniel’s passing total upped his MU career-record yardage to 11,434. He now stands 12th on the NCAA Div. I-A (FBS) career passing yardage list. Next up on the list is #11 Byron Leftwich of Marshall (11,903). Daniel is averaging 326.5 passing yards per game in 2008, and if he hits that mark in MU’s last three games, he’d end with 12,739 yards, which would vault him to 8th place alltime…
  • All-American and Mackey Award front-runner TE Chase Coffman was not able to play each of the last two games due to a sprained toe he suffered Nov. 1st against Baylor. He’s hoping to be able to play this week against the Jayhawks. If he does, he’ll bring a streak with him of having caught a pass in 40 consecutive games, which is an MU record, breaking the previous mark of 34 by WR Justin Gage (2000-02). Coffman, with 73 receptions so far in 2008, is approaching the MU single-season receptions mark of 84, set just last season by TE Martin Rucker. The NCAA FBS single-season receptions record for a TE is within view, too (90 by James Whelan of Kentucky in 1999)…
  • WR Jeremy Maclin, coming off an 8-catch, 103-yard, 1-TD receiving game against Iowa State, pushed his season receiving TD total to 10. That ties Maclin for the MU single-season record of 10, set by WR Sean Coffey in 2004…
  • Maclin’s 2008 11-game all-purpose yardage total of 2,225 entering the Kansas game is already the 2nd-most in MU single-season history, trailing only his own record of 2,776 set last year as a freshman…
  • LB Brock Christopher has 304 career tackles entering the K-State game, and he stands 14th on the MU career tackles list. Next up on the chart is Lynn Evans, who had 316 tackles from 1972-74 and ranks 13th…
  • Mizzou did not punt once last time out against Iowa State, as it scored on 8 of its 10 possessions, and had the other two ended by turnovers committed deep in Cyclone territory. It was the second time this year MU did not punt (at Nebraska was the other time). Three other games this year (Nevada, Buffalo, at Baylor), MU has punted only once. Consequently, Mizzou ranks ranks 3rd in the NCAA in fewest punts, with 25 (averaging 41.6 per kick). Tulsa leads the nation in fewest punts (20), while Texas Tech is #2, with only 22, followed by #3 MU…

   Several Tigers are closing in on some prominent season and career records in 2008. Here’s a quick look:

  • MOST PATs ATTEMPTED & MADE (SEASON)Jeff Wolfert is 63-of-63 – OLD MARK is 67-of-67 by Wolfert in 2007…
  • HIGHEST AVERAGE YARDS PER RUSH, SEASON (MIN. 150 ATT.)Derrick Washington is averaging 6.4 (909 yards, 141 carries) – OLD MARK is 6.6 by Brad Smith in 2003…
  • MOST RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS (SEASON)Derrick Washington has 16 – OLD MARK is 18 by Brad Smith in 2003…
  • MOST TOTAL TOUCHDOWNS SCORED (SEASON)Derrick Washington has 18 (16 rushing, 2 receiving) – OLD MARK is 19 by Brad Smith in 2003 (18 rushing, 1 receiving)…
  • MOST RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS (SEASON)Jeremy Maclin has 10 – OLD MARK is 10 by Sean Coffey in 2004…
  • MOST PASSING TOUCHDOWNS (SEASON)Chase Daniel has 30 – OLD MARK is 33 by Chase Daniel in 2007…
  • MOST RECEIVING YARDS BY A TIGHT END (SEASON)Chase Coffman has 819 – OLD MARK is 834 by Martin Rucker in 2007…
  • MOST TOUCHDOWNS RESPONSIBLE FOR (CAREER)Chase Daniel has 102 (92 passing, 10 rushing) – OLD MARK is 102 by Brad Smith (56 rushing, 46 passing)…

   If you like following the Tiger offense, you’re best advised not to blink when they’re on the field, because Mizzou strikes quickly when it’s out there. MU is quickly disproving that winning the time of possession battle is the key to winning football – while Missouri is 5th the nation in total offense (512.27 ypg), they’re doing it despite ranking 116th nationally in time of possession (26:27 average through 11 games).
   In fact, in a survey of Div. I (FBS) SIDs, Mizzou is 4th in the country in most TD drives of under two minutes in length, with 31.
   MU’s recent win against Kansas State was an amazing sight, as all 5 of MU’s TD drives were consummated in 1:07 or less!! Granted, 3 of the drives were short fields thanks to Tiger special teams and defense, but the other two drives went 84 yards in just 1:07 and 65 yards in 28 seconds.
   Earlier in the 2008 season, Mizzou had 6 TD drives in this category against Nevada, while turning in 4 against Colorado, and adding 3 each against Iowa State, Nebraska, Buffalo and SEMO, 2 against Illinois and 1 each vs. Oklahoma State, Texas and Baylor.

Mizzou Home Attendance Bests
Rank Season Avg. Att.
1. 1979 69,867
2. 1980 67,602
3. 1978 65,745
4. 1975 64,595
5. 2008 64,520

   Mizzou’s great fans came out in record numbers in 2008 to Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium, where the Tigers played before sellout crowds of 68,349 for each of the last three games (against Oklahoma State, Colorado and Kansas State). That was the first time in recorded history that MU has had three consecutive sellouts.
   The six-game home attendance average of 64,520 was the 5th-highest in MU history, and the most since 1980, when the Tigers averaged 67,602 in 6 games. Here’s a quick rundown of the biggest average attendance for Mizzou home seasons…

   Mizzou PK Jeff Wolfert has put up incredible numbers over three seasons of booting the ball, as he’s made 230-of-240 (95.8%) combined kicks in 2006, 2007 and 2008. Those numbers break out to 55-of-65 (84.6%) on FGs and a perfect 175-of-175 on PATs (that’s 100.0% for any non-math types out there).
   In fact, Wolfert is on pace to break an NCAA career record for best accuracy for combined field goals and PATs. Wolfert’s combined career mark of 95.8% is currently ahead of the record of 93.3% set by UCLA’s John Lee from 1982-85 (116-of-117 PATs, 79-of-92 FGs). The minimum standard to qualify for this record is 50 career field goals.
   His accuracy helped play a huge role recently at Baylor, as he was crucial to MU’s 31-28 win in Waco, Texas. Wolfert was perfect on all 4 PAT tries, but was called on for a 34-yard FG try with the game tied at 28-apiece with just over two minutes left. He drilled it, of course, accounting for the final score, as the Tiger defense forced a turnover on the ensuing Baylor possession to end the game.
   Wolfert’s kick was the first 4th-quarter game-winning FG for a Tiger kicker since 2005, when Adam Crossett booted a 26-yarder in OT to beat Iowa State in Columbia, 27-24.
   Much more on Wolfert’s considerable exploits can be found elsewhere in the PDF edition of the game notes. Open PDF

   Mizzou’s Mr. All-Everything WR/KR/PR Jeremy Maclin enters Saturday’s game against Kansas as the NCAA leader in all-purpose yardage, with a nation-best 202.3 average per game. He’s coming off a huge game at Iowa State, where he had 240 all-purpose yards, including 103 yards receiving (8 catches, 1 TD).
   Two games ago against Kansas State, he amassed a season-best 278 all-purpose yards, including 118 yards receiving (8 catches, 2 TDs) and 84 rushing yards (1 TD). It was the 7th-best single-game total in MU history, and gave him 638 all-purpose yards in 2 games against K-State (he set the MU single-game record with 360 at KSU in 2007).
   Prior to that, Maclin had a 161-yard outing at Baylor where the Bear defense held him in check offensively, as he was held to 5 receptions for 31 yards (his lowest receiving total in 2008 since game #2 against SEMO, when he played just 1 quarter in a Tiger blowout win). But, Maclin contributed with 161 all-purpose yards overall, as he rushed 5 times for 26 yards and returned 5 kickoffs for 104 more yards.
   One of those kickoff returns, his 2nd one in the 3rd quarter against Baylor, was historic in nature, as it pushed him past former Tiger great Brad Smith for the MU career record for most all-purpose yardage.
Maclin entered the game at Baylor with 4,322 career all-purpose yards, needing only 98 to pass Smith’s mark of 4,419 from 2002-05. He now stands atop the chart with 5,001 entering the Kansas game.
   Much more information on Maclin can be found elsewhere in the PDF edition of the game notes. Open PDF

   Mizzou senior QB Chase Daniel began the 2008 season on the short list of Heisman Trophy favorites, according to most prognosticators. Even though the Tigers suffered consecutive defeats to Oklahoma State and Texas, Daniel has still turned in one of the better seasons by a quarterback in the nation.
   Through 11 games, Daniel has directed the Tigers to the nation’s 5th-ranked outfit in total offense (512.27 ypg) and 4th-ranked scoring offense (45.73 ppg), while the Tigers rank 4th in the NCAA in passing (349.36 ypg) and 7th in pass efficiency (167.93 rating). Individually, he ranks 5th in the NCAA in total offense (338.91 ypg) and is 6th in pass efficiency (171.18 rating).
   Daniel is coming off an outstanding performance at Iowa State, as he led the Tigers to a 52-20 win that clinched the school’s 2nd-straight Big 12 North Division Championship. In 20-degree temperatures, Daniel was brilliant, completing 32-of-40 passes for 328 yards and 2 TDs. He completed his first 16 passes on the night before an incompletion broke his streak, and his 2 TDs pushed his career total for touchdowns responsible for to 102 (92 passing, 10 rushing), which tied him for the MU record, with former standout Brad Smith (56 passing, 46 rushing). For the second time this season, Daniel led a punt-free game for Mizzou, as the Tigers scored on 8-of-10 possessions, with the only non-scores coming on an interception (on a ball that was tipped by an MU receiver) and a fumble.

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 58 8 (2001-Present) 57-39 .598 4
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

   Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 8th season at MU and touts a career record of 131-76-3 (63.1%). The Illinois game to open the 2008 season was the 200th in Pinkel’s head coaching career.
   Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 49-25 (66.2%) over the past 5+ seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007, has an 8-year record in Columbia of 58-39 (59.8%). Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has won 30 of his last 39 games overall.
   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 58.
   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.
   For the 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.
   Pinkel has led MU to 4 bowl games, and if his Tigers reach a 5th in 2008, he will join Devine (6 bowls), and Powers (5 bowls) as the only coaches to guide MU to 5 bowl games.
   Pinkel has guided Mizzou to 4 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007), with those representing 4 of MU’s 6 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.

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