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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

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Mizzou closes in on SEC East championship, beats Tennessee 29-21

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Maty Mauk threw a pair of touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two scores Saturday night as No. 19 Missouri defeated Tennessee 29-21 to maintain control of the SEC East race.

The Tigers (9-2, 6-1 Southeastern Conference) set a school record with their 10th straight road win.

Missouri can clinch the East Division and earn a second straight trip to the SEC championship game by winning at Read more of this post

Media Day Notes: Timing is everything, containing Gurley and early kickoffs

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Good time for a bye:

Missouri (4-1) went into the bye week with momentum after picking up a much-needed 21-20 win over South Carolina.

“The bye was at a very good time,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. “We played five games, had a bye and play four more (before Missouri’s next bye). In this league, I think that’s a great setup. I think you would probably take that every year.”

The bye week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Missouri players. Senior receivers Darius White and Jimmie Hunt were not able to play against South Carolina because of injuries. White was out with a torn groin muscle and Hunt was out with a burst bursa sac in his knee.

“I’m not trying to rush anything,” White said. “I’m just trying to get back (to being) healthy. Get back out there to help the team. But I really feel like I’ll be out there this weekend.”

Hunt expects to be back this weekend as well. He was hoping to play against South Carolina, but Read more of this post

Mauk leads No. 24 Missouri over Toledo 49-24 


By The Associated Press

TOLEDO, Ohio — Maty Mauk was sharp for most of the day — and when he did make a big mistake in the first half, receiver Bud Sasser was there to bail him out.

Sasser hustled back and forced a fumble after Mauk threw an interception in the first quarter, and No. 24 Missouri had a fairly easy time after that in a 49-24 victory over Toledo on Saturday. Sasser also caught a touchdown pass in the Read more of this post

Pinkel, players have faith in Mauk to lead No. 24 Mizzou

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk (7) will lead the Missouri Tigers at quarterback in the season opener Saturday. Photo by Karen Mitchell

For just the fifth time since 2003, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel will have a new starting quarterback under center to start a season.

Redshirt sophomore Maty Mauk earned the role after going 3-1 in place of injured starter James Franklin last year. The Kenton, Ohio, native completed 51 percent of his passes for 1,0171 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Tigers’ 12-2 campaign.

This year, Mauk will attempt to navigate an entire season as No. 24 Missouri’s starter, a task that begins Saturday against South Dakota State at Faurot Field.

“He’s a very natural leader,” “He’s a very non-threatening leader, you know,” Pinkel said, adding that Mauk is a natural Read more of this post

Saturday Sports: Tribune’s David Morrison on MIzzou football

Darren Hellwege logoIn this excerpt from Thinking Out Loud: Saturday Sports from Aug. 23, 2014, Darren Hellwege talks with David Morrison, the Missouri football beat writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. They look back over fall camp and offer a comprehensive preview of the 2014 Tigers, which still has a lot of question marks at a lot of positions.


Length: 31:25

Mizzou QB Mauk set to become full-time starter 


By The Associated Press

Missouri vs. Florida football, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2013 at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Photo by Karen Mitchell

Maty Mauk has earned the starting quarterback position for Missouri.

Growing up in Kenton, Ohio, Maty Mauk didn’t know much about Missouri. But he got an offer to play quarterback for the Tigers, and decided to visit them during the Fourth of July weekend in 2011.

Five hundred miles later, he knew where he wanted to attend college.

“When I came on that first visit, it was a lot different than the other ones,” Mauk said Monday. “Here I knew it was Read more of this post

Mauk stands out in Black and Gold game

Photos by Daniel Shapiro
Story by Mary Kate Burgess

Mizzou football squad well served by its youth

By the Associated Press

Missouri safety Ian Simon knew he had made a mistake.

For three consecutive plays in overtime, he either failed to line up correctly or properly cover a Tennessee receiver. Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel said he “verbally assaulted” Simon after the redshirt freshman returned to the sideline.

“I knew I’d messed up on the previous plays and I was letting the moment get to me a little bit,” Simon said. “He came to the sideline, he chewed me out a little bit, but it also calmed me back down at the same time and brought me back to earth a little bit.”

Steckel tried apologizing after the exchange but Simon wouldn’t let him and said he needed it. The safety returned to the field and broke up quarterback Tyler Bray’s fourth-down pass attempt in the fourth overtime, preventing the Volunteers from scoring and giving Missouri the opportunity to win the game with a field goal.

Redshirt freshman kicker Andrew Baggett converted from 35 yards and the Tigers won their first Southeastern Conference road game, 51-48, thanks in no small part to several young and inexperienced players.

“There’s nothing like experience,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “And you’ve got to get out there and you’re going to make mistakes. That’s how you grow.”

Sophomore receiver Bud Sasser, who entered the game with only 10 career receptions, caught two passes for 61 yards, including a leaping grab over a defender for 40 yards that set up a Kendial Lawrence’s 1-yard touchdown run three plays later.

Starting his fourth career game, Sasser said he had never been in a situation that rivaled Saturday’s four overtimes. He and junior receiver Marcus Lucas were walking along the sideline telling different groups of players to just enjoy the moment and have fun.

“This is what we come to school for, this is what we play the game for,” Sasser said. “And we want to play in big games, and here it is.”

Winning at Tennessee moved Missouri (5-5, 2-5 SEC) to within one win of extending its bowl streak to eight seasons. With a visit to No. 9 Texas A&M to finish the season, the Tigers want to secure their trip to the postseason this week at home against Syracuse (5-5, 4-2 Big East).

“Oh, it’s on our mind,” Sasser said.

Against the Orange, junior quarterback James Franklin will also likely be targeting sophomore Jimmie Hunt and freshman Dorial Green-Beckham, who combined for four touchdowns against the Volunteers.

Hunt scored the team’s fifth touchdown on special teams this season on an 87-yard kickoff return and caught his seventh career pass for a 24-yard score in the first overtime.

Green-Beckham, who arrived in the summer as one of the school’s highest-ever touted recruits, only caught seven passes in the team’s first seven games. Since then, his 14 receptions lead the Tigers. Two of those – both for touchdowns – came last Saturday.

The first occurred on Missouri’s final play in regulation, a fourth-down, 25-yard catch in the end zone. The ball was headed slightly out of bounds, but Green-Beckham utilized his 6-6, 220-pound frame to keep both feet in play.

“He’s a lot different football player right now than he was five weeks ago,” Pinkel said. “Because he’s working so hard at fundamentals and his work ethic, so on and so forth. That’s a glimpse of what he can be.”

Franklin says his young receivers are starting to lead by example, so it shouldn’t be considered all that surprising he targeted Green-Beckham for a 10-yard, over-the-shoulder touchdown pass in the third overtime after the receiver dropped an identical pass the previous play.

If anyone on Missouri could spot resiliency, it would be Franklin, who completed only 2 of 8 passes for 18 yards and an interception in the first half but finished 19-for-32 for 226 yards and four touchdowns.

“Here’s the bottom line,” receivers coach Andy Hill said. “If you go do it in practice, and it’s consistent that you catch balls and run the right routes and the ball comes to you and you make the play, then the quarterback’s looking for you on Saturdays.”

Second team steals the show in Black and Gold Game

Story by Alex Silverman

Photos by Kelsey Alumbaugh

Gahn McGaffie gets tackled from behind by Darvin Ruise in the first half of the spring game on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

The annual Black & Gold Game, held Saturday at Faurot Field, pitted the top offense and defense against the other strings in the first half. At least that’s what the rosters said.  In reality, the absence of major contributors due to injury turned the teams into hodgepodges.

“There’s a lot of mix and match out there,” coach Gary Pinkel said.

In an effort to even the playing field, the reserves were given a 14-0 lead to start the game against the starters. They quickly showed, however, that they didn’t need a handicap. Quarterback Ashton Glaser opened the scoring with an 88-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Jimmie Hunt, who caught the ball while streaking down the middle of the field. Glaser, who threw for 213 yards and two touchdowns, said he felt more comfortable against the first team defense this year than in the past.

“When I was young I didn’t really like (going up against the first team defense),” Glaser said. “It was really intimidating going against guys like Sean Weatherspoon and Kevin Rutland, but going out there today I just had fun. Those guys are great and our twos looked really great against the ones.”

On the other side of the ball, the second team took an early advantage as well. On the next possession, freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, who replaced injured starting quarterback James Franklin earlier this spring, threw an interception to junior linebacker Donovan Bonner, who returned it 65 yards for a touchdown. Bonner said that in preparing the defense, Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel wasn’t concerned about who was on the other side of the ball.

“Coach Steckel’s an old-fashioned dude. He doesn’t care who’s playing who, just get the job done,” Bonner said.  “And of course, the offense has some key players out, but come fall, they’ll be back ready.”

Despite being outscored 20-10 by the second team, the first team offense showed signs of life throughout the half. Berkstresser completed 13-of-20 passes, including a 32-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Moe, who has seemingly emerged as Berkstresser’s favorite target this spring. Offensive coordinator David Yost said that consistency, not explosiveness, has been the major issue for Missouri this spring.

“I saw some explosive plays out of some of our guys,” Yost said. “We’re not nearly as consistent as we need to be…but I saw some explosive plays out of Marcus Lucas and explosive plays out of the running backs.”

Lucas, a junior who played on the first team, caught four passes for 81 yards to lead all receivers. The running backs, as Yost mentioned, stood out as a strength for the Tigers all day. While All-Big 12 tailback Henry Josey is likely to sit out the upcoming season due to a severe knee injury, both senior Kendial Lawrence and sophomore Marcus Murphy, have proven themselves as viable options to fill the void left by Josey. Murphy rushed for 87 yards on ten carries Saturday, while Lawrence logged 69 yards on 6 carries, including a 53-yard dash down the left sideline in the third quarter.

“Having a lot of weapons, we can attack the defense in many different ways,” Murphy said of the team’s depth at running back.

The Black & Gold Game brought the spring season to an end after a month and a half of practices and scrimmages. Pinkel said he has had to deal with more injuries this spring than any other in his career. Still, he expects a healthier squad when it really counts:

“The good news is we get all of them back healthy in the fall.”