KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Football Football en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Wed, 23 Aug 2017 HH:08:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Suspended MU football player arrested http://www.komu.com/news/suspended-mu-football-player-arrested/ http://www.komu.com/news/suspended-mu-football-player-arrested/ Football Tue, 15 Aug 2017 8:57:35 AM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Suspended MU football player arrested

COLUMBIA - Missouri football junior defensive end Nate Howard was arrested by MUPD Monday night after failing to appear in court for a speeding offense in Montgomery County.

Howard was released after paying the $121 bail.

Howard had already been suspended following an arrest in June for charges including possession of a controlled substance. His preliminary hearing in that case has been set for an Aug. 24.

In his freshman and sophomore seasons, Howard totaled 15 tackles, 2.5 for loss.


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Missouri Valley College football in NAIA preseason Top 25 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-football-in-naia-preseason-top-25/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-valley-college-football-in-naia-preseason-top-25/ Football Mon, 7 Aug 2017 5:32:35 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri Valley College football in NAIA preseason Top 25

MARSHALL - The Missouri Valley College football team is ranked 12th in the NAIA Football Coaches' Preseason Top 25 Poll. 

The Vikings finished 9-3 in 2016, making the postseason for the first time since 2014 and were selected to finish second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference's Southern Division in last week's conference coaches poll behind the national No. 2 Baker University.

Overall, the Heart of America has four teams in the preseason NAIA Coaches Poll as Grand View University is ranked No. 9 and William Penn University comes in at No. 23. 

Missouri Valley opens its season on Aug. 26 at Benedictine College of Kansas at 11 a.m. With the home opener for the Vikings coming the following week on Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. against No. 23 William Penn at 6 p.m.

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Former NFL Players open business in Columbia http://www.komu.com/news/former-nfl-players-open-business-in-columbia/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-nfl-players-open-business-in-columbia/ Football Sat, 27 May 2017 5:06:07 PM Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 News Reporter Former NFL Players open business in Columbia

COLUMBIA - A new business pushes its clients to their limit and has them sweating bullets.

Two former NFL players and Mizzou football players Jerrell Jackson and Micheal Egnew opened Athletics Performance Institute last week.

The gym is an addition to the All-Star Performance Institute. API has cheer and tumbling, sports performance training, adult training and boot camps.

Clients worked out at API's second boot camp Saturday in their new location. API has individual and group sessions.

Jackson said when he played in the NFL he learned importance physical training.

“I was blessed to be able to get a full scholarship at Mizzou,” Jackson said. “Once I graduated, I made it to the NFL, played three years in the NFL and I understood that as an athlete your body was your biggest investment. Which means you really have to put your body through some stress in order for you to reach those goals.”

Jackson said he focuses on providing his clients with the tools, and motivation to stay committed.

“Being in this position and knowing I’m inspiring others, motivating others, man it’s just like an ultimate goal of mine," Jackson said. "I just feel blessed.” 

Jackson said he grew up in a poor neighborhood and he continues to push himself because others look up to him.

“I’m still pushing to be great,” Jackson said. “People in my neighborhood see that. They always hit me up, they always contact me and say 'bro we so proud of you man. Keep it up you inspiring everybody to be great.' And that’s what it means as a minority that the same kid that grew up in that neighborhood made it out.”

Jackson said he’s blessed, but anyone can accomplish their goal with hard work and staying committed.

“Just inspiring people in my similar situation,” Jackson said. “And letting people know that it don’t matter who you are, where you started, who your family is, if you started with a million dollars or what you know. You can make it, you just have to work hard and be persistent.”

Jackson said he trains a wide variety of clients.

“Right now I have a kid that’s 12-years-old and I have a lady that’s 57-years-old,” Jackson said “It’s so broad. It’s men, women, short, tall, young, old.”

API client, Catherine Miller said API is for everyone regardless of where you are in your fitness journey.

“It didn’t matter what size, shape, where you were in your journey,” Miller said. “If you’ve never exercised, if your just coming back. Everyone wants to see you succeed. And that’s like the best atmosphere to be in.”

Miller said she rearranges her schedule to make it to workout classes.

“I hate missing class,” Miller said. “Like I hate missing class and if I know I have a meeting for work that I have to go to so I’m like hey can I trade classes and like come in the morning which is tough for me. It’s like a 5:30 class, and I’m not even a morning person but I’m willing to get up and come at 5:30 in the morning because I don’t want to miss those workouts.”

Miller said seeing her transformation has been worthwhile and caused her to invite her friends.

“You want to have your friends who have been struggling, like 'hey why don’t you come with me? Like I know a place that you can become success at.' So I’m all about telling my friends, bringing folks here because I wanted them to be successful like I’ve been.”

Client Kelly Holtkamp has been working out with Jackson since last fall. Holtkamp said she's seen major changes and encourages others to join.

“I’ve lost 6 inches in my stomach which is critical,” Holtkamp said.  “And just give it a try, I’ve been going to gyms and working out all my life and I’ve never experienced the enthusiasm and the support as genuinely as this.”

Another client Victoria Thompson said working with supportive people, like Jackson and the API staff, has made the difference.

“He just cares about you and your progress so much that you don’t have any other option but to be great," Thompson said.

Jackson said opening a business would not have been possible without the support of his co-owner Micheal Egnew, All-Star Performance Institute owner Melissa Wilhite and head trainer Jordan Brewer.  

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Multiple former Tigers signed by NFL teams http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-former-tigers-signed-by-nfl-teams/ http://www.komu.com/news/multiple-former-tigers-signed-by-nfl-teams/ Football Sat, 29 Apr 2017 8:18:11 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Multiple former Tigers signed by NFL teams

UPDATED 5/1/2017 8:40 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA — The 2017 NFL Draft concluded Saturday following seven total rounds of selections.

No Mizzou players were taken either Friday or Saturday. The only former Tiger selected was defensive end Charles Harris at pick 22 to the Dolphins. 

The NFL allows for former collegiate players to sign with teams after the draft if they aren't selected. Here are some of the Mizzou athletes that will compete for an NFL roster spot in the fall:

  • Tight end Sean Culkin agreed to a contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Culkin caught 61 passes for 601 yards and two touchdowns in his career.


  • Cornerback Aarion Penton, a first-team All-SEC performer, agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Rams. The St. Louis-native finished his career with 132 total tackles, including eight for loss, 10 interceptions and 31 passes broken up. He led the SEC with 17 passes defended in 2016.


  • Defensive tackle Josh Augusta announced that he will suit up for the New England Patriots. He played all four seasons as a Tiger, earning 20 career tackles for loss, four sacks, two pass breakups and a interception. Augusta also carried the ball 10 times as a senior for two touchdowns on short yardage situations.

  • Linebacker Donavin Newsom agreed to a contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The St. Louis native led Mizzou in 2016 with 73 tackles, including 5.5 for loss. He also recorded three sacks, four pass breakups and forced a fumble.

  • Long snapper Jake Hurrell agreed to a contract with the Baltimore Ravens. Hurrell won team honors as Special Teams Player of the Year as a freshman in 2013.


  • Defensive tackle Ricky Hatley signed with the Houston Texans. Hatley had 67 tackles and three sacks in his four seasons with the Tigers.

  • MU announced that cornerback John Gibson signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks. Gibson is credited with 86 career tackles and five interceptions.


  • Former defensive lineman Harold Brantley, who played last season at Northwest Missouri State, agreed to sign with Cincinnati. Brantley missed all of the 2015 season after suffering serious injuries in a car accident and was dismissed in an unrelated incident before the season started in August.


Other Mizzou players yet to be signed include linebacker Michael Scherer, running back Alex Ross, and wide receiver Chris Black.

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Annual Black & Gold Game gives first look at 2017 Missouri football http://www.komu.com/news/annual-black-and-gold-game-gives-first-look-at-2017-missouri-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/annual-black-and-gold-game-gives-first-look-at-2017-missouri-football/ Football Sat, 15 Apr 2017 9:44:39 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Annual Black & Gold Game gives first look at 2017 Missouri football

COLUMBIA - The 2017 spring camp came to an end Saturday as the Gold unit on offense beat the Black unit on defense, 24-0, in the annual Black & Gold Game.

All of the scoring came in the first half.

Some statistics and notes from the game:


  • Junior WR Emanuel Hall caught two touchdown receptions, one each from sophomore QB Jack Lowary and freshman QB Micah Wilson, and finished with a game-high 87 yards on three catches.
  • Mizzou hasn't named the backup for sophomore QB Drew Lock, but Lowary made an early case by throwing for 113 yards, two touchdowns and a rating of 191.7, all team highs. On a second possession third-and-seven, Lowary avoided a blitz to throw a 42-yard TD to Hall.
  • Running backs Ish Witter and Damarea Crockett were held out for precautionary reasons. 
  • Freshman early-enrollee Isaiah Miller got the most work among the running backs, leading the Gold with 14 carries and 57 yards.
  • Walk-on freshman RB Dawson Downing also stood out in the backfield. He converted a 31-yard carry and a touchdown on the opening drive. He finished with 47 yards on nine carries.



  • Kansas State transfer Kaleb Prewitt made an immediate impact. The redshirt-sophomore led the Tigers with six tackles, all solos, as well as one for loss and a pass break-up.
  • With projected starter at DE, Marcell Frazier, out with a broken right arm, there were plenty of opportunities for players to impress coaches on the outside of the defensive line. Sophomore Nate Howard stood out with two sacks. Redshirt freshman Tre Williams also had a sack.
  • Sophomore safety Ronnell Perkins made five tackles and tacked on a interception and a sack. 


Special Teams

  • Kicker Tucker McCann, the former fifth-rated kicking recruit of the 2016 class by ESPN and Rivals, converted all of his PAT's and added a 47-yard FG. McCann was 6-12 in 2016 with four missed PAT's.
  • Sophomore punter Corey Fatony averaged 51 yards on four punts, dropping two inside the opposing 20-yard-line.

No Tigers that played suffered any significant injuries in front of the crowd of 16,457.




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Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ Football Wed, 29 Mar 2017 9:16:27 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints

NEW ORLEANS - Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel has signed a one-year deal to play for the New Orleans Saints next season in the NFL.

This is the second time Daniel will have played for the Saints. Daniel played his first four seasons as a backup in New Orleans behind Drew Brees.

Daniel has also played for Kansas City and Philadelphia. The Eagles released Daniel this offseason when it was clear he wouldn't start.

For his career, Daniel has a 65.4 completion percentage and has thrown for 480 yards. He's 1-1 in two career starts.

As a Mizzou Tiger, Daniel was the most decorated QB in program history. He holds school records for completions, passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback rating and wins. Daniel was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Heisman finalist in 2007. 

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Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ Football Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:11:48 AM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury

COLUMBIA - Missouri linebacker Michael Scherer has had an additional hurdle to jump through while he pursues his NFL dream. 

The senior tore both his ACL and MCL against Middle Tennessee in 2016, effectively ending his season and his Missouri football career. 

After getting leg surgery in November 2016, Scherer had his doubts about a future in the NFL. 

“The uncertainty was tough for like two weeks and then I saw how fast I was getting better,” Scherer said. 

Five months after surgery, Scherer was healthy enough to participate in Mizzou’s NFL Pro Day. Scherer had 26 reps on the bench press, a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. Those numbers would've placed Scherer in the top 15 among linebackers in the NFL Combine had he been invited to participate. 

Teammate Charles Harris said Scherer's performance at Pro Day motivated the entire team.

“Seeing him warm up and do what he possibly could, the entire team exploded when he did his vertical jump,” Harris said. 

But Scherer wasn't able to fully participate in every test. He sat out of events such as the 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill because hasn't fully recovered from his injury. 

“My leg’s kind of normal again. But my right leg, the bad one, hasn’t caught up to my left one yet. When you get to moving at a fast pace it can look kind of funny. I just don’t want to get hurt," Scherer said.  

Despite the lingering injury, NFL teams are contacting Scherer about working out for them.

"I probably got a few workouts in this next month. They want to see me move around a little more,” Scherer said. 

Scherer said his performance at Pro Day proves he’s ready for the NFL. 



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Ole Miss self-imposes 1-year postseason ban http://www.komu.com/news/ole-miss-self-imposes-1-year-postseason-ban/ http://www.komu.com/news/ole-miss-self-imposes-1-year-postseason-ban/ Football Wed, 22 Feb 2017 6:08:05 PM Ole Miss self-imposes 1-year postseason ban

Oxford, Miss. - The University of Mississippi has announced a self-imposed post season ban for the 2017 football season. The ban was announced Wednesday at a press conference by Mississippi's Vice Chancellor for Collegiate Athletics Ross Bjork. 

The ban comes amidst 21 allegations against Ole Miss' football program by the NCAA. The allegations vary in severity and nature but most deal with booster involvement within recruiting. Bjork recognizes that the ban will adversely affect many people, not just those responsible. 

"They (players and staff) will pay the price for the actions of a few," Bjork said in the press conference. "I take full responsibility," he continued. 

Since Hugh Freeze took comand of the Rebels in 2012, the team has missed a bowl game only once, this past season. The highlight of that span was a Sugar Bowl win at the end of the 2015 season. 


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Former Jefferson City running back facing rape charges http://www.komu.com/news/former-jefferson-city-running-back-facing-rape-charges/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-jefferson-city-running-back-facing-rape-charges/ Football Fri, 3 Feb 2017 8:55:21 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Jefferson City running back facing rape charges

JEFFERSON CITY — Former Jefferson City star running back Rashaun Woods was in jail Friday after he was accused of raping two women.

Woods is being held on $100,000 bond.

One of the women said Woods, 18, raped her in the fall of 2016. According to the court records, the victim said she didn't report the rape initially because she thought it was her fault.

A second woman also came forward saying Woods raped her on Jan. 28, on Rosevalley Drive in Jefferson City. The victim said she told Woods to stop before the assault took place and before he took off her clothing.

Woods faces two charges of first degree rape.

Woods officially signed his letter of intent to play football at Illinois State on Wednesday. He led Jefferson City in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in the 2016 season.

KOMU 8 is still looking to gather information.

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Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ Football Wed, 1 Feb 2017 7:03:04 AM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 News Reporter Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day

COLUMBIA – Fans will have a chance to take in the signing day action Wednesday morning. The official booster club for Mizzou football is hosting a luncheon at Memorial Stadium for national signing day.

 The incoming Tiger class is ranked 48th in the nation based on commitments, according to 247 Sports. A standout in this class is the distinct lack of Missouri players.

 Mizzou only has one commitment from a Missouri player heading into signing day. That is the lowest ever for Mizzou Football. In addition, the Tigers do not have any Mid-Missouri commitments with the only Missouri player coming from Lee’s Summit.

 Columbia was home to some highly recruited players like Jaevon McQuitty of Battle High school and Thomas Dutton of Hickman. Mizzou did not extend an offer to either player. McQuitty has committed to Nebraska and Dutton has committed to Air Force.

 Even so, Missouri has picked up the pace in other states for recruits. Texas has yielded the most commitments of any state with four. Kyle Bowers, a past President of Tiger Quarterback Club, says fans are still very hopeful for the new class.

 “It’s Coach Odom and staff’s first recruiting class. It’s very strong and it’s gonna be exciting. I’m sure they’re filling the needs and it’s and exciting time as they get to implement their new system here at Mizzou,” Bowers said.

 The club’s banquet will run from 11:30 to 1:00. Members will hear from Mizzou coaches as the recruit signatures come in.

 News of signatures will be rolling in all day Wednesday and Mizzou Football will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m.

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Former Mizzou receiver arrested again http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-receiver-arrested-again/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-receiver-arrested-again/ Football Fri, 20 Jan 2017 2:24:00 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Mizzou receiver arrested again

COLUMBIA — Columbia police arrested former Mizzou wide receiver Keyon Dilosa Thursday night, saying he failed to appear in court on a third-degree domestic assault charge that resulted in dismissal from the program.

Dilosa was released after posting the $2,000 bond.

He initially was arrested Nov. 30 following an incident at Harpo's, a downtown Columbia bar in which he allegedly struck a woman in the face.

His court date had been scheduled for Jan. 11.

Dilosa was a member of the 2014 signing class for the Tigers. In two seasons, he made 13 receptions for 93 yards.

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Season in Review: Missouri Tigers Football http://www.komu.com/news/season-in-review-missouri-tiger-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/season-in-review-missouri-tiger-football/ Football Wed, 28 Dec 2016 4:33:02 PM Kylie Callura, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Season in Review: Missouri Tigers Football

COLUMBIA - Gary Pinkel left the Missouri football team and rookie coach Barry Odom with all the tools for success - two back-to-back SEC Championship berths, two bowl victories and promising young talent. But after finishing the 2016 season with a 4-8 record and only two conference wins, Tiger fans were left wondering what went wrong.

November 2015

Pinkel ended his 15-year era with 118 wins, making him the winningest coach in program history. He announced his resignation on Nov. 13, 2015, citing his diagnosis with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma as his reason for stepping down. 

While abrupt and shocking to many in the Mizzou family, Pinkel's resignation address left fans with hope for the future.

"I think somebody is going to come in here and take this to a whole different level, that's what my hope is," Pinkel said. 

December 2015

Enter Barry Odom. Hired prior to the 2015 as defensive coordinator under Pinkel, Odom was no stranger to the University of Missouri. 

Odom was a highly successful linebacker for the Tigers from 1996-1999. He returned to the program in 2004 and held several positions until 2011 including Director of Football Recruiting, Director of Football Operations, Assistant Athletic Director of Football Operations and Safeties coach. 

With a resume like that and additional experience in Memphis, Odom was a clear pick for the athletic department to fill Pinkel's record-setting shoes.

"You're going to be proud of the product that we put in the classroom, in society, and on the football field," Odom said.

The change at head coach led to changes throughout the program.

Shortly after taking the reins, Odom knighted Utah State's Josh Heupel as offensive coordinator to help Drew Lock develop his skills in the pocket for his sophomore season and beyond. 

Though Missouri's offense may not have looked good on the field in 2016, the stat book tells a different story.

The Tigers finished in the bottom five in the FBS in points per game in 2015 but with Heupel in the driver's seat for Missouri's up-tempo offense, the team more than doubled its points per game in 2016.

Changes came on the other side of the ball as well. Odom brought in longtime friend and TCU's linebackers coach Demontie Cross and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp from Arizona State. 

Unlike the offense, the defense took a step back. D-Line Zou allowed more than 500 yards per game. That's nearly twice as much as in 2015. 

September 2016

Previous success aside, Missouri was looking for its new identity under a new head coach and coordinators. 

Drew Lock retained his starting spot at quarterback for the Tigers but his struggles mounted early on against West Virigina when Missouri dropped its first game of the season in Morgantown, 26-11. 

To bounce back, the Tigers rocked Eastern Michigan on home turf on Sept. 10. Drew Lock showed his arm against the Eagles, throwing for a career-high 450 yards. He also tied the school record with five touchdown passes. Completing 24 of 37 passes, Lock led the Tigers to a 61-21 win. 

With mojo flowing at home, Missouri welcomed its first conference opponent on Sept. 17. The Tigers ultimately suffered crippling defeat by the Georgia Bulldogs. 

After the Bulldogs converted a fourth down to take the lead late, wide receiver J'Mon Moore fumbled the ball on the final drive of the game. The Tigers lost 28-27. 

Odom hugged every single player on their way off the field that night. He told them the crushing loss wasn't their fault.

"I had to do a lot of maturing and it kind of hurt," Odom said. "Really kind of beating myself up a lot after that loss so I just had to put it behind me."

The next week, the Tigers pulled their tails out from between their legs to host Delaware State, their second non-Power Five opponent of the season. Missouri scored a school-record 79 points and shut out Delaware State on Sept. 24.

October 2016

October brought tough conference play for the Tigers and no victories - home or away - including the team's third loss on Homecoming in the last five seasons. 

The SEC downspiral may have started with Georgia, but picked up with LSU. On Missouri's first trip to Baton Rouge, Derrius Guice and LSU's offense ran all over Cross' defense. Missouri allowed 42 points and its sole touchdown came on a 21-yard trick play pass from Lock to Eric Laurent in the fourth quarter. 

The Tigers faced a similar outcome on the road in Gainesville. The Florida Gators scored 21 points off Missouri turnovers. The highlight for the Tigers in the 40-14 loss to the Gators came from defensive tackle Josh Augusta. Augusta scored his first career touchdown in the third-quarter with a diving rush from the one-yard line.  

In the Homecoming game on Oct. 22, Missouri gave up more than 50 points to non-Power Five Middle Tennessee State. The 51-45 loss forced Odom to strip Cross of his defensive play calling duties. 

"I've got an opportunity to go help that side out and I'm going to do it," Odom said. "I've been trying to balance both sides along with some of the other things and I need to spend my focus there." 

The losses on the field strayed from just losing games when the team started losing players. 

Linebacker Michael Scherer's senior season came to an end when he tore his ACL and MCL. Scherer was the face of the Missouri defense with 39 tackles and an interception against Delaware State. 

"I've got two sons and if they grow up and they're like Michael Scherer then I know I did something right as a dad," Odom said. 

Another hit to the defense came when defensive tackle Terry Beckner, Jr. suffered a similar fate, tearing his ACL for the second straight season. Beckner, Jr., while less impressive on the books than Scherer, was still a force for the defensive line, leading all tacklers with 20. 

Without its two leading defenders, Missouri struggled against conference opponent Kentucky at home on Oct. 29. Unable to stop Stanley 'Boom' Williams and the Cats, the Tigers gave up 582 yards of total offense in the 35-21 loss. 

November 2016

Following the trend of SEC losses, Missouri opened November with a 31-21 loss to South Carolina in the other Columbia. 

The Tigers seemed to buy in late in the season, though, returning home with a 2-7 record to host conference rival Vanderbilt. Missouri knocked off the Commodores 26-17 for its long-awaited first conference win of the season and first win in over a month.

"It wasn't always pretty. You know, we made, we made ourselves really work for it tonight. I was excited to finish one and get that win," Odom said.

That high only lasted a week. When the Tigers traveled to Knoxville on Nov. 19, they packed up and left with a 63-37 loss.

Missouri came out just a handful of yards shy of setting a program record of total yards in a single game against Tennessee yet defensive collapses lost the game for the Tigers. 

Team turmoil continued off the field.

Freshman running back and breakout star against the Vols Damarea Crockett was arrested for possession of marijuana before the final game of the year against Arkansas. 

The ship went even further off course when Missouri defensive line coach Jackie Shipp was fired for conduct detrimental to the team. 

When Rivalry Week rolled in, Missouri's collective team problems were in the spotlight. The Tigers were without two starting defensive standouts, a starting running back and the defensive staff was in an upheavel.

The first half of the Battle Line Rivalry game was ugly. J'Mon Moore scored the Tigers' only touchdown on a fumble recovery and the Razorbacks' run game trampled all over Faurot Field. 

The second half was something of a miracle for Missouri. After a trip to the locker room, the Tigers returned to the field to score 21 unanswered points to take the trophy back from Akransas, 28-24. 

With the Pinkel years in the past, Odom and the Tigers will take the turmoil of 2016 with a grain of salt and prepare for the future of Missouri football, hoping the end-of-the-season high lasts longer than one Fall afternoon. 

Missouri will begin the 2017 season against a coach familiar to many in Columbia as it hosts Dave Steckel and the Missouri State Bears at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2.

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Kansas City beats Oakland 21-13, to take the lead in the division http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-beats-oakland-21-13-to-take-the-lead-in-the-division/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-beats-oakland-21-13-to-take-the-lead-in-the-division/ Football Thu, 8 Dec 2016 10:50:40 PM Charles Nichelson Kansas City beats Oakland 21-13, to take the lead in the division

COLUMBIA, Missouri – Alex Smith and Tyreek Hill’s aggression were the difference in the Kansas City Chiefs 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders on Thursday Night Football.

The Raiders took an early 3-0 lead before the Chiefs answered with three touchdowns in the second quarter. On his way to 264 yards, Alex Smith had his highest yards per completion of the season, including a 36-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill. The rookie also added a 78-yard punt return touchdown after muffing a punt in the first quarter. The touchdown was Hill’s second return-touchdown of the year and seventh total touchdown of the season.

The Chiefs started the third quarter with two consecutive turnovers, one of which resulted in an Oakland field goal, before finding their rhythm again. While temperatures remained below freezing throughout the game, precipitation was virtually non-existent and wind appeared to be a non-factor. The result was another Chiefs victory that handed them the AFC West lead and season sweep of the Raiders. The game also created even more parity in the division with the Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders all separated by just 2.5 games.

The Chiefs became just the fourth team this season to reach the 10-win mark – the third time the team has won at least double-digit games in the four years of the Andy Reid-era. The Chiefs are now 21-4 in their last 25 regular-season games and only need to keep pace with the Raiders over the last three games of the season to win the division for the first time since 2010, and likely earn a first-round bye in the playoffs. 

The Raiders, who lost control of the division with the loss, now lead the AFC Wild-Card standings. They get 10 days off before traveling to San Diego to face a Chargers team they narrowly defeated earlier this season; the Chiefs will host a playoff hopeful Titans squad before the defending-champion Broncos come to town in an important Sunday Night Football, divisional game on NBC.

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Chiefs beat Broncos 30-27 in overtime http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-beat-broncos-30-27-in-overtime/ http://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-beat-broncos-30-27-in-overtime/ Football Sun, 27 Nov 2016 11:58:24 PM The Associated Press Chiefs beat Broncos 30-27 in overtime

DENVER — Cairo Santos' 34-yard field goal hit the left upright and bounced through as the expired Sunday night to give the Kansas Chiefs a 30-27 victory over the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.

That avoided the third tie in the NFL this season, something that hasn't happened since 1973 before the league introduced overtime.

The winner followed a risky move by Broncos coach Gary Kubiak, who sent his kicker out for a 62-yard try with 1:01 left only to see Brandon McManus — who has hit from 70 yards in training camp — come up short.

"It's on me," Kubiak said, explaining he made the move because he had confidence in his kicker.

That gave the Chiefs possession at the Denver 48 with one timeout and just over a minute remaining. The Chiefs reached the Denver 16 before Santos ended the snoozer-turned-thriller in perfect fashion. Even his teammates hesitated as they ran out to celebrate, unsure if the ball had clanked through or not.

The Chiefs (8-3) kept up with the Oakland Raiders (9-2) in the AFC West race and the Broncos (7-4) could find themselves fighting for a wild card now.

Both teams kicked field goals on their opening possession of overtime, McManus from 44 yards and Santos from 37.

That followed Kansas City's amazing tying drive in the final 3 minutes of regulation.

Alex Smith threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie Tyreek Hill and a 2-point conversion pass to tight end Demetrius Harris with 12 seconds left to tie it at 24.


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Missouri claws back to beat Arkansas, seniors leave Faurot as winners http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-claws-back-to-beat-arkansas-seniors-leave-faurot-as-winners/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-claws-back-to-beat-arkansas-seniors-leave-faurot-as-winners/ Football Fri, 25 Nov 2016 7:58:44 PM Mitchel Summers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri claws back to beat Arkansas, seniors leave Faurot as winners

On Senior Night, the emotions ran high for a tight nit group of seniors. These group of seniors have seen it all. The transition to the SEC, two SEC championship appearances, the football team boycotting their play in the wake of the Concerned Student protests and sub par play this current season. 

It was fitting to see this scrappy group of seniors find a way to claw out a victory in their final appearance at Faurot Field.

In the first half, the Tiger offense seemed dead in the water. Missouri had a total of 5 first downs and only 137 total yards. 82 of those yards came on account of a run by Johnathon Johnson. The Tigers struggled to maintain drives as they had possession of the ball for only 5:40 of the first half and failed to convert on a single third down. 

The Razorbacks had little to no problems carving up a lack luster opposing defense. The first play from scrimmage for Arkansas went 66 yards and Rawleigh Williams punched it in the next play. Other scores came from Devwah Whaley ran in a 30 yard score and Austin Cantrell caught a touchdown. 

The Tigers lone score in the first half came on a play where Ish Witter had an easy score, but he tossed the ball before crossing the goal line. Fortunately, J'Mon Moore just happened to pick up the ball before it rolled out of bounds. Missouri went into the locker room trailing 24-7.

Coming back out of the tunnel in the third, a different Tigers team came charging. 

The first drive back, Lock launched a high arcing deep thread into the awaiting arms of J'Mon Moore for 48 yards, then hit Moore again for 18 yards to bring the offense down to the Arkansas 3. Nate Strong ran in his first career rushing touchdown soon after. The score turned 24-14.

Arkansas drove all the way down to the Mizzou 3 yard line before Cale Garrett stepped in front of an Austin Allen pass for his first career pick. 

Lock dropped a dime from deep in the sky when he hooked up with Johnathon Johnson for a 67 yard score. Including that 82 yard run, Johnson has had three plays on offense of 60 or more yards. The rest of the Tiger offense skilled position players don't have more than 2 combined. That brought the Tigers withing a single score at 24-21. 

Mizzou finished the first half with only 137 total yards. They logged 168 yards in their resurgent third quarter.

The next drive, Lock hooked up with J'Mon Moore again for 49 yards, giving Moore over 1,000 receiving yards on the season. That set up a spot knocking on the door and Strong took advantage as he poked into the end zone for his second touchdown on the evening. That gave Mizzou their first lead at 28-24, but they gave over 3 minutes left on the clock for Arkansas to answer. 

The much maligned Tiger defense needed to stand up and their leaders shined in key moments.

Arkansas marched all the way down to inside the Mizzou five yard line. D-Line Zou returned to old form and stopped three consecutive runs on the goal line. On fourth down the Razorbacks rolled the dice and senior Aarion Maxey-Penton stepped up. He jumped in front of a pass and recorded his 10th career interception to halt a scoring opportunity. 

Arkansas would have one more go at taking the lead.

The Razorbacks once again marched down into the red zone, but on fourth down, Marcell Frazier logged his third sack of the game to seal the victory for the Tigers. Missouri pulls themselves back from being down by over 3 scores to get their second conference win of the season.

An up and down season ends for the Tigers as they win 28-24 over Arkansas. They finish 4-8 on the season and 2-6 in conference play. 

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LIVE BLOG: Arkansas at Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-arkansas-at-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-arkansas-at-missouri/ Football Fri, 25 Nov 2016 1:02:55 PM Mitchel Summers and Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter and KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer LIVE BLOG: Arkansas at Missouri

COLUMBIA — It's senior day for the Missouri Tigers in their final game against their SEC East rival, the Arkansas Razorbacks. Follow @MittenSummers and @ChrisLTurner for updates throughout the game.


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No. 19 Tennessee pulls away late to put away Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/no-19-tennessee-pulls-away-late-to-put-away-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-19-tennessee-pulls-away-late-to-put-away-missouri/ Football Sat, 19 Nov 2016 3:05:42 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter No. 19 Tennessee pulls away late to put away Missouri

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Even though the Missouri Tigers football team totaled 740 yards of total offense, which was one yard shy of a school record, it fell short to No. 19 Tennessee by a score of 63-37.

After the loss, Missouri falls to 3-8 on the season and 1-6 in the SEC.

The Tigers were committed to the run early as Missouri finished with 420 yards after starting with 112 yards in the first quarter. The Tigers' highest rushing total against a SEC opponent going into the game this season was 265 against Florida.

Damarea Crockett and Ish Witter carried the load on the ground. Crockett finished with a freshman Missouri school record of 225 yards on 24 carries and one touchdown while Witter finished with 163 yards on 31 carries and his first multi-touchdown game of the season with two scores. Crockett topped the freshman season rushing record at Missouri, the single-game freshman record and the first 200-yard rusher since Henry Josey gained 265 against Western Illinois in 2011.

Drew Lock finished with 343 yards on 21 for 43 passing with two touchdowns and two interceptions while his Tennessee counterpart, Josh Dobbs, was unstoppable with 413 all-purpose yards.

Both offenses got rolling early as the two teams combined for 700 yards of total offense in the first half and finished with 1,352 total yards.

On the Monday leading up to the game, Missouri Football Coach Barry Odom did not list a starting kicker. This came after Tucker McCann struggled making just two of five kicks against Vanderbilt. Senior transfer Ben Tesson started the game as place kicker, but failed to make his first extra point.

On the first drive of the game, J'Mon Moore dropped a touchdown pass bringing up 3rd and 6 deep in Volunteer territory. Moore redeemed himself with a seven-yard catch on the ensuing play to keep the drive going.

The next play, Damarea Crockett ran and end around for 22 yards into the end zone giving the Tigers a 6-0 lead capping off a 12 play, 88-yard drive after Tesson missed the point after attempt.

Tennessee stormed back on its second drive of the game with a 98-yard drive for a touchdown after Aarion Penton tripped as he attempted to turn and swat the ball out of Jauan Jennings's hands. Jennings took it 49 yards to make it 7-6 Vols with 6:01 left in the first quarter.

With the kicking game in limbo, Odom's game plan on offense changed. Early in the second quarter, the Tigers elected to go for it on 4th and 12 from the Tennessee 21-yard line. Lock's pass went high into the crowd intended for Emmanuel Hall as Missouri came away empty handed.

The Vols doubled down on the pass game after Missouri turned the ball over on downs. Dobbs launched a 57-yard pass to Josh Malone who beat Anthony Sherrils for the touchdown making it 14-6 with 13:50 left in the first half. 

Issues in Tennessee territory continued as Missouri decided to go for it on 4th and 1 on the Tennessee 29-yard line. Once again, the Tigers failed to convert as Josh Augusta fumbled leaving Missouri, once again, empty.

Drew Lock and the Tigers stormed down the field on the ensuing drive after a 47-yard field goal miss by the Vols. Crockett rushed for 69 yards on the drive as Lock capped it off with a two-yard rushing touchdown. This time it was McCann in for the point after attempt, and he put it through the upright making it 14-13 Tennessee with 8:00 left in the first half.

Alvin Kamara punched the ball in the end zone from one yard out with five minutes left in the quarter halting the momentum of the Tigers. The score made it 21-13 Tennessee.

However, the Tigers came back the game once again went back and forth. The Tigers marched down the field as Ish Witter capped off the drive with a two-yard rushing score. McCann made the point after attempt as the Tigers once again trailed by one heading into half time.

Coming out of the second half, the mistake-free football Missouri played all fell apart as Micah Abernathy picked off Lock and returned the ball all the way to the Missouri nine-yard line.

The interception set up a five-yard touchdown pass by Dobbs to Jennings uncovered running a slant into the end zone. The score made it 28-20 Tennessee with 13:58 left in the third quarter.

Despite a field goal in the fourth quarter by Missouri, a pair of quarterback keepers by Dobbs for touchdowns as the Volunteers pushed ahead 42-30 early in the fourth quarter.

Tennessee stuck to the ground once the Vols got back on offense as Kamara capped off a drive with a goal line score seemingly putting the game out of reach 49-20 with just over 10 minutes left in regulation.

However, Lock and the Tigers led a seven-play drive resulting in a 50-yard touchdown reception by Dimitrios Mason to cut the deficit to 12. 

But, on the next drive the Volunteers sealed the game with a touchdown run by John Kelly putting the game out of reach for the Tigers.

Missouri will wrap up its season against the Arkansas Razorbacks at home Nov. 25.

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LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 19 Tennessee http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-19-tennessee/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-no-19-tennessee/ Football Sat, 19 Nov 2016 2:21:34 PM Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter LIVE BLOG: Missouri at No. 19 Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Missouri football team looks to play spoiler against the No. 19 Tennessee Volunteers as the Vols looks to keep their SEC East hopes alive.

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Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ Football Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:22:30 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team did something they hadn't done in 13 months and 9 days on Saturday. They won a conference game.

The Tigers knocked off SEC rival Vanderbilt 26-17 at Faurot Field and got themselves into the conference win column for the first time since beating South Carolina last season. 

The stars for Mizzou made their presence known in this one.

Drew Lock played perhaps the best SEC game of his career, going 22 of 37 for 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Freshman sensation Damarea Crockett rattled off 154 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver J'Mon Moore, who has had an up and down season so far, had 138 yards receiving including an 82 yard TD reception from Lock.

On defense, Charles Harris built on his strong showing in South Carolina last week. The NFL prospect had 2.5 sacks and 9 tackles, and along with Marcell Frazier (who had 2.5 sacks himself) was in the Vanderbilt backfield all night long.

The win for Missouri snaps a five game losing streak, the program's longest since 2004. With a loss against Vanderbilt, the six game losing streak would have been Missouri's longest since 1995.

The game was not completely clean for Missouri, though.

Freshman kicker Tucker McCann missed two extra points and two field goals, prompting the coaching staff to turn to walk-on Ben Tesson to kick the last extra point. Coach Odom said after the game the kicking competition would be "open" in the coming week.

The Tigers will travel to Knoxville next, as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers. 

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Live Blog: Vanderbilt at Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-vanderbilt-at-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-vanderbilt-at-missouri/ Football Sat, 12 Nov 2016 1:07:08 PM Corey Miller, KOMU Sports 8 Reporter Live Blog: Vanderbilt at Missouri

COLUMBIA - Missouri looks to avoid its first six game losing streak since 1995 today against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Faurot Field. Follow @4cmill and @Austin_Hough29 for updates.




















































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