SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 19: Justin Smith #94 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates after recovering a fumble against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Candlestick Park on December 19, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The 49ers won the game 20-3. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The Trib: Tigers make the best of their situation in Shreveport
Extra credit goes to Missouri’s offensive line — Justin Britt, Jayson Palmgren, Travis Ruth, Austin Wuebbels and Dan Hoch — which was the most physical of the Pinkel era. Those guys paved the way for the first team in MU history to both rush and pass for more than 3,000 yards in a season. The line shrugged off season-ending injuries to standout left tackle Elvis Fisher and star tailback Henry Josey and kept churning out yards.
Tailback De’Vion Moore found the entire side of the line collapsed on option pitches and gained 59 yards on 10 carries. Tailback Kendial Lawrence accelerated through gaping holes and collected 108 yards on 16 rushes. And quarterback James Franklin was busiest of all, punishing tacklers for 142 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries.
Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost said he went through the entire year of North Carolina games and found only one play — in the Virginia Tech game — that was the same as MU’s version of the zone-read option.
"We really had no idea how they were going to defend it,"
KC Star: With bowl win, Missouri creates memories and momentum
Post-Dispatch: Bowl win sends Mizzou to SEC on a high note
The Trib: Shreveport celebrates return of Missouri's L'Damian Washington
All Things Considered...
The Missourian: 2011 season a triumph for Missouri football
SB Nation (Bud Elliott): Missouri Football Recruiting: Can Tigers Compete For SEC Recruits?
The Missourian: Former Missouri standout Justin Smith earns third Pro Bowl selection
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This Year Kind Of Sucked
SI.com (Stewart Mandel): Penn State, Robert Griffin III among big 2011 college football stories
- SB Nation (Self-Share): Ranking The Coaching Hires: Everybody But Penn State
Dr. Saturday: Superlatives: The best comebacks of 2011
3a. Oklahoma State 30, Texas A&M 29.
3b. Arkansas 42, Texas A&M 38.
3c. Missouri 38, Texas A&M 31 (Overtime).
3d. Kansas State 53, Texas A&M 50 (Triple Overtime).
3e. Texas 27, Texas A&M 25.
Texas A&M lost six games this season, five of them coming by a combined 17 points, four of those five coming down to the last snap of the game. In all five, the Aggies held at least a two-score lead in the second half: By 17 points over Oklahoma State (20-3); by 18 points over Arkansas (35-17); by 11 points over Missouri (28-17); by 10 points over Kansas State (31-21); and by 9 points over Texas (16-7). In all five, they yielded at least 17 unanswered points en route to defeat.
Mizzou Basketball Links
Rush the Court: The Transfer Effect: What the Statistics Say about Missouri and Iowa State's Recruiting Methods
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ESPN.com CBB Blog: Conference Power Rankings: Big 12
Rush the Court: Checking In On... the Big 12
Rush the Court: Big 12 Morning Five, 12-27-11 Edition
Fox Sports MW: Mizzou appears ready for SEC
Macon.com: Update on 2012 SEC schedule
SEC! SEC! SEC!
Mr. SEC: The SEC Already 1-0 in Bowls (Sorta)
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MUtigers.com: Brittany Brimmage Named COBRA All-National Third Team
- SB Nation: The 25 Greatest Sportscasting Moments Of 2011
And just because...
Who says minor bowls don't matter?