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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’s title hopes dashed in loss to Alabama

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

By Sam Hustis

Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.

“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.

“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.

Alabama picked up the first run of the contest when Read more of this post

No. 5 Mizzou loses to No. 3 Auburn in SEC Championship game, 59-42 


Jan. 1 bowl game likely for Missouri

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu
Story by The Associated Press

Quarterback James Franklin (1) keeps an eye on Auburn defender Chris Davis (11) during a first half rush.  SEC Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Quarterback James Franklin (1) keeps an eye on Auburn defender Chris Davis (11) during a first half rush.
SEC Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Missouri proved it’s SEC worthy in only its second year in the league, but the Tigers just weren’t ready for Auburn’s up-tempo running game, and that was a devastating realization with the Southeastern Conference championship on the line.

Henry Josey runs off the field after suffering an injury to his back when he was tackled and pushed into a cart on the sidelines. He returned later in the game.

Henry Josey runs off the field after suffering an injury to his back when he was tackled and pushed into a cart on the sidelines. He returned later in the game.

James Franklin passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Missouri kept pace with No. 3 Auburn through three quarters before falling 59-42 in a wild SEC title game on Saturday.

The quarterback also ran for a touchdown but Missouri couldn’t match the relentless Auburn offense led by Tre Mason’s 304 yards rushing and four touchdowns.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Missouri struggled to contain quarterback Nick Marshall’s option reads and leadership in Auburn’s fast-paced, no-huddle attack.

“I think what happens is they try to really get going fast, get the fastball rolling, and your defense gets a little frustrated because you’re giving up 10 yards, nine yards,” Pinkel said. “And then guess what? You start making mistakes. You don’t get the gaps. You don’t get to do things you need to do. That’s just not a very good situation to be in.”

Asked what it takes to stop Auburn, Pinkel said “Everybody has problems with it. You know what, I’m the wrong person Read more of this post

Mizzou’s football heroes — and one you may have missed

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

The Missouri Tigers football team is champion of the SEC East after one of the most thrilling games Faurot Field has seen since the days of leather helmets. And for this remarkable team—and remarkable season—there are heroes to be hailed.

Henry Josey’s a hero. Comes back from catastrophic injury, runs for a 57-yard touchdown run to win the game. Hero stuff.

The quarterback’s always a hero of a big win, and James Franklin earned it with his arm and his feet. E.J. Gaines shut down a top-notch receiver. Andrew Wilson and Kentrell Brothers each had eight tackles; they qualify for hero status. Gary Pinkel tied 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

Henning, Kreklow exit Mizzou volleyball as winners

Missouri defeats Arkansas in straight games

Photos by Tim Nwachukwu and Karen Mitchell

Seniors Lisa Henning, left, and Molly Kreklow watch a video of their career highlights after Wednesday's game. The score on the board is from the third match against Arkansas.

Seniors Lisa Henning, left, and Molly Kreklow watch a video of their career highlights after Wednesday’s game. The score on the board is from the third match against Arkansas.

Perfect.

Friday night was the perfect end to a perfect season for the Tigers volleyball team.

Seniors Molly Kreklow and Lisa Henning led the No. 4 Missouri Tigers to another victory and completing the season a perfect 34-0.

Wednesday night the Tigers beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 3-0 (25-11, 25-16, 29-27) before an announced crowd of Read more of this post