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Mizzou Links, 12-26-11

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Shreveport, I barely recognize you. I'm like Jimmy Darmody returning from the war to a whole new Boardwalk
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An All-Shreveport affair this morning, in anticipation of this afternoon's rainy festivities...

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  • The Trib: Replacing Aldon Smith was harder than Missouri thought it would be
  • KC Star: Missouri will show its SEC credentials in Independence Bowl
  • The Missourian: Missouri, North Carolina predict running games for Independence Bowl
  • The Missourian: North Carolina focused on Independence Bowl, not future
  • Post-Dispatch: Mizzou vs. North Carolina: Five things to Watch
  • Post-Dispatch: Bowl game was turning point for Mizzou

    When the Tigers fell behind the Gamecocks 21-0 in the first quarter and trailed 28-7 in the second, Pinkel's team seemed destined to finish 6-6 to have a fourth non-winning season in his five years.

    "I would not recommend you go down 21 … very often," Pinkel playfully said last week before MU left for Louisiana.

    But behind quarterback Brad Smith's 432 yards of total offense, Mizzou uncorked a comeback like no other in school history to beat the Gamecocks 38-31.

    That arguably was a springboard for all that came next, including MU's seventh straight bowl appearance today when it takes on North Carolina (7-5) at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.

    Including that 2005 bowl, MU has gone 56-24 (.700) since its resurgence that day.

    "If you go back and look at that point, it's kind of like (when) things kind of changed," said Pinkel, adding, "You never know. I always tell my players, as you go through adversity, greatness is around the corner …

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