Missouri Tiger senior quarterback Chase Daniel and junior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon scooped up the top Big 12 honors of the week in the Tigers 42-21 win over Buffalo.
Daniel led the Tigers to yet another big offensive day, and did so in record-setting fashion. The Heisman Trophy candidate passed for a career-high 439 yards, while completing an MU-record 83.7% of his passes (36-of-43), and adding two touchdowns. At one point in the game, Daniel completed 20 consecutive passes, which broke the Big 12 Conference and MU single-game records, and stood just three shy of equaling the NCAA record. He finished the game with 455 yards of total offense, and that upped his career total to 10,356, making him only the fifth player in Big 12 history to reach the 10,000 mark. After four games this year, Daniel has 12 touchdown passes with just one interception and has completed 101-of-133 passes overall for 1,412 yards. He ranks 4 th nationally in pass efficiency, with a season rating of 193.39. He also ranks 4 th in the NCAA in total offense (371.50 ypg) and his season completion rate of 75.9% is tops in the nation among quarterbacks with at least 100 pass attempts.
Weatherspoon had a career day, as he led Mizzou with a career-high 20 tackles against Buffalo. Among those tackles included three tackles for loss on the day, including a half sack, and a forced fumbled as shown (Bill Greenblatt, UPI). Weatherspoon was apart of the defense that allowed an opponent season-low 286 yards of offense to a Buffalo team that came into the game averaging 427.00 yards per game. Mizzou’s defense permitted only 14 of the 21 points scored, as UB’s first score of the day came on a kickoff return. Through four games this season, Weatherspoon is tied for 1 st in the Big 12 Conference (and tied for 3 rd nationally) in tackles, with a per-game average of 12.00. He also leads the Big 12 in tackles for loss, at 2.00 per game, a figure which is also tied for 4 th nationally.
Mizzou is off this weekend, and then start Big 12 play Saturday, October 4 th in Lincoln, Neb. against the Nebraska Cornhuskers.