Inside the Win: Missouri-Ole Miss Notebook
Still 'Hoggin' The Tackles
Missouri SS Pig Brown and Ole Miss DB Dustin Mouzon entered the game as reigning defensive players of the week for their respective conferences. Their numbers from week one wins were eerily similar. In a 40-34 win against Illinois, Brown had five tackles (one for loss), a game-saving interception at the Missouri one-yard line and two fumble recoveries, one he carried 100 yards for a score to tie an NCAA record. He was named Big 12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday before being named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week Wednesday.
Mouzon, the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week following a 23-21 win at Memphis finished that game with two interceptions, including one he ran back 99 yards for a touchdown. He had seven total tackles.
Saturday, Brown won the battle between the two, finishing with a team-high 12 tackles, six solo. Mouzon had four.
"With all those awards, the first thing you're going to ask yourself is ‘Can he wipe that stuff out and go out and play real good football?'" Pinkel said. "I thought he did some good things. He's really helped us."
Missouri's back-to-back touchdown passes to end the first half and open the second were scored in a combined 2 minutes, 2 seconds. Tight end Chase Coffman and wide receiver William Franklin caught two passes each on the first of the two.
Tight Eds Do it Again
Chase Coffman and fellow tight end Martin Rucker combined for 10 catches, 118 yards and two touchdowns. Rucker even lined up behind center a few times, sending quarterback Chase Daniel to a receiver spot. Will Rucker be throwing any touchdown passes to Daniel?
"Oh no, I don't think they want to put Chase out there like that," Rucker said.
Maclin's quiet damage
Freshman receiver Jeremy Maclin accounted for 167 yards in the win, 96 on kick returns. He had 146 yards last week, 74 on kick returns, including a 66-yarder. He also caught a touchdown pass.
"As many touches as we can get him, we definitely want to," quarterback Chase Daniel said. "He had a pretty good game last week I'd say, but he definitely stepped it up this week as well."
Beating a different Rebel team
Mizzou took a 34-7 win from Ole Miss last season in Columbia. Chase Daniel's third quarter touchdown pass on Saturday gave Rebel fans unwanted reminders as the Tigers took a 35-7 lead with the score. After only a 167 total yards last season, Ole Miss did welcome 534 yards this time around, but the outcome was the same, as the Tigers left Oxford with 559 yards and another win. Missouri now leads the all-time series 5-1.
"They're a lot more physical," Daniel said. "They're a lot younger on defense this year and they were flying around the ball fast the first couple of series. We finally got the speed of the game right and started hitting some things.
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