Mizzou Links, 10-25-10

Time to shine, Brendan Donaldson (and Jimmy Burge, and Marvin Foster...)

Mizzou Football: More about OU...

  • NY Times: Missouri Moves Into National Title Picture
  • Pre-Snap Read: Yeah, Missouri's That Good

    Perhaps the Tigers don’t have the nation’s second-best defense — it entered the game second nationally in scoring. They do have a top 10 defense, it seems, with more speed and better technique than any Missouri defense I’ve ever seen. For all the success of the offense, the defense was the big story last night: if you can man up against Oklahoma’s passing attack, you can stop anybody. You taking notes, Nebraska?

    Finally, let’s acknowledge the always-underrated coaching of Gary Pinkel. Perhaps it’s because he’s been at Missouri as long as he had — a decade now, believe it or not. Pinkel doesn’t receive the national acclaim he deserves, even if he’s brought a program lacking in historical pride through three different incarnations of success: teams led by Brad Smith, Chase Daniel and Blaine Gabbert.

    This team looks like his best: yes, better than the Daniel-led 2007 team that was jobbed out of a B.C.S. berth. That team, if you remember correctly, couldn’t hang with Oklahoma — not by a long shot. Neither could the 2008 Tigers. The 2010 Tigers, on the other hand, can do more than just run with the Sooners: they can run them off the field, out of the stadium, back to Oklahoma with their tail between their legs.

  • SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Michigan State, Missouri could be 2010 BCS championship wildcards
  • Dr. Saturday: Oklahoma may have been doomed at Missouri, but not by its ranking
  • The Trib (Dave Matter): Emptying the Notebook: Boomer Busted
    A sluggish start means he’ll have to make up some serious ground to get on all-conference ballots, but Blaine Gabbert is coming into his own. The junior quarterback has delivered on the all the hype the last two weeks, shredding Texas A&M and Oklahoma for 669 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Against the defense that was Chase Daniel’s nemesis, Gabbert was spectacular when it mattered most: In the fourth quarter, just when OU’s Jones disappeared, Gabbert completed 8 of 9 passes for 95 yards and a touchdowns. His final line — 30 of 42 for 308 yards and a TD, plus 26 rushing yards — gave Gabbert a single-game passer rating of 140.9, just short of the best rating an MU QB has posted against the Sooners under Pinkel. Of course, Gabbert is the first one to actually come away with a victory. Here’s how the Tiger passers did against OU in the previous six games:

    Daniel, 2008: 27 of 43, 255 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs, 126.3 rating/13 rushing yards
    Daniel, 2007: 37 of 47, 361 yards, TD, 2 INTs, 141.8 rating/minus-1 rushing yards
    Daniel, 2007: 23 of 39, 219 yards, INT, 101.0 rating/26 rushing yards, TD
    Daniel, 2006: 23 of 44, 284 yards, 3 INTs, 92.9 rating/75 rushing yards, TD
    Brad Smith, 2003: 15 of 31, 180 yards, INT, 90.7/50 rushing yards, TD
    Smith, 2002: 19 of 39, 178 yards, TD, 3 INTs, 80.1 rating/213 rushing yards, 2 TDs
  • Multimedia
    KBIA Sports Extra
    : VIDEO: First Half Highlights
    KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Second Half Highlights
    KBIA Sports Extra: VIDEO: Pinkel's bodyguard prepared for Oklahoma celebration after Colorado win
    The Missourian: VIDEO: Missouri fans flood Faurot Field after beating Oklahoma
  • The Missourian: Missouri all smiles after victory against Oklahoma
  • MUtigers.com: Mizzou Football Weekly Nominees, News & Notes
  • Dominique Hamilton breaks ankle
    College Football Talk: Mizzou hit with big defensive loss in huge win
  • ESPN.com (Bruce Feldman, $): Cam Newton is running wild on the SEC, while Missouri Tigers find a defensive identity
  • The View From Oklahoma...
    Daily Oklahoman: Missouri upsets No. 1 Oklahoma
    Daily Oklahoman (Berry Tramel): The truth about OU-Missouri: Tigers kicked the Sooners all over the field
    Daily Oklahoman: OU report card: Sooners' kicking woes, defensive gameplan get low marks
    Daily Oklahoman: OU couldn't follow its own blueprint for beating Missouri
    Daily Oklahoman: Oklahoma was soft in the middle, missed too many opportunities in loss to Missouri
    Daily Oklahoman: Turnovers not the only thing that led to OU's downfall
    Tulsa World: Missouri knocks off sloppy Sooners
    Tulsa World: Sooners' red-zone collapses crush title hopes
    Tulsa World: Tigers find defense, not offense, is key to beating OU
    Tulsa World: Landry Jones' fourth-quarter meltdown a concern
    Blatant Homerism: OU in Review: Ridiculous and Sublime of Missouri
    Crimson & Cream Machine: Distilling My Post-Game Frustration
    Crimson & Cream Machine: The Running Game Was Working and First Down Made a Difference
  • Poll Speak
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Missouri cracks the top 10 in both human polls
    The Missourian: Missouri leaps to No. 7 in AP poll
    The Missourian: Missouri rises to No. 6 in BCS standings
  • PowerMizzou: PowerMizzou Chat Recap
  • The Missourian: Cleanup ensues downtown after exciting finish to MU Homecoming
  • PowerMizzou: Sheldon Richardson happy to be back at Mizzou
  • Rivals.com: Experts: Week 8 awards, what we learned
    Missouri has arrived. The Tigers' 36-27 win against an Oklahoma team that ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings is further proof of Mizzou's lofty stature. This team is the total package, featuring a deadly offense led by Heisman-contending QB Blaine Gabbert along with the most underrated defense in the nation. A win Saturday at Nebraska will be another huge step for Missouri toward the Big 12 North title, as it marches toward perhaps even greater heights. Is Gary Pinkel the national coach of the year?

Mizzou Football: ...and on to NU.

  • KC Star: Just when it gets good, Tigers and Huskers tussle in final clash

    Starting in 2003, the series got competitive with the Tigers winning four of the next seven, and Saturday, for the first time in more than three decades, they’re meeting as equals.

    It’s happening because the programs have the right leaders. At Missouri, Gary Pinkel ascended to the next level with Saturday’s triumph over Oklahoma.

    In his first nine years, Pinkel reversed Mizzou’s direction, made the program bowl- and poll-worthy and guided it to the top of the division. Saturday’s triumph opened a new door, and it reminded me of Bill Snyder’s success arc at Kansas State.

    The Wildcats collected national recognition and bowl trophies as the program grew, and in his 10th year — 1998 — greatness.

    For Missouri, when it spent time in the top ten, even a week at No. 1 a couple of years ago, the rise lacked the type of credibility conquest like Saturday.

    ...

    But no matter what happens, the Mizzou-Huskers series draws to a close at precisely the wrong time.

  • KC Star: After golden high, Mizzou turns focus to Nebraska
  • Omaha World-Herald: Getting to know Missouri

Also: no proper way to transition to this, but godspeed to Mizzou cornerback Trey Hobson and his family -- his cousin was shot and killed at a Columbia gas station this weekend.

Big 12 Links

Mizzou Basketball Links

  • The Trib: Marcus Denmon finally has hops back
  • The Trib: For Melvin Booker, Missouri always home
  • Big 12
    ESPN.com CBB Blog: Big 12: Five Things I Can't Wait To See
    The Dagger: Eight reasons to be jealous of OK State's new hoops facilities

Mizzou Soccer Links

  • Mizzou 2, Baylor 0
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Rolls 2-0 over Baylor
  • Mizzou 5, Texas Tech 2
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Beat Red Raiders 5-2

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Volleyball
    MUtigers.com: Volleyball Falls at No. 3 Nebraska
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