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At times it wasn’t pretty, but the Missouri Tigers made enough big plays to pull away for a 38-18 victory over South Dakota State on a steamy Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field. When the game was hanging in the balance with Mizzou clinging to a three-point lead, the defending SEC East Champs stepped up all three phases of their game to keep down the feisty Jackrabbits.
Quick Hit Game Notes:
-With Duron Singleton’s first half interception, the Tigers have created a turnover in 45 straight games, tops in the nation.
-Darius White’s 44 yard touchdown pass was the longest of his career. His 83 total yards were a career best
-Russell Hansbrough rushed for a career high 126 yards.
-Marcus Murphy’s 100 yard kickoff return for touchdown was the longest return since 1977.
Watch our postgame comments…looking back, the win wasn’t all that ugly.
The Tigers put the game out of reach early in the fourth quarter. A 30 yard touchdown pass on a 3rd and 9 from Mauk to Bud Sasser in the endzone. Mauk was blitzed and heaved up a throw into man on man coverage. The drive covered three plays after a 20 yard punt by South Dakota State.
Zach Lujan, SD State’s backup QB, hit on three long passes, but Ian Simon stripped a Rabbit receiver inside the 15, recovered by Braylon Webb.
Fatique became a factor as the Tigers defense looked strong down the stretch after spending nearly 14 minutes on the field in the third quarter.
Mizzou’s defense finished with three turnovers.
Hansbrough finished with a career high 126 rushing yards.
Third Quarter Recap
Backup quarterback Zach Lujan went 4 of 5 on the opening drive of the second half leading South Dakota State down the field, setting up a three-yard TD run from Zenner, his second of the game. Lujan then dropped a nice lob pass to the side of the endzone for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 21-18.
Marcus Murphy returned the ensuing kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown.
Jake Wieneke made a one handed catch for 44 yards down to the #Mizzou 30, but just a couple of plays later Lujan overthrew his receiver giving Aarion Penton an easy pick in the endzone.
The teams traded punts and Mizzou took over with :44 left in the third quarter. The Tigers offense held the ball for exactly one minute up to that point this quarter.
2ND QUARTER RECAP
Second Quarter Recap
After another Tiger drive stalled, Baggett attempted a 55-yarder and was short and wide to the right, giving SD State the ball at their own 37 with 10:53 to play.
A running into the kicker penalty kept a South Dakota State drive alive as the Jackrabbits drove down to the Mizzou 22. Justin Syrovatka hit a 39 yard field goal to make it a 21-10 Mizzou lead with 3:58 to play in the first half. The field goal capped an 11-play, 41 yard drive.
Up to this point, South Dakota State winning the special teams matchup.
Mizzou’s next possession stalled on questionable playing, lining up five receivers and an empty backfield on a 3rd and 2. Mauk forced to scramble and throw out of bounds bring up a punt and give the Jackrabbits the ball at their 31 with 2:19 to play.
A three and out, gave Mizzou the ball with 1:25 to play at their own 30, but the drive stalled and the clock ran out with the Tigers holding an 11-point lead at the half.
Mizzou is outgaining South Dakota State 256-145, with the Tigers getting outrushed 117-112. Zach Zenner has 99 yards for the Jackrabbits.
First Quarter Recap
Russell Hansbrough got the start at tailback and rattled off an 18 yard run from scrimmage on a draw play. Two plays later, Maty Mauk found Darius White on a seam route for 44 yards and a 7-0 just :50 into the game.
Zach Zenner, back to back 2,000 yard rusher, busted off a 75 yard TD run on South Dakota State’s first play from scrimmage. 7-7, just 1:03 into the game.
Both teams traded punts on their next possessions, as the defense for both teams appeared to settle into the game.
However, Mizzou used a steady dose of the run game with Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy, then Mauk hit White for the second time this quarter from 39 yards out. His two touchdown catches for 83 yards gives him a career high in both categories. The Tigers covered 69 yards in six plays, five runs and the one pass.
Duron Singleton picked off a pass that was tipped and returned it 19 yards to the Jackrabbits 10. Hansbrough took the handoff, spun out of two tacklers and beat a corner to the sideline before diving in for the Tigers third touchdown, making the score 21-7 with 6:31 to play.
Singleton’s pick signals the 44th straight game that Mizzou has created a turnover…tops in the nation.
Mizzou drove down to the SD State 17, but Andrew Baggett missed a 34-yard field goal attempt with just over two minutes to play in the first quarter.
San Francisco 49ers linebacker, and former Mizzou standout, Aldon Smith has been suspended for the first nine games of the season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct and substance abuse policies. It breaks down as four games for violations of the substance abuse policy and five games for violations of the personal conduct policy.
He’ll sit in on team meetings during his suspension and won’t return until November 9th, which is actually the 10th week of the season. San Francisco has a bye week in late October.
The Rams and 49ers play in week six, here in St. Louis, and then week 9 at San Francisco. The 49ers also host the Chiefs in week five on October 5th. You’re only real chance to see Smith play on TV this season (for those huge Aldon Smith fans), will be on Thanksgiving night when the Niners play Seattle on NBC in prime time.
Smith was sentenced in July to 11 days of work release after his second arrest for drunken driving last September. Smith had three felony gun charges knocked down to misdemeanors. Smith voluntarily missed five games last season when he entered a substance abuse treatment center.
Good morning! The college football season is finally here. Last year proved the Tigers can compete in the SEC, but yet at Football Media Days in Alabama, the experts picked Missouri for 4th.
I get the feeling the “good ole boys and girls” from the deep south still aren’t ready to give the Tigers enough credit. That’s not to say the Tigers couldn’t finish in fourth…the East will be competitive with South Carolina, Georgia and Florida expected to be in the mix, but c’mon. They (the media) couldn’t bring themselves to give Missouri a little bit of respect?
It shows me that many outside this state believe it was a fluke season.
Honestly, there is no clear winner in the SEC East. We saw what happened to Spurrier’s Gamecocks on Thursday night…they need some fixing. Can Georgia stay healthy? How good is their defense? Florida will have a good defense, but how will the Gators do with a new offensive system? Those other teams have just as many question marks as the Tigers.
Which leads to today’s Google Hangout. What will it take for Missouri to compete again in the SEC East?
Tyler Merriam, the voice of the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, said this preseason top 10 FCS football team is coming to Columbia on Saturday with the goal of trying to win a football game. For head coach John Stiegelemeier, it’s not just a game to collect a payout from and move on.
South Dakota State is coming off a 2013 season in which it made its second straight appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs and third in five years. Missouri State fans are familiar with SDSU, sharing the same Missouri Valley Football Conference. The Jackrabbits tied a school record for wins in a season en route to a 9-5 overall record and tied for a second-place finish in the Missouri Valley Football Conference with a 5-3 mark.
They’ll present some interesting challenges on both sides of the ball. The strength of Missouri’s defense in on the line and they thrive on shutting down opposing running backs. The Tigers get a tough test from senior running back Zach Zenner, who already holds the league record for career all-purpose yards and needs less than 300 yards to set the conference’s all-time rushing mark. Zenner has rushed for 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons.
With questions about Missouri’s receivers, Merriam says the strong suit of SDSU’s defense is their secondary. Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White may be tested.
Watch my Google Hangout with Tyler Merriam
The South Dakota State football roster features six players from the state of Missouri. Two of those players, backup defensive backs Mark Pickerel and Freeman Simmons, will be making a true homecoming Saturday as they are both graduates of Columbia’s Rock Bridge High School.Pickerel is a junior, while Simmons is expected to make his collegiate debut after redshirting during the 2013 season.
Other Missouri natives on the Jackrabbit roster include:
• Jay Carlson, Jr., kicker (kickoffs), Parkville;
• Auston LaBlance, Sr., defensive lineman, Kansas City;
• Andrew Mueller, Sr., offensive lineman, Peculiar;
• Dom Wright, Sr., wide receiver/kick returner, Lee’s Summit
Shane Ray grew up in Kansas City…Markus Golden in St. Louis. These bookends for the Missouri Tigers defensive line go from reserves to starters and much of Mizzou’s success on defense will come from these two players.
Last year they combined for:
–22 tackles for loss
–4 forced fumbles
–21 quarterback hits
–2 defensive touchdowns
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