Who wanted this game more than Gary Pinkel? Who was more intense than Gary Pinkel during the last two weeks? Who wanted to wash the taste of losing to Bowling Green for the second straight year out of his mouth more than Gary Pinkel?
The answer is a resounding "nobody."
Missouri returned to a warm, sunny Faurot Field and put on a show for the Tiger faithful racking up almost 500 yards of total offense in route to a 44 point performance. In the process, Mizzou held Troy State to just 300 yards and one score.
An intense Gary Pinkel barks out orders to his Tigers
Freshman QB Brad Smith once again led the way with a sterling performance. Smith passed for 213 yards, rushed for another 137 and scored two touchdowns on the day.
Smith's defining moment came on a 4th and inches play where Smith ran a QB sneak, spun off the pile of would-be tacklers and raced 40+ yards for a touchdown. Smith described the play this way, "I was just leaning into the pile trying to get the first down. The line did a great job of pushing the defense off the ball. All of a sudden I rolled off, saw daylight, and just started running."
Smith is leading the Big 12 in total offense, averaging 317 yards per game.
Troy State coach Larry Blakeney said, "Their quarterback is the key. He's a big-time player. ... He knows what he's doing, and they're doing a great job with him. They're a well-coached program, good players. I don't know how they stack up with their conference. They're as good as anybody we've played. I'd hate to play Bowling Green, that's all I have to say."
Blakeney concluded his comments on Smith by saying, "He's as good as anybody we've seen, including Seneca Wallace. He's not quite as polished as Seneca Wallace, but Seneca's a senior, and he's played junior college and lots of football. (Smith's) pretty poised, and he looks like he's a little bigger."
Thompson Omboga caught a touchdown pass on the first series of the game, but later left with a cracked rib. Omboga is expected to miss between four to six weeks recovering from this injury.
In his absence, redshirt freshman Sean Coffey stepped into the fore. In his first extended action of his Tiger playing career, Coffey responded with a huge game. He caught six balls for 88 yards.
The 6-6, 220 lbs. Coffey was more than a match for Troy State's diminuative defensive backfield.
A powerful Sean Coffey shrugs off Troy State's safety David Philyaw
Missouri's defensive front eight savaged Troy State's offensive line and backfield for most of the afternoon. Blakeney said, "Definitely, their defensive front was bigger and quicker than we can handle. It caused us to have to get rid of the ball quick, and defensively they just seemed to make play after play after play."
Missouri offically recorded three sacks on the day.
The play of the defensive line, specifically Wright, Bynum and first-time starter, Russ Bell, forced Troy State's QB Hansell Bearden into numerous poor throws and four interceptions. Three of the picks came courtesy of senior cornerback R.J. Jones, who tied a Missouri record for interceptions in one game.
"That's the record? Wow, that's cool. It's cool that I'll be a part of history. Hopefully next time I can get my name up there by myself," said Jones after the game.
Kicker Mike Matheny was also a factor in the game. Several of Matheny's kickoffs sailed out of the end zone, forcing Troy State to start on their twenty yard line. Matheny also kicked three field goals and made all five extra points. Matheny's 28-yarder in the third quarter was his first career field goal.
Another interesting stat which was indicative of Missouri's dominance in this game was the Tigers' efficiency in the Red Zone. Missouri converted all six Red Zone visits into points vs. Troy State.
The Tigers (3-1) must now prepare for the 3rd-ranked Oklahoma Sooners who are coming to town next Saturday for a televised evening game in Faurot. Oklahoma's strength is its defense and special teams. It should be a very interesting game indeed.
Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score
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Troy State Trojans.. 0 0 7 0 - 7 Record: (1-4)
Missouri Tigers..... 7 14 13 10 - 44 Record: (3-1)
1st 12:07 MU - OMBOGA,Thomson 20 yd pass from SMITH,Brad (MATHENY,Mike kick), 6-80 2:53, TROYSTAT 0 - MU 7
2nd 09:55 MU - ABRON,Zack 4 yd run (MATHENY,Mike kick), 15-95 5:39, TROYSTAT 0 - MU 14
05:23 MU - SMITH,Brad 28 yd run (MATHENY,Mike kick), 9-65 3:17, TROYSTAT 0 - MU 21
3rd 13:36 TROYSTAT - Samples, Jason 43 yd pass from Bearden,Hansell (Olmsted, Thomas kick), 4-79 1:15, TROYSTAT 7 - MU 21
09:51 MU - ABRON,Zack 3 yd run (MATHENY,Mike kick), 9-79 3:37, TROYSTAT 7 - MU 28
01:54 MU - MATHENY,Mike 28 yd field goal, 12-52 4:27, TROYSTAT 7 - MU 31
00:09 MU - MATHENY,Mike 26 yd field goal, 6-21 1:19, TROYSTAT 7 - MU 34
4th 13:15 MU - MATHENY,Mike 35 yd field goal, 6-7 1:06, TROYSTAT 7 - MU 37
12:22 MU - KINNEY,James 14 yd interception return (MATHENY,Mike kick), , TROYSTAT 7 - MU 44
FIRST DOWNS................... 18 27
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 28-69 52-277
PASSING YDS (NET)............. 231 218
Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 31-18-4 36-19-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 59-300 88-495
Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0
Punt Returns-Yards............ 0-0 3-27
Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 6-93 1-11
Interception Returns-Yards.... 1-2 4-53
Punts (Number-Avg)............ 5-44.6 2-40.0
Fumbles-Lost.................. 2-1 1-0
Penalties-Yards............... 5-42 10-90
Possession Time............... 24:47 35:13
Third-Down Conversions........ 4 of 11 9 of 17
Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 1 1 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 0-1 6-6
Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 0-0 3-18
RUSHING: Troy State Trojans-Betterson, DeW. 7-79; Cox, Chris 2-8; Fraser, Marrio 5-7;
Skipper,Heyward 1-1; TEAM 1-minus 2; Black, LeBarron 4-minus 3; Ray, Matt 3-minus 4; Bearden,Hansell -minus 17. Missouri Tigers-SMITH,Brad 13-137; ABRON,Zack 20-98; LEON,T J 6-12; FARMER,Kirk 1-10; ROBERSON,Tyrone 5-10; MITCHELL,Shirdo 1-6; CURRY,Terrence 1-4; SCHAUFFLER,Shan 1-3; GIFFEN,Chad 2-2; OMBOGA,Thomson 1-minus 2; Team,Missouri 1-minus 3.
PASSING: Troy State Trojans-Bearden,Hansell 16-26-2-225; Ray, Matt 2-5-2-6. Missouri
Tigers-SMITH,Brad 18-34-0-213; OUTLAW,Darius 1-1-0-5; FARMER,Kirk 0-1-1-0.
RECEIVING: Troy State Trojans-Samples, Jason 10-135; Skipper,Heyward 4-80; Rutledge, Toris
2-13; Betterson, DeW. 1-4; Moore, Adrian 1-minus 1. Missouri Tigers-COFFEY,Sean 6-88; GAGE,Justin 5-34; OMBOGA,Thomson 2-41; JAMES,Marcus 2-19; ABRON,Zack 1-13; OUTLAW,Darius 1-12; FREDRICKSON,Ben 1-6; SMITH,Brad 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Troy State Trojans-Faulk, Johnny 1-2. Missouri Tigers-JONES,R J 3-39;
FUMBLES: Troy State Trojans-Fraser, Marrio 1-1; Bearden,Hansell 1-0. Missouri
Stadium: Faurot Fld, Memorial Attendance: 50,220
Kickoff time: 1:07 End of Game: 4:10 Total elapsed time: 3:03
Officials: Referee: Ahlers, Tom; Umpire: Zerr, Richard; Linesman: Graham, Curtis;
Line judge: Keeling, Tom; Back judge: Johnson, Mark; Field judge: Osborne, Duane;
Side judge: Widen, Dwight; Scorer: Winter, Mark;
Temperature: 76 Wind: S @ 10 Weather: Partly Sunny Skies
SACKS (UA-A): Troy State Trojans-None. Missouri Tigers-BELL,Russ 1-0; BYNUM,Antwaun 1-0; KINNEY,James 1-0.
TACKLES (UA-A): Troy State Trojans-Philyaw, David 8-1; Yamini, Naazir 6-3; Ware, Demarcus
4-4; Moore, Deloise 4-3; Ansley, Derrick 4-1; Johnson,Leverne 4-0; Coleman, Damien 3-2; Davis, Bernard 3-1; Umenyiora, Osi 3-0; Williams,Gordon 2-2; Farmer, Robby 2-1; Johnson, David 2-0; Thomas, Eric 1-2; Adams, Arthur 0-4; Knight, Byron 1-0; Brown, Larry 1-0; Faulk, Johnny 1-1; Staple, Keith 1-0; Skipper,Heyward 1-0; Jackson, Deiric 1-1; Gamboa, Jose 1-0; Phillips,Cedric 0-2; Lankford, Torre 0-1; Cox, Chris 0-1. Missouri Tigers-DUNCAN,Antoine 6-1; FERGUSON,Tauras 5-0; BYNUM,Antwaun 5-0; SIMPSON,Jason 3-3; KINNEY,James 3-3; WRIGHT,Keith 2-1; GOODEN,Orlando 2-1; BARNES,Brandon 1-2; SMITH,Brandon 1-0; DOYLE,Sean 1-1; GROTH,Rusty 1-1; KING,Marcus 1-0; BELL,Russ 1-0; JAMES,Marcus
1-1; KINCADE,A J 1-1; MOSLEY,C J 1-1; JONES,R J 1-1; ANTHONY,Gary 0-2; SWEAT,Henry 0-1.
Troy State Trojans
POS ## OFFENSE
WR-R 5 Samples, Jason
SL-R 83 Felton, Eric
RT 76 Hall, Branden
RG 70 Bostian, Donnie
C 55 Jordan, Rodney
LG 61 Lee, Robin
LT 71 Curington, Stan
QB 18 Bearden,Hansell
TB 33 Black, LeBarron
TE 13 Moore, Adrian
WR-L 3 Skipper,Heyward
POS ## DEFENSE
LE 94 Ware, Demarcus
NT 93 Gamboa, Jose
DT 96 Williams,Davern
RE 72 Umenyiora, Osi
MLB 46 Yamini, Naazir
WLB 11 Williams,Gordon
SLB 28 Moore, Deloise
SS 38 Philyaw, David
FS 10 Ansley, Derrick
CB 8 Faulk, Johnny
CB 34 Miller,Jermaine
POS ## OFFENSE
WR-X 12 GAGE,Justin
WT 76 DROEGE,Rob
WG 52 PALMER,Tony
C 70 RICKER,A J
SG 57 GIANINO,Joe
ST 78 PAFFRATH,Scott
TE 93 FREDRICKSON,Ben
QB 16 SMITH,Brad
TB 38 ABRON,Zack
WR-H 87 OMBOGA,Thomson
WR-Z 1 JAMES,Marcus
POS ## DEFENSE
DE 4 BYNUM,Antwaun
DT 77 WRIGHT,Keith
N 73 BELL,Russ
DE 97 ELLISON,Atiyyah
LB 32 DOYLE,Sean
LB 24 KINNEY,James
WHIP 40 SIMPSON,Jason
ROVR 20 FERGUSON,Tauras
FS 36 KING,Marcus
CB 7 DUNCAN,Antoine
CB 26 HARDEN,Michael