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From the University of Missouri

· Mizzou nearly posted the biggest 4th-quarter comeback win in school history last Friday at #23 Arizona State, but the Tigers eventually fell just short and dropped a 37-30 heartbreaker in overtime in Tempe, Ariz. The Tigers trailed 30-16 entering the 4th quarter before a sellout crowd, but calmly worked their way back into the game, and after tying it at 30-apiece with 2:50 left in regulation, were in position for a long game-winning field goal with :12 seconds left, but PK Grant Ressel's 48-yarder hooked just wide left to send it into overtime. ASU scored a TD on their opening overtime possession, and the Sun Devil held Mizzou without a score on their OT possession to claim the win…

· Mizzou was without the services of six starters for the ASU game, due to injuries, as LT Elvis Fisher, C Travis Ruth, WR Jerrell Jackson and TB Kendial Lawrence were out on offense, and DE Jacquies Smith and LB Will Ebner were out on defense. Additionally, senior TB De'Vion Moore started against ASU, but was lost for the game in the very first possession with a high ankle sprain…

· Mizzou's biggest 4th-quarter comeback on record is a 13-point deficit, back in 1949 against Nebraska, as MU trailed 20-7 in the 4th quarter, but went on to post a 21-20 win…

· The loss broke a five-game winning streak in overtime for Mizzou, dating back to the 2002 season (a loss in OT to #18 Colorado). Since then, MU won at Texas A&M in 2002 (2-OT), at home against Middle Tennessee State in 2003, at Iowa State in 2004, at home against Iowa State in 2005 and in the 2008 Alamo Bowl against Northwestern. Mizzou is now 9-4 alltime in overtime games, including 6-2 under Head Coach Gary Pinkel…

· Mizzou's 9 OT wins is tied for most in FBS history, since it began in 1996. Other schools with 9 OT wins include Arkansas (9-2), and Tennessee (9-2). The 13 OT games played by Mizzou is also currently tied for most in FBS history, along with Fresno State (5-8), North Carolina State (8-5), and Pittsburgh (6-7)…

· Mizzou dropped the game despite racking up 501 yards of total offense on the night. It marked the first regular-season game with 500 yards of offense since Nov. 28, 2009 against Kansas (553 yds.), and it was the first time since 2007 that MU had 500 yards of offense in a true road game (598 yards at Colorado)…

· Mizzou totaled eight plays from scrimmage of 20 yards or more against Arizona State, one week after having just one play of 20 yards or more in the opener against Miami (Ohio)…

· The loss also broke a 22-game winning streak in September for Mizzou, dating back to its last September loss in 2005 against New Mexico…

· The Tigers will look to get back on the winning track this Saturday at home as they play host to Western Illinois of the Football Championship Subdivision (6 p.m. kickoff, televised on pay-per-view). Mizzou stands 10-0 alltime against FCS opponents, with one of those coming against Western Illinois (W, 50-20 in 2000). MU Coach Gary Pinkel is 7-0 against FCS foes in his time at Mizzou, with the average score being 45.1-to-7.3 in favor of the Tigers. Mizzou claimed a 50-6 win in Columbia in 2010 against McNeese State…

 

Offensive Player of the Week

James Franklin – So., QB, 6-2, 225, Corinth, Texas

· Franklin led an impressive offensive outing in his second career start in hostile territory, as the Tigers scored 30 points and amassed 501 yards of offense in defeat. Franklin finished the game 26-of-42 passing for 319 yards and 2 TDs (with no interceptions), and he also ran for 84 yards and 1 TD to give him 403 yards of total offense…

· Franklin led a furious 4th-quarter comeback that nearly won the game, as the Tigers trailed 30-16 entering the final period. Franklin threw for 104 yards and 2 TDs in the quarter to tie the game, as Mizzou tallied 171 yards of offense in the quarter to tie it up at 30-apiece. His first TD pass covered 25 yards to sophomore WR L'Damian Washington, and later converted two 4th downs on the game-tying drive to toss a 3-yard TD pass to senior TE Michael Egnew with 2:50 to play…

· Franklin completed his first 10 passes of the game, with his first incompletion coming at the 8:25 mark in the 2nd quarter. Up until that incompletion, Franklin was 10-for-10 passing for 108 yards…

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Zaviar Gooden – Jr., LB, 6-2, 230, Pflugerville, Texas

· Gooden led the way defensively for Mizzou at #23 Arizona State by making a team-high 9 tackles on the night, including the only sack credited to Mizzou in the game. The sack was a big one, as it came near midfield in the final two minutes as ASU was closing in on field goal range that could have won the game in regulation. Gooden's sack put the Sun Devils in a 3rd-and-long situation, and they didn't convert, which led to Mizzou getting the ball back one last time…

· Gooden ranks 3rd on the team through 2 games with 12 tackles total. All 12 have been of the solo variety thus far…

 

Special Teams Player of the Week

Trey Barrow – Jr., P, 6-1, 195, Moberly, Mo.

· Lost in the excitement of Mizzou's near comeback win at #23 Arizona State was a record-setting performance by Barrow, who averaged 58.0 yards on four punts. His average broke an MU single-game punting average record for a minimum of 3 attempts. The old mark was set way back in 1942 by Bob Steuber, who averaged 56.3 yards on 3 punts against Nebraska (3-169), while Barrow went 4-232 for his average of 58.0 yards…

· Barrow unleashed a 73-yard punt in the 2nd quarter to back the Sun Devils up to their 6-yardline. It was a career-long for Barrow, and it was the longest by a Tiger punter since Adam Crossett had a 79-yarder in 2006 against Texas A&M…

· Through 2 games in 2011, Barrow is tops in the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 4th nationally, with an impressive 49.55 average per punt in 11 tries. As a team, the Tigers currently rank 16th nationally in net punting, with an average of 42.73 yards per kick…

 

Mizzou Individual Notes

· Sophomore TB Henry Josey came off the bench to help key a Tiger ground game that finished with 182 yards. Josey ran for a 94 yards on 9 carries (10.4 avg.), including a 39-yard burst on MU's final possession of regulation that helped set Mizzou up for a potential game-winning field goal just before the final gun. He also was a factor in the passing game, as he caught a pair of passes for 51 yards, including a 36-yarder that helped set up a game-tying field goal in the 3rd quarter. According to resident MU historian Tom Orf, Josey became only the 4th Tiger in history to have a 35-yard run and a 35-yard reception in the same game (Joe Moore vs. Kansas in 1969; Jerome Caver vs. Army in 1981; Brad Smith vs. Nebraska in 2003)…

· Three Tigers got their first career starts at ASU, as junior CB Kip Edwards, junior CB Robert Steeples, and sophomore DE Brayden Burnett took to the field for the first defensive series…

· Senior TE Michael Egnew caught the 100th pass of his career, and ended the ASU game with 3 catches for 27 yards, including a key 3-yard TD reception that tied the game at 30-30 with 2:50 to play that came on 4th down…

· Sophomore WR L'Damian Washington set personal bests with 3 catches for 39 yards, and he caught his first career TD pass on a 25-yard play midway through the 4th quarter that started MU's comeback charge…

· Senior PK Grant Ressel made three FGs on the night, connecting from 24, 47 and 19 yards. He just missed a 54-yard attempt at the halftime gun that would have likely been good from 60 yards or more, as it sailed just wide left nearly halfway up the uprights. His misses at ASU came from 48 yards and 54 yards, and he is now 4-of-6 on FGs for the season, and 47-of-52 for his career. With his 12 points on the night at ASU, Ressel upped his career points scored total to 230, and that moved him into 4th place on the MU career points list, behind #1 Jeff Wolfert (PK-362 from 2006-08), #2 Brad Smith (QB-284 from 2002-05) and #3 Zack Abron (RB-252 from 2000-03). Ressel is now just 12 FGs shy of Wolfert's Mizzou record of 59 career field goals, and stands in 2nd place on that chart…

 

 

 

 

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