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“Facts are stubborn things, but statistics are pliable.” ― Mark Twain

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Shane Ray, Sack Record?

Shane Ray Has 12 Sacks. Does Shane Ray Have 12 Sacks? - David Morrison

Where does the discrepancy lie? Sport Source explained its rationale through a string of tweets -- that I somehow got roped into -- back and forth with a Rock M Nation writer.

Two sacks, in particular, seem to be at issue: his first one against South Dakota State in the season opener and his final one -- which he shared with Marcus Loud -- against Florida.

They should not be counted as sacks, Sport Source argues, because they went for "0" yards, and the NCAA defines a sack as happening solely behind the line of scrimmage. Not at. However, tackles and sacks in which a player loses inches or feet -- but not a full yard -- can still go down as sacks.

MUTIGERS.COM Ray Named Lombardi Semi-Finalist

Ray was announced as one of 12 semi-finalists up for the award, which is given annually to the nation's top lineman (offense or defense), or linebacker. Four finalists will be announced on Nov. 20th, with the winner being unveiled on Dec. 10th at the Bayou Music Center in Houston, Texas.

Ray is enjoying a breakout season in which he's blossomed as one of the top defensive players in the nation in his first year as a starter. Through nine games, Ray leads the SEC in both sacks (12.0) and tackles for loss (16.0), while those totals ranks as the 2nd-most and 3rd-most in the nation, respectively. He's got 50 tackles overall on the season, and has four quarterback pressures to go with a team-best two forced fumbles for the 7-2 Tigers.

MU's Ray a semifinalist for Bednarik, Lombardi awards - David Morrison

Ray is one of five SEC players on the Bednarik list, along with Alabama safety Landon Collins, Mississippi cornerback Senquez Golson, Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves III and Mississippi State linebacker Benardrick McKinney. He’s one of four SEC players still up for the Lombardi, with McKinney, Auburn center Reese Dismukes and Mississippi defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche.

Tigers vs SEC, Kentucky

Tigers continue to win with defense : Dave Matter

Here’s a look at each of Mizzou’s SEC opponents’ season offensive averages (yards per game, yards per play), compared to their performance against Mizzou:

South Carolina: 479.6, 6.4 overall … 338, 4.3 vs. MU

Georgia: 440.0, 6.5 overall … 379, 4.4 vs. MU

Florida: 379.0, 5.2 overall … 283, 3.6 vs. MU

Vanderbilt: 294.7, 4.9 overall … 240, 4.1 vs. MU

Kentucky: 407.8, 5.8 overall … 258, 3.6 vs. MU

PowerMizzou.com - Tuesday's Top Tigers: Kentucky

Maty Mauk, QB It was the reverse of the Vanderbilt game. Mauk started fast, passing-wise, and finished slow. He completed 13-of-18 first-half passes for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns, before slowing in a grind-out second half. But, he was Missouri's biggest ground-threat in that half, and he finished with 239 total yards - 75 rushing - with no turnovers.

PowerMizzou.com - 2016 QB visits again

Fort Osage quarterback Skylar Thompson was in Columbia earlier this month as Mizzou played host to Vanderbilt in a Southeast Conference tilt. The 2016 prospect enjoyed his time with the Tigers.

Mizzou Hoops

MUTIGERS.COM Mizzou Men's Basketball Announces

The "Starting 5" promotion allows fans the ability to select a minimum of five games from the games listed below for a saving of $25 off the regular price ($5-off per game). "Starting 5" tickets can be purchased online at www.mutigers.com/buytickets beginning Tuesday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m.

Fans can select their "Starting 5" from the following games:

Nov. 14 - UMKC
Nov. 16 - Valparaiso
Nov. 19 - Oral Roberts
Dec. 2 - SEMO
Dec. 11 - Elon
Dec. 13 - Xavier
Jan. 3 - Lipscomb
Jan. 8 - LSU
Feb. 24 - Florida
Mar. 3 - Auburn

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Ticket Promos

Pro Tigers - Congrats Kony!

First, an update via twitter:

MUTIGERS.COM - Official Athletic Site

Lady Tigers

MU soccer team aims to repeat winning formula against Gamecocks - Blake Toppmeyer | Columbia Daily Tribune

The fourth-seeded Tigers (11-5-3, 6-4-1) wouldn’t mind following a similar formula when they face the fifth-seeded Gamecocks (12-4-3, 5-3-3) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Orange Beach, Ala., in an SEC Tournament quarterfinal match that will be televised on the SEC Network.

Frericks to face former teammate in MU women's hoops exhibition - Blake Toppmeyer | Columbia Daily Tribune

In high school in Illinois, Frericks helped Quincy Notre Dame to a runner-up state finish her freshman year before ending her career with three straight state titles. Frericks and Kassidy Gengenbacher, now a sophomore guard at Division II Lindenwood, were four-year starters and the driving force for that dynasty.

Mizzou Women's Hoops

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