Shane Ray's on pace for 19 sacks in a 12-game season. A bit off Derrick Thomas' SEC record of 27 in 1988, but it'll play.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 28, 2014
Personal opinion, Mansbrough was the hero we deserved.
Russell Hansbrough scored three touchdowns on the ground, the final with 96 seconds left, to lead Mizzou to a 21-20 upset over No. 13 South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday night.
Senior OL Mitch Morse On staying focused when they were down in the fourth quarter:
“It’s not hopeless until the last second of the fourth quarter. The defense kept telling us that they had faith in us and that they would get the ball to us. The seniors were able to pick the offense, and I’m really proud of the way our offensive line stepped up and played.”
Junior TB Russell Hansbrough scored three rushing touchdowns, the most in a single game of his career. Hansbrough rushed 10 times for 43 yards with the trio of scores.
Senior TB Marcus Murphy racked up a career-best rushing total with his 98 yards on the ground (16 att.). His 16 rushing attempts tied a career high.
Just read Morrison, you know he's good.
Matter on redemption and the receivers
Then, after a Mizzou defensive stop, came the dramatic go-ahead score. With 1:36 left, tailback Russell Hansbrough found a crack between a scrum of blockers on fourth down from the 1, punching his third touchdown of the night. On a play the Tigers call Blast Right, Hansbrough took the ball and found a wedge between center Evan Boehm and right guard Connor McGovern.
With such an untested group of receivers on the field, the game plan gave them plenty of chances to make plays in the passing game. Mizzou continually lined up in five-wide formations in the first half and threw the ball without much interest in getting tailbacks Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough involved in the offense. Murphy and Hansbrough combined for 72 yards on 13 carries in the half.
"Blast Right" is such a simple play call for such a huge play.
Missouri had struggled to punch the ball in on the three previous plays, netting just one yard on those plays to push the ball to the one-yard line. On the fourth down play, Hansbrough followed the block of McGovern -- who made his first start of the season at right guard -- and managed to use the push of his blocker to get the top half of his body in the endzone.
Mizzou needs Jimmie Hunt and Darius White to come back from injuries — and quickly Mauk didn’t play well (12-34, 132 yards), sailing balls all over the place. But not having senior wide receivers Hunt and White, both out with injuries, didn’t help.
3. The SEC East is as clear as mud. Speaking of which, the SEC East race is hilarious. Every team has at least one conference loss already except for Missouri, and they are incredibly unlikely to make it through the year unscathed. South Carolina already has two conference losses, but it's probably still too early to write them off yet, too. What a mess.
From a short term perspective, the defense bounced back from last weekend's poor performance against Indiana. It limited the Gamecocks to season-lows in points (20), total yards (338) and passing yards (219). Even as the offense sputtered, struggling to find its footing, the Tigers' defense held strong, ensuring that its offense would at least have the opportunity to make a run at the home team later in the game.
Including because, well, I think you know why. I don't expect him to laud Mizzou, but the fact that he didn't get to publish his #trumandown column you know he had saved in his drafts is pretty fun.
Call it payback. Call it a lightning strike. Call it validation of a defense badly bruised the previous week by underdog Indiana. The Tigers made a stand Saturday night when falling seemed inevitable.
You won't be able to convince me that Maty Mauk knocking Steve Spurrier over wasn't the turning point of the game
The cult around Steve Spurrier had to take a bit of hit after some of his decisions vs Mizzou
In other news:
(the final whistle blows in the Texas-Kansas game) CHARLIE WEIS: Great game, good luck the re- CHARLIE STRONG: I’ve kicked you off the team.— Ryan Nanni (@celebrityhottub) September 28, 2014