November 26, 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.

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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.

Mauk’s two fourth quarter touchdown passes helps Tigers overcome sloppy offensive line play and shaky special teams

The Missouri Tigers are one win away from reaching the SEC Championship game for the second year in a row.  Maty Mauk threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Murphy ran for two other scores Saturday night as 20th ranked Missouri won at Tennessee 29-21.

For the Tigers (9-2, 6-1), it was a school record 10th straight road win and now sets the stage for next Friday, when Missouri can clinch the East Division by beating Arkansas next Friday at home.

Tennessee led 10-7 when they faked a field goal and got a 31 yard touchdown pass from holder Patrick Ashford to Alex Ellis in the second quarter.  The Volunteers ran 24 of their first 32 plays inside Mizzou territory thanks to great punting and multiple penalties that stymied quite a few Missouri drives and kept the field flipped in Tennessee’s favor.  Despite the advantage in field position, The Tigers took a 13-10 lead after Murphy scored on a touchdown but Andrew Baggett missed the first of two extra points.

Andrew Baggett’s 43-yard field goal broke a 13-13 midway through the third quarter and Mauk put the Tigers up by two scores by throwing a 73-yard touchdown pass to Jimmie Hunt and a 13-yard TD to Bud Sasser in the fourth quarter to make it 29-13 with 6:22 to play.

The Volunteers cut the lead to 29-21 when Joshua Dobbs threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Jason Croom with 1:52 remaining and scored a two-point conversion on a rollout to his right.

Tennessee tried an onside kick and recovered its first attempt, but an offside penalty forced the Vols to kick again. On Tennessee’s next kick, officials ruled the Vols had touched the ball before it went the required 10 yards.z

After two impressive wins with Dobbs at quarterback, the Missouri defense shut him down most of the night, limiting the Vols to just 279 total yards with 79 of those coming on the final drive.

They also sacked Dobbs six times.  He had been sacked just three times in the previous three games.  (Dobbs entered after the second series in the game with Alabama, before his two starts)  The Tigers also forced two turnovers.


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