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Some Mizzou football fans and other campus visitors can kiss the dorm room rental experience goodbye. The flagship school is getting out of the overnight getaway business. University of Missouri System President Mun Choi tells Missourinet residence halls will be full of students next fall.
“Part of that is due to additional student interest in attending Mizzou, as well as reductions that were announced to reduce the costs of dining and residence halls at the university,” says Choi.
Starting this fall, the school is dropping rates between 2.2 and 5% for more than one-third of its more popular residence halls. They will be nearly $350 less annually than the least expensive current campus housing plan. Dining rates will also be about $300 less annually than the lowest option currently available.
The reductions are in response to last fall’s tuition hike of 2.1% for all four campuses.
“The tuition increase that they will see, because it was capped, is only about $210. There’s a net savings, even though the tuition went up this year. We are doing whatever we can to ensure that we have an affordable educational experience for our students,” says Choi.
Last year, the university system had to find ways to handle a $40 million negative hit in state funding for the current fiscal year and about $60 million in shrinking student enrollment and campus housing demand. To help offset costs, Mizzou closed seven dorms to students last fall and rented out rooms at Respect, Excellence and Discovery halls to the public.
The response to the lodging experiment has been positive. Weekend room rentals sold out and created a waiting list for the $120-per-night suites.
Despite the venture’s popularity, one of the university’s top priorities is student success. School leaders say living on campus can help with student achievement.
With Mizzou’s 33-17 win over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl, the Tigers are now 15-16 all-time in bowl games with a three game win streak, including back to back wins on New Year’s Day.
Citrus Bowl MVP Markus Golden had a team high eight tackles in the first half, two tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. In his last five games, Golden had 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a recovery, all coming after he healed up from a hamstring strain.
Safety Ian Simon tied Golden with ten tackles, a career best for him.
For the second time this season, DT Harold Brantley ran a fake punt. He did in the Indiana game and pulled off a 19 yard rumbling first down in the second quarter.
Marcus Murphy, in his final game as a Tiger, finished with 157 rushing yards. Russell Hansbrough scored on a 78 yard touchdown run, tying the Citrus Bowl record which was set in 1978 as the longest run from scrimmage, set by Terry Miller of Oklahoma State.
Bud Sasser closes out his career with 1,003 receiving yards this season, the most for a Tiger receiver since T.J. Moe’s 1,045 in 2010. Sasser finished with 12 touchdowns, including two in this game. He finished third in the SEC in that category.
Watch Bill Pollock’s postgame report and highlights from the on-field celebration.
The teams traded punts in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. Russell Hansbrough peeled off a 78 yard touchdown run to put Mizzou up 26-17. The five play drive covered 90 yards after a push in the back penalty moved the Tigers back to their own 10 yard line.
That was the Tigers’ eighth run of the game that went for over ten yards.
The long runs didn’t end. On the Tigers next possession, Marcus Murphy reeled off a 69 yard run to the Minnesota 11. Three plays later, Mauk found Sasser for the second time of the game from seven yards out to finish the scoring, 33-17.
The win ends Missouri’s season at 11-3, giving them the most victories in a two-year span with 23, passing the great 07-08 teams.
Listen to Gary Pinkel, Citrus Bowl MVP Markus Golden and Bud Sasser.
Gary Pinkel pulled out all of the stops when it came to special teams. Following up the fake punt, the Tigers kicked an onside kick to start the second half. Mizzou recovered and settled for a 33 yard field goal from Andrew Baggett after managing to drive down to the Minnesota 13. The Tigers increased their lead to 13-7.
The 3-play, 75 yard drive capped by Maxx Williams 54 yard catch and run for a touchdown that ended when William jumped over Aarion Penton ala Chase Coffman to tumble into the endzone putting Minnesota back on top, 14-13.
The special teams battle continued to sway in favor of Mizzou. Minnesota muffed a punt and Tyler Hunt recovered the ball at the Gopher 34. Three plays later, Mauk took off on a scramble for 18 yards and then delivered a hit on safety Derrick Wells at the goal line. Mauk’s two-point conversion attempt was picked off, keeping the score at 19-14 Mizzou.
Jaylen Myrick took the ensuing kickoff 57 yards to the Mizzou 43. Leidner completed a 20 yard pass to get to the Mizzou 23. Leidner was 14 of 16 up to this point in the game. Ryan Santoso’s 38 yard field goal cut the lead to 19-17 with 7:23 to play.
The Tigers will have the ball starting the fourth quarter with a 2nd and 10 at the Minnesota 34 after Leidner was stripped of the ball by Shane Ray. The third turnover by the Gophers this game.
Forced to punt after what looked like another three and out, Gary Pinkel pulled out a fake punt that defensive lineman Harold Brantley took off for a 19 yard gain and first down. Marcus Murphy broke a 19 yard run on the very next play, but the drive ended in a punt. Christian Brinser dropped one down at the Gopher two.
After a three and out, Mizzou got the ball at midfield and Russell Hansbrough broke off a 22 yard run to get the ball inside the Gopher 30. The Tigers eventually settled on a 21 yard field goal by Andrew Bagget to cut the lead to 7-3.
The tide started to turn after Minnesota was forced to punt after just one first down. The Tigers took over at their 33 and used a 16 yard run by Murphy and 20 yard run by Mauk to get down to the Gopher 25. Mauk then floated a pass to the back shoulder of Bud Sasser who hauled in the pass for a touchdown and a Mizzou lead of 10-7 with 1:07 to play in the first half.
The Tigers gained 184 yards in the half, with 133 on the ground. Murphy had 56, Mauk 35 and Hansbrough 23. The defense held their big tight end target Maxx Williams to four catches for just 23 yards. Their top running back David Cobb, who averages close to 130 yards per game, had 52 on 13 carries.
The rust of both teams not having played in almost a month showed early in the first quarter. The Missouri Tigers got the ball to start the game, but lost two yards on a run by Russell Hansbrough, had a false start penalty and then Maty Mauk was picked off, giving Minnesota the ball at their own 43.
After a 16 yard run by David Cobb, the Gophers were set up on a 3rd and 10 and Markus Golden stripped Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner of the football, giving the ball back to the Tigers.
After a short completion to Bud Sasser to give the Tigers a first down in Minnesota territory on a third and 3, Mauk went for Darius White in the end zone. The pass was right on the money, but CB Briean Bodd-Calhoun grabbed the ball away from White for Mauk’s second interception.
Minnesota answered with an 11 play, 80 yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock. Rodrick Williams Jr. ran 20 yards and a 3rd and 3 as he went in virtually untouched. Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner also had a 15 yard pass completion to Cobb.
Mizzou didn’t muster much offense, being held to a three and out with the Tigers punting.
Minnesota ended the first quarter outgaining the Tigers 143-30.
Wherever Jerry Kill has gone, he’s been a winner. Most coaches take the path of starting out as grad assistants, then becoming an assistant coach, then perhaps a coordinator before finally getting a head coaching job. Kill, like many others has done it all, but his first football job was as a head coach. He got his successful start right here in Missouri, coaching Webb City. His career record is 152-98.
He is in his fourth year at Minnesota and 21st overall of being a head college football coach in 2014. The Gophers were 3-9 in Kill’s first season in 2011, but reached a bowl game and finished 6-7 in 2012. As history would repeat itself for Kill coached teams, his third year finally brought success to Minnesota. The Gophers finished the season with an 8-5 record. This season, Kill has guided Minnesota to its first back-to-back eight-win seasons since 2002 (eight wins) and 2003 (10 wins). Since 1906, Minnesota has won eight games in consecutive seasons only five times.
Kill served as defensive coordinator and offensive coordinator in two different stops at Pittsburg (Kan.) State University. He helped lead the Gorillas to three NAIA playoff appearances as the defensive coordinator from 1985-87. Kill returned to Pitt State as the offensive coordinator from 1990-93. In that four-year span, the Gorillas advanced to the NCAA Division II Playoffs four times, reaching the championship game twice and winning the 1991 national title.
Sandwiched between his stints at Pittsburg State, Kill was the head coach at Webb City (Mo.) High School. He was 25-1 in two seasons at Webb City and won a state championship in 1989.
At Wednesday’s press conference, Coach Kill looked back fondly on his time at Webb City as he recalls that championship season.
According to GopherSports.com, Kill came to Minnesota after spending three seasons at Northern Illinois in DeKalb, IL. Kill led the Huskies to three consecutive bowl games during his tenure and also coached NIU to a berth the Mid-American Conference Championship game in 2010. Kill was 23-16 in his three seasons with the Huskies.
In four previous stops as a head coach, he has never left a school with a sub-.500 record. In three of his previous four head coaching positions, he took over a team with a losing record and turned in a winning season in three years or less.
Prior to serving as the head coach at NIU, Kill was at Southern Illinois, an FCS program in Carbondale, IL. He spent seven years there and compiled a 55-32 record. Kill’s record over his final five seasons with Southern Illinois was 50-14 and included five consecutive NCAA FCS Playoff appearances.
Kill was the head coach at Emporia (Kan.) State for two seasons in 1999-2000. He went 11-11 with the Hornets, who play at the NCAA Division II level. Prior to Emporia State, Kill was the head coach at NCAA Division II member Saginaw Valley State from 1994-1998. He compiled a 38-14 record with the Cardinals.
Missouri will meet Minnesota on New Year’s Day in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl. This is the first time that Minnesota will play a bowl game in January in Florida. The Gophers last played in a January bowl game in 1962 when they beat UCLA 21-3 on Jan. 1, in the Rose Bowl. Minnesota’s last bowl win was a 20-16 victory against Alabama in the 2004 Music City Bowl.
The Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl will feature two Coach of the Year honorees in Missouri’s Gary Pinkel and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill. Kill was named Big Ten Coach of the Year and Pinkel of course in the SEC after leading the Tigers to back to back SEC East titles.
The Gophers are 8-4 this year after finishing last season with an 8-5 record. Minnesota has now posted back-to-back eight win seasons for the first time since in 11 seasons. Minnesota ended the season ranked No. 25 in the College Football Playoff Rankings finishing fourth out of Big Ten teams. The Gophers were behind (No. 4 Ohio State, No. 8 Michigan State and No. 18 Wisconsin). Minnesota dropped three of its final five games but still has a chance to reach nine victories for the second time in 110 years. The program last accomplished that in 2003.
Minnesota will be shorthanded at wide receiver just like Missouri. Donovahn Jones was kicked off the team Sunday for violating a team rule. Jones was third on the team with 253 receiving yards despite making only 11 catches, two of which were touchdowns. The Tigers will be without Jimmie Hunt. He was second on the team with 40 receptions, 698 yards and seven touchdowns.
Learn more about Minnesota from the voice of the Golden Gophers, Mike Grimm.
Mizzou is making it to a New Year’s Day bowl game for the second-straight season, after their 10-3 season, including a 7-1 SEC record.
A win by the Tigers would break the school record for most wins in a two-year period. After its 12-win season a year ago, combined with the 10 wins so far, the current Tigers squad is tied with the 2007-2008 teams which also won 12 and 10 games. The Tigers (10-3) now have a chance to win at least 11 games in back-to-back seasons for the first time. Missouri has five seasons with 10 or more wins since coach Gary Pinkel’s arrival in 2001 after previously producing one such campaign, in 1960.
A victory would also make the 2014 team only the 4th in Mizzou history (124 seasons) to win at least 11 games. The others were 1960 (11), 2007 (12) and 2013 (12).
The Tigers turnaround season can come full circle in the state of Florida. After losses to Indiana and Georgia at The Zou in a span of three weeks, the Tigers were sitting at 4-2. They traveled to Florida where they dismantled the Gators 42-13 starting a run of six straight wins. Now, the Tigers look to come full circle on history in Florida on Jan. 1.
Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams leads the Gophers with 29 receptions for 471 yards, Williams accounted for 29.2 percent of the team’s receiving yards during the regular season. He scored seven of Minnesota’s 11 receiving touchdowns (63.6 percent). Williams also helped block for an offense that ran for 224.6 yards per game.
Defensively, Columbia, Missouri native Alex Keith started the first game of the season for the Gophers and had four tackles, recovered two fumbles, forced a fumble and had a sack against Eastern Illinois before leaving with a knee injury. He finished the season playing eight games, but that was his only start. Keith is healthy and becomes another distraction for the Missouri offense.
“I thought this started at four?” asked several people clad in black and gold on Wednesday afternoon as they descended on the fan area set up at Orlando Pointe, by Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl organizers. Pep rallies featuring both Marching Mizzou and Minnesota’s band, along with mascots, cheerleaders and appearances by both head coaches Gary Pinkel and Jerry Kill were scheduled the day before the game.
All media and public information released stated the Mizzou pep rally would begin at 4 p.m. ET, with Minnesota scheduled to follow at 4:45 ET. Yet when I arrived at 3:45, to set up go shoot some video (see below), the cheerleaders along with Truman and the Golden Girls were already dancing.
The event continued with Marching Mizzou performing the fight song twice along with Eye of the Tiger and the Missouri Waltz. Pinkel event made a brief appearance to thank the fans who arrived.
However, by 4:15, the Mizzou event had ended and Minnesota fans were filling up the plaza area.
“We were a couple of minutes behind, but when I got there I saw the Golden Girls and then the Golden Gopher showed up and that was it!” said one disappointed Mizzou fan.
For those of you who missed the event or couldn’t be here for the game, you can watch some of the highlights.