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2006 Missouri Tigers

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Posted Dec 30, 2006


2006 Missouri Tigers Season, Game Reviews, Scores and Recaps



Dec. 28
Sun Bowl
Oregon State 39 ... Missouri 38

Down by 14 late in the game, Oregon State got a seven-yard touchdown catch from Yvenson Bernard with just over six minutes to play, and with one more shot, went 54 yards in one minute scoring on a 14-yard pass to Joe Newton with just 23 seconds left. Instead of kicking the extra point and going into overtime, OSU head coach Mike Riley chose to go for two and the win. Bernard took the handoff and powered his way to the score just barely getting over the line. The collapse ruined a fantastic day from the Missouri offense as Tony Temple tore off 194 yards and touchdown runs from seven and 65 yards and Chase Daniel threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns highlighted by a 74-yard plays to Danario Alexander. Tiger tight end Chase Coffman caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and threw for a 29-yard score to Tommy Saunders.
Player of the game ... Oregon State QB Matt Moore completed 31 of 54 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns with an interception. He also ran for a one-yard score.
Stat Leaders: Oregon State - Passing: Matt Moore, 31-54, 356 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Yvenson Bernard, 23-97  Receiving: Sammie Stroughter, 8-87, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 16-29, 330 yds, 2 TD
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 20-194, 2 TD. Receiving: Martin Rucker, 6-67
Notes & Thoughts ...
There are two ways to use the classic Sun Bowl. If you're Oregon State, you go into the off-season jacked up by the thrilling win and hope the momentum sparks the team to bigger and better things in 2007. If you're Missouri, the soul-crushing loss will give the coaching staff all the motivation it needs to kick the team's tail for the next eight months. ... Mike Riley will be given loads of praise for going for two, but more coaches should do that in similar situations. If you have the momentum and the defense is sucking air, why not keep the rhythm going when you're offense is in a groove? ... Missouri's defense did a great job all day long of getting into the backfield and pressuring Matt Moore, except on the final drive when it needed to make a play the most. ... You'd be hard pressed to find a game with better tight end play. Missouri's Martin Rucker and Chase Coffman, along with Oregon State's Joe Newton, all played like the Al-America caliber stars they are. ... If you ever question why some coaches like to pour it on even when up late, this game was the reason. Missouri didn't appear to turn the switch off, but it certainly wasn't as effective late as it was it was over the first 45 minutes.

2006 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 7-5
2006 Record:
8-5
Preview 2006 predicted wins

9/2 Murray State W 47-7
9/9 Ole Miss W 34-7
9/16 at New Mexico W 27-17
9/23 Ohio W 31-6
9/30 Colorado W 28-13
10/7 at Texas Tech W 38-21
10/14 at Texas A&M L 25-19
10/21 Kansas State W 41-21
10/28 Oklahoma L 26-10
11/4 at Nebraska L 34-20
11/18 at Iowa State L 21-16
11/25 Kansas W 42-17
12/28 Sun Bowl
Oregon State L 39-38

2005 Schedule
CFN Prediction: 7-4
2005 Record: 7-5

Preview 2005 predicted wins

9/3 Arkansas St W 44-17
9/10 New Mexico L 45-35
9/17 Troy  W 52-21
10/1 Texas L 51-20
10/8 at Oklahoma St W 38-31
10/15 Iowa State W 27-24 OT
10/22 Nebraska W 41-24
10/29 at Kansas L 13-3
11/5 at Colorado L 41-12
11/12 Baylor W 31-16
11/19 at Kansas State L 36-28
12/30 Independence Bowl
South Carolina W 38-31

Nov. 25
Missouri 42 ... Kansas 17
Missouri got up 13-0 early highlighted by a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jared Perry, answered a 42-yard Jon Cornish touchdown run with a 80-yard drive finished off with a five-yard Chase Coffman scoring grab, and then overcame a KU run with a fourth quarter flurry. The Jayhawks pulled within three midway through the third quarter on a 42-yard touchdown catch from Aqib Talib, and then Missouri rolled scoring the final 22 points of the game on two of Chase Daniel's four touchdown passes on the day including a second to Coffman.
Player of the game ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 26 of 38 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns and ran ten times for 39 yards
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 26-38, 356 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Tony Temple, 21-72, 1 TD  Receiving: Martin Rucker, 7-91
Kansas - Passing: Kerry Meier, 8-15, 99 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Jon Cornish, 15-126, 1 TD  Receiving:
Derek Fine, 3-64
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... If you've got the weapons, you use them. Seven catches for Martin Rucker and seven for Chase Coffman against Kansas helped make the offense, and QB Chase Daniel, look awfully good. It's not like the star tight ends have been missing from the offense, but they haven't been used as much as they should over the last few weeks. Considering the ugly, controversial loss to Iowa State last week, the blowout win over the Jayhawks was a much needed remedy.

Nov. 18
Iowa State 21 ... Missouri 16
Ryan Kock ran for a 179 yards and touchdown runs from one and nine yards out and Todd Blythe caught a nine-yard scoring pass as Iowa State shocked Missouri to send head coach Dan McCarney out a winner. Missouri made a comeback with a seven-yard Tony Temple touchdown run and moved down to the Iowa State 11 with a chance to win, but Shawn Moorehead ended the game with a sack of Chase Daniel following a controversial holding call negating a one-yard Daniel score. Daniel hit Martin Rucker with an eight-yard touchdown pass on the way to a 10-0 Tiger lead before the Cyclones went on a 21-point run.
Player of the game ... Iowa State RB Ryan Kock ran for a career-high 179 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries.
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 29-44, 310 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Tony Temple, 6-36, 1 TD  Receiving: Tommy Saunders, 7-72
Iowa State - Passing: Bret Meyer, 15-27, 153 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Ryan Kock, 32-179, 2 TDs  Receiving: Todd Blythe, 4-48, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Where has the Missouri defense gone? A killer over the first half of the season, it hasn’t come up with a clutch play in weeks and was steamrolled over by Ryan Kock and the Iowa State running game. Worse yet, the Tiger ground attack was nowhere to be found with the offense revolving around throwing it. Things work better for Mizzou when there’s a balance with someone other than Chase Daniel running it.

Nov. 4
Nebraska 34 ... Missouri 20
Nebraska efficiently took control of the Big 12 North race getting up 17-0 on a trick play with Maurice Purify throwing a 28-yard touchdown pass to Terrence Nunn and catching a seven-yard pass. Missouri got on the board in the first half on two Jeff Wolfert field goals and got within 14 on a six-yard touchdown pass to Martin Rucker, but the Huskers put it out of reach with a 13-play, 85-yard drive finished off by a two-yard Brandon Jackson run. The Tigers managed one more score on a 19-yard Chase Coffman touchdown catch midway through the fourth.
Player of the game ... Nebraska RB Brandon Jackson ran 32 times for 111 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 61 yards
Stat Leaders: Nebraska - Passing: Zac Taylor, 13-21, 208 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Brandon Jackson, 32-111, 1 TD. Receiving: Marlon Lucky, 4-46
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 20-38, 244 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 18-99  Receiving: Dana Alexander, 4-84
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
All of a sudden, Missouri's defense has stopped doing anything against the run. Oklahoma's Allen Patrick rumbled last week, and Nebraska had few problems keeping things moving. Once again, the Tigers were killed by turnovers and became way too reliant on Chase Daniel to press when things started going bad. On the plus side, Tony Temple appeared to have a spark lit under him as he ran hard and well after getting demoted last week.

Oct. 28
Oklahoma 26 ... Missouri 10
Oklahoma got two touchdown passes from Paul Thompson along with a three-yard scoring run, while the defense forced four turnovers and came up with a big goal line stand. The Tigers had a chance to pull within one touchdown after getting to the OU one, but couldn't get in after taking three shots with a fourth down pass sailing out of the end zone. Allen Patrick ran for 162 yards in place of Adrian Peterson, while Thompson connected with Joe Jon Finley for an 18-yard score and Quentin Chaney for a 15-yard touchdown. Missouri's touchdown came on a 13-yard Chase Daniel run in the third quarter.
Player of the game ... Oklahoma QB Paul Thompson completed 11 of 19 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns  and ran for a score..
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-44, 284 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Chase Daniel, 20-75, 1 TD. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 5-57
Oklahoma - Passing: Paul Thompson, 11-19, 127 yds, 2 TD
Rushing:
Allen Patrick, 36-162   Receiving: Malcolm Kelly, 4-40
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
Missouri has to do a better job of limiting mistakes against decent teams. Now only were there four turnovers in the loss to Oklahoma, there were dropped passes and other miscues. Chase Daniel was able to get moving on the ground, but he couldn't consistently throw and had problems with interceptions. This isn't the end of the world for Missouri, and at the end of the day, it hardly matters as long as there aren't any more slips. Beating Nebraska next week is far more important.

Oct. 21
Missouri 41 ... Kansas State 21
Missouri overcame an early KSU fumble recovery for a touchdown to scored 34 straight points on three touchdown passes from Chase Daniel and a 41-yard David Overstreet fumble recovery for a score. Kansas State turned it over on three of its first four possession in the second half, and Mizzou took advantage of each mistake. The Wildcats ran well once the game was out of reach with Leon Patton and James Johnson each scoring, but Daniel threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Chase Coffman to keep the blowout going.
Player of the game ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 24 of 31 passes for 262 yards and four touchdowns and ran 13 times for 47 yards
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 5-19, 63 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: James Johnson, 20-127, 1 TD. Receiving: Leon Patton, 2-38
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 24-31, 262 yds, 4 TD
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 9-62  Receiving: Chase Coffman, 6-75, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Missouri might have won the battle against Kansas State, but it lost a big piece of its puzzle with star defensive lineman Brian Smith breaking his hip to likely knock him out for the year. The offense might not have been at its sharpest and the running game might not have rumbled like it can, but the offense capitalized on every mistake and Chase Daniel was fantastic. The defense has to show that the 262 rushing yards it allowed was just an aberration by letting down in the second half of a blowout. Now the team can fully focus on Oklahoma and Nebraska in the make-or-break games needed to get to the Big 12 championship.

Oct. 14
Texas A&M 25 ... Missouri 19
Texas A&M held on to the ball for 41:30 thanks to a pounding game from Jorvorskie Lane and crisp play from QB Stephen McGee. Lane ran for a one-yard touchdown and Mike Goodson ran for a two-yard score to offset Missouri's big plays. The Tigers struck on a 38-yard catch from William Franklin and got a 39-yard Jeff Wolfert field goal to tie it at 17 and halftime despite numerous problems with fumbles including one on a sure touchdown from Will Franklin, who was caught from behind by Jordan Peterson to punch the ball loose out of the end zone. The Tiger offense couldn't get the ball in the second half. with a safety off a bad snap for the team's only points. Lane was the story grinding out the final 3:28 of the game.
Player of the game ... Texas A&M RB Jorvorskie Lane ran 28 times for 127 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Texas A&M - Passing: Stephen McGee, 19-23, 183 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Jorvorskie Lane, 28-127, 1 TD. Receiving: Kerry Franks, 3-115
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 21-29, 295 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 13-37, 1 TD  Receiving: Chase Coffman, 6-69
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Missouri lost to A&M, and it has no one to blame but itself. Turnovers including four fumbles, and other mistakes in the first half allowed the Aggies to get some early momentum, and then the defense couldn't get the A&M offense off the field, and the Tiger attack couldn't go on any marches, had a strange fake field goal call, and basically, didn't play as well as it can on either side of the ball. Now the Tigers have to gear it back up to beat Kansas State next week and be ready for Oklahoma to follow.

Oct. 7
Missouri 38 ... Texas Tech 21
Missouri forced five turnovers with two interception returns for scores within :28 of each other in the second quarter to build a 24-0 lead. Xzavie Jackson reached up to snag a Graham Harrell pass and rumbled 17 yards for a touchdown, and then William Moore picked off a pass for a 22-yard score. Texas Tech came back with 21 straight points on three Harrell touchdown passes including a back-foot toss to Danny Amendola from 23 yards out. But that was as close as the Red Raiders would get as the Tigers got a six-yard touchdown catch from Chase Coffman and an eight-yard run from Tony Temple to put the game away.
Player of the game ... Missouri LB Marcus Bacon made seven tackles, forced a fumble, made one tackle for loss and a sack
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 15-22, 173 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tony Temple, 19-76, 2 TD. Receiving: Will Franklin, 5-90
Texas Tech - Passing: Graham Harrell, 39-55, 342, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing:
Shannon Woods, 12-95  Receiving: Joel Filani, 11-114, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Missouri's offense was balanced and steady, while the defense forced the big plays needed to slow down the Texas Tech offense. The overall stats might not be impressive, but this was a total team effort to withstand the mid-game storm just as it looked like the Red Raiders were going to take over. This was the win the Tigers needed to establish itself as a legitimate threat to win the Big 12 title, but it'll take a win at Texas A&M next week to get everyone believing that they're the real deal. Battles against Oklahoma and at Nebraska down the line will be vital, but for now, getting past the Aggies would be a nice second step.

Sept. 30
Missouri 28 ... Colorado 13
Chase Coffman caught two first quarter touchdown passes and Martin Rucker caught another as Missouri jumped out to a 21-6 halftime lead. Colorado came out of the locker room hot with a 63-yard pass to Dusty Sprague leading to a one-yard Bernard Jackson touchdown run, but that would be the last time the Buffs would threaten. Chase Daniel's fourth touchdown pass came on a nine-yard strike to Jared Perry late in the third for the final score of the game.
Player of the game ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 23 of 35 passes for four touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-35, 253 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Tony Temple, 18-70. Receiving: Martin Rucker, 6-66, 1 TD
Colorado - Passing: Bernard Jackson, 13-27, 190 yds
Rushing:
Bernard Jackson, 15-93, 1 TD  Receiving: Riar Geer, 3-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The Missouri offense actually got outgained by Colorado 373 to 353, but is was far more effective on third downs. There's not much of a reason to be concerned about the lack of a consistent running game, CU's defense is strong, and it helps when Chase Daniel can be consistent and effective on passes he absolutely had to come up with. The team is strong enough to win without many bells and whistles. There's no reason to try fake field goals and trick plays, like MU tried on one drive, when things are going so well. On defense, LB Dedrick Harrington had an All-Big 12 caliber day as both a pass rusher and run defender.

Sept. 23
Missouri 31 ... Ohio 6
Missouri's defense only allowed 188 yards and six points coming on an eight-yard touchdown catch from Thomas Christy. Chase Daniel connected with William Franklin for touchdowns from 68 and nine yards out, and he ran for a five-yard score. Jimmy Jackson ran for a two-yard touchdown in the final minutes. Only turnovers could keep it close with Mizzou giving it away three times.
Player of the game ... Missouri WR Will Franklin caught four passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Austen Everson, 13-23, 110 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Kalvin McRae, 10-25. Receiving: Kalvin McRae, 6-43
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 18-34, 258 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tony Temple 15-60. Receiving: Will Franklin, 4-99, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
The Tigers did it. With the easy win over Ohio, the non-conference schedule is over without a loss, and now it's on to the Big 12 slate full of confidence. The defense has been unbelievable over the first four games coming up with big plays in all phases and being a rock against the run. Chase Daniel didn't have his best game against the Bobcats, but it was good enough to get up early and put the game away. Even with the easy win, the coaching staff isn't going to be happy with the three turnovers and nine penalties.

Sept. 16
Missouri 27 ... New Mexico 17
Missouri led from start to finish, but it didn't put the game out of reach until late in the fourth quarter on a two-yard Karl Goldsmith touchdown run with under two minutes to play. The Tiger defense was fantastic holding the Lobos to only 201 yards of total offense and a Kenny Byrd field goal until Marcus Smith scored on a 13-yard catch with 26 seconds to play. UNM stayed alive on an 11-yard interception return for a score from Michael Tuohy. Mizzou's Chase Daniel threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Michael Rucker and ran for an eight-yard score.
Player of the game ... Missouri RB Tony Temple ran 22 times for 168 yards
Stat Leaders: New Mexico - Passing: Chris Nelson, 16-31, 168 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Rodney Ferguson, 12-69. Receiving: Travis Brown, 6-54
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 25-36, 199 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Tony Temple 22-168. Receiving: Will Franklin, 9-76
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ...
It's not like the Missouri defense has had to deal with USC, but it's been extremely solid over the first three games and all but shut down New Mexico. The D has allowed a mere three touchdowns all year long, one to New Mexico in garbage time, another to Murray State in garbage time, and one to Ole Miss on a missed tackle at the end of the first half. The offense wasn't crisp against the Lobos, but it had few problems getting yards when it needed them. This is looking like the deep sleeper team in the Big 12 race.

Sept. 9
Missouri 34 ... Ole Miss 7
Missouri had few problems thanks to a big day from its defense and a big all-around game from QB Chase Daniel. Daniel ran for 89 yards and threw for 243 with a three-yard touchdown run and a 20-yard scoring pass to Brad Ekwerekwu, but it was the defense that stole the show holding Ole Miss to ten first downs and 162 yards of total offense. The Rebels got their only points on a 30-yard catch-and-run from Marshay Green late in the first half, but they weren't able to carry the momentum into the second half.
Player of the game ... Missouri DB Marcus Bacon made 11 tackles, forced a fumble and picked off a pass.
Stat Leaders: Murray State - Passing: Brent Schaeffer, 13-29, 90 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: BenJarvus Green-Ellis, 16-69. Receiving: Marshay Green, 4-49, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 24-40, 243 yds, 1 TD
Rushing:
Chase Daniel, 13-89, 1 TD. Receiving: Brad Ekwerekwu, 8-95, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Missouri's defense looked rock solid against an improved Ole Miss offense with a few good weapons. Chase Daniel might not be Brad Smith, but he showed he can run effectively to go along with a good passing arm. He wasn't always sharp, but he kept the chains moving and was great on two long, early drives that all but took the Rebels out of the game. The key for the team will be to keep the intensity over the next few weeks against New Mexico and Ohio and not suffer the early letdown it had over the last few seasons.

Sept. 2
Missouri 47 ... Murray State 7
Missouri dominated from the start on both sides of the ball outgaining the Racers 589 yards to 150 highlighted by a record-setting performance from QB Chase Daniel. Daniel set a school-record with five touchdown passes with two to William Franklin highlighted by a 60-yard play to open the scoring. MSU didn't get a first down until midway through the second quarter and finally got on the board with less than two minutes to play on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Nate Moore.
Player of the game ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 23 of 32 for 320 yards and five touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Murray State - Passing: Zach Barnard, 12-17, 84 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Chad Cook, 12-31. Receiving: Chad Cook, 5-43
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-32, 320 yds, 5 TD
Rushing:
Tony Temple, 15-119. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 7-64
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... Chase Daniel got to air his arm out against Murray State spreading the ball around well and making several efficient, big plays to make it a laugher. The defense also was fantastic keeping the Racers from coming close to making it a competitive game. The offense was able to try several different ideas and got most of the top backups involved. Ole Miss will be a far tougher test next week, but if the Tiger offense can be as balanced and effective, there shouldn't be a problem.

2006 Missouri Preview

Missouri Preview | Offense | Defense | Depth Chart | Further Analysis

Another season and another year when Missouri is supposed to finally turn the corner under head coach Gary Pinkel and be a major player.

We've all fallen for this before, especially when the Tigers had an all-time talent like Brad Smith at quarterback, but each time they're supposed to be the bright star in the Big 12 North, it doesn't happen.

No longer the hot new kid on the block, Pinkel and Missouri will likely be overlooked by many going into this year because Smith is gone and the results have been mediocre at best over the last five years. 

But really, truly, really, this should be the year Missouri becomes a star of the North. Really.  

Smith might be gone, but replacement Chase Daniel is a good young quarterback who'll do just fine. Now the rest of the offensive playmakers will get more of a shot to shine since the attack can't be more reliant on Smith, and that's a good thing with four good, quick backs, a fast receiving corps, and a tremendous tight end tandem of Chase Coffman and Martin Rucker to catch everything in sight.

The defense had to rebuild last year, and all the inconsistencies should pay off in a big way with a speedy, talented front seven that should camp out in opposing backfield. The secondary has the most work to do, but there are big, athletic prospects to expect big things out of playing around star safety David Overstreet.

So the talent is in place, but then the nagging question has to be whether or not Pinkel can coach this group. While not on a burning hot seat, Pinkel could use a good start and a few big wins to keep things from getting toasty. Teams with 17 returning starters are supposed to contend for division titles, especially in the average Big 12 North, and another also-ran season will get the fans grumbling.

Can the team get up for the average non-conference schedule without falling flat on its face like it did against New Mexico last year and Troy in 2004? Can it come up with a clutch win in the second half of the season? Under Pinkel in the last five regular season games of each of his five seasons, Mizzou has gone a lousy 10-15 and has only beaten one team (Iowa State in 2004) in November that finished with a winning record.

But all the problems, all the mediocrity, and all the failed expectations of the past can go bye-bye with one big season and an appearance in the Big 12 title game. The wheels were set in motion with a tremendous victory over South Carolina in the Independence Bowl, and the schedule starts off nice and squishy to build up a big early record and some confidence.

In other words, it's time to jump back on the Missouri bandwagon. Really, it is.

The Schedule: There's no reason the experienced Tigers shouldn't be 4-0 to start the season against Murray State, Ole Miss, at New Mexico and Ohio, and they can't afford a slip up with a tough conference slate ahead. The Big 12 schedule is nasty missing Oklahoma State and Baylor and having to go on the road in back-to-back weeks to face Texas Tech and Texas A&M. The season will come down to late road trips at Nebraska and Iowa State both coming off a home showdown with Oklahoma.

Best Offensive Player: Junior TE Martin Rucker and sophomore TE Chase Coffman. You can't have one without the other. The two tied for the team lead in receptions (47) last year and each will be an integral part of the offense. Coffman has unbelievable hands, while Rucker has next-level talent as both a receiver and a blocker. They'll be the safety valves for new starting quarterback Chase Daniel to rely on.

Best Defensive Player: Senior DE Brian Smith. The school's all-time leading sacker with 24, Smith is still an unknown around the college football world. He started off his career as a pass rushing specialist and has grown into a tremendous, All-Big 12 caliber end. His presence frees the rest of the line up for plenty of one-on-one blocking.

Key player to a successful season: Sophomore QB Chase Daniel. He doesn't have to be Brad Smith, but he has to spread the ball around well and he can't afford to make mistakes. He should throw for more touchdowns than Smith did and will push the ball deeper, but he obviously won't rush for 1,301 yards and 16 touchdowns. As long as he's effective on third downs and in the clutch, everything will be fine.

The season will be a success if ... the Tigers win the Big 12 North. With road games at Texas Tech, Nebraska and Iowa State, a division title probably won't happen, but the team is too experienced to shoot for anything less. They don't have to be perfect to win the North, but they won't be able to slip up at home and will need to win three of the four conference road games to be playing in December.

Key game: November 4th at Nebraska. Missouri can't win the Big 12 title if it can't beat the Huskers in Lincoln for the first time since 1978. Considering it's a sandwich game between Oklahoma and at Iowa State, this showdown becomes even more important. 

2005 Fun Stats: 
- Fourth quarter scoring: Opponents 118 - Missouri 79
- Sacks: Missouri 30 - Opponents 16
- Fourth down conversions: Missouri 17 of 28 (61%) - Opponents 8 of 14 (57%)

The Last Time Missouri…
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Independence Bowl v. South Carolina)
…missed a bowl game…2004
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Ball State)
…was shutout…2002 (Kansas State)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Troy)
…went undefeated…1909
…won a conference title…1969 (share, Big 8)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…Never
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Brad Smith)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2003 (Justin Gage)
…had a first-round draft choice…2001 (DE Justin Smith)