Game Week Preview: Missouri Tigers

We take a detailed look at the Missouri Tigers as they head down to Lubbock to take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders

On Saturday night (7:00 P.M., ABC), the Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-4, 2-4) play host to the #12 Missouri Tigers (7-1, 3-1). Missouri is coming off of a 31-17 loss at Nebraska, and is looking to bounce back, and get back in the win column. Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel talked about turning the page after a disappointing loss.

"We lost our first game," began Coach Pinkel. "And obviously, we're very, very disappointed................... We'll get ready, and get going, get to work on our game plan, and hopefully have a great week of practice, and play our best.................... It's most important that we move on, and get prepared to play our best game." It will be important for Missouri to run the football, and to protect Blaine Gabbert. When Missouri runs the football, Gabbert has time to throw, and Missouri's offense is pretty dynamic. The Tigers enter this game ranked 6th in the conference (23rd NCAA) in passing offense (275.5 yards/game), and 7th in the conference (41st NCAA) in total offense (414.4 yards/game), but only 10th in the Big 12 (82nd NCAA) in rushing offense (138.9 yards/game).

Coach Pinkel continues to repeat the mantra that his team needs to run the football more often.

Missouri is ranked 1st in the nation in red-zone defense. And, the Tigers lead the Big 12 (9th NCAA) in scoring defense (15.38 points/game), and in QB sacks per game (3 sacks/game).

Missouri dropped to 12th in the BCS rankings this week, but the Tigers are still very popular with the computers, with an average ranking of 4 from among the various computer components. This is primarily due to Missouri's #16 strength of schedule, which is the strongest schedule of any of the undefeated or 1-loss teams.

The Tigers just need to continue to win games. A win this week will go a long way toward erasing some of the disappointment brought on by last week's first quarter failures. Earlier this week, I asked junior TB De'Vion Moore about the impact on the team of playing a night game on the road. Moore smiled as he appeared to look ahead to Saturday.

"I just love to play football," replied Moore. "It doesn't matter when it is."

Coach Pinkel paused for a moment to look ahead to Saturday's game, as well.

"It's going to be a challenge down there (at Texas Tech)," concluded Coach Pinkel. "It's a very, very important game."

Missouri Combined Team Statistics (as of Oct 31, 2010) All games

Team Statistics MU OPP

FIRST DOWNS 181 149

Rushing 61 55

Passing 110 80

Penalty 10 14

RUSHING YARDAGE 1111 1130

Rushing Attempts 254 272

Average Per Rush 4.4 4.2

Average Per Game 138.9 141.2

TDs Rushing 16 7

PASSING YARDAGE 2204 1698

Comp-Att-Int 210-325-5 172-288-11

Average Per Pass 6.8 5.9

Average Per Catch 10.5 9.9

Average Per Game 275.5 212.2

TDs Passing 13 8

TOTAL OFFENSE 3315 2828

Average Per Play 5.7 5.1

Average Per Game 414.4 353.5

KICK RETURNS: #-Yards 19-453 43-980

PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards 20-143 15-47

INT RETURNS: #-Yards 11-260 5-40

FUMBLES-LOST 14-7 16-6

PENALTIES-Yards 48-440 58-433

PUNTS-AVG 42-42.3 44-40.8

TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 29:25 30:35

3RD-DOWN Conversions 43/115 44/120

4TH-DOWN Conversions 4/6 4/14

Score by Quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total

Missouri 63 77 77 43 0 260

Opponents 41 27 20 35 0 123

Missouri Overall Individual Statistics (as of Oct 31, 2010) All games

Rushing gp-gs att gain loss net avg td lg avg/g

Moore, De'Vion 8 - 6 56 349 21 328 5.9 5 39 41.0

Josey, Henry 8 - 0 54 347 22 325 6.0 4 62 40.6

Lawrence, Kendial 7 - 1 41 192 8 184 4.5 2 39 26.3

Murphy, Marcus 7 - 0 15 100 4 96 6.4 1 30 13.7

Franklin, James 5 - 0 14 78 0 78 5.6 2 34 15.6

Gabbert, Blaine 8 - 8 63 210 136 74 1.2 2 29 9.2

Total 8 254 1312 201 1111 4.4 16 62 138.9

Opponents 8 272 1366 236 1130 4.2 7 93 141.2

Passing gp-gs effic comp-att-int pct yds td lg avg/g

Franklin, James 5 - 0 151.46 11-14-1 78.6 106 1 27 21.2

Total 8 131.70 210-325-5 64.6 2204 13 68 275.5

Opponents 8 110.77 172-288-11 59.7 1698 8 60 212.2

Receiving gp-gs no. yds avg td lg avg/g

Egnew, Michael 8 - 8 63 515 8.2 3 29 64.4

Moe, T.J. 8 - 8 58 696 12.0 4 68 87.0

Jackson, Jerrell 7 - 6 29 404 13.9 3 38 57.7

Kemp, Wes 8 - 8 29 321 11.1 3 35 40.1

Gerau, Brandon 8 - 0 6 110 18.3 0 28 13.8

Washington, L'Damian 8 - 1 5 35 7.0 0 11 4.4

McGaffie, Gahn 8 - 0 5 31 6.2 0 19 3.9

Lawrence, Kendial 7 - 1 3 23 7.7 0 9 3.3

Woodland, Rolandis 8 - 0 3 20 6.7 0 9 2.5

Total 8 210 2204 10.5 13 68 275.5

Opponents 8 172 1698 9.9 8 60 212.2

Interceptions no. yds avg td lg Rutland, Kevin 2 39 19.5 0 24 Jackson, Kenji 2 48 24.0 0 32 Edwards, Kip 1 49 49.0 0 49 Gachkar, Andrew 1 2 2.0 0 2 Smith, Aldon 1 58 58.0 0 58 Simmons, Jasper 1 0 0.0 0 0 Gooden, Zaviar 1 0 0.0 0 0 Sam, Michael 1 62 62.0 0 62 Gettis, Carl 1 2 2.0 0 2 Total 11 260 23.6 0 62 Opponents 5 40 8.0 0 23


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