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Missouri's offensive line had maybe its best game of the year against South Carolina

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Well, non-Delaware State edition, anyway. Here are today's Mizzou Links.

Offensive game ball – Paul Adams

Missouri rushed for 163 yards on 36 carries Saturday – this despite the Tigers curiously not handing the ball off to a running back during the entire first quarter. [...]

I could give this game ball to the entire offensive line, but I try to keep these honors individualistic, so I’m giving the nod to Adams, the sophomore right tackle. Missouri used an unbalanced line, heavy to the right, on Damarea Crockett’s 29-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Adams lined up next to fellow tackle Tyler Howell, and Adams’ seal block helped create a big hole for Crockett. No Gamecock put a pad on Crockett until he was a few yards from the end zone, when he rumbled through safety Chris Moody. Later, Adams, right guard Adam Ploudre and tight end Kendall Blanton, who pulled from the H-back spot, teamed up to create a massive hole for Ish Witter, who ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone.

-- The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): MU-South Carolina rewind: Game balls, grades and key plays

During the SEC Network broadcast on Saturday, the announcers casually mentioned "running behind right tackle Paul Adams, who's been Missouri's most reliable lineman this year" (paraphrased). I realized I hadn't really thought about who had been the best player up front, but it made sense. Drew Lock hasn't been taken down a ton (and the sacks he took on Saturday came after what felt like 15 seconds of him standing in the pocket), and while the interior push hasn't always been there in the run game, I can now look back and recall quite a few successful plays off tackle and whatnot. So I guess that makes sense. And the two touchdown runs on Saturday were things of beauty.

On Saturday in South Carolina, Damarea Crockett and Ish Witter rushed 24 times for 162 yards (and yes, this came after a pass-to-set-up-the-run game plan resulted in some iffy drives early), and Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders added seven carries for 33 yards. Lock did take three sacks, but at least two were on the QB/receivers. I think you could say that this was the Missouri offensive line's best game of the year, at least against power conference opponents. And Adams, like Drew Lock, Kendall Blanton, Brandon Lee, Cam Hilton, and so many of the other pieces Mizzou will be relying on for a turnaround next year, is only a sophomore. Hooray for that.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Picking the scab @MizzouFootball Drops Road Contest at South Carolina, 31-21
The Trib: No end in sight to SEC futility
KC Star: Mizzou’s SEC skid reaches 11 straight at South Carolina
The Missourian: Missouri struggles to put it all together in loss vs. South Carolina
PowerMizzou: Grading the Tigers

Luckily, linebackers were the least of Missouri's issues (to my eyes)

Losing Cale Garrett super early certainly didn't help, but I loved what Eric Beisel and Brandon Lee did on Saturday, and I don't remember too many breakdowns from Joey Burkett, Donavin Newsom, or Terez Hall, either.

The Trib: Early targeting penalty hampers MU's already thin linebacker depth
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou notes: Targeting penalty costs Tigers another linebacker

This was a pretty funny moment...

...and maybe made Lock and the offense relax too much. They went three-and-out on their next possession.

KC Star: Mizzou notebook: Drew Lock guzzles South Carolina fans’ frustration
The Missourian: Missouri players embrace water bottle-throwing South Carolina fans

Mizzou Tigers pennant A pretty gross win @MizzouHoops Gets Exhibition Win to Start Home Schedule
The Trib: Missouri slips by UCM in exhibition victory
The Trib (Daniel Jones): Postgame thoughts: Missouri beats UCM 66-59
Post-Dispatch: Mizzou pulls out ugly win vs. Central Missouri
KC Star: Mizzou basketball enters pivotal season for third-year coach Kim Anderson

But on the bright side....

Mizzou Tigers pennant One *HELL* of a weekend for Mizzou Volleyball @MizzouVB Starts Weekend With 3-1 Win at Tennessee @MizzouVB Dominates in 3-0 Win at #18 Kentucky, Sweeps Season Series

Your new SEC standings:

1. Florida (12-1, 22-2)
2. Mizzou (12-1, 21-4)
3. Kentucky (11-2, 18-6)
4. Texas A&M (10-2, 16-7)
5. Auburn (8-5, 14-12)

Mizzou gets a quiet week this week, with just one match (a Sunday trip to South Carolina). Then the Tigers get Auburn and No. 6 Florida at home the following Friday/Sunday. Kinda big.

Mizzou Tigers pennant Rapid Fire:



The Trib: TAKE TWO: Zastryzny first MU baseball alum to win ring since '87


The Trib: MU wrestling hopes heavyweight transfer provides boost to national championship aspirations


The Maneater: UFC Welterweight Champ Tyron Woodley makes his family, alma mater proud

Women's Hoops

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou women's hoops poised for encore after NCAA bid
The Trib: MU women's basketball team gets verbal commitment

Swimming & Diving @MizzouSwimDive Wins 10 Events During Day One Action in Quad Dual @MizzouSwimDive Sweeps Duals With Kentucky, Northwestern and Southern Illinois

Tennis @MizzouTennis Finishes Big Green Invitational with 23 Wins