November 25, 2014

Another game, another blowout in Maui. Slow start dooms Tigers who fall to Purdue for second straight loss in Hawaii

Rapheal Davis scored 22 points and Purdue pulled away from Missouri in the first half for an 82-61 win over the Tigers, this afternoon in the second game of the Maui Invitational. The Tigers deficit climbed to 34 points in the second half.  Johnathan Williams III had 14 points and Keith Shamburger added 11 for Missouri.

Missouri missed seven of its first eight shots and went nearly six minutes without a field goal as Purdue built a quick 11-point lead. Missouri shot 7 of 29 in the first half while Purdue went 15 for 26 to put the game out of reach before the second half even started.

Could the reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Week have trouble with Arkansas’ big line (Google Hangout)

Sept. 13, 2014 - Columbia, Missouri - September 13, 2014 Columbia, MO: Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) in action during the third quarter of the NCAA football game between the Missouri Tigers and the Central Florida Knights at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri. Missouri defeated Central Florida 38-10. Billy Hurst/CSM(Credit Image:

Sept. 13, 2014 – Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Markus Golden (33) Billy Hurst/CSM

Markus Golden was named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week.  The task for him and the rest of his linemates for the Missouri Tigers will be breaking through Arkansas’ big offensive line.

How big are these boys up front for the Hogs?  They’re the biggest in the game including the NFL.  However, our guest this week, says they can be beat to the outside and Golden and Shane Ray may be able to pressure Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen on the outside.

Tom Murphy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shares the reasons for success from the Hogs’ point of view.  They love to run the football, they like to move Allen around in the pocket to avoid a pass rush and they thrive on stopping the run.

Offensively, if the Tigers can get Arkansas into passing mode, Missouri will have success.  Allen is a 50-50 chance of playing this week after injuring his hip.  If Brandon is not able to play, the Hogs will rely on younger brother, redshirt freshman, Austin Allen.

Mizzou over-matched by Arizona in a poor shooting effort to start the Maui Invitational

Wes Clark forces a shot up against Arizona (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Wes Clark forces a shot up against Arizona (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Brandon Ashley each scored 15 points, helping No. 2 Arizona wear down Missouri for a 72-53 victory in the opening round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Missouri had 17 turnovers that led to 24 points for Arizona.  Montaque Gill-Caesar led the Tigers with 13 points.  Wes Clark, who averaged 14 points through the first three games, had three points on 1-of-6 shooting.

Missouri: will face Purdue in the Maui Invitational loser’s bracket on Tuesday.

Chiefs’ Eric Berry’s season is over after a mass is found in his chest. Further tests will be done to determine if it’s lymphoma

Eric Berry (photo/Kansas City Chiefs)

Eric Berry (photo/Kansas City Chiefs)

The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that safety Eric Berry will be out for the rest of the season for an illness not related to football.

After the Oakland game, Berry went to head coach Andy Reid and complained of a pain in his chest.  He underwent an MRI on Friday where a mass on the right side of Berry’s chest was discovered. Additional tests and blood work indicated the possibility Berry has lymphoma.

This afternoon, Berry released a statement through the team.

“I am truly thankful for all of the support from family, friends, coaches, teammates and the entire Chiefs kingdom. At first I was in shock with the diagnosis on Saturday and did not even want to miss a game, but I understand that right now I have to concentrate on a new opponent. I have great confidence in the doctors and the plan they are going to put in place for me to win this fight. I believe that I am in God’s hands and I have great peace in that. I know my coaches and teammates will hold things down here the rest of the season and until I am back running out of the tunnel at Arrowhead. I am so thankful and appreciative of being a part of this franchise and playing in front of the best fans in the NFL. I will be back!”

Berry is 25 years old.

Missouri Valley wins opening round NAIA football playoff game

photo courtesy: Missouri Valley athletics

photo courtesy: Missouri Valley athletics

Heart of America Athletic Conference co-champion Missouri Valley escaped with a 20-17 double-overtime win against Northwestern (Iowa) Saturday at Gregg-Mitchell Field. The win is the second-consecutive victory for the Vikings against Northwestern in the FCS and improves the club to 3-0 in head-to-head playoff meetings.

After a first overtime featured touchdowns by both teams, Northwestern took the first possession of the second overtime and drove down to the Viking 1-yard line. The Red Raiders were stuffed on a third down run and their fourth-down pass attempt fell incomplete to open the door for Missouri Valley.

The Vikings handed the ball to running back Malachi Daniels, who ended the contest with a game-high 93 rushing yards rushing, on three-straight plays to set up the game-winning field goal. Daniel Mouro converted the 35-yard field goal attempt to give Missouri Valley the win and its third-straight trip to the FCS Quarterfinals.

Quarterback Bruce Reyes led the way for the Vikings with 140 yards passing and one touchdown, while also running for 28 yards.

Craig Bruinsma was the top offensive performer for Northwestern, completing 24-of-42 attempts for 169 yards and two touchdowns.