With another lopsided win, Tigers make history
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Truman, a special guest of the Mizzou Army ROTC Cannon Crew, fires away after the Tigers score against Nevada on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. The cannon, which fired after every Tigers score, didn't get the chance to cool off much. Mizzou won with a final score of 69-17.
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MU defensive lineman Zach Milligan, a staff sergeant in the US Army Reserves who served in the Iraq War, leads the Tigers onto Faurot Field to take on the Wolf Pack.
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Woody Smelser, a sophomore at MU who serves as the Tiger Lair coordinator, sports a tiger costume. With help from the Marching Mizzou drum line, Smelser gets the fans riled up before the game kicks off.
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Chase Daniel set the school career passing record before leaving the game in the third quarter. He threw for four touchdowns and completed 23 of 28 throws, contributing to seven touchdowns and a field goal. To date, Daniel has passed for more than 9,500 yards, surpassing Brad Smith's record of 8,799.
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Wide receiver Jared Perry prepares to catch and run before temporarily downed Wolf Pack defensive linebacker Mike Bethea tackles him.
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MU fans celebrate on the sideline as wide receiver Jared Perry runs for a 33-yard catch against the Wolf Pack's defensive back Isaiah Frey. Perry totaled 98 yards.
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Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin demonstrates his jumping ability while leaping defensive backs Kevin Grimes and Mike Evans on a punt return.
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Tailback Derrick Washington outruns linebacker James-Michael Johnson as he adds to a total of 75 yards for two touchdowns.
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Maclin keeps his foot inside the end zone as he catches a 14-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against defensive back Kevin Grimes to give the Tigers a 38-10 lead.
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Jeff Wolfert set a Tigers single-game record for nine of nine points after a touchdown, in addition to kicking two field goals for a total of 15 points. Wolfert earned the Big 12 Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and needs 21 points to surpass Brad Smith as MU's record scoring leader.
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Rained failed to dampen the spirits of more than 54,000 MU fans, who swayed in gold ponchos to the Missouri Waltz before the beginning of the fourth quarter.
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During halftime, members of the Golden Girls wear military hats in honor of the "Salute to America" game, which included a tribute to veterans and a B2 Stealth Bomber flyover before the game began.
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Tailback De'Vion Moore outruns defensive back Mo Harvey for a rushing gain. Moore arrived in the game in the second half and totaled 26 yards with 10 rushes.
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Tight end Chase Coffman holds off the Wolf Pack after one of six catches for a total of 127 yards and one touchdown.
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Maclin carries four Wolf Pack players on his way to gaining 172 passing yards for three touchdowns. He also returned four punts and two kick-offs for 62 yards.
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The final scorer in the game, linebacker Jeff Gettys, returns a 27-yard interception for a touchdown.
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Quarterback Chase Patton runs for the north end zone as he scores a touchdown in the third quarter. He threw two for four catches and totaled 72 passing yards.
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Near the end of the game, Truman hugs Nevada's mascot, a wolf named Alphie.
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After the game and a 69-17 victory, MU players gather in front of the student section for a post-game celebration.
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Fans congratulate Chase Coffman, who normally wears numbers 45, on his team's third win before he enters the locker room at the close of the game. In honor of Aaron O'Neal, who wore number 25 and would have been a senior this season, a different MU senior player will wear O'Neal's number at every home game. O'Neal died on July 12, 2005.
Topping Mizzou’s 52-3 victory against Southeast Missouri State in the team’s home opener was going to be a difficult task. Several offensive records were set, and the Tigers were going up against a much tougher defense in Nevada.
Mizzou managed to pull it off.
The Tigers tied their all-time high score in a 69-17 drubbing of Nevada on Saturday at Faurot Field, matching the 1969 squad’s efforts against Kansas. For the first time in school history, three different receivers went over the 100-yard mark. And the team’s 519 passing yards broke the long-standing record of 482 yards set back in 1982.
Perhaps the most telling statistic of the day came when quarterback Chase Daniel broke the passing yardage record set by Brad Smith. On the second drive of the game, he hit receiver Jeremy Maclin on an 80-yard touchdown pass. His 405 yards on 23-of-28 passing, leading to four touchdowns, put him at 9,153 yards, surpassing Smith’s 8,799.
“It means a lot. That’s a big, big thing for me,” Daniel said. “I’m very honored to do it. There have been a lot of very, very good quarterbacks who played here, so I’m honored to be in that class.”
What Daniel has accomplished stems directly from his level of confidence on the field, coach Gary Pinkel says.
“The great thing about him: He loves to play; he can’t wait to play,” says Pinkel. “He can’t wait till game day. I’ve coached a lot of good players who have gone on to play in the NFL who were a little nervous. He’s not like that at all. People like to watch him play cause he’s like a battlefield commander.”
Daniel is quick to credit the other components of the offense for the team’s success. The group’s cohesiveness and experience from working together the past few years have enabled them to put full faith in one another.
“This shows the hard work we’ve been putting in since January,” says receiver Tommy Saunders. “We’re trying to go out there and execute this offense to perfection. Run, pass, you’ve gotta do your job. You trust your teammates are doing their jobs. This shows the trust we have in our teammates.”
Saunders was one of three Mizzou receivers to top the 100-yard mark, hauling in six passes for an even 100 yards. Tight end Chase Coffman had six catches for 127 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Jeremy Maclin caught six for 172 and three touchdowns. It was another record; never before in Mizzou football history had three receivers accomplished such a feat in one game.
“We’re just unselfish,” Maclin says. “Nobody’s talking about ‘he’s doing this, and I’m not doing that.’ We want to help our quarterback.”
While the 54,202 soggy black-and-gold fans soaked in and enjoyed every moment of the historic day, some pointed out these record-breaking performances have come against non-conference foes. Scoring so much can be seen as beating up on an inferior opponent.
“I just don’t like getting that many points,” says Pinkel. “We’re in a very difficult position there. I’m just very sensitive to that and feel kind of bad about that. [Nevada coach Chris Ault] thanked me for being kind to his team. Still, this isn’t about humiliating people, and we’re certainly trying not to do that.”
Sometimes accidents happen, though.
“Sometimes it just happens,” says running back Derrick Washington. “You know, we go out and try to run out the clock, and things just click—and there it is, and we score.”
Still, the team knows it must be fully prepared, as the Big 12 Conference season now looms on the horizon. With a trip to Lincoln to play Nebraska less than two weeks away, the Tigers are preparing to take their opponents’ best shots.
“We prepare like we’re playing the best because we want to be the best,” says Maclin, echoing Pinkel’s postgame sentiments about championship preparation. “The team that stops us is us. I’ll keep saying that.”