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After weeks of dealing with a nagging hamstring injury, Markus Golden was healthy and dominant again against Texas A&M on Saturday. You've been warned, Tennessee.

Thomas B. Shea

1. Hey, Markus

The "Hey look -- OFFENSE!!!" explosion on Saturday night got most of the attention, but there was another underrated discovery: healthy Markus Golden. Golden dominated, even more than Shane Ray, which reminded us that a) he had been hindered in recent weeks by the hamstring injury, b) Mizzou's defense had still been really good with him injured, and c) holy crap, think of how good this defense might be with him healthy (and with a full secondary).

Fun thought, huh?

The Missourian: Missouri football recap: What we learned from the Tigers' victory at Texas A&M

Missouri's senior defensive end revealed after the game that he hadn't felt like himself in quite some time. Markus Golden, a team captain, missed a Sept. 12 game against Indiana with a hamstring injury that teammates said has been bothering him ever since.

Apparently the bye week before the Texas A&M game was just what Golden needed. He recorded nine tackles, two sacks and forced a fumble against the Aggies. His was a constant disruption to true freshman quarterback Kyle Allen and right tackle Cedric Ogbuehi, who is considered one of the top offensive line prospects in college football.

"I'm back healthy," Golden said. "I'm back playing like Markus Golden can play."

MUTIGERS.COM: Texas A&M vs. Missouri Postgame Quotes

On Markus Golden's game...

"Shane (Ray) has been getting a lot of attention, because he should. He's a great player. But, we are very fortunate to have a guy like Markus Golden on the other side. He really stood out today. He was everywhere. They are great competitors, and they're great teammates. They have a great friendship."

Post-Dispatch: Down two starters, Mizzou defense survives

PowerMizzou: Five Sunday thoughts

2. Football odds and ends

The Trib: Missouri offense finds its explosiveness in 34-27 win over Texas A&M
The Trib: After weeks of winning ugly, Tigers earn respect
PowerMizzou: A complete win
The Missourian: Inconsistent contributors spur Missouri football in win

3. Might want to start showing up against us, KU...

MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Advances to NCAA Second Round with 3-1 Win over Kansas
The Trib: MU soccer team beats KU in first round of NCAA tourney - Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Sports
The Missourian: Missouri soccer stifles Kansas in NCAA Tournament victory

4. A solid weekend all around

Easy start for women's hoops
MUTIGERS.COM: Tigers Dominate Western Illinois in Season Opener
The Missourian: Future is in the family for Missouri women's basketball

Win No. 200
MUTIGERS.COM: Coach Smith Earns 200th Win Saturday In Tigers Sweep
The Missourian: Missouri wrestling gives coach Brian Smith his 200th career win

1-1 for Volleyball
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Volleyball Falls to UGA, 3-2
MUTIGERS.COM: Mizzou Outlasts Ole Miss, 3-2
The Missourian: Missouri volleyball escapes Mississippi in 3-2 win
KBIA Sports: Mizzou volleyball overcomes Ole Miss 3-2 on strong blocking, serving

Nationals for a runner
MUTIGERS.COM: Karissa Schweizer Qualifies for NCAA Championship