October 20, 2014

Mizzou’s Murphy named to Hornung Honor Roll after returning a kick and punt for touchdowns in win at Florida

Mizzou’s Marcus Murphy has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll.  The award is given annually to the most versatile player in college football as fans nationwide have the opportunity to cast their votes online for the Paul Hornung Award.

Murphy returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a TD and scored three different ways in Mizzou’s 42-13 at Floriday.  He added a five-yard, first quarter rushing TD to make it a 14-0 lead, then added a 82-yard punt return for a TD after Florida’s opening possession of the third quarter. Murphy finished the game with 224 all-purpose yards and his 2,512 career all-purpose yards are tops for an active player in NCAA Division I

Cast your vote for Murphy.  The winner and his family will be honored on January 27, 2015, at a banquet in downtown Louisville.

 

 

Mizzou gains just 119 yards, but specials teams and defense scores big in blowout win over Gators

Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri bounced back for a 42-13 blowout win at Florida Saturday night.  The defense also forced the Gators into six turnovers.

Murphy started the game with a 96 yard kickoff return for touchdown and then opened the third quarter, after Florida had to punt, by returning it 82 yards for his third score of the game.  Murphy also added a five yard run late in the first quarter.

That came on a four play drive, covering just 19 yards after Kentrell Brothers stripped Florida quarterback Treon Harris of the ball on a sack. It was recovered by Michael Scherer.

The defense returned a fumble and interception for a touchdown, as special teams and defense accounted for 28 of the Tigers’ points.  Another interception gave the offense the ball inside the red zone and they had to settle for a field goal from Andrew Baggett.

Maty Mauk was just 6 of 18 for 20 yards.

The Tigers bounced back from their disaster against Georgia, but there are still issues with this offense that need to be addressed.

Missouri’s best drive came at the end of the first quarter and into the second when they manufactured an 18-play, 55 yard drive, but had to settle for a Baggett field goal.

The Gators loss may lead to the firing of Will Muschamp.   “Fire Muschamp” chants could be heard from the homecoming crowd in the second half.

The Tigers went from 1st to 4th to 2nd in the SEC East standings in their first three conference games.  The division is wide open, but Georgia at 4-1, has a tough game with Auburn coming up with games against Florida and Kentucky also on their schedule.  No doubt at this point the Bulldogs control the division.

In order for the Tigers to win the East, they must run the table and have Georgia at least lose to Auburn.  Or, if Missouri loses just one more game, Georgia would have to lose two of their final three SEC games, which at this point seems unlikely.

Pinkel standing behind his quarterback, but the offense has to get fixed before Florida game (Google Hangout)

I hope Tiger fans can pull this off. Asking 71,000 fans to coordinate their colors could be a big mess for Mizzou

Check your tickets to find out if you're sitting in a gold section, or a black section. (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Check your tickets to find out if you’re sitting in a gold section, or a black section. (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

The theme of Mizzou’s 103rd Homecoming celebration is “Celebrating our Stripes.”  When the Tigers host Vanderbilt on Saturday, October 25 at 3 p.m., Mizzou Athletics wants all fans attending the game to color coordinate be either wearing black or gold that is assigned to their seat section.  The goal is to “Tiger Stripe” Memorial Stadium.

When its come to big prime time games, Tiger fans have stepped up.  The sea of gold has looked awesome on national television for past night games against Nebraska and Oklahoma, but last week’s Gold Rush game was a little off the mark.  Many fans wore gold, but there were  pockets of black, grey and other colors.  I asked a Missouri fan why they didn’t wear gold and one of the responses I got was, “It’s chilly, and I don’t have a gold jacket.”  Oh boy.

West Virginia has done it.  So has Oklahoma. Even Boise State … with three colors.  If they can do, you can do it Mizzou fans!

Check your ticket, check your closet and grab the right color!

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Thursday night game with Bulldogs highlights Missouri’s 2015 football schedule

Mizzou last hosted a Thursday night game on national television in 2009 vs. Nebraska

Mizzou last hosted a Thursday night game on national television in 2009 vs. Nebraska

The 2015 schedule for the Mizzou football team will feature six home games, including a Thursday-night prime time game on Nov. 5th against Mississippi State set for an 8 p.m. (central time) kickoff on ESPN. The Bulldogs are ranked #1 in the nation this season.

Other home games in 2015 include contests against Southeast Missouri State (Sept. 5), UCONN (Sept. 19), South Carolina (Oct. 3), Florida (Oct. 10) and Tennessee (Nov. 21).

Road games are set against Arkansas State (Sept. 12), Kentucky (Sept. 26), Georgia (Oct. 17), Vanderbilt (Oct. 24) and Arkansas (Nov. 28).

A 12th game, most likely to be played on Nov. 14th, is still being finalized, with opponent and location information to be released at a later date.

DATE/OPPONENT/LOCATION

9/05/15 vs. SEMO Columbia, Mo.
09/12/15 at Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark.
09/19/15 vs. Connecticut Columbia, Mo.
09/26/15 at Kentucky * Lexington, Ky.
10/03/15 vs. South Carolina * Columbia, Mo.
10/10/15 vs. Florida * Columbia, Mo.
10/17/15 at Georgia * Athens, Ga.
10/24/15 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn.
10/31/15 OPEN DATE
11/05/15 vs. Mississippi State * Columbia, Mo.
11/14/15 NO OPPONENT SCHEDULED YET
11/21/15 vs. Tennessee * Columbia, Mo.
11/28/15 at Arkansas * Fayetteville, Ark.