As I continue to wrap my brain around what exactly happened in that first quarter I'm going to go bullet format here before we hit the road back to Columbia.
- Did today's first quarter remind anyone else of last year's 4th quarter against the nubs? Combine those two quarters and Missouri was outscored 51-0 by Nebraska. In the remaining six quarters of those two games, Mizzou outscored the nubs 29-7.
- Last week the O-line was dominant. Today it was awful. After the game Tim Barnes said it had to do with where Nebraska's D-linemen were lining up. He said they showed a lot of looks for which Mizzou wasn't prepared .
- Offensively, Mizzou struggled on first downs. They were set up with far too many third and longs to succeed against a defense as solid as Nebraska's.
- I have to admit, Nebraska's first quarter was some of the most dominant football I've ever seen. Veteran nub reporters were saying it's the best they've seen them play in years.
- In post game interviews players were obviously not happy, but not completely dejected either. Aldon Smith was the most adamant that Mizzou wouldn't suffer a let down next week.
- If you would have told me Mizzou would keep Taylor Martinez to 16 rushing yards and knock him out of the game I would have said there is no way Mizzou loses. Definitely proven wrong.
- I'm sure you've heard by now, but Roy Helu Jr. ran for a school record 307 yards. His three touchdown runs were from 66, 73, and 53 yards out.
- The crowd noise was unreal. I had a friend text me and said it didn't sound loud on TV. It was loud. I've been to games at some pretty loud stadiums but this was easily the loudest college environment I've ever experienced.
- Not impressed with the town of Lincoln. Seemed kind of run down.
- At this point Missouri can still go 11-1. Yes, Mizzou doesn't control its own destiny anymore, but who knows what can happen. This isn't the end of the world.
Last time Mizzou went to Lincoln was fun. Mizzou won by five touchdowns. (photo from rockmnation.com).
I have to admit, I'm kind of sad this is Mizzou's last game with Nebraska. Sure, those
arrogant classy fans up there refuse to acknowledge Missouri as a rival, but the truth is, this has developed into a good one lately. Nub fans will point to their storied past and their dominance throughout the 80's and 90's all day long however, recently this matchup has been even. Missouri has won four of seven, including three of its last five games against the nubs. If Mizzou wins tomorrow, the Tigers will be 5-5 against the Huskers all-time under Gary Pinkel. The winner of this game has determined the Big 12 North's winner the last four years. It will again this year. Yes, Husker fans, this has become a rivalry.
If you listen to national "experts," Mizzou stands no chance tomorrow. The Tigers might as well save the travel expenses and not even make the trip to Lincoln. Yet these are the same "experts," who didn't think Mizzou could beat A&M on the road and definitely couldn't knock off mighty Oklahoma this year either. This team continues to prove critics wrong. A win tomorrow might still not shut everyone up, but the Tigers record will speak for itself.
Guest contributor Jacob Hanson provided our eyes and ears at last night's scrimmage. Here's his take on the game and who played well. Just a heads up, he compares Phil Pressey to Rajon Rondo. Yeah, that got me pumped too.
Is Phil Pressey the point guard that will spark this team's run to a championship ala Rajon Rondo for the Celtics in 2008?
The game featured lots and lots of offense. There were a few too many careless turnovers tonight and not enough defense. Although, you can't expect too much of that in a Black and Gold game. The scrimmage provided a good opportunity to see extended minutes from the new guys. For what it's worth, the black Team won 102-94.
I know many Tiger fans will be making the trip to Lincoln this week. Some of you may have been there before. For others (myself included) this will be your first trip to Husker land. I'll be honest, I'm not quite sure what to expect in Lincoln. Luckily, our friends over at otherteamsfans.com were able to clue us in on the sights we can expect to see this weekend.
Danario Alexander and Sam Bradford bet on the Mizzou-Oklahoma game this past weekend. The loser had to wear the other team's jersey today in practice. Here are the pics. Courtesy of Danario and Brandon Gibson's twitter pages.
When this is the scene after the game, you know things went well. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
For the second straight week I can't legitimately name three Mizzou players who had "down," weeks and keep a straight face. When you beat the number one team in the nation pretty soundly there is nothing to complain about. So for the second straight week we present you, "Three Up, Three Up."
Gahn McGaffie - So. - WR
The casual Mizzou fan might not have heard of Gahn (pronounced John) McGaffie prior to Saturday. They have now. His opening kickoff return for a touchdown will go down as one of the best plays in Missouri history. I've never been apart of a crowd as raucous as the Faurot Field was after that return. McGaffie's TD set the tone for the rest of the game.
Don't laugh. While "optimal arousal," may sound like the tagline of a Viagra commercial, it's actually a big part of Mizzou's success this year. Much has been made of Mizzou players meeting with a sports psychologist this season. It appears it's paying dividends.
Last week I met with several players for a school project. Naturally, our conversation moved from school to football. As the players talked about how excited they were for the OU game I asked if their excitement could be detrimental - being too hyped up or over-eager which would result in mistakes and penalties etc.
They all mentioned the same thing: "optimal arousal." With the help of the team's sports psychologist the team works on being at "optimal arousal," for every play. Players said before each play they get their minds right to be at their best. The players said this year, when the team gives up a big play or makes a mistake they are much better at not letting it affect them mentally.
Wow. What a weekend. More to come later today recapping the win and looking ahead to this week's monster showdown in Lincoln, but for now, I'll post this email I received. Thanks Ryan, for sending this in.
"OU cant eat their wheaties...they lost their bowls."
"There is a reason their girlfriends call them Sooners."
"Landry Jones for Homecoming Queen."
"Landry Jones watches the WNBA"
"We found our Moe-Joe"
"Eat it Stoops this is Pinkel Nation"
You could light homes in Columbia with the energy on campus right now. For possibly the first time ever, Mizzou is the center of the sports universe. For the next 24 hours this is the place to be. The quad, the same quad that many of us walk (or walked) everyday is the centerpiece of ESPN's college football coverage. Our campus could not be showcased in any better light.
The game is more than 24 hours away yet people can barely contain themselves. I've never seen so many people on campus, so many cars downtown, and so much traffic everywhere you go. This is the place to be.
All of these things are great. However, there's still a football game to played. It's the biggest game of the weekend. It has the attention of the nation. Theoretically, Mizzou doesn't need to win this game to still win the Big 12 North or even the Big 12.
But what if Mizzou wins? Just think about it. It's fun to get carried away with the possibilities.
Missouri always seems to get the short end of the stick. The fifth down, the flea kicker, the BCS snub... We all know about it. But what if tomorrow night it's our team that gets the lucky bounces? What if it's our team that takes down the number one team in the nation?
If there's ever going to be a chance, it's now. Gary Pinkel and co. have worked hard to put Missouri in this position. Tomorrow they need to take advantage of it. It's hard to imagine any more excitement in the air than there is now. This town is already buzzing. As a sports fan it doesn't get any better than this... Except for one thing: A win tomorrow night.no comments