Post-Game Rundown: Tiger Win Over Illiniois

A closer look at how the Tigers made their comeback to beat the Fighting Illini 23-13

On Saturday afternoon, the Missouri Tigers (1-0) defeated Illinois (0-1) by the final score of 23-13. Junior QB Blaine Gabbert completed 34 of 48 pass attempts (71%) for 281 yards, and tossed 2 TD passes, one each to T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew. Moe led all receivers on the day with 13 receptions for 101 yards and a score, and Egnew's contribution totaled 10 catches for 80 yards and a score. De'Vion Moore gave Missouri just enough on the ground, with 78 yards rushing on 16 carries (4.9 yds./carry).

Missouri came out sluggishly, and Illinois, behind RSF QB Nathan Scheelhaase, came out on fire. The Illini beat Missouri to the punch, and took a 13-3 lead to the locker room at half-time. But, Missouri made adjustments on both sides of the football, and came out in the second half, and grabbed the lead and the momentum. Afterwards, Missouri Head Coach Gary Pinkel talked about the win.

"You've got to give Illinois a lot of credit," said an obviously relieved Coach Pinkel. "I thought they really played well. In the second half, we shut them out, (our) defense shut them out. I thought that was good. Turnovers were huge in this game, as they are in every game. And offensively, we got a little more continuity. We (settled) for too many field goals. We've got to do a better job of getting the ball in the end zone.................... We can grow and learn from this, and become a better football team."

The Illini demonstrated tremendous improvement from a year ago in terms of playing fundamentally sound football. For much of the game, Illinois did a better job than Missouri of blocking and tackling, a testament to the new direction of the Illini program following the addition of their two new coordinators, and a number of other new coaches. Illinois looked like a much better coached team than recent editions.

Scheelhaase completed 9 of 23 pass attempts for 81 yards and a TD, offset by throwing 3 interceptions. He rushed for 76 yards on 16 carries, and average of 4.8 yards/carry. Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure totaled 112 yards rushing on 20 caries, an average of 5.6 yards/carry.

The Missouri defense adjusted, and stiffened, as the game wore on into the second half. Aldon Smith and Carl Gettis each had big, big days. Aldon Smith led Missouri with 10 tackles on the day, including two QB sacks. Gettis made a dazzling one-handed interception, and downed a punt on the Illinois 1-yard line, to go along with numerous other big plays. Afterwards, Gettis talked about the win.

"You always want to start the season off on a good note, 1-0," said Gettis. "Anyway we can get the win. Defense played great. Offense came out and put some points on the board. So, it's a perfect way to start the season."

The Missouri defense shut Illinois out in the second half, holding the Illini to only four second-half first downs, and had four take-aways on the day. Dominique Hamilton, Michael Sam, Andrew Gachkar, Zaviar Gooden, Kenji Jackson, and Jasper Simmons all made big plays, and allowed Blaine Gabbert and the Missouri offense time to feel their way along.

Offensively, Gabbert, Moe, and Egnew had big games. Missouri ran the ball well enough, and adjusted their passing game just enough, to put up 20 second-half points. But, in watching the game, I'd say that Missouri failed to completely take advantage of what Illinois was giving up. The Illini crowded the line of scrimmage, stuffing Missouri's running game and short passing game, and challenging Missouri to beat them deep. Gabbert went down field infrequently, and failed to complete anything longer than 26 yards through the air.

"It's fun to win," said Coach Pinkel, summarizing the day. "We didn't play our best game the first half. The defense shut them out in the second half, and just really did an outstanding job. I can't say enough about our defense."

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

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Illinois............ 3 10 0 0 - 13

MU.................. 0 3 7 13 - 23

Scoring Summary:

1st 04:48 ILL - Dimke, Derek 21 yd field goal

17 plays, 64 yards, TOP 9:14, ILL 3 - MU 0 2nd 06:56 MU - Ressel, Grant 33 yd field goal

12 plays, 45 yards, TOP 5:26, ILL 3 - MU 3 02:10 ILL - Jenkins, A.J. 13 yd pass from Scheelhaasse, N (Dimke, Derek kick

8 plays, 82 yards, TOP 4:46, ILL 10 - MU 3 00:00 ILL - Dimke, Derek 52 yd field goal

6 plays, 34 yards, TOP 0:45, ILL 13 - MU 3 3rd 09:38 MU - Moe, T.J. 7 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick)

10 plays, 77 yards, TOP 3:22, ILL 13 - MU 10 4th 13:26 MU - Egnew, Michael 6 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick

10 plays, 69 yards, TOP 4:17, ILL 13 - MU 17 07:21 MU - Ressel, Grant 27 yd field goal

8 plays, 37 yards, TOP 2:02, ILL 13 - MU 20 00:27 MU - Ressel, Grant 34 yd field goal4 plays, 5 yards, TOP 1:41, ILL 13 - MU 23

Team Statistics

ILL MU

FIRST DOWNS................... 16 23 Rushing..................... 9 8 Passing..................... 5 15 Penalty..................... 2 0 NET YARDS RUSHING............. 200 98 Rushing Attempts............ 41 29 Average Per Rush............ 4.9 3.4 Rushing Touchdowns.......... 0 0 Yards Gained Rushing........ 223 122 Yards Lost Rushing.......... 23 24 NET YARDS PASSING............. 81 281 Completions-Attempts-Int.... 9-23-3 34-48-0 Average Per Attempt......... 3.5 5.9 Average Per Completion...... 9.0 8.3 Passing Touchdowns.......... 1 2 TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS........... 281 379 Total offense plays......... 64 77 Average Gain Per Play....... 4.4 4.9 Fumbles: Number-Lost.......... 1-1 1-1 Penalties: Number-Yards....... 7-44 7-80 PUNTS-YARDS................... 4-187 5-200 Average Yards Per Punt...... 46.8 40.0 Net Yards Per Punt.......... 41.8 38.2 Inside 20................... 0 2 50+ Yards................... 2 0 Touchbacks.................. 0 0 Fair catch.................. 0 2 KICKOFFS-YARDS................ 3-207 6-376 Average Yards Per Kickoff... 69.0 62.7 Net Yards Per Kickoff....... 49.0 41.7 Touchbacks.................. 0 0 Punt returns: Number-Yards-TD. 2-9-0 3-20-0 Average Per Return.......... 4.5 6.7 Kickoff returns: Number-Yds-TD 6-126-0 3-60-0 Average Per Return.......... 21.0 20.0 Interceptions: Number-Yds-TD.. 0-0-0 3-34-0 Fumble Returns: Number-Yds-TD. 0-0-0 0-0-0 Miscellaneous Yards........... 0 0 Possession Time............... 29:59 30:01 1st Quarter................. 11:33 3:27 2nd Quarter................. 6:17 8:43 3rd Quarter................. 6:02 8:58 4th Quarter................. 6:07 8:53 Third-Down Conversions........ 5 of 12 9 of 18 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 1 0 of 0 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 5-6 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-14 2-9 PAT Kicks..................... 1-1 2-2 Field Goals................... 2-2 3-4

Individual Statistics Illinois

Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg

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Leshoure, Mikel 20 117 5 112 0 42 5.6 Scheelhaasse, N 16 90 14 76 0 20 4.8 Pollard, Troy 1 6 0 6 0 6 6.0 Ford, Jason 4 10 4 6 0 5 1.5 Totals... 41 223 23 200 0 42 4.9Passing Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack

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Scheelhaasse, N 9-23-3 81 1 24 2 Totals... 9-23-3 81 1 24 2

Receiving No. Yds TD Long ---------------------------------------- Fayson, Jarred 4 20 0 7 Jenkins, A.J. 3 33 1 13 McGee, Eddie 2 28 0 24 Totals... 9 81 1 24

Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB --------------------------------------------------- Santella, A. 4 187 46.8 52 0 0 Totals... 4 187 46.8 52 0 0

Punts Kickoffs Intercept

All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg -------------------------------------------------- Fayson, Jarred 1 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 Millines, D. 0 0 0 1 14 14 0 0 0 Ramsey, Jack 1 3 3 3 78 30 0 0 0 Golden, Bud 0 0 0 1 15 15 0 0 0 Pollard, Troy 0 0 0 1 19 19 0 0 0 Totals... 2 9 6 6 126 30 0 0 0

Field goal attempts ---------------------------------------- Dimke, Derek 1st 04:48 21 yds - Good Dimke, Derek 2nd 00:00 52 yds - Good Kickoffs No. Yds TB OB Avg --------------------------------------- Dimke, Derek 3 207 0 0 69.0

MU Rushing No Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg

------------------------------------------------- Moore, De'Vion 16 82 4 78 0 21 4.9 Lawrence, Kendi 7 23 3 20 0 8 2.9 Josey, Henry 1 10 0 10 0 10 10.0 Gabbert, Blaine 5 7 17 -10 0 7 -2.0 Totals... 29 122 24 98 0 21 3.4

Passing Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack

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Gabbert, Blaine 34-48-0 281 2 26 1 Totals... 34-48-0 281 2 26 1

Receiving No. Yds TD Long ---------------------------------------- Moe, T.J. 13 101 1 26 Egnew, Michael 10 60 1 17 Jackson, Jerrel 4 50 0 16 Kemp, Wes 3 46 0 24 Lawrence, Kendi 2 1 0 3 Gerau, Brandon 1 12 0 12 Washington, L'D 1 11 0 11 Totals... 34 281 2 26

Punting No. Yds Avg Long In20 TB

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Grabner, Matt 5 200 40.0 47 2 0 Totals... 5 200 40.0 47 2 0

Punts Kickoffs Intercept

All Returns No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg No.Yds.Lg -------------------------------------------------- Simmons, Jasper 0 0 0 3 60 22 1 0 0 Jackson, Kenji 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 32 32 Gettis, Carl 3 20 15 0 0 0 1 2 2 Totals... 3 20 15 3 60 22 3 34 32

Field goal attempts

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Ressel, Grant 2nd 13:08 37 yds - Missed Ressel, Grant 2nd 06:56 33 yds - Good Ressel, Grant 4th 07:21 27 yds - Good Ressel, Grant 4th 00:27 34 yds - Good

Kickoffs No. Yds TB OB Avg --------------------------------------- Barrow, Trey 6 376 0 0 62.7

FUMBLES: Illinois-Scheelhaasse, N 1-1. MU-Gabbert, Blaine 1-1.

Drive Chart

Drive Started Drive Ended Consumed Team Qtr Spot Time Obtained Spot Time How Lost Pl-Yds TOP

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ILL 1st I31 14:02 Punt M05 04:48 *FIELD GOAL 17-64 9:14 ILL 1st I35 02:59 Fumble M48 00:40 Fumble 4-17 2:19 ILL 2nd I20 13:08 Missed FG I20 12:22 Interception 2-0 0:46 ILL 2nd I18 06:56 Kickoff M00 02:10 *TOUCHDOWN 8-82 4:46 ILL 2nd I31 00:45 Punt M35 15:00 *FIELD GOAL 6-34 0:45 ILL 3rd I31 15:00 Kickoff I28 13:00 Punt 3--3 2:00 ILL 3rd I23 09:38 Kickoff I27 08:46 Punt 3-4 0:52 ILL 3rd I15 05:53 Punt I24 02:43 Punt 6-9 3:10 ILL 4th I19 13:26 Kickoff I21 12:24 Interception 2-2 1:02 ILL 4th I01 10:57 Punt I08 09:23 Punt 3-7 1:34 ILL 4th I31 07:21 Kickoff M32 05:40 Interception 5-37 1:41 ILL 4th I21 03:31 Punt I21 02:08 Downs 4-0 1:23 ILL 4th I38 00:27 Kickoff M38 00:00 End of half 3-24 0:27 MU 1st M22 15:00 Kickoff M22 14:02 Punt 3-0 0:58 MU 1st M21 04:48 Kickoff I35 02:59 Fumble 6-44 1:49 MU 1st M48 00:40 Fumble I19 13:08 Missed FG 7-33 2:32 MU 2nd M40 12:22 Interception I15 06:56 *FIELD GOAL 12-45 5:26 MU 2nd M20 02:10 Kickoff M35 00:45 Punt 6-15 1:25 MU 3rd M23 13:00 Punt I00 09:38 *TOUCHDOWN 10-77 3:22 MU 3rd M37 08:46 Punt I45 05:53 Punt 7-18 2:53 MU 3rd M31 02:43 Punt I00 13:26 *TOUCHDOWN 10-69 4:17 MU 4th I43 12:24 Interception I40 10:57 Punt 3-3 1:27 MU 4th I45 09:23 Punt I08 07:21 *FIELD GOAL 8-37 2:02 MU 4th M25 05:40 Interception M38 03:31 Punt 5-13 2:09 MU 4th I21 02:08 Downs I16 00:27 *FIELD GOAL 4-5 1:41 ILL 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd Qtr Qtr Qtr Qtr Half Half Total --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Time of possession 11:33 06:17 06:02 06:07 17:50 12:09 29:59 3rd Down Conversions 3/5 1/1 1/4 0/2 4/6 1/6 5/12 Avg Field Position I33 I23 I23 I22 I27 I22 I24 4th Down Conversions 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0/0 0/1 0/1 MU 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 1st 2nd Qtr Qtr Qtr Qtr Half Half Total --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Time of possession 03:27 08:43 08:58 08:53 12:10 17:51 30:01 3rd Down Conversions 1/2 2/5 4/5 2/6 3/7 6/11 9/18 Avg Field Position M30 M30 M30 I46 M30 M43 M38 4th Down Conversions 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0

Defensive Statistics

Illinois ## Player Solo Ast Tot TFL/Yds FF FR-Yd Intc BrUp Blkd Sack/Yds QH

38 Thomas, Ian 5 8 13 1.5/3 . . . . . . . 31 Bellamy, Travon 7 5 12 1.0/2 . . . 1 . . . 2W Wilson, Martez 5 6 11 1.0/9 1 . . . . 0.5/7 . 18 Bussey, Nate 3 5 8 2.0/6 . . . . . . . 5H Hull, Steve 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . 9 Henry, Trulon 4 3 7 . . . . . . . . 93 Liuget, Corey 2 4 6 2.5/12 . . . 1 . 0.5/7 1 26 Green, Justin 1 5 6 . . . . 1 . . . 3 Wilson, Tavon 3 1 4 . . 1-0 . . . . . 54 Staples, Justin 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . 25 Williams, As. . 3 3 . . . . . . . . 99 Buchanan, M. . 3 3 . . . . 1 . . . 85 Mercilus, W. 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . 27 Gully, Antonio 1 1 2 . . . . . . . . 94 Spence, Akeem . 2 2 . . . . . . . . 11 Fayson, Jarred . 2 2 . . . . . . . . 5 Leshoure, Mikel 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . 71 Allen, Jeff 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . 42 Gress, Aaron . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 97 Nurse, Clay . . . . . . . . . . 2

MU ## Player Solo Ast Tot TFL/Yds FF FR-Yd Intc BrUp Blkd Sack/Yds QH

8S Smith, Aldon 5 5 10 3.0/12 . . . . . 2.0/9 1 25 Gooden, Zaviar 5 3 8 0.5/1 . . . . . . . 33 Lambert, Luke 4 4 8 0.5/2 . . . . . . 1 6 Gachkar, Andrew 6 1 7 . 1 . . 2 . . . 9S Simmons, Jasper 2 3 5 0.5/1 . . 1-0 . . . . 13 Jackson, Kenji 4 . 4 . . . 1-32 . . . . 19 Gettis, Carl 4 . 4 . . . 1-2 . . . . 90 Hamilton, Domin 2 1 3 . . . . . . . . 93 Resonno, Terrel . 3 3 0.5/0 . . . . . . . 20 Rutland, Kevin 2 . 2 . . . . 1 . . . 57 Madison, Brad 2 . 2 1.0/4 . 1-0 . . . . . 1H Harrison, Jarre 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . 2H Hobson, Trey 2 . 2 . . . . . . . . 1E Edwards, Kip 2 . 2 1.0/3 . . . . . . . 3S Smith, Jacquies 1 1 2 . . . . 1 . . . 48 Wilson, Andrew 1 . 1 . . . . . . . . 10 Bolden, Tavon . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 18 Malbrough, Marc . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 14 Clark, Jaleel . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 31 Gaines, E.J. . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 2S Steeples, Rober . 1 1 . . . . . . . . 91 Burge, Jimmy . . . . . . . 1 . . . 5S Sam, Michael . . . . . . . . . . 1

Box Score

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

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Illinois............ 3 10 0 0 - 13 Record: (0-1) MU.................. 0 3 7 13 - 23 Record: (1-0)

Scoring Summary: 1st 04:48 ILL - Dimke, Derek 21 yd field goal, 17-64 9:14, ILL 3 - MU 0 2nd 06:56 MU - Ressel, Grant 33 yd field goal, 12-45 5:26, ILL 3 - MU 3 02:10 ILL - Jenkins, A.J. 13 yd pass from Scheelhaasse, N (Dimke, Derek kick), 8-82 4:46, ILL 10 - MU 3 00:00 ILL - Dimke, Derek 52 yd field goal, 6-34 0:45, ILL 13 - MU 3 3rd 09:38 MU - Moe, T.J. 7 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick), 10-77 3:22, ILL 13 - MU 10 4th 13:26 MU - Egnew, Michael 6 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick), 10-69 4:17, ILL 13 - MU 17 07:21 MU - Ressel, Grant 27 yd field goal, 8-37 2:02, ILL 13 - MU 20 00:27 MU - Ressel, Grant 34 yd field goal, 4-5 1:41, ILL 13 - MU 23

ILL MU

FIRST DOWNS................... 16 23 RUSHES-YARDS (NET)............ 41-200 29-98 PASSING YDS (NET)............. 81 281 Passes Att-Comp-Int........... 23-9-3 48-34-0 TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS..... 64-281 77-379 Fumble Returns-Yards.......... 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns-Yards............ 2-9 3-20 Kickoff Returns-Yards......... 6-126 3-60 Interception Returns-Yards.... 0-0 3-34 Punts (Number-Avg)............ 4-46.8 5-40.0 Fumbles-Lost.................. 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards............... 7-44 7-80 Possession Time............... 29:59 30:01 Third-Down Conversions........ 5 of 12 9 of 18 Fourth-Down Conversions....... 0 of 1 0 of 0 Red-Zone Scores-Chances....... 2-2 5-6 Sacks By: Number-Yards........ 1-14 2-9

RUSHING: Illinois-Leshoure, Mikel 20-112; Scheelhaasse, N 16-76; Pollard, Troy 1-6; Ford, Jason 4-6. MU-Moore, De'Vion 16-78; Lawrence, Kendi 7-20; Josey, Henry 1-10; Gabbert, Blaine 5-minus 10.

PASSING: Illinois-Scheelhaasse, N 9-23-3-81. MU-Gabbert, Blaine 34-48-0-281.

RECEIVING: Illinois-Fayson, Jarred 4-20; Jenkins, A.J. 3-33; McGee, Eddie 2-28. MU-Moe, T.J. 13-101; Egnew, Michael 10-60; Jackson, Jerrel 4-50; Kemp, Wes 3-46; Lawrence, Kendi 2-1; Gerau, Brandon 1-12; Washington, L'D 1-11.INTERCEPTIONS: Illinois-None. MU-Jackson, Kenji 1-32; Gettis, Carl 1-2; Simmons, Jasper 1-0.

FUMBLES: Illinois-Scheelhaasse, N 1-1. MU-Gabbert, Blaine 1-1.SACKS (UA-A): Illinois-Liuget, Corey 0-1; Wilson, Martez 0-1. MU-Smith, Aldon 2-0.

TACKLES (UA-A): Illinois-Thomas, Ian 5-8; Bellamy, Travon 7-5; Wilson, Martez 5-6; Bussey, Nate 3-5; Hull, Steve 4-3; Henry, Trulon 4-3; Liuget, Corey 2-4; Green, Justin 1-5; Wilson, Tavon 3-1; Staples, Justin 2-1; Williams, As. 0-3; Buchanan, M. 0-3; Mercilus, W. 1-1; Gully, Antonio 1-1; Spence, Akeem 0-2; Fayson, Jarred 0-2; Leshoure, Mikel 1-0; Allen, Jeff 1-0; Gress, Aaron 0-1.

MU-Smith, Aldon 5-5; Gooden, Zaviar 5-3; Lambert, Luke 4-4; Gachkar, Andrew 6-1; Simmons, Jasper 2-3; Gettis, Carl 4-0; Jackson, Kenji 4-0; Hamilton, Domin 2-1; Resonno, Terrel 0-3; Madison, Brad 2-0; Harrison, Jarre 2-0; Edwards, Kip 2-0; Rutland, Kevin 2-0; Hobson, Trey 2-0; Smith, Jacquies 1-1; Wilson, Andrew 1-0; Bolden, Tavon 0-1; Malbrough, Marc 0-1; Steeples, Rober 0-1; Gaines, E.J. 0-1; Clark, Jaleel 0-1.


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