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2008 Missouri Tigers Season
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Posted Jan 18, 2009


2008 Missouri Tigers Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Missouri Tigers

Dec. 29
2008 Alamo Bowl
Missouri 30 … Northwestern 23 OT

Missouri overcame a sluggish and sloppy performance to win in overtime on a seven-yard Jeremy Maclin touchdown catch. Northwestern went backwards on its overtime possession, with a fumble forcing a fourth down Hail Mary into the end zone, picked off by William Moore. Mizzou got the spark it needed with a minute left in the first half on a 75-yard Maclin punt return for a score, but the Wildcats answered right away coming out of the locker room on a 46-yard touchdown catch from Ross Lane Northwestern got three touchdown passes from C.J. Bacher including a 35-yarder to Eric Peterman to start the scoring and a 23-yard to Ross Lane to give the Wildcats a 23-20 lead. Jeff Wolfert made three field goals for Missouri, including a 37-yarder to tie it up with just under three minutes to play, but he missed a 44-yarder with no time left on the clock to force overtime.
Player of the Game: Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon made 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, half a sack, broke up a pass, and made two quarterback hurries. 
Stat Leaders: Northwestern - Passing: C.J. Bacher, 27-43, 304 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Tyrell Sutton, 29-114. Receiving: Rasheed Ward, 7-101, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 27-44, 200 yds, 2 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 15-44. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 7-67
Inside The Box Score ...  5 Thoughts on the Alamo Bowl …Third down conversions: NU 11-of-21 – Mizzou 7-of-16 … Sacks: Mizzou 5 for 43 yards – NW 1 for 1 … Total offense: NU 376 – MU 311 … Chase Daniel threw three interceptions and was outpassed by C.J. Bacher 304 yards to 200 … 2nd quarter time of possession: NU 12:24 – Mizzou 2:36.

- 2008 Missouri Preview
- 2007 Missouri Season

2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
11-1
2008 Record: 9-
4

Aug. 30 Illinois (St. L.)  W 52-42
Sept. 6 SE Missouri State W 52-3
Sept. 13 Nevada  W 69-17
Sept. 20 Buffalo  W 42-21
Sept. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Nebraska  W 52-17
Oct. 11 Oklahoma State L 28-23
Oct. 18 at Texas L 56-31
Oct. 25 Colorado  W 58-0
Nov. 1 at Baylor W 31-28
Nov. 8 Kansas State W 41-24
Nov. 15 at Iowa State W 52-20
Nov. 22 OPEN DATE
Nov. 29 Kansas (KC) L 40-3
7
Dec. 6 Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma L 62-21
Alamo Bowl
Dec. 29 Nwestern W 30-23 OT

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
10-2
2007 Record: 12-2

Sept. 1 Illinois (St.L) W 40-34
Sept. 8
at Ole Miss W 38-25
Sept. 15 Western Mich W 52-24
Sept. 22 Illinois State W 38-17
Oct. 6 Nebraska W 41-6
Oct. 13 at Oklahoma L 41-31
Oct. 20
Texas Tech W 41-10
Oct. 27 Iowa State W 42-28
Nov. 3 at Colorado W 55-10
Nov. 10
Texas A&M W 40-26
Nov. 17 at Kansas St W 49-32
Nov. 24 Kansas (in KC) W 36-28
Big 12 Championship
Dec. 1 Oklahoma L 38-17
Cotton Bowl
Jan. 1 Arkansas W 38-7

Dec. 6
2008 Big 12 Championship
Oklahoma 62 … Missouri 21

Jeremy Maclin and Missouri answered a Chris Brown four-yard touchdown run with a 27-yard touchdown to make it 10-7 OU early in the second quarter. And then it was all Sooners with a 31-point run helped by two Juaquin Iglesias touchdown catches and short touchdown runs from Mossis Madu and Brown. The Tigers were never able to make a game of it after the floodgates opened in the second quarter with Brown’s six-yard run making it 38-7 OU going into the locker room. Madu and Brown each ran for three touchdowns.
Player of the game: Oklahoma RBs Chris Brown and Mossis Madu combined for 42 carries for 236 yards and six touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 27-43, 255 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 10-29. Receiving: Tommy Saunders, 8-72, 1 TD
Oklahoma - Passing: Sam Bradford, 34-49, 384 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Chris Brown, 27-122, 3 TD. Receiving: Juaquin Iglesias, 9-125, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Missouri ran into a buzzsaw. It’s not that the Tigers could’ve done anything differently against Oklahoma; they’re just not nearly as good. The Sooners are ripping up everyone, so to have a chance, Mizzou had to be perfect. It wasn’t. It’s a shame for Chase Daniel to close out his great career with a dud like this, especially coming off the loss to Kansas. The team needs to find a new wrinkle or two on defense before the bowl game, but more importantly for this team, getting the offense cranked up again, and getting Daniel hot, will be a must. He’s been too good to let his legacy take a hit with a third big loss.

Nov. 29
Kansas 40 … Missouri 37
In a fantastic game played in lousy weather conditions, Todd Reesing scrambled to keep a final play alive and found Kerry Meier behind the Tiger defense for a 26-yard touchdown with 27 seconds to play. Missouri’s Jeff Wolfert attempted a 54-yard field goal at the buzzer, but it was partially blocked. Meier finished the day with 14 catches and two touchdowns, with the first also coming in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard play to give KU the lead, but Missouri came back and got a six-yard Derrick Washington scoring run with 1:50 to play. In the see-saw battle, Chase Daniel threw four touchdown passes including two short ones to Chase Coffman with the final throw, a six yarder, as part of a 20-point second half run before Meier’s first touchdown catch. Kansas held on to the ball for 36 minutes including 12:49 in the first quarter.
Player of the game: Kansas QB Todd Reesing completed 37-of-51 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions, and he ran for 17 yards on 11 carries.
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 25-41, 288 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Chase Daniel, 9-103. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 9-123, 1 TD
Kansas - Passing: Todd Reesing, 37-51, 375 yds, 4 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Jake Sharp, 20-48, 1 TD. Receiving: Kerry Meier, 14-106, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... So? As tough as the loss was to Kansas, with the defense failing time and again to come up with a big play against Todd Reesing, it doesn’t matter. The Tigers have bigger fish to fry in the Big 12 title game, but the loss did show just how many problems there are on a defense that can’t play like this to keep next week’s game from being a blowout. Offensively, it continues to be the case, even this late in his career: when Chase Daniel is running, the team loses, or has problems. He led the team in rushing, and when the offense is working, he’s getting the ball out of his hands and to his playmakers.

Nov. 15
Missouri 52 … Iowa State 20
Missouri earned a spot in the Big 12 title game with a 24-point second quarter blowing open the win over Iowa State. The Tigers held a 31-7 halftime lead as Williams Moore returned an interception 17 yards for a score and Derrick Washington ran for a two-yard score and took off on a 52-yard dash late in the half. Jeremy Maclin took a Chase Daniel pass 42 yards for a third quarter touchdown to keep the Tigers comfortable ahead, but Iowa State kept fighting as Austen Arnaud threw two touchdown passes including a 25 yarder to Collin Franklin to pull within 18 early in the fourth. But the Tigers wouldn’t have a problem as Jimmy Jackson scored on two short runs to make it a blowout.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 32-of-40 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns with an interception
Stat Leaders: Iowa State - Passing: Austin Arnaud, 36-54, 326 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Alexander Robinson, 11-59. Receiving: Darius Darks, 8-59
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 32-40, 328 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 11-128, 2 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 8-103, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Missouri is in the Big 12 title game for the second straight year, but to have any hope of winning, the coaching staff needs to come up with a new wrinkle for the secondary in a big hurry. As good as the defensive backs have been playing against the run, they’re getting burned way too often on the short to midrange passes. If Iowa State can move the ball through the air, there’s a problem. The offense can only do so much carrying of the team’s weight. It’ll be interesting to see how the team plays Kansas. The game doesn’t mean anything to Mizzou, so will the starters get a little bit of rest, or will there be more experimenting to get ready for the big game? This is a luxury most coaching staff could only dream of.


Nov. 8

Missouri 41 … Kansas State 24
On Missouri’s Senior Day. Chase Daniel threw touchdown passes from 42 and 16 yards out to Jeremy Maclin in the second quarter, and Maclin ran for a 56-yard touchdown early in the fourth to put the game well out of reach. Kansas State got down 24-0 before Brooks Rossman hit a 43-yard field goal, but was down 41-10 before scoring twice in the final 1:11 on a 93-yard Brandon Banks run and a four-yard Banks catch. Sean Weatherspoon made 13 tackles for the Tigers.
Player of the game: Missouri WR Jeremy Maclin caught eight passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns, and ran four times for 84 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Kansas State - Passing: Josh Freeman, 18-36, 121 yds
Rushing: Brandon Banks, 2-95, 1 TD. Receiving: Brandon Banks, 9-34, 1 TD
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 24-36, 271 yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Jeremy Maclin, 4-84, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 8-118, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Missouri, after a sluggish win over Baylor, stepped up and took care of business by putting away a reeling Kansas State team right away. Jeremy Maclin showed once again that he deserves to be in the discussion with Michael Crabtree and Dez Bryant as one of the Big 12’s, and nation’s, best receivers. The defense had one of its better games as Sean Weatherspoon and company swarmed all over the Wildcat ground game. The race is all but over, Missouri will be almost certain to win the North for a second straight season, so the hope has to be to beat Iowa State with ease so everyone can rest up during the off week. And then the Kansas game can be played like a preseason game. At this point, it’s all about winning the Big 12; beating Kansas might not actually matter.

Nov. 1
Missouri 31 … Baylor 28
Missouri wasn’t having much of a problem early on as Chase Daniel threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Chase Coffman and a 19-yarder to Tommy Saunders, but the offense took its foot off the gas, lost three turnovers, including two interceptions, and Baylor almost pulled off the shocker. The Bears got a four-yard Robert Griffin touchdown run in the second quarter and a 16-yard touchdown pass to Brad Taylor and a 36-yarder to Jay Finley to tie it at 28 with less than 10 minutes to play. But Daniel would bounce back leading the Tigers to a late scoring drive with Jeff Wolfert hitting a 34-yard field goal. Baylor would have one last shot, but Griffin, who had established the NCAA D-I record with 209 straight passes to start his career without an interception, threw a pick on his final pass attempt. Missouri finished with 490 yards of total offense while Baylor ended up with 438.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 30-of-38 passes for 318 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions
Stat Leaders: Baylor - Passing: Robert Griffin, 26-35, 283 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jay Finley, 14-73. Receiving: Thomas White, 7-58
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 30-38, 318 yds, 3 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 14-97. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 10-75, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Missouri needed to get kicked around a little, and to show it could come through. The Baylor game should’ve been a walk in the park, and it was for about a half, but the defense struggled in the third quarter and Chase Daniel and the offense couldn’t rev the engine back up until late. This was a scare, and it showed just how the team will need to keep focused for a full 60 minutes against Kansas State, who has a dangerous offense when it gets hot, and with Kansas to finish up. The North title is there for the taking as long as the team plays up to its capability.

Oct. 25
Missouri 58 … Colorado 0
Missouri came out roaring with a touchdown drive in the first 1:09 with Derrick Washington finishing with a three-yard scoring dash. Chase Daniel was on fire missing on only six passes with five touchdowns. Jeremy Maclin scored from three and 30 yards out, while Chase Coffman, Tommy Saunders, and Danario Alexander each caught short scoring passes. The Tigers outgained the Buffs 491 yards to 199, finishing up with a 55-yard De’Vion Moore touchdown dash.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 31-of-37 passes for 302 yards and five touchdowns with an interception and ran five times for 34 yards.
Stat Leaders: Colorado - Passing: Cody Hawkins, 9-17, 86 yds
Rushing: Tyler Hansen, 16-30. Receiving: Scotty McKnight, 4-44
Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 31-37, 302 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 17-83, 1 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 11-134, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... After the last two weeks, Missouri needed an easy win, and it got it with a brilliant day from Chase Daniel and an unstoppable performance from Jeremy Maclin. Even with the losses, the Tigers control their own Big 12 destiny, and this game showed that everything is fine. There’s a chance that Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa State all don’t go to bowl games; Mizzou should win all three in a walk before the Kansas showdown.

Oct. 18
Texas 56 … Missouri 31
Texas came out roaring jumping out to a 35-0 first half lead on a Colt McCoy six-yard touchdown run, a 32-yard Malcolm Williams touchdown catch, a 13-yard Jordan Shipley touchdown catch, and two Chris Ogbonnaya scoring runs from nine and 10 yards out. Missouri chipped away a little bit with Derrick Washington running for a two-yard score and Chase Coffman catching a 13-yard scoring pass, but Texas kept on rolling as McCoy ran for a second touchdown and the Longhorn backups kept on scoring. In all, Texas outgained Missouri 591 yards to 348.
Player of the game: Texas QB Colt McCoy completed 29-of-32 passes for 337 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for 23 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 31-41, 318 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Jimmy Jackson, 4-17 & Derrick Washington, 7-17, 1 TD. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 12-140, 1 TD
Texas - Passing: Colt McCoy, 29-32, 337 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Chris Ogbonnaya, 13-65, 2 TD. Receiving: Jordan Shipley, 8-89, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... How does Missouri recover from the last two weeks? After the painful loss to Oklahoma State and the blasting from Texas, the Tigers have to try to pick their chins off the floor in a hurry; the prize is still out there. Colorado, at Baylor, Kansas State, at Iowa State, and Kansas are all winnable, and the Tigers can still win the North and go on to face (most likely) Texas again. First, the offensive line has to solve the problems of the last two weeks and give Daniel more time to work. There’s time to work the kinks out, but the team has to keep winning.

Oct. 11
Oklahoma State 28 … Missouri 23
Oklahoma State got two Zac Robinson to Damian Davis touchdown passes from 40 and 31 yards out, and the defense held with three interceptions of Chase Daniel including a diving pick from Patrick Levine on the Cowboy 37 to snuff out a final chance. Daniel hit Danario Alexander for a seven-yard score in the final five minutes, but the two point conversion was broken up. Jimmy Jackson and Derrick Washington each ran for short scores, but the Cowboys kept up the pace with a six-yard Robinson run for a score and on the second play of the second half, a 68-yard Kendall Hunter touchdown dash.  OSU’s Andre Sexton and Orie Lemon combined for 25 tackles.
Player of the game: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter ran 24 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, and caught four passes for 27 yards
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 39-52, 390 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Chase Daniel 7-46. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 11-104
Oklahoma State - Passing: Zac Robinson, 19-28, 215 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kendall Hunter, 24 154, 1 TD. Receiving: Dez Bryant, 7-47
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Three Chase Daniel interceptions, although one wasn’t his fault, a missed field goal, a blocked kick, and eight penalties … Mizzou could play this game against Oklahoma State ten times and it wouldn’t have made the same mistakes. Give the Cowboys credit for getting to Daniel, but Daniel also did his part with some major screw ups and misfires. It was as if the team was waiting for Daniel to pull the game out of a hat, and he couldn’t do it. As crushing as this loss might be, things could quickly change around with a win at Texas next week.

Oct. 4  
Missouri 52 … Nebraska 17
Missouri started off the scoring with a 58-yard Jeremy Maclin touchdown catch in the first minute of the game, but Nebraska answered with a 20-yard Nate Swift scoring grab. And then it was over. Mizzou went on a 24-point first half run with short touchdown runs from Derrick Washington and Jimmy Jackson and a 17-yard interception return for a score from Brock Christopher. Nebraska got a field goal late in the first half, but the Tigers were on a 45-3 spurt with Washington scoring twice in the third quarter on a seven-yard catch and a 43-yard run, and Danario Alexander caught a 26-yard touchdown pass to end the fin for the Tigers. Nebraska got a garbage touchdown with no time left on the clock.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 18-of-23 passes for 253 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Nebraska - Passing: Joe Ganz, 26-38, 290 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing:
Marlon Lucky, 14-46. Receiving: Todd Peterson, 7-81
Missouri
- Passing: Chase Daniel, 18-23, 253 yds, 3 TD
Rushing:
Derrick Washington, 14-139, 2 TD. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 5-89, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
Missouri showed just how powerful and strong the offense can be both through the air and on the ground. Nebraska didn’t stand a chance once everything started moving, while the Tiger defense did a great job of keeping the Husker attack in check after an early scoring drive. The best part about the Tiger offense? Chase Daniel isn’t running the ball. The star of the show isn’t taking any big shots as he’s spreading the ball around well.

Sept. 20
Missouri 42 ... Buffalo 21
Missouri kept screwing up to keep Buffalo in the game, giving the ball away three times in Bull territory and having a few problems on special teams, but the offense made sure there wouldn't be any problems. Chase Daniel completed a Big 12-record 20 straight passes on his way to a career-high 439 yards with a 27-yard touchdown pass to Danario Alexander and a four-yarder to Chase Coffman, but it was Jeremy Maclin who kept things moving with 14 catches for 168 yards and a 16-yard touchdown dash. But Buffalo stayed alive on a kickoff return for a touchdown from Ernest Jackson, who also caught a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran for a three-yard score. Up just six late in the third quarter, Daniel went to work on two quick touchdown drives to pull away. Mizzou LB Sean Weatherspoon made 20 tackles and Brock Christopher came up with 12.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 36-of-43 passes for 439 yards and two touchdowns, and WR Jeremy Maclin caught 14 passes for 168 yards and rushed twice for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Buffalo
- Passing: Drew Willy, 22-40, 237 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing: Mario Henry, 16-60. Receiving: Naaman Roosevelt, 9-87
Missouri
- Passing: Chase Daniel, 36-43, 439 yds, 2 TDs
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 18-89, 2 TDs. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 14-168

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... How amazing are Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin? Fine, so it was only against Buffalo, but Daniel and Maclin were playing pitch-and-catch like there wasn't anyone else on the field. However, style points count at the moment and the sloppy play with the turnovers and missed plays on special teams might cause some to wonder just how strong the Tigers are compared to the stars of the SEC, USC and Oklahoma. However, lost in the win was how terrific the defense was throughout. After a week off, the real tests will come at Nebraska, at home against Oklahoma State, and at Texas.

Sept. 13
Missouri 69 ... Nevada 17
Missouri cranked out 651 yards of total offense with Chase Daniel throwing four touchdown passes and Jeremy Maclin scoring three times highlighted by an 80-yard play three minutes into the game for a 14-0 Tiger lead. The offensive show didn't stop as Maclin scored on the fourth play of the third quarter on a 49-yard pass, and then game got out of hand as WR Tommy Saunders connected with Chase Coffman on a 32-yard touchdown pass. The bench emptied from there as Missouri scored the final 31 points of the game ad shut out Nevada's offense in the second half. Nevada got a one-yard Colin Kaepernick touchdown run and a 42-yard interception return for a score from Marko Mitchell.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel went 23-of-28 for 405 yards and four touchdown passes, and ran once for 12 yards.
Stat Leaders: Nevada
- Passing: Colin Kaepernick, 17-31, 152 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Colin Kaepernick, 8-71, 1 TD. Receiving: Mike McCoy, 6-29
Missouri
- Passing: Chase Daniel, 23-28, 405 yds, 4 TDs
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 8-75, 2 TDs. Receiving: Jeremy Maclin, 6-172, 3 TDs

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Nevada is a good team that could end up challenging for the WAC title, and Missouri ripped through the Pack defense like it wasn't even there. Chase Daniel is in a zone. He's not making mistakes, he's hitting his playmakers in places where they can do something with the passes, and he's moving well. The defense didn't let Nevada get in the game, while the offense did a great job of dropping the hammer in the
second quarter to pull away. There's one more tune-up, coming next week against Buffalo, before dealing with Nebraska.

Sept. 6
Missouri 52 ... SE Missouri State 3
Missouri put up 592 yards of total offense playing in a wild showcase for the attack with Chase Daniel throwing three touchdown passes and Derrick Washington scoring three times on the way to a 42-0 halftime lead. The defense got into the act as well with Sean Weatherspoon taking a pick 65 yards for a touchdown. SEMO didn't get on the board until the fourth quarter with a 31-yard Doug Spada field goal.
Player of the game: Missouri QB Chase Daniel completed 16 of 17 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 16-17, 345 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: De'Vion Moore, 9-75. Receiving: Jerrel Jackson, 6-70
SE Missouri State - Passing: H. Lillard, 20-38, 197 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Mike Jones, 12-56. Receiving: Walter Peoples, 8-80
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
It's never a bad thing to have a tune-up for the offense, and that's exactly what Missouri got against SE Missouri State. Even more important than the perfect statistical day from the first teamers was the time given to the backups to see some good work. Backup QB Chase Patton completed 7-of-8 passes and several reserve backs. Jeremy Maclin played despite suffering an ankle injury last week; he caught a touchdown pass. Now the momentum has to continue in a tougher-than-it-looks game against Nevada.

Aug. 30
Missouri 52 ... Illinois 42
Missouri cranked out 549 yards of total offense, but had a hard time putting Juice Williams and the Illini away. Williams threw for 451 yards with five touchdown passes, but the Illinois defense didn't have an answer for the Tiger passing game, either. Chase Daniel threw three touchdown passes including two in the third quarter to Tommy Saunders, while the special teams and defense also came through with Jeremy Maclin answering an Illinois 34-yard interception return for a touchdown by Derek Walker with a kickoff return for a score. Sean Weatherspoon killed the Illinois fourth quarter comeback with a 35-yard interception return for a score with 3:18 to play.
Player of the game: In a losing cause, Illinois QB Juice Williams completed 26 of 42 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions, and he netted 10 yards rushing.
Stat Leaders: Missouri - Passing: Chase Daniel, 26-45, 323 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Derrick Washington, 19-130, 2 TD. Receiving: Chase Coffman, 9-120, 1 TD
Illinois - Passing: Juice Williams, 26-42, 451 yds, 5 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Daniel Dufrene, 13-75. Receiving: Arrelious Benn, 7-92
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... The offense was in midseason form against Illinois and the defense did a great job of hitting Juice Williams, but the secondary had way too many breakdowns and gave up way too many big plays. That's not a plus with all the great Big 12 quarterbacks on the slate. It's not time to worry just yet, Illinois was bombing away in a comeback mode, but the pass defense can't make errors if Mizzou has any dreams of winning at Texas.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Blaine Gabbert QB, 6-5, 225, Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway West High School)
One of the most highly sought-after quarterback prospects in the nation who chose to go with his in-state school ... Is a five-star blue-chip All-American who is hailed as the nation's top pro-style quarterback prospect ...Is also the consensus No. 1 player in the state of Missouri ... ESPN.com calls him one of the best quarterbacks they have seen in the last three classes combined ... Ranked as the nation's No. 5 quarterback, and as the country's No. 38 overall prospect at any position by ESPN.com, and comes in at No. 47 nationwide by PrepStar Magazine ... Was invited to participate in the prestigious Elite 11 quarterback camp last summer (winning camp MVP honors), and in January of 2008, was impressive playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game ... Gained all those accolades, and many more, despite playing in only 5 games as a senior, as he began the year hobbled with an injured foot, and once past that setback, was lost for the season with a shoulder injury soon after ... Injuries limited his statistics to 623 passing yards and 5 TDs as a senior in 4 games, after he posted impressive figures of 1,523 yards and 20 TDs (on 119-of-231 passing) as a junior, as he also added another 458 yards rushing and 8 TDs ... Threw for approximately 1,100 yards and 11 TDs as a first-year starter during his sophomore season of 2005 ... Has the height, arm and field presence to make all the throws, and is a very impressive pocket passer with excellent accuracy ... Is also deceptively fast when getting outside of the pocket ... After his commitment to Mizzou during the fall, he became an additional recruiter for the Tigers, and along with fellow signee Andrew Jones, did a lot of work to champion Mizzou's cause to his friends ... Also a standout in the sport of baseball who has earned all-conference recognition there ... Lists sports, hanging out with friends and fishing as his primary hobbies ... Cites his strong relationship with Mizzou's players and coaches, for a primary reason why he chose Mizzou, as well as the school's proximity to his hometown ... High school coach - Mike Roth ... Parents - Chuck & Beverly Gabbert ... Chose Mizzou over virtually any school in the nation, but primarily over Nebraska, Oregon, Tennesse, Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Minnesota


Potential Instant Impact Players

Andrew Jones TE/DL 6-5 230 Smithville, Mo. (Smithville)

Jones finished his junior year with 50 catches for 612 yards and six touchdowns. On defense, he racked up 45 tackles, eight sacks, one interception, forced two fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Jones has good size and a great frame. Jones could easily add a ton of weight (muscle) to his frame. He runs well and shows good athleticism. Jones has soft hands and is tough to bring down in the open field because he runs with power and has deceptive speed for a big man. He can also flex out wide and be an effective receiver.

Wes Kemp WR/DL 6-4 225 St. Louis, Mo. (DeSmet)

Kemp is a big framed wide receiver who has great control of his body while going up to get the tough catches. In addition, he has great leaping ability and is a threat to get open down the field for a big play. Kemp is definitely a go to player in the red zone on the next level. Kemp had 42 receptions for 780 yards and eight touchdowns. His numbers were down from his sophomore year because of injury, but Kemp still hauled in All-State and All-Metro honors; He benches 335 pounds, squats 425 and has a 37-inch vertical jump.

Rest of the Class

Jimmy Burge OL/DL 6-2 280 Houston Texas (Stratford)
Taylor Davis OL/DL 6-5 270 Plano, Texas (Prestonwood Christian Academy)
Will Ebner RB/LB 6-1 225 Friendswood, Texas (Friendswood)
Kip Edwards WR/DB 6-1 185 Arlington, Texas (Bowie)
Michael Egnew TE/DB 6-5 210 Plainview, Texas (Plainview)
Blaine Gabbert QB 6-5 225 Ballwin, Mo. (Parkway West)
Zaviar Gooden RB/DB 6-2 210 Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville)
Dan Hoch OL/DL 6-6 295 Harlan, Iowa (Harlan)
Jerrell Jackson WR/DB 6-2 180 Houston, Texas (Jefferson Davis)
Kenji Jackson RB/DB 5-10 200 Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield)
Daniel Jenkins OL/DL 6-4 290 Gilmer, Texas (Gilmer)
Brad Madison OL/DL 6-5 255 Beaumont, Texas (Westbrook)
Gahn McGaffie WR/DB 5-11 180 Galena Park, Texas (Galena Park)
Travis Ruth OL/DL 6-3 300 Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City)
Aldon Smith TE/DL 6-5 235 Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)
Jacquiest Smith TE/DL 6-4 225 Dallas, Texas (South Oak Cliff)
Robert Steeples WR/DB 6-1 190 St. Louis Mo. (DeSmet)
Drew Temple RB/DB 5-10 190 Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst)
George White LB 6-2 250 Flint, Mich. (Carman-Ainsworth/Cincinnati Harmony Prep)
Rolandis Woodland WR 6-5 185 St. Louis, Mo. (Rockwood Summit/ Cincinnati Harmony Prep)

2007 Recap

Recap:
A fashionable preseason choice to take the Big 12 North, Missouri went a step further, winning 12 games for the first time in school history, routing Arkansas on New Year’s Day, and boasting Heisman finalist Chase Daniel.  The Tigers’ only two losses came against Oklahoma, the second one in San Antonio denying them a spot in the BCS championship game, or any BCS bowl game, for that matter.  Led by Daniel’s accurate passing and the all-purpose exploits of freshman Jeremy Maclin, the Mizzou offense was almost unstoppable, scoring less than 30 points just once, and finishing No. 5 nationally in total offense.

Offensive Player of the Year:
QB Chase Daniel

Defensive Player of the Year: S William Moore

Biggest Surprise: Maclin.  Although a lot was expected of him, few thought he’d be this good, this fast.  Maclin emerged into a versatile force in his debut season, catching 80 balls for 1,055 yards and nine touchdowns, rushing for 375 yards and four scores, and scoring three special teams touchdowns.  Without much warning, the freshman blossomed into one of the nation’s most dynamic all-around weapons.

Biggest Disappointment: Taking the collar against Oklahoma.  Unbeaten versus the rest of the schedule, the Tigers were 0-2 against the Sooners, failing to successfully navigate their superior speed.  When the two met on Dec. 1 for the Big 12 Championship, Oklahoma rolled to a 38-17 win, knocking Mizzou from No. 1 in the country to the Cotton Bowl.    

Looking Ahead: If you thought Missouri was trendy a year ago, just wait until August.  With Daniel and a bunch of other key starters returning, the Tigers will be expected to take the next step, and win a conference championship for the first time since 1969. 
 


 

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