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Top 10 Moments: No. 2 - The Interception

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Before we dive headfirst into basketball season, I've compiled a list of the Top 10 moments from a Mizzou football season chocked full of them. Each day, I'll unveil another moment until we culminate with the single most memorable moment from the 2007 season.

2. The Interception
(cue video to 6:16 or -0:32)

-- The video above should be fairly familiar by now, as it's somewhat stunning that so many moments came out of a season opener that was largely ignored on the national scene until weeks, maybe months, after it was played. For most of the game, Missouri was the better team, and in the third quarter, began to run away from the Illini. But a few miscues later, and Eddie McGee and Illinois were driving, down six, late in the fourth. Recall, this game occurs at a point in Missouri history when the term "Pinkel" is used interchangeably as a verb for "choke." Pig Brown's game-saving interception arguably saved the greatest season in Mizzou's history in its first game merely because of the "what if?" factor. What happens if Mizzou lets that one slip away? How's the team's psyche in Big 12 play? Can the team and the coaching staff rebound from that kind of loss? Thanks to The Interception, those questions never had to be asked, and the season was allowed to unfold the way it did.

THE COUNTDOWN

  1. The Punt Return
  1. The Hurdle
  1. The Kick Return
  1. The Plunge
  1. The Fumble Return
  1. The Record
  1. The Scramble
  1. The Hit
  1. The Interception
  1. Coming tomorrow