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WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team took ninth place in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament Saturday morning, Nov. 17, at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo.


The ninth seeded Grizzlies (28-10) defeated No. 14 Temple College (24-19), Temple, Texas, 21-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18, to cap off a season that returned the team to the national spotlight.  This was the Grizzlies’ first appearance in the tournament since 2009 and their 12th overall.


“It’s always great to end the year with a win, whether you’re playing for a championship or ninth place,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said.  “We wanted to get to the last day, and we did what we needed to accomplish that goal.  We’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way, and if the freshmen can carry that into next year, it will just continue to get better.”


Emotions ran high even before this tight-knit group of Grizzlies took the court, as they realized this would be their last match together, but they were able to put feelings aside long enough to “take care of business” and end the season on a high note.


“It kind of hit them before we started.  This group is so close, and I think that’s why we were a little tight in game one,” Wiedemann said.  Although the Grizzlies started out with a slight lead, Temple was able to come back and win the first set.


“We didn’t pass well at all, but once we started passing better, that set everything else in motion,” Wiedemann said.  “It set up our serving by giving us more confidence, knowing that if we lost the point, we could get it back.  At that point, we really took control of the match.”


Leading the charge was sophomore outside attacker Taylor Swayzer, the team’s captain, who scored the final point of the match on a spike from the left side of the net and seemed to carry the team on her shoulders during the match.  She led the team in kills with 17 and recorded the second best hitting percentage at .400.  She also had the second highest blocking total with 2.5, but she led the team in solo blocks with 2.  In addition, she recorded 11 digs and a team-leading 19.5 points earned.


“I could not be happier with Taylor,” Wiedemann said.  “Her performance today is very indicative of what she can put together at any time.  Our team really feeds off her personality on the floor, and she’s learning how to assume that responsibility and pressure.  It has been so nice to see her free herself and play and let the team follow her.  She’s come so far, and I’m so proud of her and the fact that she had a great game.  It was a fitting end to the game and the season.”


“For me personally, my first thoughts (after the match) were of my teammates, and I just wanted to tell them ‘thank you,’” Swayzer said.  “Without them, we wouldn’t be here.  As a team, we were so excited we came this far.  It wasn’t exactly where we wanted to be, but we’re very happy with the win.”


As for her own performance, she said, “I felt like I had been letting my team down.  As the team captain, I should be setting the example.  But today I came out feeling that, if I needed to carry the team, I would carry the team.  That’s the first thing that came to my mind.  I feel I’ve grown so much as a person and a player.  I’ve learned so much and gained so much.”


Wiedemann was just as pleased with the rest of her team, especially fellow sophomores Magda Zietek and Candyce Alexander, middle attacker and right side attacker, respectively.  “Magda, Candyce and Taylor all were very emotional after the game,” the coach said.  “I love to see how much this means to them.  You want your players to invest themselves in what you are doing, and they did.  Just watching them afterward, you see it, you feel it, and that’s when you can be so happy and proud of what they’re doing.”


Zietek had nine kills, an attacking percentage of .250 and 1.5 blocks, including a solo block.  Alexander had four kills, two assists, one block and 11 digs.  “Candyce and Magda were a little frustrated with their stats, but they took good swings and got good points, and that’s what’s important,” Wiedemann said.


The freshmen also contributed well to the victory.  Outside attacker Helena Peric had 13 kills, three aces and led the team in digs with 12 and aces with three; middle attacker Torika Baleilekutu had seven kills with no errors, led the team in attacking percentage with .412 and in blocks with three, and added two aces; setter Sarah Stretch led the team in assists with 46 and had seven digs; and libero Victoria Williams led the team in passing rating with a 2.8.


“When you’re playing in this tournament, the freshmen can learn so much,” Wiedemann said.  “They see and feel all the things that need to happen to make the final four and ultimately reach the championship match and a championship.  Now they can take that experience and begin understanding why we do the things we do.  Our returning group set the tone this year, and the freshmen responded.  I think this freshman group will set the tone as sophomores, and if next year’s freshmen respond as they did, good things are going to happen.”


Wiedemann pointed out going 3-1 in the national tournament is “a big deal, especially after losing that first match,” and it wouldn’t have been possible without a total team effort – players and coaches.  “I really appreciate the work our players, Assistant Coach Crystal Stigler and Athletic Trainer Keri Elrod put into all that we do.  This whole process – the players, the coaches, our athletic trainer – we all are invested in each other and what we’re doing, and that’s why we’re able to accomplish the things we’ve accomplished and feel good about it,” Wiedemann said.


For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at  For more information about the national tournament, visit

The MSU West Plains Grizzlies fall to Otero Community College Friday night in the Hampton Inn Classic from La Junta, CO.

The Grizzlies took it to overtime but were unable to hang on and lost 75-67.  Grizzlies are now 3-2 this season and will play Lamar CC this afternoon at 4 PM.  Listen live on KDY 102.5!

The Missouri State University Lady Grizzlies will play for ninth place today in the NJCAA Tournament at the West Plains Civic Center after defeating Faulkner State CC and Redland CC yesterday.

The Grizzlies defeated Faulkner State in three sets, 25-8, 25-17, and 25-13.


The Grizzlies then defeated Redland CC in five sets- 21-25, 25-18, 25-21, and 25-20.

The Grizzlies will play Temple this morning at 10 AM for ninth place.

Admission $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and students.  Listen live on the Fox 96.9.

The Missouri State University West Plains Grizzlies are in La Junta, Colorado to compete in the Hampton Inn Classic.  Tonight the Grizzlies will take on Otero Junior College at 8 PM.  You can listen live on KDY 102.5.


Tomorrow afternoon the Grizzlies will continue play as they take on Lamar Community College.  That game begins at 4 PM on KDY 102.5.
The Grizzlies will return home November 20 to take on Neosho County Community College.

November 15, 2012  By

Despite winning the Gold Glove for National League catchers, hitting .315 and reaching career highs in home runs and RBI, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina finished fourth in MVP voting by the Baseball Writers of America. San Francisco catcher Buster Posey won with Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun second and Andrew McCutcheon of Pittsburgh third.

Molina received two first place votes and Braun three, while Posey took the rest of the remaining 27. Posey made his cause for MVP by hitting .385 with 23 doubles, 14 homers and 60 RBIs in 71 games after the All-Star break.

Readers in Missourinet’s online poll picked Posey as the winner slightly ahead of Molina by just 4% of the vote.

Player, Team, Total points

Buster Posey, Giants 422

Ryan Braun, Brewers 285

Andrew McCutchen, Pirates 245

Yadier Molina, Cardinals 241

Chase Headley, Padres 127

(ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team’s return to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament didn’t begin as hoped.

The Grizzlies, seeded ninth in the event, fell to eighth seeded Hillsborough Community College of Tampa, Fla., 15-25, 25-18, 31-29, 17-25, 8-15 in first-round action Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15, at the West Plains Civic Center arena.

The Grizzlies, now 25-10, will move to the consolation bracket where they will face 16th seeded Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette, Ala., at noon Friday, Nov. 16, in second-round action. The highest they can place in this year’s event is ninth.

Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said the loss was frustrating for her and her team. “We were nervous in game one, but then we took a deep breath and started playing,” she explained. “We played pretty well for a couple of games and really had to fight to win game three. We looked good in the first part of game four, too, but then we just backed off. We didn’t handle the big moment like we should have. We didn’t seize it. That’s when we began getting tight again, and that’s what made the difference in the match.”

The Grizzlies seemed to struggle to find their footing in game one, but they battled back in game two, and after a couple of kills by sophomore middle attacker Magda Zietek put them up 12-11, they began to pull away. After a slow start by the Grizzlies, the third game became a nip and tuck battle with neither team wanting to give ground. The Grizzlies finally put the game away on a block by freshman outside attacker Helena Peric and Torika Balielekutu and an error by Hillsborough.

The battle continued early in game four, but the Hawks began pulling away midway through the set. The Grizzlies kept the fifth game close until a series of errors allowed the Hawks to take a 3-point advantage the Grizzlies never could overcome.

“Hillsborough kept getting stronger as the moment got bigger, and we didn’t,” Wiedemann said. “We seemed disconnected as a group on the court. At times we tried to force things. We started pressing too much and tried to get too much out of our swings, and that resulted in too many errors late in the game. With each error we seemed to get tighter as a group, and we couldn’t take control of the game. Hillsborough did a good job of growing bigger in the moment, and that kept them in control of games four and five.”

Although they averaged 13.4 kills a game, the Grizzlies’ overall attacking percentage was .207. Zietek was most effective at the net, hitting .407 with 15 kills on 27 attempts with four errors. Peric led the team in kills with 16, Baleilekutu added 14 and sophomore right side attacker Candyce Alexander had 13. Peric also racked up the most points earned at 19.5.

Alexander led the team in passing rating with 2.87, and sophomore outside attacker Taylor Swayzer led the team in digs with 29. As a team, the Grizzlies averaged 18.8 digs per game. Peric also had the most blocks with 3.5. She and Zeitek each had two solo blocks. Freshman setter Sarah Stretch recorded two service aces.

As the Grizzlies and Hawks were battling on court two, Faulkner State was giving the tournament’s No. 1 seed, College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, a scare on court one. A first-time qualifier in the tournament, Faulkner’s Sun Chiefs took a surprising 14-7 lead in the first game and held off a late-game charge by the Golden Eagles to win 25-21. But the Eagles came back and took control of the contest, winning the next three sets 25-22, 25-16, 25-19.

Wiedemann said her Grizzlies will have to be prepared for this “scrappy team.” “We need to regroup and be ready to play. They’re very athletic, and they have nothing to lose. They’re the unknown and riding it for all it’s worth,” she said.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at For more information about the national tournament, visit


The Grizzlies, seeded ninth in the event, fell to eighth seeded Hillsborough Community College of Tampa, Fla., 15-25, 25-18, 31-29, 17-25, 8-15 in first-round action Thursday afternoon, Nov. 15, at the West Plains Civic Center arena. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – The top eight teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament all won their first-round matches Thursday, Nov. 15, at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo., and will advance to second-round action in the championship bracket.

No. 1 seed College of Southern Idaho (30-1), Twin Falls, got a scare from tournament first timer No. 16 seed Faulkner State Community College (27-8), Bay Minette, Ala. After dropping the first game 20-25, CSI took the next three 25-22, 25-16, 25-19.

The closest match of the day was the pairing of No. 8 Hillsborough Community College ( 28-12), Tampa, Fla., and No. 9 Missouri State University-West Plains (25-10). After taking the first game 25-15, the Hawks dropped the next two to the Grizzlies 18-25 and 29-31 before finally finishing off the match with 25-17 and 15-8 wins in the final two games.

It took No. 5 Tyler Junior College (30-5), Tyler, Texas, four games to best No. 12 Redlands Community College (23-10), El Reno, Okla., 25-15, 25-8, 21-25, 30-28.

In the remaining matches, No. 2 Western Nebraska Community College (38-2), Scottsbluff, downed No. 15 Wallace State Community College (33-7), Hanceville, Ala., 25-19, 25-19, 25-11; No. 3 Iowa Western Community College (44-2), Council Bluffs, defeated No. 14 Temple College (22-18), Temple, Texas, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18; No. 4 San Jacinto College-Central (33-2), Pasadena, Texas, beat No. 13 Casper College (23-18), Casper, Wyo., 25-13, 25-13, 25-19; No. 6 College of Central Florida (34-6), Ocala, downed No. 11 Western Texas College (26-9) 25-12, 25-21, 25-14; and No. 7 North Idaho College (23-5), Coeur d’Alene, beat No. 10 Hutchinson Community College (27-9), Hutchinson, Kan., 25-20, 25-15, 25-19.

The championship bracket’s second-round matches will pair Iowa Western against College of Central Florida and Western Nebraska against North Idaho at 5:30 p.m. today, and CSI against Hillsborough and San Jacinto against Tyler at 7:30 p.m.

The consolation bracket’s second-round matches will take place Friday morning, Nov. 16, and feature Temple against Western Texas and Hutchinson against Wallace State at 10 a.m. and Faulkner State against Missouri State-West Plains and Redlands against Casper at noon.

The tournament will continue through Saturday, Nov. 17, with the championship match set for 6:30 p.m.

To keep up to date with all of the tournament action, visit the website at

Thursday the West Plains Lady Grizzlies played the Hillsboro Community College Lady Hawks in the National Championship tournament.  Hillsboro came away with the win after 5 sets

Grizzlies:  15  25  31  17  8

Hawks:     25  18  29  25  15


The Grizzlies will play again Friday at noon against Faulkner State Community College from Alabama.  The match will be broadcast on 96.9 the Fox.

Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith talked about the signing of a nationally-ranked recruiting class that is picked in the top 20 by ESPN. The three players who will join Mizzou for 2013-14 are Wes Clark (6-0, 175, Romulus, Mich. / Romulus H.S.), Torren Jones (6-8, 215, Chandler, Ariz. / La Lumiere School (Ind.)) and Johnathan Williams, III (6-9, 210, Memphis, Tenn. / Southwind H.S.).

The Tigers needed to fill some holes that will be left next season when players like Michael Dixon, Laurence Bowers and Alex Oriakhi are gone. Clark will bring Haith someone who can handle the ball and score.  Williams, who they call J-3, was highly recruited picking Mizzou over Michigan State, Memphis and Georgetown. He can score different ways and Haith thinks he will get better on long range shooting, but Haith likes him for his high energy. He crashes the boards and blocks shots.

With the type of offense Missouri runs, they need all around solid players, not just big bodies up front. Mizzou needs to continue to find players who can run the floor, dribble, pass and shoot. Many consider the SEC the most athletic conference in the nation and Haith noticed that when he watched film over the summer and compared the Big 12 to the SEC.

“The tempo of the games. The way they (SEC teams) play. In terms of up and down…pressing. So we need to have who can finish and play athletic also, not just on the defensive end,” said coach Haith.

Johnathan Williams, III (6-9, 210, Memphis, Tenn. / Southwind H.S.)

Rankings: No. 33 by; No. 37 by ESPN; No. 39 by Prep Spotlight

Selected Missouri Over: Michigan State, Memphis and Georgetown

Williams Bio: Ranked among the Top 40 players in the country by and ESPN … Ranked the No. 9 player at his position by … Member of Team USA for both the U17 World Championships and the U16 squad that won the FIBA Americas title in 2011 … Averaged 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds at the U17 World Championships, shooting 54 percent from the floor in 15.5 minutes a contest … Averaged 15.7 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.6 blocks per game as a junior at Southwind High School in Memphis … Helped his club to a 28-5 overall record and the state quarterfinals … Will be a four-year starter for Southwind, which has gone 80-16 during his time with the program … Averaged 17.3 points and 11.5 rebounds as a sophomore and averaged 10.2 points and 9.5 rebounds as a freshman … Named first team all-state and all-district by the Tennessee Sports Writers … Was also a Class AAA Best of the Preps selection as a junior by the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

Head Coach Frank Haith on Williams:

“Johnathan is so versatile on the floor and has a number of ways he can impact a basketball game. His size and skillset are unique and he can present mismatch problems for opponents. He is smooth on the perimeter and is long and active and really has a great feel for how to attack his opponent and keep his teammates involved. Off the court Johnathan is just such a complete young man. He comes from a tremendous family and has a great sense of what it takes to be a leader on the court, in the classroom and amongst his teammates.”

Torren Jones (6-8, 215, Chandler, Ariz. / La Lumiere School (Ind.))

Rankings: No. 65 by Prep Spotlight; No. 116 by

Selected Missouri Over: Arizona, California, Marquette, Oregon and Washington State

Jones Bio: Ranked No. 65 nationally by Vince Baldwin of Prep Spotlight and No. 116 nationally by … Is the top-ranked forward from the state of Arizona and will play his final season at La Lumiere in La Porte, Ind., one of the country’s elite prep programs … Earned all-state recognition from the Arizona Republic his first three seasons while playing at Basha High School in Chandler, Ariz. … Averaged 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds as a junior, helping his club to a 24-7 overall record last season… Broke the school record with 22 rebounds in a win against Kofa last year … Added 25 points in that game as well … Averaged 9.9 rebounds a night as a sophomore … Was named a Second Team Freshman All-American by, averaging 14.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks … Was a preseason first team all-state pick in Arizona before his transfer to La Lumiere.

Head Coach Frank Haith on Jones:

“We are really excited to have Torren join our program and he will play this season at one of the top prep programs in the country. Torren is another high-quality young man and we feel like he has a very bright future at Mizzou. He is athletic and has a college-ready body. He’s not afraid to mix it up in the post and attacks the rim on both sides of the floor. He is a guy that doesn’t need to dominate the basketball to make an impact. He runs the floor extremely well and can score in transition or with his back to the basket. Defensively his strength and energy are big assets and allow him to play at a high level.”

Wes Clark (6-0, 175, Romulus, Mich. / Romulus H.S.)

Rankings: No. 70 by; No. 74 by ESPN

Selected Missouri Over: Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Xavier and San Diego State

Clark Bio: Ranked among the Top 100 players nationally by both ESPN and, Clark gives the Tigers a tough, physical play-making lead guard for the future … He is the starting point guard on the top-ranked team in the state of Michigan entering the 2012-13 season and led his club to an 18-7 overall mark in 2011-12 … As a junior Clark was a first team Class A (largest class) all-state selection by the Associated Press and flew up the national rankings following an outstanding summer on the AAU circuit … A preseason all-state pick as a senior for Head Coach Nate Oats’ club, Clark averaged 18 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.3 steals as a junior … He also shot 57 percent from the floor and 38 percent from three-point range.

Head Coach Frank Haith on Clark:

“Wes is the ultimate competitor. He is one of those point guards that won’t give you an inch. He is all about winning and did it at a high level in a very good basketball state, Michigan. Wes was one of the country’s fastest-rising players at the point guard position with his play over the summer. He has very good burst off the dribble and has the ability to break people down or create for his teammates.

Obviously the Detroit area has been very good to Mizzou over the years and our fans will really enjoy watching the mental and physical toughness Wes brings to our program.”

The Mizzou Basketball staff will remain active for the 2013 spring signing period. That period opens April 17, 2013.

The Missouri Tigers (5-5 overall), wrap up the 2012 home schedule this Saturday when they step out of conference one last time to play host to the Syracuse Orange (5-5) at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.  Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (central time), with the game being televised live nationally on ESPNU.    The Tigers will pay tribute to 18 seniors who will be suiting up for the last time at The Zou, and a win would not only send them off the right way, but it would also make Mizzou bowl eligible for a school-record 8th straight season.    Mizzou hopes to carry momentum from their thrilling four-overtime 51-48 win at Tennessee last week into Saturday’s game.  The Tigers were down 21-7 at halftime, and also faced a 28-14 deficit midway through the 3rd quarter before rallying to tie the game with just :47 seconds left in regulation, on a 25-yard TD pass from QB James Franklin to freshman WR Dorial Green-Beckham on a 4th-and-12 play.    The teams traded TDs in each of the first three overtimes, and the Tiger defense got a stop on downs in the fourth, to set up what was a 35-yard game-winning field goal by redshirt freshman PK Andrew Baggett(his first-ever game-winning field goal attempt in his life at any level).    Syracuse is also coming off of a huge win, as the Orange destroyed previously unbeaten and 11th-ranked Louisville, by a 45-26 score in Syracuse, N.Y.  The Orange used a 21-point 2nd quarter to break open a tie game, as they took a 31-13 halftime lead and cruised from there.  Syracuse had a balanced offensive attack against Louisville, as they totaled 524 yards of offense, including 278 on the ground and 246 in the air.  The trio of QB Ryan Nassib, WR Alec Lemon and RB Jerome Smith all had big days, with Nassib throwing for 246 yards and 3 TDs, while Lemon had 9 receptions for 176 yards and 2 TDs, with Smith adding 144 rushing yards and 1 TD to the ledger.  A win Saturday would also make Syracuse bowl-eligible.

LOTS OF THINGS GOING ON SATURDAY      In addition to the important football game being played Saturday, there are several other things to make note of taking place when Mizzou and Syracuse match up.      Saturday is the traditional Blackout Game, when fans are asked to wear black.      In addition, Saturday will also represent the annual Senior Day ceremonies, as 18 Tigers will be honored for their contributions to the program (see following note for more details).      Saturday will also represent Salute to Veterans Day, with several elements in the works to pay tribute to the men and women of the services who sacrifice for our country.  Weather permitting, the famous U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team is scheduled to parachute into Memorial Stadium at halftime.

MIZZOU HAS WON A RECORD 18 STRAIGHT AT HOME VERSUS NON-CONFERENCE FOES      The Tigers will take to Faurot Field Saturday looking to defend a nice streak of 18 consecutive home wins against non-conference opponents.  The streak is a school record in “modern day times” which we consider began in 1936, when the Associated Press poll debuted.  The current string began in 2005, with a 52-21 win at Faurot over Troy, and the Tigers haven’t lost at home to a non-league foe since, including this season’s 62-10 and 24-20 wins over Southeastern Louisiana and Arizona State, respectively.      One other thing to note: Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is a sterling 25-2 (92.6%) in his MU career at home against non-conference opponents.  The only losses have been to Bowling Green in his MU debut in 2001 (L, 20-13) and to New Mexico in 2005 (L, 45-35).      The previous school record home win streak versus non-conference foes was 11, way back from 1937-44.

SENIOR CLASS ROSTER/NOTES      Here’s a quick glance at the 18 seniors who have helped Tiger Nation stand proud for the last few years.  This class has won 31 games entering Saturday’s game against Syracuse, and has been part of three bowl games (2009 Texas, 2010 Insight, 2011 Independence), one bowl game victory (2011 Independence), and the first-ever win in school history over a #1-ranked opponent (vs. BCS #1 Oklahoma in 2010) among many other noteable achievements…      Most importantly, everyone in this group of 18 scholar-athletes is scheduled to graduate by May, 2013…

Tiger (Jersey) Pos. Hometown Career Notes
Trey Barrow (97) P/PK Moberly, Mo. MU record holder for career punting avg. (43.7 yds)
Jimmy Burge (91) DL Houston, Texas 33 career games, 30 tackles incl. 11 in 2012 season
Will Ebner (32) LB Friendswood, Texas Has 219 tackles in 46 career gms; 70 in 2012
Kip Edwards (1) CB Arlington, Texas 21 starts, 47 gms, 14 PBUs, 5 INTs, 3 rec. fumbles
Elvis Fisher (72) OL Saint Petersburg, Fla. 6th-yr. senior will start for 48th time Saturday (he’s old)
Trey Foster (66) OL Appleton City, Mo. Transferred to Mizzou from NW Missouri State
Zaviar Gooden (25) LB Pflugerville, Texas Leading active career tackler (239); 47 gms, 5 INTs
Mark Hill (73) OL Branson, Mo. Health issues cut playing career short (8 gms played)
Kendial Lawrence (4) TB Rockwall, Texas 13th on alltime rush list w/2,026 yds (has 19 TDs)
Brad Madison (57) DL Bethany, Mo. Has 15.5 career sacks, needs 1 to move into MU top-10
Gahn McGaffie (3) WR Galena Park, Texas 38 rec., 284 yds for career; KOR for TD vs. Okla. in 2010
Jared McGriff-Culver (38) TB Downers Grove, Ill. 36 career gms, 113 rush yds, 1 rush TD; 2 rec. in 2012
Jack Meiners (75) OL St. Louis, Mo. Has 9 career starts, hopes to return from injury still
T.J. Moe (28) WR O’Fallon, Mo. 8th Tiger in history w/2,000 rec. yds (2,005)
Joe Plevel (22) WR St. Louis, Mo. Veteran walk-on is majoring in biological sciences
Travis Ruth (53) OL Jefferson City, Mo. 25 gms, 8 starts, has missed all of 2012 w/injury so far
Kenronte Walker (30) SS Fayetteville, N.C. 23 gms, 14 starts, 102 tackles, 3 fum. rec., 1 INT
Rolandis Woodland (5) WR St. Louis, Mo. 32 career games, 11 rec., 139 yards, long of 51 yards

TIGERS CLAIM FIRST SEC ROAD WIN IN HEART-STOPPING FASHION AT TENNESSEE    Evidently figuring that if they were going to get their first SEC road win, they were going to make it one to remember, the Missouri Tigers evened their season record to 5-5 (2-5 in SEC play) with a thrilling 51-48 quadruple overtime win at Tennessee that likely induced some quadruple bypasses in the state of Missouri, thanks to its heart-stopping suspense.    Tiger QB James Franklin bounced back from a rough first half (Tennessee led 21-7 at halftime), and threw 4 touchdown passes, including his first with just :47 seconds left in regulation which forced OT, followed by TD passes in each of the first three extra periods.  Mizzou’s defense forced one last 3-and-out to get Franklin and company the ball back with 4:43 left, trailing 28-21.  Taking over on his own 24-yardline, Franklin calmly led a drive that saw him convert improbable 4th-and-9 and 4th-and-12 situations.    The first came on a 17-yard pass to WR Marcus Lucas with about 1:30 left to play that took it down to the Tennessee 23-yardline.  After three plays lost three yards total, Mizzou faced do-or-die, 4th-and-12 from the UT 25, with a crowd of nearly 90,000 howling strong.  Unfazed, Franklin escaped pocket pressure and found freshman WR Dorial Green-Beckham alone in the left corner of the endzone for a 25-yard TD pass with :47 seconds left to tie the game and force overtime.    Franklin would proceed to throw TD passes of 24 yards to WR Jimmie Hunt, 19 yards to WR Marcus Lucas and 10 yards to Green-Beckham, respectively, in the first three OT periods as the teams traded scores.  After the Tiger defense got a 4th-down stop of the Volunteer offense in the 4th OT, Franklin got the ball centered up at the UT 17-yardline, which led to PK Andrew Baggett’s game-winning 35-yard field goal.    It was quite a turnaround for the Tigers, as Tennessee dominated the first half, outgaining MU by a 383-to-64 margin in total offense on their way to a 21-7 halftime lead.  Mizzou turned the tables in the 2nd half, outgaining Tennessee by a 307-to-125 margin in total offense.

CALL HIM CAPTAIN COMEBACK?      Come-from-behind wins are hard to come by, but in just 20 career starts at Mizzou, junior QB James Franklin has already engineered three fourth-quarter comeback wins.  He also directed a 4th-quarter comeback to force overtime at Arizona State a year ago, only to see the Tigers fall in overtime.      This past Saturday at Tennessee, Franklin rallied the Tigers from 14 points down in the 2nd half (twice trailed by 14, at 21-7, and later at 28-14), for the 51-48 4-overtime win in Knoxville.  He tied the game at 28-28 with just :47 seconds left on a clutch 25-yard TD pass on a 4th-and-12 play.      In 2011, in his first year as a starter, Franklin led comeback wins late at Texas A&M, when MU trailed 28-17 in the 4th quarter, before the Tigers rallied to post a 38-31 OT win in College Station.  That 11-point 4th quarter deficit is the 2nd-largest Mizzou has ever overcome (13 points against Nebraska in 1949).  Three weeks later, Franklin was at it again, as he guided MU to a 31-27 home win over Texas Tech, after Mizzou trailed 27-17 heading into the 4th quarter.      In just his 2nd career start, at Arizona State in 2011, Franklin showed he had late-game ice in his veins, as he led a Mizzou rally from a 30-16 4th-quarter deficit, to forge overtime in Tempe, only to see the Tigers fall by a 37-30 score in the end.

Alltime    MU TDs in Final Minute of Regulation to Tie or Win Game
2012 at Tennessee Green-Beckham 25 pass from Franklin (0:47) to tie it 28-28 (Won, 51-48 in    4-OT)
2010 vs. San Diego St. Moe 68 pass from Gabbert (0:51) to win, 27-24
2005 vs. Iowa St. Coffey 4 pass from Daniel (0:20) to tie it 24-24 (Won, 27-24 in OT)
1997 at Oklahoma St. Ross 38 pass from Jones (0:18) to tie it 37-37 (Won, 51-50 in 2-OT)
1991 vs. Indiana Chamberlain 2 pass from Johnson (0:24) to tie it 27-27 (Tied, 27-27)
1976 at Ohio St. Lewis 2 pass from Woods (0:12) to win, 22-21
1959 at Michigan Haas 1 run (0:02) to win, 20-15
1958 vs. Idaho Snowden 1 run (0:05) to win, 14-10

MIZZOU LATE SCORE HISTORY      It’s hard to imagine a more clutch play than James Franklin’s 25-yard TD pass to WR Dorial Green-Beckham with :47 seconds left in regulation (on 4th-and-12) which tied last Saturday’s game at Tennessee and sent it into overtime.  But there have been plenty of late dramatics in Tiger history, of course, so we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the instances where Mizzou has scored a touchdown in the final minute of play to either tie the game, or take the lead in what ended up being Tiger victories.      By our count, last Saturday marked only the 8th time in MU history that the Tigers scored a TD in the final minute of regulation play to either win a game, or tie it and force overtime.  At right is a look at those instances.

BAGGETT NAILS GAME-WINNER, WINS SEC WEEKLY AWARD    Redshirt freshman PK Andrew Baggett had never tried a game-winning field goal in all of his life before Saturday, but he sure didn’t appear to be fighting nerves, as he calmly drilled a game-winner from 35 yards out in the fourth overtime to give Mizzou a dramatic 51-48 4-OT win at Tennessee.  He was also perfect on all 6 PAT tries on the day, and for his efforts, on Monday was named SEC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week.    Baggett is now 11-of-16 on the year in field goals, and 28-of-30 in PATs.  He has made 8 of his last 9 FG tries, with the only miss on a kick that was blocked at Florida due to a missed blocking assignment on the edge.  He ranks 6th in the SEC with his 1.10 field goals per game average (54th in NCAA), and he’s 16th in the SEC in scoring, at 6.10 points per game.    Let the record reflect that this is only the 9th time in MU history that the Tigers have won on a field goal in the final minute of regulation or overtime.

MIZZOU PLAYERS WITH TIES TO THE ARMED SERVICES    As we pay tribute this weekend to the men and women of our country’s armed services, we thought it would be of interest to list those who have family ties to the military.  Here’s a listing (huge thanks to Kat Lucchesi of the football staff for compiling the information):

1. Mizzou 20
2. Utah 17
Boise State 17
Fresno State 17
5. San Jose State 15

TIGER DEFENSE TAKETH AWAY – 28 STRAIGHT GAMES WITH A TAKEAWAY    Defensive coaches preach takeaways at all levels of the game of football.  Mizzou’s coaches have gotten their message through to the Mizzou defense of late, as the Tigers carry an active streak of 28 games having gained a takeaway into Saturday’s game vs. Syracuse.  The last time Mizzou’s defense didn’t come up with a turnover was Oct. 30, 2010 at Nebraska (a 31-17 loss).    Mizzou got a big turnover last week in the 4-OT thriller at Tennessee, as it came on the Volunteer’s game-opening drive and thwarted a likely score.  The Vols took the opening kick and quickly drove to a 1st-and-goal at the MU 10-yardline.  On 2nd-and-goal from the Tiger 7-yardline, a pass in the flat was knocked out of the hands of a Tennessee back by MU’s Michael Sam (it was originally credited to Kenronte Walker, but film showed it was Sam who gets credit), with LB Andrew Wilson falling on the ball at the 7.  That was the only turnover MU managed to create on the day, but the points it prevented from scoring certainly played a factor in the Tigers’ eventual overtime win.    The Tigers forced a pair of fumbles two weeks ago in their tough-luck loss at #8 Florida, with CB E.J. Gaines recovering one of them on the Gator 27-yardline in the 2nd quarter.  That set up Mizzou’s only score of the day, and it gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead which it held until midway through the 3rd quarter.  The other fumble was recovered by Florida.    Prior to that, Mizzou forced five fumbles, and got three more takeaways (all on fumbles) against Kentucky.  Mizzou converted those into 20 points (after having just 30 points off turnovers in the seven games prior to that this season), in the 33-10 win.  All-star DT Sheldon Richardson made one of the defensive plays of the season to date for the first takeaway, when he tackled and stripped a Kentucky tailback of the ball on the Tiger 11-yardline on the opening drive of the game.  Richardson threw the Wildcat aside, picked the ball up at the 15-yardline, and raced 60 yards the other way before the 295-pounder got hauled down at the Kentucky 25-yardline.  That set up a TD run by TB Kendial Lawrence for a quick 7-0 lead.    The other takeaways were induced by DE Brad Madison and LB Will Ebner.  Madison got a sack/fumble on the Kentucky 12-yardline that was recovered by MU’s LB Zaviar Gooden.  That set up a Tiger TD on the first play of the 4th quarter.  Later in the 4th, Ebner pursued a pass play to the boundary, and popped the ball loose right after a catch.  Teammate E.J. Gaines scooped the ball up at the Kentucky 13-yardline and tightroped his way down the sideline for the touchdown which put a cap on MU’s 33-10 win.    Prior to that, Mizzou’s defense was able to create takeaways in its 42-10 loss to #1 Alabama.  The Tiger defense forced a pair of Crimson Tide fumbles, which were both forced by DE Michael Sam, with LB Zaviar Gooden pouncing on one, and DE Shane Ray snagging the other.  The first was recovered by Gooden at the Mizzou 12-yardline to thwart a potential Tide score, while the second one came on a hit by Sam of Tide QB A.J. McCarron, with Ray recovering at the Alabama 48-yardline.    Mizzou managed one takeaway against Vanderbilt, courtesy of a Kip Edwards interception in the the 3rd quarter (his team-leading 2nd of the season, 5th career).  The turnover streak came oh-so-close to ending the previous Saturday at Central Florida, but just like that, with only 2:29 remaining in the game, junior CB E.J. Gaines popped the ball loose from a UCF receiver after a short catch, and junior DT Sheldon Richardson gladly pounced on the fumble to effectively end the game.

Coach Wins # Seasons (Years) Record Pct. # Bowls
Don Faurot 101 19 (1935-42, 46-56) 101-79-10 .558 4
Dan Devine 93 13 (1958-70) 93-37-7 .704 6
Gary Pinkel 90 11+ (2001-Present) 90-59 .601 8
Warren Powers 46 7 (1978-84) 46-33-3 .580 5

PINKEL HAS THIRD-MOST WINS IN MIZZOU HISTORY    Mizzou Head Coach Gary Pinkel is in his 12th season at MU (22nd overall as a head coach) and touts a career record of 163-96-3 (62.8%).    Pinkel, who has led MU to a combined record of 68-34 (66.7%) over the past 7+ seasons, and to bowl games in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, has a 12-year record in Columbia of 90-59 (60.4%).  Dating back to the 2005 Independence Bowl win over Steve Spurrier and South Carolina, Pinkel has gone 62-29 in his last 91 games overall (68.1%).  MU’s win in the 2008 opener against Illinois gave Pinkel his 50th MU win, and he now ranks 3rd on the coaching wins list at MU, with 90.  The win over Kansas in 2010 was the 150th of his career.    Pinkel is in a select group of Mizzou coaches that includes College Football Hall of Famers Don Faurot and Dan Devine, as well as Warren Powers, to be the only coaches to have an MU record of above .500 (with at least one full season coached) dating all the way back to 1935.    In 2007, Pinkel guided the Tigers from unranked in the pre-season to a team which won a school-record 12 games and a final ranking of #4 in the Associated Press Top-25.  Mizzou ascended to #1 in the BCS rankings following the regular season, and stood just one half away from playing in the BCS National Championship Game (before Oklahoma pulled away from a halftime tie to win the Big 12 title game).  For his efforts in 2007, Pinkel was a finalist for several national coach of the year awards, including the Robinson, Bryant and Munger awards.  He was also named the National Coach of the Year by FieldTurf in 2007, and his 7 bowl games is an MU record.    Pinkel has directed Mizzou to 8 winning seasons (8-5 in 2003, 7-5 in 2005, 8-5 in 2006, 12-2 in 2007, 10-4 in 2008, 8-5 in 2009, 10-3 in 2010 and 8-5 in 2011), with those representing 8 of MU’s 10 winning campaigns dating back to the 1983 season.    The Big 12 North Division titles won by Mizzou in 2007, 2008 and 2010 represent the only football conference titles of any kind Mizzou has won since 1969  – the last time it claimed a share of the old Big Eight Conference crown.  In April of 2011, Pinkel agreed to a two-year contract extension, meaning he’ll patrol the Tiger sidelines through the 2017 season.