Mizzou Basketball coasts (eventually), the lights are flipping on for the Mizzou receiving corps, Ian Simon can take a (verbal) beating, and we've got ourselves a Benes!
Mizzou Football Links
- Game Week
The Trib: Syracuse looks to secure bowl invitation
PowerMizzou: Tuesday Tiger Notebook
PowerMizzou: Tuesday's Top Tigers
Post-Dispatch: SEC-ond look at Mizzou media day
- Last Week
We Are Mizzou: Mizzou Defensive Play of the Week
- The Light Bulbs Are Coming On, Eh?
The Trib: Going off script works for DGB
KC Star: MU receivers full of confidence after breakout game
Whether it was sophomore Bud Sasser’s 40-yard catch down the sideline in the third quarter, or sophomore Jimmie Hunt’s kick return for a touchdown and TD catch in overtime, or even Marcus Lucas’ overtime touchdown after bouncing back from several drops, the Tigers’ offensive explosion was a team effort.
And while it’s hard to imagine Missouri winning without any of those performances, what surely caught the eyes of MU fans was the continued growth of freshman receiver Dorial Green-Beckham. He caught two passes for 35 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-tying score in the fourth quarter that came with MU facing fourth and 12 from the Tennessee 25.
"You talk about a big play; how big could that play be?" Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "It’s probably game over if that play doesn’t work."
Pinkel credited quarterback James Franklin’s ability to extend the play and make a good throw, and the growing confidence of Green-Beckham, who told Franklin what route he planned to run.
"I think for Dorial, that’s experience," Pinkel said. "He’s playing more, he’s getting a little more confidence and I also think there’s instinct there."
- Ian Simon
The Missourian: A scolding, a 'great play' and a 'confidence boost' for Missouri safety
The Trib (Dave Matter): Henson: No excuses from offensive line
Q: Not to look too far ahead, but if you guys play in a bowl game, how valuable will the extra practices be for your offensive line?
A: They're always valuable, especially for your young guys and guys who are transitioning into playing more, guys like Chris Freeman and Anthony Gatti and even younger guys like (Connor) McGovern. Brad McNutly can stand all the reps he can get. So can Evan Boehm. There are still things we're working them through, technique-wise. Really, those extra practices are another chance to get out there and really work fundamentals and technique. In our world, those little things make all the difference in the world between a play being a (good) play and not.
Q: Kendial Lawrence is on pace to rush for 1,000 yards, and overall the running game's been productive despite all the injuries up front. What does that say about your line and how the offense has found ways to produce?
A: One, it shows perseverance by a group of guys. We've had so many injuries. Probably, any one of those times, as a group we could have said, 'Well, we're just not good enough to get it done.' But nobody in that room has used that as an excuse. Hey, we get an injury, we don’t want that to happen, but the next guy's got to step in and get the job done. We've had guys like Max Copeland and Brad McNulty and, really, Evan Boehm … and Anthony Gatti, who played in the Florida game when he was called on and played pretty well. All those guys have stepped up in their moment in time. You hope you don't have to go through those things, but I think it talks to the mental toughness of the group.
- One More Win One More Win One More Win One More Win
Al.com: SEC bowl picture beginning to take shape
Al.com: Will college football produce enough 6-win bowl teams without NCAA backup plan?
Mizzou Basketball Links
- Mizzou > Alcorn State (Eventually)
MUtigers.com: No. 14 Missouri Secures Win Over Alcorn State, 91-54
MUtigers.com: Mizzou/Alcorn State Post-Game Notes
MUtigers.com: Post Game Quotes
The Trib: Tigers maul Braves despite first-half struggles
The Missourian: Bowers' 3-pointers propel Missouri's second-half surge
The Missourian: First half woes show Missouri has room to improve
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou romps but remains work in progress
KC Star: Missouri notes | Mike Dixon still on the bench
PowerMizzou: Game at a Glance
PowerMizzou: PHOTOS: The Baseline View
KBIA Sports: Missouri men ride strong second half to 91-54 win over Alcorn State
- 2013 Recruiting
PowerMizzou: Signing Day 2013
The Trib: Tigers' class ranked in top 20
KC Star: Three hoops players expected to sign with MU on Wednesday
- 2014 Recruiting
PowerMizzou: 2014 Rivals150 Hoops Hot Board
Ball Don't Lie: Keyon Dooling stayed in a psychiatric hospital this summer, talks with Katie Couric about his history of abuse
SB Nation (Paul Flannery): Keyon Dooling and what we don't know about athletes
I haven't written much about Keyon Dooling's recent revelation that he was molested as a child. That's partially because I have no idea what to say about it that others already haven't, but definitely read whatever you can find about him and his story, and I'll try to do a better job of at least linking to pieces that hit my radar screen. It's one of those stories that is both awful and (at this point) uplifting.
Mizzou Diamond Sports Links
- 2014 Recruiting (And A Familiar Surname)
SimmonsField.com: 2B/SS Shane Benes
Other Mizzou Links
- Mizzou Volleyball
MUtigers.com: Tigers Hit the Road for Final SEC Road Trip
- Mizzou Swimming & Diving
MUtigers.com: Tierney Named SEC Male Swimmer of the Week
The Braiser: Parts Unknown: Anthony Bourdain's CNN Show (Preview)