Tag Archives: Andrew Baggett

Alabama overpowers Mizzou in 42-13 win

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports 

Photos by Joe Trezza, KBIA Sports

ATLANTA — There was tension in the Georgia Dome with a little less than five minutes to play in the third quarter of the Southeastern Conference Championship between Missouri and Alabama.

Despite losing defensive end Shane Ray to an ejection in the second quarter, and despite its defense allowing three first-half touchdowns, Missouri managed to whittle Alabama’s lead down to eight points with 4:37 to play in the third period when kicker Andrew Baggett’s 33-yard field goal made it 21-13.

Scores of Alabama fans returned to their seats, their “Roll Tide” chants ceasing for the first time all game. The pocket of gold among the sea of crimson seemed to come alive, finally having something to cheer for. Missouri had fought back from a 21-3 deficit to make it a one-possession game, and maybe it could take down mighty Alabama.

As it turned out the tension was fleeting. Alabama responded with a pair of touchdown drives that combined to cover 154 yards on 18 plays and rolled to a 42-13 victory over No. 14 Missouri (10-3, 7-2).

“They answered,” head coach Gary Pinkel said. “They did what you’ve got to do. That to me was two statement drives from their standpoint.” Read more of this post

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Missouri beats Arkansas to clinch second straight SEC East title

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports 

Many experts didn’t believe Missouri could compete with the SEC in football. That seems silly now, after Missouri (10-2, 7-1) finished a drive late in the fourth quarter to take a 21-14 lead against Arkansas (6-6, 2-6).

For the second straight year, the SEC East division title came down to the final week of the season. Read more of this post

Mizzou defense dominates in 20-10 win over Kentucky

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray (56) jumps to knock down Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles’ (14) pass at the line of scrimmage. Missouri defensive end Markus Golden (33) applies pressure to the quarterback after beating Kentucky offensive tackle Jordan Swindle (70) around the edge.

COLUMBIA — Darrian Miller didn’t stand a chance.

With less than a minute remaining in the game and his team facing fourth-and-7, the Kentucky Wildcats left tackle found himself lined up against Missouri defensive end Shane Ray.

The ball was snapped, and Ray did to Miller what he’s done to so many offensive linemen this year: use his blazing Read more of this post

Missouri surges back late to defeat South Carolina 21-20

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

Starting quarterback Maty Mauk has thrown for 14 touchdowns this season.

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Two fourth-quarter touchdowns from a Missouri offense that had produced just 69 total yards on its previous 10 possessions helped the unranked Tigers eek out a 21-20 comeback victory over No. 13 South Carolina on Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina held a 20-7 advantage with 7:25 left in the game Read more of this post

Missouri relies on big plays from wide receivers in 38-18 win

Maty Mauk passes for three touchdowns

Story by Brandon Kiley
Photos by Christian Clark and Karen Mitchell

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COLUMBIA– The last time Missouri took the football field was for the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State in early January. The Tigers exploded for 24 points in the fourth quarter of that game, finishing the 2013 season with a 12-2 record and as the Cotton Bowl champions.

Missouri picked up the 2014 season where it left off in 2013. Missouri redshirt sophomore quarterback Maty Mauk connected with senior wide receiver Darius White on the second play from scrimmage for a 44-yard touchdown, giving Read more of this post

Mizzou in good position with Franklin healthy and Mauk at the ready

By The Associated Press

Quarterback James Franklin (1) was effective with his arm and his legs Saturday against Texas A&M. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Quarterback James Franklin (1) was effective with his arm and his legs Saturday against Texas A&M. Photo by Karen Mitchell

COLUMBIA — James Franklin got the better of Johnny Football while helping No. 5 Missouri reach the SEC championship game. He’s having an outstanding senior season, going 8-0 as the starting quarterback for one of the nation’s best offenses.

And if the Tigers are forced to go without Franklin for any part of Saturday’s game against third-ranked Auburn, they can always turn to Maty Mauk.

“Having a backup quarterback for one-third of your season that’s a redshirt freshman and coming out 3-1, almost 4-0, Read more of this post

Franklin carries Mizzou to 24-10 
win over Mississippi

By The Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. — The Missouri Tigers might not have a roster full of superstars but as a collective they’re an awfully tough bunch to beat. The Tigers are now one victory away from playing for a Southeastern Conference championship in just their second season in the league.

Henry Josey rushed for two touchdowns, Marcus Murphy added another and No. 8 Missouri rolled to a 24-10 victory Read more of this post

Mizzou’s Mauk has his best game of season, defeats Tennessee 31-3

Franklin could be back for next game

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by The Associated Press

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham jogs into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee.

Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham jogs into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game against Tennessee.

COLUMBIA — Gary Pinkel reminded Missouri players coming off a bitter loss that an SEC title game was still in their grasp.

The 10th-ranked Tigers heard their coach loud and clear.

“Why in the world would you ever be thinking about last week’s game when there’s so much out there,” Pinkel said after getting a dominant and resilient effort in a 31-3 victory over Tennessee Saturday night. “A little common sense here. Are you kidding me?”

He also told them to savor the start to their season and added he’d “take that the rest of my career. Forever.”

The players were loose. They grabbed another big lead, and then they built on it.

“We’re just kids out there tossing the ball around,” offensive guard Max Copeland said. “It’s recess time out there.

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Perspective needed from Tiger fans after Baggett miss, Mizzou loss

By Darren Hellwege

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

That there would be a segment of Missouri fans in need of therapy after Saturday’s loss to South Carolina is small surprise. I’ve been around long enough to know that some Tiger partisans are so used to an assumption of negativity that the school’s fight song may have to be changed to “Gloom, Despair, and Agony On Me.”

Reactions last weekend ranged from the typical expressions of, “I knew they’d wreck it,” to some deeply nasty attacks on sophomore kicker Andrew Baggett, whose missed field goal at the end of the second overtime is being given way, way too much blame for this loss.

So, in the hopes of lifting spirits a little around these parts, I thought it useful to remind the Tiger faithful of a few things.

First of all, let’s remember that whatever happens this is still a very special season for Missouri football. The Tigers are Read more of this post

Emotional roller coaster ride not fun for Mizzou’s Baggett

By The
 Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Andrew Baggett couldn’t sleep.

Andrew Baggett watches as his kick off flies toward the end zone in the game against Murray State on August 31, 2013.

Andrew Baggett watches as his kick off flies toward the end zone in the game against Murray State on August 31, 2013.

Hours earlier, he missed a 24-yard field goal attempt that gave Missouri its first loss of the season, a 27-24 double-overtime setback to South Carolina. When the ball thudded off the left goal post Saturday night, few in Memorial Stadium could believe it, least of all Baggett.

How could a kicker who tied a school record with five field goals the week before then miss a chip shot to tie the game?

“In the locker room, I just wanted to go crawl in a hole and disappear for a day or two,” Baggett said.

Sitting at home after the game, the sophomore wondered whether the whole situation was a dream. The brownies his Read more of this post