Mizzou Links, 10-18-10

ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 17: Danario Alexander #84 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates his first career touchdown against the San Diego Chargers at the Edward Jones Dome on October 17 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Rams beat the Chargers 20-17. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Mizzou Football Links

  • MUtigers.com: ESPN College Gameday Is Coming to Mizzou!
  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook

    Here’s how the MU defense ranks among its Big 12 peers: scoring defense (first), rushing defense (third), pass defense (fifth), pass defense efficiency (third), sacks (first), interceptions (fourth), takeaways (third), red zone defense (first), total defense (third). The Tigers have allowed the fewest touchdowns in the league, the fewest rushing TDs and the fewest passing TDs.

    For the first four or five weeks, those lofty stats seemed a bit hollow because of the level of competition. Not so much anymore. Before Saturday, Texas A&M was averaging 35 points and nearly 500 yards of offense per game.

    "They’re a good team," Missouri safety Jarrell Harrison told me after the game. "If you really look at it, the two losses they had previous to this, they lost on a couple plays. So, we knew we were playing a potential 5-0 team. You can now say we’re that good. I’ll leave that up to you all. But in that locker room, we know we’re good. When we click, hey, we can be a top 10 team."

    Another thought on the D: The Tigers held A&M to just nine points on 12 possessions despite not registering a takeaway. Instead, they simply made stop after stop after stop on crucial downs. I asked linebacker Luke Lambert about that, and his answer tells you all you need to know about how this no-name group isn’t easily satisfied. "It means we weren’t doing our job," he said. "It’s nice, but the goal is to get takeaways. We need to get the ball back to our offense more."

  • Post-Dispatch: Mizzou braces for showdown with Oklahoma Sooners
  • PowerMizzou: Sunday Night Chat Transcript
  • Washington Post: Two clashes of unbeatens set for Saturday
  • Mizzou in the NFL
    StLouisRams.com: Danario Alexander Announces Presence
    KC Star: Alexander, Maclin have big days in NFL
    Fox Sports MW: VIDEO: Alexander talks about Rams' win
    Post-Dispatch (Bryan Burwell): Alexander makes a spectacular comeback

    So now here he was walking out of the Edward Jones Dome on Sunday afternoon, a little more than an hour after his spectacular four-catch, 72-yard, 1-TD pro debut (all done, by the way, within the first 16 minutes of the game), with his two-year-old son Danario Jr. hiked up on his shoulders and the rest of his family in tow. And three generations worth of Alexanders couldn't stop smiling. Mom and dad held the door for him and their grandson, and Alexander's two brothers stood at his side as a flock of Rams fans dashed his way armed with Sharpies, game programs and a ton of good wishes.

    If this seemed like the perfect ending to one heck of an improbable comeback — college superstar on the verge of NFL fame wrecks his knee at the Senior Bowl, doesn't get drafted, doesn't even get signed as an undrafted free agent, battles back from all sorts of impossible medical odds and stars in his first NFL game — Alexander wanted to make sure he had this moment all in proper perspective.

    "This was great, but I haven't done anything yet," he said. "I caught a touchdown, but I haven't made it. Not yet."

    But he is finally on his way, and there were quite a few spectators in the place who were familiar with the trials and tribulations he endured since leaving Mizzou last spring to get to this point. Too many knee injuries, too many surgeries, too many NFL teams that had no faith at all that he could ever regain the wonderful athletic gifts that made him everybody's All-America a year ago.

    Yet somehow he did it. Somehow, Alexander was activated from the practice squad on Tuesday and out there running with the first unit in practice a day later. Sunday just turned into an inspiring extension of this storybook tale.

Via Mizzou's official unofficial statistician, Tom Orf, Maclin became Mizzou's youngest NFL'er to ever go for 150 receiving yards.

  1. Jeremy Maclin, 2010 (159 yards, 2 TD; 22 years, 159 days)
  2. Kellen Winslow, 1980 (153 yards, 1 TD; 22 years, 363 days)
  3. Kellen Winslow, 1980 (170 yards; 23 years, 47 days)
  4. Kellen Winslow, 1983 (162 yards, 3 TD; 26 years, 36 days)
  5. Henry Marshall, 1980 (176 yards, 2 TD; 26 years, 134 days)
  6. Kellen Winslow, 1984 (157 yards; 26 years, 337 days)
  7. Mel Gray, 1975 (187 yards, 2 TD; 27 years, 27 days)
  8. Mel Gray, 1976 (152 yards, 2 TD; 28 years, 19 days)
  9. Leo Lewis, 1986 (159 yards, 2 TD; 30 years, 46 days)
  10. Henry Marshall, 1984 (166 yards, 1 TD; 30 years, 122 days)

Big 12 Links

Mizzou Basketball Links

Mizzou Volleyball Links

  • Mizzou 3, Baylor 1
    KBIA Sports Extra: Mizzou improves to .500 in Big 12 with 3-1 win over Baylor
    The Missourian: Freshman setter a leader for Missouri volleyball team
    The Trib: Victory can dull the pain
    The Trib: MU teams need strong finish

Mizzou Soccer Links

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Softball
    MUtigers.com: Mizzou Finishes Fall With 8-0 Record
    The Missourian: MU softball finishes fall season with unblemished record
  • Mizzou Baseball
    SimmonsField.com: Mizzou in the Majors: Ian vs. the Yankees
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