Football notes: Oct. 29

Brad Smith is making national headlines, but he's not the only news. Missouri's offense is also making some noise, and a Missouri player has been given a rather prestigious award. Inside Mizzou gives a mid-week update as the Tigers also rest after such a big win.

Missouri, back in the top 25 again at No. 21 in the Associated Press Poll, has a bona fide Heisman candidate. After rushing for 291 yards against Texas Tech, Brad Smith is fourth on's Hesiman list, and the Web site also named Smith the Player of the Week.'s Hesiman list placed him seventh. The Big 12 also named Smith the Offensive Player of the Week.

* Offensive tackle Rob Droege was named as a 2003 National Scholar-Athlete, the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced Wednesday.

Droege is only one of eight Division I athletes to receive the award. He will receive an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship as part of the award. He is the ninth MU player to receive the ward and the first since Corby Jones in 1998.

Droege remains on the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland trophies.

To be eligible for the post-graduate fellowship, nominees must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have shown superior academic application and performance, have outstanding football ability as a first team player, and have demonstrated strong leadership qualities.

* Missouri made a lot of noise with its offense Saturday in its 62-31 win against Texas Tech. The Tigers' 469 yards rushing is the highest of any team in Division I this season. The previeous high was 437 by Texas A&M against Baylor on Oct. 11 and Arkansas State against Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 6.

Missouri's 597 yards of offense is the most this season. Its previous high was 509 against Eastern Illinois on Sept. 13. The Tigers' eight rushing touchdown is for more than any game with Pinkel as coach.

: The Tigers hadn't scored 62 points since 1969, when they scored 69 against Kansas. It was also the first time Missouri scored 28 points in the fourth quarter with Pinkel as coach. Missouri scored 27 points in the fourth against Nebraska on Oct. 11.

* Kicker Mike Matheny hit his season-long 33-yard field goal against Texas Tech. He made two from 33 yards, one in the first quarter and another in the second. His previous high was 26 yards against Oklahoma. His first field goal was the first time Missouri scored on the opening possession of the game this season.

Matheny tied a school record with eight made extra points.

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