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Missouri fined storming the field after win over Arkansas

Missouri fined storming the field after win over Arkansas

Posted on 01 December 2014 by Allen

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After a big come from behind win on Friday Missouri has been fined by the SEC after fans stormed the field after their win over Arkansas. The league made the announcement earlier today.

The Southeastern Conference announced today that Missouri will be fined for a violation of the league’s access to competition area policy due to fans entering the field following its football game against Arkansas on November 28.

Missouri will incur a fine of $25,000 because it is its second offense since the league’s access to competition area policy went into effect on December 1, 2004. Missouri was also fined for a violation following a football game against Texas A&M in 2013.

The policy states that “access to competition areas shall be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, support personnel and properly-credentialed individuals at all times. For the safety of participants and spectators alike, at no time before, during or after a contest shall spectators be permitted to enter the competition area. It is the responsibility of each member institution to implement procedures to ensure compliance with this policy.”

The policy imposes financial penalties for violations in all sports sponsored by the SEC at the discretion of the Commissioner. Institutional penalties range from $5,000 for a first offense to fines of up to $25,000 for a second offense and up to $50,000 for a third and subsequent offenses. If an institution is penalized and subsequently does not have a violation for a period of three years from the date of the last violation, that subsequent violation shall be considered a second offense.

Mizzou will play Alabama on Saturday in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta.

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Golden Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Golden Named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Allen

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University of Missouri senior DE Markus Golden (St. Louis, Mo.) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday at Tennessee, as announced tonight by the league office.

Golden (who, on Sunday, was named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week) continued his stellar play down the stretch as he led a very impressive defensive effort as Mizzou claimed a critical 29-21 road win to clinch no worse than a tie for the SEC Eastern Division title. Mizzou’s defense held a red-hot Tennessee offense in check most of the night, keeping the Vols to 279 yards of offense and just 14 points (Tennessee scored seven points off of a fake field goal), after UT had averaged 47.5 points and 578.0 yards of offense in its two previous games.

Golden was one of the main conspirators, as he notched a pair of quarterback sacks (for the 2nd-straight game), and was credited with 2.5 tackles for loss, 6 tackles in all, 2 quarterback pressures and a fumble recovery as part of his busy night.

Golden was big when the plays counted the most, as he had one of his sacks and both of his pressures on 3rd down, while he also made two tackles on 3rd down which came short of the line to gain, meaning he forced three punts and two field goal attempts in those five snaps.

Golden now has 8.5 sacks on the season (ranking 5th in the SEC) and 14.0 tackles for loss (3rd in the SEC), as the Tigers lead the league in both categories overall, and rank 4th nationally in sacks (3.64 avg.) and 7th nationally in tackles for loss (7.8 avg.).

The 17th-ranked Tigers host the Arkansas Razorbacks this Friday at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium in a 1:30 p.m. game. A win for Mizzou would put the Tigers into the SEC Championship Game (Dec. 6th) for the second-straight year. The game is Mizzou’s annual Blackout Game, where fans are asked to wear black to the game.

This marks the eighth time a Tiger has won a weekly SEC award in 2014. The list of winners includes: Offensive Player of the Week – Maty Mauk (Sept. 6), Russell Hansbrough (Nov. 15); Defensive Player of the Week – Shane Ray (Sept. 13), Markus Golden (Nov. 22); Defensive Lineman of the Week – Shane Ray (Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 1); Special Teams Player of the Week – Marcus Murphy (Oct. 18).

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Breaking Down Arkansas at Missouri

Breaking Down Arkansas at Missouri

Posted on 26 November 2014 by Allen

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Arkansas travels to #17 Missouri for the inaugural Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance. It’s just the fourth time the two schools have met in the regular season and the first regular-season matchup since 1963.

Arkansas’ 30-0 victory over Ole Miss made the Razorbacks bowl eligible for the first time since 2011. If Arkansas is selected to a bowl game it will be the 40th bowl appearance in school history.

The Razorbacks have not allowed a point in the past 133:21 minutes, dating back to the Mississippi St. game. The streak spans parts of three games and nine quarters.

Arkansas becomes the first unranked team to ever shut out two straight ranked foes and posted back-to-back SEC shutouts for the first time in school history. The last time Arkansas posted back-to- back shutouts was in 2002 and the last time the Razorbacks did so against conference foes was 1965 as a member of the Southwest Conference.

The Hogs became the first team to post back-to-back SEC shutouts since Tennessee, who held Vanderbilt and Kentucky scoreless in 2002.

Alex Collins is 35 rushing yards away from joining Jonathan Williams as the second Razorback to rush for 1,000 this season. Arkansas has done this just twice before, with Darren McFadden and Felix Jones gaining 1,000-plus in both 2006 and 2007.

Mizzou is coming off of a solid 29-21 road win at Tennessee, in a game which most pundits had the Volunteers favored. The Tigers relished the underdog role, and quickly established themselves by taking the opening drive of the game and marching 75 yards for a TD and a 7-0 lead. After taking a 16-13 lead into the 4th quarter, QB Maty Mauk threw a pair of 4th-quarter TD passes (73 yards to Jimmie Hunt and 13 yards to Bud Sasser), and the Tiger defense held UT’s much-ballyhooed offense in check most of the night, allowing only one offensive TD. MU outgained UT by a 410-to-279 margin in total offense, after the Vols’ offense had averaged 47.5 points and 578.0 yards of offense in its last 2 games. The road win gave MU a program-record 10th-straight road win, as the Tigers haven’t dropped a road contest since November 2012 at Texas A&M.

Arkansas takes on Missouri Friday in Columbia live on CBS. The Razorbacks are a 2 point favorite.

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Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen

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Marcus Murphy ran for two touchdowns to help his team get the lead, and Maty Mauk threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes to seal the win as No. 19/20 Missouri won its fifth straight game, a 29-21 victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

The win was the school-record 10th consective on the road for the Tigers (9-2, 6-1 SEC), which broke the mark first establish from 1978-80.

The defense was solid all game long, and didn’t allow a sustained drive until the Volunteers (5-6, 2-5) scored on a pass from holder Patrick Ashford to tight end Alex Ellis on a fake field goal with 11:14 left in the first half. That score put the Vols up 10-7, and would be UT’s last lead of the night.

Murphy’s 1-yard plunge up the middle on the game’s opening drive put the Tigers up, and his second midway through the second half put the Tigers up 13-10. Aaron Medley’s second field goal of the game sent the teams to the locker room tied at 13.

The second half was all Mizzou until the very end; Andrew Baggett’s 43-yard field goal broke the halftime deadlock midway through the 3rd, then Mauk took over. With 10:42 left to play, Mauk found Jimmie Hunt over the top for a 73-yard catch-and-run to give the Tigers a 10-point lead, and then Mauk found Bud Sasser on a fade from 13 yards out to make it 29-13 with 6:22 to go.

Tenneessee made it an eight-point game with 1:52 left, but the Tigers were able to run the clock out to put the Tigers a win away from their second-straight SEC East Division title.

The Tigers finish up the regular season this Friday at home vs. Arkansas in the Battle Line, Presented by Shelter Insurance. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. for a national broadcast on CBS; tickets remain on sale.

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Mizzou’s Marcus Murphy Named Hornung Award Finalist

Mizzou’s Marcus Murphy Named Hornung Award Finalist

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Allen

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University of Missouri senior TB/KR/PR Marcus Murphy (DeSoto, Texas) has been named one of five finalists for the fifth annual Paul Hornung Award, presented by Texas Roadhouse, as announced today by the Louisville Sports Commission. The award is given annually to the most versatile player in major college football, as chosen by a 16-member selection committee.

Murphy has shown that he’s one of the most dynamic scoring threats in all of college football, as he’s the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) to score a touchdown this season in the four all-purpose categories. He’s got two kickoff return scores, one punt return score and one score each rushing and receiving. Murphy is one of only four FBS players to have a score this season via kickoff and punt return.

The NCAA’s active career leader in all-purpose yardage (4,577 entering Saturday’s game at Tennessee), Murphy holds Mizzou career records for most combined kick return touchdowns, kickoff return touchdowns, punt return touchdowns and punt return yardage. He is averaging 13.0 yards per punt return in 2014 (ranking him 11th in the NCAA currently), 32.9 yards per kickoff return (which would rank him 3rd nationally, but he doesn’t have quite enough attempts to qualify for the standings), while he’s got 607 yards rushing and 143 yards receiving.

The senior has already earned his undergraduate degree from MU’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism program.

The Hornung Award winner will be announced in December, with the recipient being honored on January 27, 2015 at the annual Paul Hornung award banquet in downtown Louisville. Created in 2010, the Hornung Award is designed to honor the most versatile player in college football, while preserving the legacy of one of Kentucky’s best-known and accomplished athletes in Paul Hornung – the 1956 Heisman Trophy winner and later NFL MVP for the Green Bay Packers.

The 16-member selection committee will vote for the winner, but fans also will comprise the 17th vote in a fan vote which opened today by visiting www.paulhornungaward.com.

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Vols are a 3.5 point favorite against Mizzou

Vols are a 3.5 point favorite against Mizzou

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee will host Missouri Saturday as a 3.5 point favorite in Knoxville. The line opened at 3 offshore but has moved to 3.5 as money has come in on the Vols. The line could still fluctuate a little until gametime and it wouldn’t surprise me if it got up to 4 before kickoff.

Despite losing their top defender UT has become the sexy pick this week according to Las Vegas. AJ Johnson is a future NFL player but the line hasn’t changed since it was announced he would miss the game Saturday. Josh Dobbs has the Vols offense rolling now and after blowing out Kentucky last week bettors are more inclined to bet on the hot team.

Unfortunately for the Vols Missouri has won every game this year that they were an underdog. They are also undefeated on the road with wins against Toledo, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas A&M. Last week they were a 3 point dog against the Aggies in College Station. The Tigers won outright 34-27.

Maty Mauk has been really good this year but he has also been really bad. If Mizzou beats UT and Arkansas they will head to Atlanta to play in the SEC Championship Game. If they lose one of those Georgia will be the representative for the East since they hold the head to head victory over the Tigers.

The Vols host the Tigers Saturday at 7:30 ET on ESPN.

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Mizzou Bash Brothers Take Over SEC

Mizzou Bash Brothers Take Over SEC

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Allen

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Mizzou is the only defense in the SEC with two tacklers ranking in the conference’s Top 6 in total stops. Sophomore linebacker Michael Scherer has led the Tiger defense in tackles all season (88), but in steady pursuit is junior linebacker Kentrell Brothers, who has recorded 85 after pulling in a game-high 11 at Texas A&M last Saturday.

Brothers and Scherer both recorded 13 tackles in the 20-10 win vs. Kentucky (Nov. 1), with the total setting a new career-high for Brothers and matching the career-high of Scherer. Six tackles were made in the 4th quarter alone by Brothers.

Over the entire game, six of Brothers’ tackles came for no gain or a loss on the play, which helped an overall stout defensive effort for Mizzou. Kentucky managed just 258 yards of offense – just the second time this season that UK has been held under 300 yards.

Scherer has stepped into the starting MLB role remarkably well for 2014, averaging more than 9.0 tackles per game.
Only 3 players currently meet that average in the SEC.

Brothers posted an outstanding 2013 campaign, in which he ranked fourth in the team in stops with 70 in 14 games. Through nine games in 2014, he has already surpassed that total with his 74.

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Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Allen

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The #19/20 Missouri Tigers (8-2 overall, 5-1 in SEC play) hit the road for one final time in 2014 as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., where they’ll face the upstart Tennessee Volunteers (5-5, 2-4). Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN. Mizzou is 4-0 on the road in 2014, and has won 9-straight road games overall.

The Tigers are coming off of perhaps their best half of the 2014 season, as they turned a 13-6 halftime deficit at 24th-ranked Texas A&M into a 34-27 win last Saturday, for their 4th-straight win. Mizzou got into a groove offensively and rolled to a season-high 587 yards of offense, despite cold and rainy conditions, while the defense held A&M’s high-powered offense in check quite well.

Tennessee is coming off of a very impressive performance of their own, as they cruised to a 50-16 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. The Volunteers fell behind 3-0 quickly, but scored 30 unanswered points on the way to a 33-13 halftime lead. Tennessee outgained UK by a 511-to-262 margin in total offense as they won their 2nd-straight game as the Volunteers pulled to within one win from becoming bowl eligible.

Mizzou and Tennessee had never met on the gridiron until the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in time for the 2012 season. The Tigers have had the upper hand in the schools’ only two meetings, as they have claimed both meetings – 51-48 in 4 OTs in Knoxville in 2012, followed by a 31-3 win in Columbia last year.

In 2013, the Tigers jumped to a 17-0 lead, and held a 24-3 halftime lead on the strength of three Maty Mauk TD passes. Mauk was making his third straight start as a redshirt freshman in place of injured senior starter James Franklin, and Mauk acquitted himself nicely, throwing for 163 yards and 3 TDs (with no INTs), while he also ran for a career-high 114 yards on 13 carries to lead the way. Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough had a 26-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter for the only score after halftime, and the Tigers played shutout defense in the 2nd half while outgaining Tennessee 502-to-334 in total offense.

In 2012, the first-ever meeting between MU and Tennessee couldn’t have been more wild and wooly. Freshman PK Andrew Baggett drilled a 35-yard game-winning field goal in the 4th overtime period, after Mizzou’s defense got a 4-and-out stop to begin the period. The Tigers trailed 21-7 at halftime but a 77-yard TD sprint on the 1st play of the 3rd quarter gave life to Mizzou, and QB James Franklin forced overtime with a clutch 25-yard TD pass to WR Dorial Green-Beckham with just :47 seconds left in regulation on a 4th-and-12 play. Both teams scored TDs in the first three OT periods, with neither team able to convert the mandatory two-point try in the 3rd overtime, setting up Baggett’s heroics, which was his first game-winning field goal at any level of football.

Mizzou is looking to continue the good mojo on the road that it has enjoyed recently, as the Tigers have won nine consecutive away games heading into Saturday’s showdown at Tennessee. Mizzou went a sterling 5-0 on the road in 2013 (on the way to a 12-2 overall record), and combined with a 49-24 win at Toledo in game #2 this year, followed by a dramatic 21-20 comeback win at South Carolina (erasing a 13-point deficit with just 7:25 left to play – tying for the biggest 4th-quarter comeback win in school history), and punctuated with a 42-13 handling of Florida on Oct. 18th and last Saturday’s win at Texas A&M, Mizzou has won nine straight road games, and hasn’t lost since ending the 2012 season at Texas A&M.

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Ray leads Mizzou’s defense in sacks

Ray leads Mizzou’s defense in sacks

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen

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Junior Missouri DE Shane Ray recorded the fifth 2.0-sack game of his 2014 season vs. Kentucky (Nov. 1), and with it,
claimed Mizzou’s single-season sack record by jumping past the 11.5 totals posted by both Aldon Smith (2009) and
Michael Sam (2013) to a total of 12.0.

Both of Ray’s sacks vs. UK were essentially like turnovers, as they both came on 4th-down snaps to give the Tigers the ball back each time.

In his first campaign as a starter, Ray has easily surpassed his 2013 totals (14 games) in both tackles-for-loss and
sacks through nine games this season.

Shane Ray is the only player in the Football Bowl Subdivision to have at least five games of 2.0 sacks this season.

Mizzou’s defense has emerged as one of the stingiest in the SEC of late, as the Tigers rank 2nd in the SEC in total defense (299.6 ypg) and 3rd in scoring defense (18.2 ppg) in conference games. Mizzou hasn’t allowed an SEC foe to reach 400 yards of offense, as Georgia’s 379 on Oct. 11th represents the high-water mark (and the Bulldogs needed 87
plays to reach that, for an average of just 4.4 yards per snap).

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Breaking Down Missouri vs Texas A&M

Breaking Down Missouri vs Texas A&M

Posted on 11 November 2014 by Allen

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The Missouri Tigers (7-2 overall, 4-1 in Southeastern Conference play), hit the final stretch of the 2014
regular season looking to maintain their grasp of first place in the Eastern Division, and they’ll have quite a
challenge on their hands this Saturday, as they travel to College Station, Texas, to take on the Texas A&M
Aggies (7-3, 3-3). Kickoff for the SEC Network telecast is set for 6:30 p.m. (central time) from Kyle Field.

Mizzou comes into the game rested after enjoying its second and final bye week of the 2014 season. The Tigers will carry a win streak of three games into Saturday’s road tilt, having dispatched Florida (42-13) on the road, followed by a pair of home wins over Vanderbilt (24-14) and Kentucky (20-10).

Texas A&M will be riding high after they posted a dramatic 41-38 road win at #3 Auburn last Saturday. The Aggies bolted to leads of 14-0 and 35-17 in that game, and they held on to withstand a furious Auburn rally. The Aggies pounced on a pair of Auburn fumbles in the game’s final two minutes to secure the win, with both coming deep in A&M territory.

There’s only one common opponent to compare the Tigers and Aggies with, and that is South Carolina. A&M opened their 2014 season with an impressive 52-28 win at then-#9 South Carolina, while the Tigers opened conference play on Sept. 27th at South Carolina, and also claimed a road win, with a 21-20 win that featured a huge 4th-quarter comeback from a 13-point deficit with just 7 minutes left in the game.

In a bizarre scheduling quirk, this will mark the fourth time in five seasons that Mizzou will play at A&M. The stretch started in 2010, as part of the Big 12 Conference, when Mizzou claimed a 30-9 win behind QB Blaine Gabbert. Due to the departure of Colorado and Nebraska from the league, the next season saw Mizzou return
to College Station as the Big 12 schedule changed. The Tigers, behind QB James Franklin, posted a big 4th-
quarter rally and claimed a 38-31 win in overtime. As fate would have it, both A&M and Mizzou joined the SEC
the next season, and the schedule put together had the Tigers return to College Station for a third straight year
in 2012. With Franklin out due to injury, the Aggies rolled to a 59-29 victory in the regular-season finale for both teams. In 2013, the Aggies made their first trip to Columbia since 2007, and the Tigers dispatched them by a
28-21 score, with the win wrapping up MU’s first-ever SEC Eastern Division title.

Overall, the Tigers and Aggies have played 14 times previously, with A&M holding an 8-6 lead in the series.
Mizzou has had the upper hand of late, however, asthe Tigers have won 4-of-5 games dating back to 2007.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel stands a solid 6-2 alltime against A&M as the Tiger skipper, including a 3-2 mark at
College Station. In all, the Aggies hold a 5-3 edge over the Tigers in College Station, but MU has won three
of its last five outings at Kyle Field.

in the 2013 regular-season finale, the No. 5 Missouri Tigers earned a hard-nosed 28-21 win over the visiting
21st-ranked Texas A&M Aggies to claim the SEC Eastern Division title outright, sending MU to its first-ever
SEC Championship Game. The win was sealed when junior TB Henry Josey scampered 57 yards for the game-winning touchdown on a 3rd-and-short from the MU 43-yardline with 3:34 left in the game.

Josey’s dash will go down in Tiger lore as one of the seminal plays in MU history, most likely, and it capped
a win that moved Mizzou to 11-1 overall and 7-1 in SEC play. The game was a high-leverage situation all night
long, as the Tigers had to rally from 7-0 and 14-7 deficits to the Aggies, and their star QB Johnny Manziel.
•Mizzou took the opening kick of the 3rd quarter and drove 75 yards to tie it at 14-apiece, with TB Marcus
Murphy scoring from 2 yards out. Following a defensive stop, Murphy took a punt back 31 yards to set the
Tiger offense up at its own 43-yardline. The offense took it from there, as Mizzou marched 57 yards on 8 plays,
behind the guidance of senior QB James Franklin, who connected with senior WR L’Damian Washington on a
5-yard TD pass with 6:26 left in the 3rd quarter to give MU its first lead.

The Aggies wouldn’t go away, as Manziel led a 9-play, 98-yard drive that tied it at 21-21 with 10:43 left in the
game. The defenses stepped up next, as the teams traded punts on four consecutive possessions before Mizzou broke through finally with Josey’s game-winning score with 3:34 to play. Mizzou’s defense responded by forcing a 3-and-out by A&M, and the Tiger offense successfully killed the final 2:01 of the clock and took a
knee to claim the historic win.

Mizzou outgained A&M by a 463-to-379 margin in total offense, including a 225-to-184 edge in rushing and 238-to-195 edge in passing yardage. Franklin went toe-to-toe with Manziel, as Mizzou’s signal caller completed
18-of-28 passes for 233 yards and 2 TDs, while Manziel was held in check overall, on a 24-of-35 passing night
with 195 yards and 1 TD. Josey was the game’s leading rusher, as he carried 13 times for 96 yards and 1 TD.

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Mizzou’s Shane Ray Named Lombardi Award Semi-Finalist

Mizzou’s Shane Ray Named Lombardi Award Semi-Finalist

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Allen

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Another day, another national honor for University of Missouri junior DE Shane Ray (Kansas City, Mo.). After being named a semi-finalist for the Bednarik Award, Ray has now added semi-finalist honors to his growing resume for the 45th Rotary Lombardi Award, as announced by the Rotary Club of Houston.

Ray was announced as one of 12 semi-finalists up for the award, which is given annually to the nation’s top lineman (offense or defense), or linebacker. Four finalists will be announced on Nov. 20th, with the winner being unveiled on Dec. 10th at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

Ray is enjoying a breakout season in which he’s blossomed as one of the top defensive players in the nation in his first year as a starter. Through nine games, Ray leads the SEC in both sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (16.0), while those totals ranks as the 2nd-most and 3rd-most in the nation, respectively. He’s got 50 tackles overall on the season, and has four quarterback pressures to go with a team-best two forced fumbles for the 7-2 Tigers.

Ray has five games with two sacks on the year, including a pair of 4th-down sacks that helped key Mizzou’s 20-10 win over Kentucky which put the Tigers in first place in the SEC Eastern Division (4-1 SEC mark). Three times this season, he has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, and he also was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week once, giving him four weekly league honors so far this season.

This marks the second-straight year Mizzou has had a semi-finalist for the Lombardi. Ray joins former standout Michael Sam, who eventually became a finalist for the prestigious award in 2013. For more information on the Rotary Lombardi Award, please visit the award website home at www.rotarylombardiaward.com.

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Mizzou and West Virginia agree to home and home football series

Mizzou and West Virginia agree to home and home football series

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Allen

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The University of Missouri and West Virginia University have agreed to a two-year home-and-home football series, as announced jointly today by both schools. Mizzou will travel to Morgantown, W.V., for a Sept. 3, 2016 season opener, while the Mountaineers will return the game in Columbia, Mo. on Sept. 7, 2019.

The series will mark the first game between the programs since the 1998 Insight.com Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., when Mizzou claimed a 34-31 win to cap an eight-win season. That win gave Mizzou a 3-2 lead in the alltime series, which included home-and-home series in 1926-1927 and again in 1993-1994. The Tigers won the first two games via shutout, claiming a 27-0 win in Morgantown in 1926, followed by a 13-0 whitewashing in Columbia in 1927. The Mountaineers evened the series nearly 70 years later by taking a 35-3 win in Morgantown in 1993, coupled with a 34-10 triumph in Columbia in 1994.

“We are very pleased to add a team the caliber of West Virginia to our schedule,” said Executive Associate Athletic Director Bryan Maggard, who oversees football scheduling. “We feel like this is a game that is appealing to the fan bases of both programs, and it helps us both add high-profile non-conference games to our schedules. We’re excited to have a chance to work together, and appreciate everyone coming together to make this happen on all sides,” he said.

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Battle Line Rivalry Announced – Arkansas and Mizzou

Battle Line Rivalry Announced – Arkansas and Mizzou

Posted on 05 November 2014 by Allen

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Southeastern Conference foes Arkansas and Missouri will meet on the football field next month in the first edition of the Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance. The new football series pits the SEC’s Eastern Division against the Western Division and provides a natural rivalry between Missouri and Arkansas.

This season’s game will mark the first conference matchup between the two schools. Arkansas and Missouri will play each season as SEC cross-divisional opponents.

The rivalry clashes against both geographic and historical boundaries – from disputed demarcations of the border separating the two states to notable alumni and former personnel with ties to both storied athletic programs. The historic rivalry between the two states will take on even more meaning now, as every Thanksgiving weekend the Battle Line will be drawn on the gridiron. The Razorbacks or Tigers will ultimately stake claim to the “Line” – until the next meeting.

“We are appreciative of Shelter Insurance for stepping forward to help us start the Battle Line Rivalry, an annual series that will soon become a much anticipated competitive rivalry for fans of both programs,” said Jeff Long, University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. “With the close proximity of the institutions, fans of each school will have the opportunity to travel to both campuses for games in the series. It is a budding rivalry that will provide outstanding athletic competition while further enhancing the reach of both institutions and the SEC within our region and throughout the country.”

“We are pleased for Mizzou’s fans to have the chance to embrace this annual rivalry game with Arkansas,” said Mike Alden, University of Missouri Director of Athletics. “The partnership with Shelter Insurance for the Battle Line Rivalry really brings together two outstanding athletic departments and fan bases for an excellent matchup that we are looking forward to seeing develop into a rivalry.”

“Shelter got its start in Missouri and Arkansas, so our roots are deep in these two states,” said Rick Means, President and CEO of the Shelter Insurance Companies. “We hope that this new rivalry will be a fun new tradition for college football fans in both states.”

The inaugural Battle Line Rivalry presented by Shelter Insurance kicks off Friday, Nov. 28, at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. The game is set for a nationally televised broadcast at 1:30 p.m. on CBS.

Fans of both schools are encouraged to stay tuned for more exciting news regarding how the Battle Line Rivalry will be contested in a variety of ways in the near future.

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Breaking Down Kentucky at Missouri

Breaking Down Kentucky at Missouri

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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The Missouri Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-1 in SEC play) look for their third-straight win this Saturday afternoon
as they play host to the upstart Kentucky Wildcats (5-2, 2-3) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.

Mizzou enters this weekend on a two-game win streak, after posting a workmanlike 24-14 home win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, which followed a rousing 42-13 win at Florida the week before. Last week, the Tigers rode their stellar defense and got improved production from its offense, including a key touchdown pass from QB Maty Mauk to WR Bud Sasser to put the game on ice and push MU to bowl eligibility for the 10th time in Head Coach Gary Pinkel’s 14 seasons. Mizzou’s defense held Vandy to just 240 yards of offense (an opponent season low against MU), while the offense mustered 385 yards on the day (its highest output since a 503-yard game against Indiana on Sept. 20).

Kentucky is one of the more improved teams in the SEC this season, and they’re looking to break a two-game losing streak after dropping consecutive games at LSU (L, 41-3) and at home this past Saturday to #1-ranked Mississippi State (L, 45-31). The Wildcats gave the top-ranked Bulldogs all they wanted, as they pulled to within one touchdown four different times in the game, including the last one with just over two minutes left. The Wildcats have a high-powered offense that put up 504 total yards against Mississippi State.

It’s an old adage in football – “Those who win in November will be remembered.” It’s a saying that Tiger Coach Gary Pinkel espouses every year with his team, that if they want to contend for championships, they have to fi
nish strong.

Pinkel’s message has gotten through to his troops in recent years, as Mizzou is 21-7 in the month of November from 2007-13. It’s no coincidence that Mizzou has won four conference divisional championships in those previous seven years (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013). If the 2012 season is blacked out (MU’s only non-bowl season in that stretch, when the Tigers went 1-3 in November), Mizzou’s November record stands at a sterling 20-4.

Making the last of his four straight starts for the injured James Franklin, redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk tied the MU single-game passing touchdown record by tossing for five scores on the road as the Tigers cruised to a 48-17 win in Lexington, Ky. to improve to 9-1 overall and 5-1 in SEC play on the year.

Four of those TD strikes went to WR Dorial Green-Beckham, as Mauk ended the day 17-of-28 passing for 203 yards overall. Mizzou outgained Kentucky by a 426-to-369 margin in total offense, and used seven sacks and a fumble recovery by its defense to pull away for the win. After Kentucky opened the scoring with a field goal, the Tigers responded to the upset bid by scoring 28 straight points to take a 28-3 halftime lead.

The Wildcat offense found its footing in the third quarter, posting a pair of long TD drives to pull to within 18 points twice, but both times, the Tiger offense responded with a scoring drive of its own to hold UK at bay. Junior TB Henry Josey put the exclamation point on the day, when he burst free for an 86-yard TD run with 10:00 minutes left in the game to account for the final score. Josey ended the day with 113 rushing yards and 2 TDs, and he also caught a TD pass. Running back “Boom” Williams will likely return against the Tigers. He didn’t play last week due to injury.

Kentucky head Coach Mark Stoops is concerned about the Tigers defense. “He does and that’s been their staple the last couple years,” said Stoops. “They have two “D” ends again this year, Shane (Ray) and Markus (Golden), but last year as well, I thought they were really disruptive and that’s what they do and that’s what I remember about them from playing in person last year and, again, seeing that on film, I know Coach (Dave) Steckel, their defensive coordinator does a great job and that whole defensive staff has been together for a while. They’re disruptive, they do a nice job of creating negative yardage plays and being disruptive up front and twisting and stunting and just playing hard.”

Saturday’s game will kick at 3 p.m., and is set for telecast on the SEC Network.

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