Preview: Missouri vs. Texas Tech

Tech and Mizzou look to get that elusive sixth win and become bowl eligible, John Baucum previews it

Unknowns abound in Saturday's contest with Missouri. 

Like the Red Raiders, the Tigers have lost their leading rusher to a knee injury. Henry Josey, a sophomore from Angleton, Texas, was severely injured in last week's win over the Texas Longhorns and is out for the season. Prior to the injury, Josey was #5 in the country in rushing.   To literally add insult to injury, Missouri head Coach Gary Pinkel was arrested late Wednesday night for suspicion of DUI and will be unavailable for Saturday's game.

Missouri is led by sophomore QB James Franklin. In 2011, Franklin has 197-312 for 2,381 yards with 16 TDs and 7 INTs.  Franklin is a true dual-threat QB. In addition to his passing stats, Franklin is also the leading rusher for Missouri in terms of carries. He has run the ball 162 times for 642 yards and 11 TDs.

Aside from Franklin and the injured Josey, Kendial Lawrence is Missouri's top available tailback. He has 71 rushes for 301 yards and three scores. Lawrence tallied 18 rushes for 106 yards against Texas last week, including a 35-yard TD run. Jared Culver is next with 15 rushes for 93 yards and a score. No other Tigers have recorded a rushing score and only De'Vian Moore and Greg White have reached double-digits in carries.

T.J. Moe paces the Tiger receivers. He has 49 catches for 621 yards and four TDs.TE Michael Egnew, a native of Plainview and a first team all-American last season, is next on the list with 45 catches for 462 yards and two scores. Marcus Lucas, a big target at 6-5 205, is next with 18 catches for 293 yards and three scores. La'Damian Washington and Wes Kemp each have three TDs and Jimmy Hunt has one to finish Missouri's receiving scores.

Seth Doege leads the Red Raider offense. After a three game stretch of sub-par play, Doege and his teammates surely could use a return to normalcy against Missouri. Texas Tech has never won in Columbia, and like Oklahoma's 39 straight wins at home, streaks are made to be broken. On the year, Doege is 319-472 3,329 yards with 24 TDs and seven INTs.

Freshman Deandre Washington leads Tech's rushing attack. He has 71 carries for 325 yards and three TDs.  Senior Aaron Crawford has 67 rushes for 257 yards and one TD. Doege has three TDs and Ronnie Daniels has one to finish Tech's rushing scores.

Alex Torres leads Tech's receivers. The junior from El Paso has 51 catches for 616 yards and four TDs.  Eric Ward is next with 61 catches for 603 yards and nine TDs.  Darrin Moore has 32 catches for 409 yards and five scores. Tramain Swindall and Jace Amaro each have two receiving scores and Cornelius Douglas, Adam James and Jacoby Franks each have one score to finish Tech's receiving TDs.

As mentioned above, this game does not lack for intrigue. Texas Tech has been mired in a slump, but that pales in comparison to the adversity that Missouri is facing. With Baylor's high-flying offense up next, this game is absolutely a must-win if Tech hopes to keep its bowl streak alive. The offense must get out of its funk and the defense has to stop the run. The Red Raiders will be without both WR/DB Shawn Corker and DT Donald Langley.

 

Prediction:

Missouri: 31

Texas Tech: 41


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