Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel says his team continues to prepare better week-to-week. (Photo by Ross Taylor)
Missouri entered its game with Texas A&M last Saturday with most national observers expecting the Tigers’ scoring defense to fall back to earth against a highly-regarded Texas A&M offense.
Mizzou had ranked third in country in scoring defense entering the game, ranking behind only TCU and Iowa. But instead regressing toward the middle of the pack, Missouri actually improved its ranking in scoring defense, moving to second in the nation with an average of 10.83 points per game.
On Monday, senior linebacker Andrew Gachkar said the play of the Missouri defense speaks for itself in a football program that generally makes headlines for its offensive prowess.
“But in the same sense, if we have one bad game, we know everyone is going to write us off,” Gachkar said.
Gachkar then addressed exactly what kind of statement Missouri made last Saturday.
Missouri harassed Texas A&M quarterback and Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jerrod Johnson into seven sacks on Saturday in the Tigers’ 30-9 win. The nine points scored by Texas A&M were the lowest total for the Aggies in games started by Johnson.
Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel addressed Missouri’s preparation for Texas A&M at media day on Monday: