Mizzou Links, 11-2-10

LINCOLN NE - OCTOBER 30: Missouri Tigers quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11takes a moment after taking a hit from Courtney Osborne #12 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during second half action of their game at Memorial Stadium on October 30 2010 in Lincoln Nebraska. Nebraska Defeated Missouri 31-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

First things first: You'll be getting up early for Senior Day at Ol' Mizzou: Mizzou-KSU got the 11:30am FSN slot.

Moving on to Texas Tech

  • Media Day
    MUtigers.com: Monday Media Day Quotes
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Tigers Meet the Press
    PowerMizzou: Monday Morning Audio
    PowerMizzou: PMTV: Mizzou Media Day
    KBIA Sports Extra: Live tweets in review: Gary Pinkel's Nov. 1 news conference
  • KBIA Sports Extra: Pinkel addresses 'bumps and bruises' and how personalities play a role in diagnosing injuries
  • Gabbert Got His Clock Cleaned
    KC Star (Campus Corner): Pinkel says Gabbert "doing really well" after high hit
    The Trib: Legality of hit questioned
    The Trib (Dave Matter): Pinkel wants Big 12 to review hit on QB
  • MUtigers.com: OFFICIAL RELEASE

    While the Missouri Tigers will face a tough road test this week at Texas Tech, Mizzou has shown an ability to find success on the road in recent years.

    As Head Coach Gary Pinkel's program has taken roots over the last several years, his team has learned how to win on the road. Mizzou has earned three road wins each year in the previous three seasons, and after splitting so far on the road at Texas A&M and at Nebraska, Pinkel's teams have an overall record of 10-4 in road games since 2007.

    In fact, all four losses during that string came to the hands of ranked teams (No. 6 Oklahoma in 2007, No. 4 Texas in 2008, No. 16 Oklahoma State in 2009 and No. 12 Nebraska in 2010).

  • PowerMizzou: Like father, unlike son: Turning the page
  • The Missourian: Missouri prepares for Texas Tech
  • Post-Dispatch: Blaine Gabbert bounces back
  • Post-Dispatch: Mizzou will re-evaluate offense in red zone

    The Nebraska game wasn't the first time Mizzou has struggled in close. The weekend before, Mizzou had to settle for field goals after having first downs at the OU 10, 17 and 1. (Mizzou scored touchdowns on three other trips into the red zone.) The week before that, against Texas A&M, Mizzou had second and goal at the 1 at the end of the first half but got only a field goal out of it.

    "Definitely things are more condensed," Gabbert said. "But we've got to find ways to get into the end zone. That's inexcusable not to be able to score a touchdown when we're down there."

    Mizzou is tied for 17th nationally in red-zone effectiveness, but the NCAA determines that by the percentage of times a team gets any points, either field goal or touchdown, from inside the 20. Mizzou has scored on 32 of 36 trips inside the red zone, but on 12 of those, they've had to settle for a field goal. Only San Diego State, Texas, Baylor and Boston College have kicked more field goals on red-zone possessions than Mizzou.

    "We've been doing the spread for a long time and overall we've been pretty good at it," Pinkel said. "If you're not getting the ball in the end zone, you're not getting it in. You've got to re-evaluate and look at what you're doing. We've got a third of the season left; we've got to find out what we can do to get it in."

    Obviously Mizzou has struggled in goal line situations, especially the last couple of weeks, but the parenthetical piece in the first paragraph cracked me up.  "They had to settle for three field goals!  (They scored touchdowns just fine three other times, which somewhat ruins this point.)"
  • Inside STL (Gabe Dearmond): Plenty still left for Tigers to achieve
  • Tech QB Controversy?
    Dallas Morning News: Texas Tech could be evaluating quarterback position this week
    Dallas Morning News: QB controversy in Lubbock? Tuberville hopes to decide soon
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Potts, Sheffield to compete for starting QB role against Missouri
  • KC Star: These are not happy times for Texas Tech and Tuberville

    Tuberville, during Monday morning’s Big 12 media teleconference, was asked to expand on his point that Tech’s .500 season is not the fault of his players.

    "We’ve had 11 surgeries after today," Tuberville said.

    The 11th was knee surgery on receiver Alex Torres, whose season is probably at an end after 32 catches for 392 yards and three touchdowns.

    Also, in Lubbock on Monday, the Avalance-Journal reported that three-fourths of the secondary that began the season could miss the Missouri game Saturday because of injuries.

    "Our depth has just been depleted," Tuberville said. "We can’t slow anybody down. We have to outscore everybody, and we haven’t been able to do that, obviously.

    "Right now, we’ve got to find out a way from keep making mistakes. We fumbled two balls in the end zone last week.

    "We played pretty good defense for a while, and then we got four personal-foul penalties inside the 15-yard line. We gave them extra opportunities.

    "We’ve been our own worst enemy to some degree."

Big 12 Links

Basketball!

Other Mizzou Links

  • Mizzou Women's Basketball
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Open Exhibition Play Tuesday
    The Missourian: Small-town talent ready for big stage on MU women's basketball team
  • Mizzou Soccer
    MUtigers.com: Tigers Head Off to Big 12s
  • Mizzou Baseball
    MUtigers.com: Black Forces FWS to Fifth Game
  • Mizzou Volleyball
    MUtigers.com: Brimmage, Vann Honored by Big 12
  • Mizzou Wrestling
    MUtigers.com: Three Tigers Take First at Lindenwood
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