KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Football Football en-us Copyright 2018, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 24 Sep 2018 HH:09:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 The Mahomes show keeps rolling along as Chiefs win home opener https://www.komu.com/news/the-mahomes-show-keeps-rolling-along-as-chiefs-win-home-opener/ https://www.komu.com/news/the-mahomes-show-keeps-rolling-along-as-chiefs-win-home-opener/ Football Sun, 23 Sep 2018 8:04:40 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer The Mahomes show keeps rolling along as Chiefs win home opener

Kansas City - The Kansas City Chiefs are on fire. Patrick Mahomes was fantastic once again, tossing three touchdowns to three different receivers, and the Chiefs beat the 49ers 38-27. Kansas City scored 35 of its 38 points in the first half. Kareem Hunt had two rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, while Mahomes completed all three of his touchdown passes in the second. Chris Conley, Demetrius Harris, and Sammy Watkins each caught a touchdown for Kansas City in that second quarter. Tight end Travis Kelce led the receiving corps with eight receptions for 114 yards.

The much maligned Chiefs defense showed improvement in the home opener. They weren’t able to create a turnover, but they did sack San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo four times. Linebacker Justin Houston made his presence felt in the 49er backfield all afternoon long. He created constant pressure and finished the day with two sacks and four solo tackles.

The Chiefs stand with just the Rams and Dolphins as 3-0 teams after Sunday’s convincing win. Next up for Kansas City will be a road trip to Denver for a Monday night battle with the 2-1 Broncos.


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No. 2 Georgia clears another SEC hurdle at Missouri, 43-29 https://www.komu.com/news/no-2-georgia-clears-another-sec-hurdle-at-missouri-43-29/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-2-georgia-clears-another-sec-hurdle-at-missouri-43-29/ Football Sun, 23 Sep 2018 7:55:17 AM The Associated Press No. 2 Georgia clears another SEC hurdle at Missouri, 43-29

COLUMBIA (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart learned plenty in his days as an assistant under Alabama's Nick Saban.

Among those lessons was a tendency to nitpick victories. After the second-ranked Bulldogs beat Missouri 43-29, Smart bemoaned his defense's inability to stop the run and some costly mistakes that turned a potential blowout into the closest game of the season.

He was finally asked if it said something about Georgia that the team could play a little sloppy and still win by two touchdowns.

"It says that we can handle some adversity on the road, and that when we're challenged, we responded well," Smart said. "But I'm not pleased with the discipline and composure we played with."

Missouri (3-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) entered the game ranked seventh nationally in total offense and Drew Lock had 11 touchdown passes. Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC) held Lock without a touchdown pass, but yielded 172 yards rushing and four TDs on the ground.

"I would have thought they would struggle to run the ball," Smart said. "We pride ourselves on not allowing people to run the ball, and if you asked me, 'What's the one most disappointing thing?', it's that they were able to run the ball."

Georgia committed seven penalties for 66 yards — not an egregious total — but Smart was upset at the nature of the penalties. He dropped face-first to the turf in the third quarter when a roughing-the-passer penalty erased a third-down stop.

The Bulldogs opened a 20-7 halftime lead without an offensive touchdown. In the first quarter, Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell stripped Missouri tight end Albert Okwuegbunam, scooped up the ball and returned it 68 yards for a touchdown — along the way, he picked up an accidental downfield block from an official against Lock. In the second quarter, Eric Stokes burst off the left side of the Georgia line, blocked a punt and returned it 8 yards for another TD.

"They were bailing us out in the first half," Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm said of the defense. "Even with the offensive struggles, it was awesome to look up and see 20 points up on the board."

Georgia couldn't quite shake Missouri in the second half, as the offenses matched each other score for score.

Fromm threw touchdown passes of 33 yards to Riley Ridley, 61 yards to Jeremiah Holloman and 54 yards to Mecole Hardman. Fromm completed 13 of 23 passes for 260 yards. Elijah Holyfield rushed 14 times for 90 yards, and D'Andre Swift added 16 carries for 71 yards.

Missouri's Larry Rountree III, Damarea Crockett, Tyler Badie and Lock all scoring rushing touchdowns. Lock completed 23 of 48 passes for 221 yards, and Okwuegbunam had nine catches for 81 yards.

"We spotted them 14 points," Missouri coach Barry Odom said. "Defensively, we did some good things. Was it good enough? No, because we didn't win the game."

THE TAKEAWAY

Georgia: The Bulldogs have now cleared two divisional road hurdles on their way to the SEC championship game in Atlanta. Georgia won at South Carolina in week two.

Missouri: The Tigers had won nine straight regular-season games before falling to Georgia. The task now is avoiding a losing streak as Missouri continues the season's toughest stretch with games at South Carolina and No. 1 Alabama.

HOLDING HALL

Last year, Missouri wide receiver Emanuel Hall burned Georgia's secondary for two 63-yard touchdown catches. Smart said star cornerback Deandre Baker made it clear all week he wanted to cover Hall, who entered the game with 430 receiving yards on the season. Baker dominated the matchup Saturday, holding Hall without a catch.

"I give thanks to my D-line, guys like D'Andre Walker, Tyler Clark and Brenton Cox coming off the edge giving the quarterback pressure and batting balls, sacks, strip-fumbles, things like that," Baker said. "It's another day at the office for me. I don't give myself too many pats on the back."

QUESTIONABLE CALLS

Odom said he questioned an official about whether Okwuegbunam's forward progress was stopped before Campbell stripped the ball from him.

"They called it like they saw it," Odom said. "I've got great trust in Southeastern Conference on the officials that we have and making the right call."

On Missouri's second drive, Tucker McCann's 41-yard field goal attempt was ruled wide right. The Tigers thought it was good.

"I don't know," Odom said. "I mean, everybody thought it was good. The officials said it wasn't. Must not have been."

POLL IMPLICATIONS

There isn't much room for upward mobility for the second-ranked Bulldogs. The question is whether voters will penalize them for not dominating Missouri.

UP NEXT

Georgia: The Bulldogs return home to play Tennessee.

Missouri: The Tigers have an off week before traveling to South Carolina.


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Mahomes scores honor for second straight week https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-scores-honor-for-second-straight-week/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-scores-honor-for-second-straight-week/ Football Wed, 19 Sep 2018 5:40:59 PM Keegan Hartman, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mahomes scores honor for second straight week

KANSAS CITY- For the second straight week, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week by the league on Wednesday.

It is too early for predictions on the Chiefs’ 2018 season, but in these past two weeks, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has been quite the spectacle, leading the Chiefs to a solid 2-0 start.

On Sunday, Mahomes threw for six touchdowns in a 42-37 win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Additionally, Mahomes tallied 326 passing yards, with a completion percentage of 82%.

Previously, Mahomes threw for 4 touchdowns in the Chiefs’ Week one against the Los Angeles Chargers. In total, Mahomes' 10 passing touchdowns surpassed Drew Brees and Peyton Manning for the most touchdowns through the first two regular season games. The previous record was nine.

Mahomes was selected 10th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season, Mahomes would get the start in week 17 against AFC West rivals Denver Broncos, in which, he showcased his promising potential, throwing for 284 yards, completing 63% of his passes.

In week three, Mahomes and the Chiefs look to continue their hot streak when they return home to Arrowhead Stadium for the first time this season. Kansas City will host the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at 12 p.m.


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Mahomes' record setting day powers Chiefs to win over Steelers https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-record-setting-day-powers-chiefs-to-win-over-steelers/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-record-setting-day-powers-chiefs-to-win-over-steelers/ Football Sun, 16 Sep 2018 9:39:35 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Reporter Mahomes' record setting day powers Chiefs to win over Steelers

Pittsburgh - Any concerns about quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the future of the Chiefs were laid to rest on Sunday afternoon. The 23 year old signal caller tossed six touchdown passes on his way to leading Kansas City to a 42-37 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

Mahomes’ brilliance through the first two games of the season cannot be understated. His six touchdown passes on Sunday tied a single game franchise record, and his 10 touchdown passes over the first two weeks of the season set a new NFL record. He threw more touchdown passes (6) on Sunday in Pittsburgh than he did incomplete passes  (5) while leading Kansas City to their first win in Pittsburgh in over 30 years. Five different receivers caught touchdown passes for the Chiefs, paced by tight end Travis Kelce, who hauled in seven balls for 109 yards and two scores.

After two encouraging road wins, the Chiefs will be back at Arrowhead Stadium next Sunday for a battle with the San Francisco 49ers (1-1).


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McCann kicks FG as time expires; Missouri beats Purdue 40-37 https://www.komu.com/news/mccann-kicks-fg-as-time-expires-missouri-beats-purdue-40-37/ https://www.komu.com/news/mccann-kicks-fg-as-time-expires-missouri-beats-purdue-40-37/ Football Sun, 16 Sep 2018 8:20:38 AM The Associated Press McCann kicks FG as time expires; Missouri beats Purdue 40-37

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Tucker McCann had a good feeling Missouri was going to need him on Saturday night. The junior kicker was ready when the Tigers turned to him to put the game away against Purdue.

McCann kicked a 25-yard field goal as time expired to lift Missouri to a 40-37 victory over the Boilermakers.

Missouri (3-0) is off to its best start since 2015 while Purdue (0-3) faces its worst beginning of the season since 1996 when they last opened with three losses.

The Tigers turned to McCann often to help stay ahead of the Boilermakers. He was 4 of 5 on field goals, including the game-winner.

"The whole game I kind of figured it was going to be a four-quarter game," McCann said. "That's what they were telling us all week. A bunch of people were coming up to me saying it was going to come down to me. I kind of knew, given how close it was throughout the whole game."

Drew Lock finished 26-of-43 passing for 375 yards with three touchdowns and an interception for Missouri. He ran for negative-10 yards and a TD.

David Blough was 39-of-55 passing and had a career-high and program record 572 yards passing for the Boilermakers. He threw three touchdown passes and an interception, and ran for 18 yards on six carries with a touchdown.

"I do think we played to win," Purdue coach Jeff Brohm said. "I think we played aggressive. Unfortunately, I don't think we're a good football team right now. I think anybody who watched us play knows that. We've got a lot of work to do to get better."

The Boilermakers also relied on their kicker. Spencer Evans was 3 of 4 on field goals, including a 26-yarder with 3:28 remaining to tie the game at 37.

That came at the end of a thrilling and chaotic finish after the Boilermakers came back from 17 points down in the first half and tied the game twice. They tied it 27-27 with Evans' 29-yard field goal early in the third quarter.

"More than anything, (we) mentally stayed on track to line up and play the next snap," Missouri coach Barry Odom said. "That's something we've focused on over and over and over. No matter how good or bad the last snap is, refocus and let's get on to the next one."

Missouri regained the lead when Larry Rountree III broke away for a 52-yard run and Lock scored on an 8-yard TD to make it 34-27. The Tigers scored again on McCann's 31-yard field goal to make it 37-27 with 2:30 left in the third.

Purdue still had its opportunities. After scoring at the end of an odd two-play drive in the fourth, Blough threw a pass intended for running back Markell Jones, but the ball bounced off a defender and to Hopkins, who went 74 yards to set up Blough's 7-yard TD pass to make it 37-34 with 12:16 remaining.

Lock was later picked off by Kenneth Major, leading to Evans tying the game late.

PENALTY WOES

After too many costly penalties the first two games of the season, Brohm sent a warning this week that players called for 15-yard penalties would be pulled from the game. It happened twice against Missouri. The first on center Kirk Barron late in the first quarter, but he never left the game. The other, like previous weeks, came on fourth down late in the game. Tackle Lorenzo Neal was called for roughing the passer and sent to the sideline for a play before he returned.

"We played a good football team and had a chance, but we shot ourselves in the foot," Brohm said. "We can't beat a good team by doing silly things and that's what we did."

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: The Tigers' offense continues to be dominant. They finished with 608 yards on offense and extend their regular-season winning streak to nine games in which they have scored 40 or more points.

Purdue: The Boilermakers saw another game slip away. They've now lost on a last-second field goal for the second time in three games.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers open SEC play hosting No. 3 Georgia on Saturday.

Purdue: The Boilermakers host Boston College on Saturday in the first meeting between the programs.


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Missouri linebacker arrested for DWI, suspended indefinitely https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-linebacker-arrested-for-dwi-suspended-indefinitely/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-linebacker-arrested-for-dwi-suspended-indefinitely/ Football Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:17:41 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri linebacker arrested for DWI, suspended indefinitely

COLUMBIA - Missouri Tigers senior linebacker Noah Robinson was arrested Friday morning by MU police on suspicion of a DWI.

Police confirmed Robinson was pulled over just before 3:00 a.m. for failing to signal near the intersection of Stadium Boulevard and College Avenue. He was arrested at 3:04 a.m.

An MU spokesperson says Robinson has been suspended indefinitely.

The Missouri student-athlete handbook states that a first offense is handled within the athletic department and athletes arrested for DWI are suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week.

Robinson joined the program as a transfer from Memphis prior to the 2017 season. He played in 10 games last season for the special teams unit, making one tackle. He made seven tackles in Missouri's spring game in April, second most on the team. 

Missouri plays Purdue Saturday evening at 6:30 p.m.


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Tyreek Hill's three scores lead Chiefs to 38-28 week one win https://www.komu.com/news/tyreek-hill-s-three-scores-lead-chiefs-to-38-28-week-one-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/tyreek-hill-s-three-scores-lead-chiefs-to-38-28-week-one-win/ Football Sun, 9 Sep 2018 9:59:00 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tyreek Hill's three scores lead Chiefs to 38-28 week one win

CARSON, Calif - After an offseason of wondering if new quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the real deal, Mahomes proved to be that and more in his first outing. He tossed four touchdown passes to power the Chiefs to a 38-28 week one win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

When Tyreek Hill is on your football team, it makes playing quarterback a lot easier. With Mahomes all lined up for his first offensive possession after the defense forced a three and out, one of the fastest men in football, Hill, displayed his speed with a 91 yard punt return touchdown that put the Chiefs up 7-0 just two minutes into the game. It was Hill’s fourth punt return touchdown in 32 games. Hill was far from finished though, as he took a slant pattern from Mahomes 58 yards for a touchdown on the Chiefs first real drive. Hill caught a one yard shovel pass touchdown for his third touchdown of the game in the fourth and finished the contest with seven grabs and 169 yards receiving, along with 268 all-purpose yards.

While it was the Tyreek Hill show in the first half, it was Mahomes and the defense who salted the game away in the second half. Mahomes led two long touchdown drives to put the Chiefs up 38-20. Mahomes finished the day 15/27 with 256 yards passing and no turnovers in an ideal season opener. It wasn’t pretty in the box score for the Kansas City defense, as they allowed Phillip Rivers to pass for 424 yards and three touchdowns. What they did do right though was stand strong in the red zone, as the Chargers were forced into three field goal attempts. The Chiefs will expect the offense to remain high flying, but the key to the season could be how well the defense can keep opponents off the board.

Sunday’s victory was Kansas City’s ninth straight against the division rival Chargers. The Chiefs will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers next Sunday. The Steelers have won three of the last four against the Chiefs, but Pittsburgh potentially will be without star running back Le’Veon Bell, who remains in a contract dispute.


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Lock is dual threat as Missouri beats Wyoming 40-13 https://www.komu.com/news/lock-is-dual-threat-as-missouri-beats-wyoming-40-13/ https://www.komu.com/news/lock-is-dual-threat-as-missouri-beats-wyoming-40-13/ Football Sun, 9 Sep 2018 8:53:46 AM The Associated Press Lock is dual threat as Missouri beats Wyoming 40-13

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri quarterback Drew Lock usually dissects defenses with his arm. Wyoming learned the hard way that his legs have a little juice, too. Lock threw four touchdown passes and ran for another TD as the Tigers won 40-13 on Saturday night.

The senior quarterback is known for his gaudy passing numbers, and he added to them against the Cowboys, completing 33 of 45 passes for 398 yards. He added a career-high 51 rushing yards, which was almost half of his total for all of last season.

In the second quarter, Lock showed nifty footwork dodging defenders on a 12-yard touchdown scramble and bowled over cornerback Antonio Hull to convert a third-and-7 play on the ensuing drive. He finished that possession with a 19-yard touchdown pass to tight end Albert Okwuegbunam that gave the Tigers a 16-0 halftime lead.

Missouri (2-0) scored on its first four possessions of the second half to put the game out of reach.

After a fruitless first half full of misfired pass attempts and stuffed runs, Wyoming (1-2) looked better offensively in the second half. Jevon Bigelow scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, and Cooper Rothe connected on field goals of 51 and 36 yards. Tyler Vander Waal completed 13 of 28 passes for 160 yards.

THE TAKEAWAY

Wyoming: Senior running back Nico Evans, who had rushed for 279 yards in the first two games, didn't make the trip to Missouri. Without Evans, who injured his ribs in the third quarter of Wyoming's loss to Washington State on Sept. 1, the Cowboys rushed for 88 yards against the Tigers.

Missouri: Emanuel Hall didn't even start the first four games of last season, but since then he has established himself as one of the nation's most productive wide receivers. Hall caught 10 passes for 171 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming, giving him 14 catches for 342 yards in two games.

UP NEXT

Wyoming: The Cowboys will host FCS opponent Wofford on Saturday.

Missouri: The Tigers will try to avenge last year's 35-3 loss to Purdue when they play the Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Ind.


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NFL Football Returns Thursday Night on NBC https://www.komu.com/news/nfl-football-returns-thursday-night-on-nbc/ https://www.komu.com/news/nfl-football-returns-thursday-night-on-nbc/ Football Wed, 5 Sep 2018 6:41:33 PM By Keegan Hartman, KOMU 8 Digital Producer NFL Football Returns Thursday Night on NBC

PHILADELPHIA - Its been a solid 214 days since Sunday afternoons included the sounds of pads popping and helmets cracking and the sight of “creative” end- zone dancing. Thursday brings the return of one of the NFL on NBC.

Super Bowl LII champions, the Philadelphia Eagles, look to show why they were worthy of hoisting the Lombardi Trophy last season when they face off against conference rivals the Atlanta Falcons.

The Eagles will be led into battle by the quarterback who helped them defeat the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII, Nick Foles.  

Carson Wentz will be watching from the sideline while still trying to rehabilitate his ACL and LCL, which he tore in Los Angeles in Week 14 of the 2017-’18 season.

Wentz started 13 games for the Eagles last year, and some say his stats line was pivotal to the Eagles’ success. Wentz tallied 33 passing touchdowns, 3,296 yards and a pass-completion percentage of 60.2 percent..

In place of Wentz, Foles took over the reigns of the Eagles’ offense, along with the help of the #4 overall ranked Eagles defense, and would cap off a remarkable 2017-’18 season, winning seven of the team's last eight games, including the shocking Super Bown win.

As for the Atlanta Falcons, they are looking for redemption against the team that knocked them out in the NFC Divisional Round of the playoffs in 2017. The Eagles barely held on in that game, winning just 15-10. The Falcons finished their season on a record of 10-6, finishing 3rd in the NFC South.

Coverage of the 2018 NFL Kickoff begins Thursday at 6:30 p.m. CT and will feature a live concert from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Festivities will begin with multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes. Kickoff is slated for 7:20 p.m. CT on NBC.

The official start to the 2018 NFL Football Season Week 1 kicks off on Sunday, with games starting at 12:00 p.m. CT. NBC will have coverage of Sunday Night Football, in which division rivals Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers clash in primetime. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. CT.


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Lock leads Missouri in rout of UT Martin https://www.komu.com/news/lock-leads-missouri-in-rout-of-ut-martin/ https://www.komu.com/news/lock-leads-missouri-in-rout-of-ut-martin/ Football Sun, 2 Sep 2018 7:10:38 AM The Associated Press Lock leads Missouri in rout of UT Martin

COLUMBIA (AP) — When Drew Lock found out in December that Missouri offensive coordinator Josh Heupel was leaving to become the head coach at Central Florida, Lock considered following him out the door and declaring for the NFL draft. The quarterback ultimately decided to return for his senior season.

Judging by the smile Lock wore after Missouri's 51-14 season-opening victory over Tennessee-Martin, he is happy with his decision. Lock completed 19 of 25 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns in his first game under new offensive coordinator Derek Dooley.

"For him being a first-time play caller, he did great," Lock said of Dooley. "He knew when to press the tempo. He knew when to slow it down."

Last year, Missouri ranked eighth nationally in total offense and Lock threw 44 touchdown passes — a Southeastern Conference record. Heupel's offense used a frantic pace to limit opponents' ability to adjust or substitute, but it also limited Missouri's ability to use different formations and personnel.

Dooley has slowed the pace a bit. Against UT Martin, Missouri frequently used a double-tight end formation that allowed Albert Okwuegbunam and Kendall Blanton to play together. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Okwuegbunam sometimes split out wide.

"People are going to have to prep for a lot of different formations against us," Lock said. "It's going to be different. We're not just playing fast with similar formations where people can time up our stuff."

One thing that hasn't changed for Missouri is wide receiver Emanuel Hall's ability to get behind defensive backs. He caught four passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns.

A bright spot for the Skyhawks, an FCS program, was the play of their run defense. They held Missouri to 3.7 yards per carry. Linebacker James Gilleylen had three tackles for loss. But that commitment to stopping the run came at a price.

"We're not a man coverage team, but you saw us have to play it to get enough in the box in order to stop the run, and then the ball's 60 yards down the field and they run past us," UT Martin coach Jason Simpson said. "We're not the only ones they do that to. They've done it for the last couple of years."

The Skyhawks managed 277 total yards. Jamiee Bowe scored on a 1-yard run with 9:34 left in the second quarter. In the third quarter, LaDarius Galloway slipped out the backfield unnoticed and caught a 51-yard touchdown pass from Dresser Winn. Winn completed 15 of 24 passes for 168 yards.

Missouri led 38-7 at halftime. Lock exited the game after the first series of the third quarter but not before he passed Brad Smith into second place on Missouri's career passing list. With 8,984 yards, Lock now trails only Chase Daniel, who had 12,515 yards from 2005-08.

THE TAKEAWAY

Missouri: Two true freshman wide receivers made big plays that suggested they might be significant contributors this season. On Lock's final pass, Kam Scott made a leaping catch and stepped out of a tackle on his way to a 70-yard touchdown.

"He did a fantastic job adjusting to the ball, went up and high-pointed it," Lock said. "He looked like a creature out there."

Jalen Knox outjumped a defender and hauled in a 38-yard pass from backup QB Taylor Powell in the third quarter.

UT Martin: The Skyhawks dropped to 1-25 all-time against FBS opponents, but their coach said the players remain eager to play against the best competition.

"Every one of them would still line up and do it again," Simpson said. "That's the largest group, biggest crowd they're going to play against this year."

A TREE GROWS

Last year, Hall caught 33 passes for 817 yards — an average of 24.8 per reception. In the preseason, he spoke of becoming a more complete player who is a threat running every branch of a wide receiver's route tree.

"If he can walk away from a game with four catches for 171 yards, I'll take that route tree every time," Missouri coach Barry Odom said. "I don't think anyone in our program has taken more positive steps as a total player. I don't think anyone's done as good a job as Emanuel Hall has. He's become more of a complete receiver."

INJURY REPORT

Missouri escaped the season opener mostly unscathed. Kevin Pendleton, the regular starter at left guard, suffered a sprained knee in practice last week and didn't suit up. Odom said he should return to practice this week. Starting safety Khalil Oliver left the game with a sprained ankle, but Odom said he might have been able to return if the score was closer.

UP NEXT

Missouri: The Tigers will play host to Wyoming.

UT Martin: The Skyhawks will visit Middle Tennessee State.


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Friday Night Fever Game of the Week Preview https://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-game-of-the-week-preview/ https://www.komu.com/news/friday-night-fever-game-of-the-week-preview/ Football Thu, 30 Aug 2018 7:13:20 PM Kyle Hay, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Friday Night Fever Game of the Week Preview

Friday Night Fever's game of the week features the Hickman Kewpies at home versus the Helias Crusaders. Both teams are 1-0 and coming off nail-biting road wins in which their offenses did just enough to squeak out a victory.

While both teams have proven that they can score at high levels, the big question is which team's defense will step up and get the key stops when it matters most. The Kewpies were able to limit a talented Pattonville offense to just 20 points whereas The Crusaders struggled to keep the Hannibal Pirates off the board in their last matchup. Fortunately, their offense was able to bail them out, notching 35 points which proved to be just enough for Helias. If the Helias defense can step up and get stops, they could make life really difficult for Hickman.


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Chiefs fall to the Bears 20-27; former Mizzou QB shines in victory https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-fall-to-the-bears-20-27-former-mizzou-qb-shines-in-victory/ https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-fall-to-the-bears-20-27-former-mizzou-qb-shines-in-victory/ Football Sat, 25 Aug 2018 3:52:29 PM Tyler Fitton, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Chiefs fall to the Bears 20-27; former Mizzou QB shines in victory

CHICAGO - The Kansas City Chiefs took on the Chicago Bears in a battle of the Midwest on Saturday, with the Chiefs falling to the Bears in a valiant attempt to defeat the Windy City.

The Bears opted out of starting most of their primary first-string players, and it had an effect that most would not expect.

Former University of Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel diced up the Chiefs' defense, going 15/18 with 198 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Along with impressive passing numbers, he paired them with an uncharacteristic six carries for 47 yards. This made Daniel the passing and rushing leader of the game for either team. 

Not all looked poorly for the Chiefs, however. Several bright spots on both sides of the ball made themselves clear.

Breakout wide receiver Tyreek Hill had his second consecutive game with more than 80 yards in only his second season in the NFL. Hill made a quick name for himself last season, as he had 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns, showing off his lethal speed, which was beneficial for him as a receiver and a returner.

Also, quarterback Patrick Mahomes II will be making his debut this season as the starter, and is already starting to impress. He completed 18 of 24 of his passes and put up 196 yards and a touchdown in the time he played. 

On the other side of the ball, veteran linebackers Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens showed off their consistency by combining for 15 tackles, getting to the ball fast and often. 

After this loss, the Kansas City Chiefs fall to 1-2 in the preseason. While the team is beginning to improve, they must gain offensive consistency to truly get into "midseason form" and stand a chance against some of the powerhouse teams that the AFC has to offer. 


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Missouri offense locked and loaded https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-offense-locked-and-loaded/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-offense-locked-and-loaded/ Football Mon, 23 Jul 2018 10:04:22 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri offense locked and loaded

ATLANTA - Missouri senior quarterback Drew Lock has been through a lot during his three seasons in Columbia.

Lock played for two head coaches, Gary Pinkel and Barry Odom, as well as two offensive coordinators, Josh Henson and Josh Heupel.

The senior from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, was forced into action as a freshman and struggled. In limited action while sharing time with Maty Mauk, Lock completed less than half of his passes and his interceptions doubled the touchdowns.

Lock’s yards, completion percentage, touchdowns and quarterback rating increased both as a sophomore and junior, culminating in a SEC record 44 touchdowns in 2017 as he led Missouri to its first winning season since 2014.

Now a senior, all eyes are on the 6-foot-4-inch NFL prospect. Lock has been named to the 2018 Maxwell and Davey O’Brien awards watch lists for best offensive player and quarterback in the nation. MU also released a video campaigning for a Heisman invite.

The attention doesn’t seem to bother Lock, who has been through the ringer as a three-year starter.

“It brings pressure, but if you’re playing in the SEC, you’re traveling to Athens and travelling to Georgia,” Lock said. “There’s a lot of pressure regardless.”

Lock, born in Columbia, is a Tiger legacy. His grandfather, Jerry, and his father, Andy, both played for Missouri.

The youngest Lock could have left after his junior season to pursue a life in the NFL, but decided to return.

“Being the face of a program that I grew up loving means the world to me,” Lock said.

The face now finds himself facing a new challenge: learning a new offense.

Odom hired Derek Dooley in January to call the offense, meaning Lock will play for his third offense in four seasons.

Dooley has never called plays for an offense, but has experience as a head coach at Louisiana Tech and Tennessee. His last stop was in the NFL on the Dallas Cowboys’ staff.

Odom has already seen an impact on his quarterback.

“From the time our bowl game was over in December to today, his football IQ is better than maybe the jump he made from his freshman year to now,” Odom said.

“Take that combined with the physical set that he's got, he's got a chance of having a special year.”

Dooley plans to bring some of the pro-style offense he learned to Missouri, which Lock considered when deciding to return for another season.

“We’re building something more,” Lock said. “Coach Dooley knows a lot about the NFL game. He’s definitely bringing more of that into play which I’m really excited about. It really appealed to me and made me want to come back even more.”

“It’s going to be a little bit of a different vibe this year with the Missouri offense, but it’s going to be fun.”

It doesn’t concern Odom that the Sept. 1 kickoff against Tennessee-Martin will be Dooley’s first time calling an offense.

“(Dooley) really hit every checkmark for me on what I wanted in that position,” Odom said. “It's been good for me to be able to bounce some things off of him, just like the rest of my staff. He's been in some of those opportunities to make decisions, learn from some things that he did right, learn from some things that he didn't do right.”

Missouri was picked fourth in the SEC East by the media in the preseason polls, despite having the second-most first-team selections in the conference.

This fuels Lock’s fire to change the narrative surrounding the Tigers.

“I've always been the guy to think that nobody respects me as a quarterback, no one thinks I’m anything,” Lock said. “I think it also comes with the whole University of Missouri thing.”

“When we throw a touchdown, it’s because the guy was wide open. When we bust a run, it’s because the hole was huge and they split the wrong gaps. It’s not because we threw a great ball, have great wide receivers, or our offensive line is great. It’s because the other team did bad. I’m trying to change that.”

Lock could’ve left for the NFL, but he didn’t. He has got a chip. Now, he’ll get the chance to eat.


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Former Mizzou football star arrested for DWI https://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-star-arrested-for-dwi/ https://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-football-star-arrested-for-dwi/ Football Sat, 30 Dec 2017 12:27:44 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Former Mizzou football star arrested for DWI

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Former Mizzou football player Dorial Green-Beckham was arrested at 2:59 a.m. Saturday morning in Greene County.

He was charged on suspicion of DWI, failure to display plates and a window tint violation. He was later released.

While at Hillcrest High School in Springfield, Green-Beckham set the national receiving yards record. He spent two seasons at Mizzou from 2012-2013, totaling 87 catches, 1278 yards and 17 touchdowns in 25 games.

Green-Beckham, 24, was arrested twice for marijuana offenses while at MU. He was also arrested for alleged violence against a woman. Those charges were dropped, but he was dismissed from the Mizzou football program shortly after.

Once in the NFL, Green-Beckham was most recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to this season. He spent time with the Eagles and the Tennessee Titans, who selected him in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He had 32 receptions for 549 yards and four touchdowns in his rookie season.


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Tigers set for a not-so-neutral site game https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-set-for-a-not-so-neutral-game-site/ https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-set-for-a-not-so-neutral-game-site/ Football Tue, 26 Dec 2017 6:12:20 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Tigers set for a not-so-neutral site game

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Missouri football will have to fight against a home field advantage in what should a neutral site game Wednesday night at the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl.

The Tigers are taking on the Texas Longhorns at NRG Stadium in Houston. That means Mizzou, which had to travel over 800 miles to get to the game, will be taking on a team that had to travel fewer than 200.

Some Texas fans didn't even leave until the day of the game.

"We're going to get up in the morning, probably leave around 10:00, get there mid-afternoon," Texas Alum Tommy Mathis said.

Mathis's son Tucker, a freshman at Texas, said there will be a strong UT student presence at NRG Stadium.

"A lot of people I know live in Houston already. So it'll be a short commute for them to the game, and I know most of them are going to the game," Mathis said.

The Tigers are aware the fan balance may not be on their side.

"I know well enough on where we are geographically on how many people are going to be in the stands and what colors they are wearing," Head Coach Barry Odom said.

Junior Offensive Lineman Paul Adams added "I like away games, so if we consider this an away game I'm totally fine with it. Those are the most fun games by far."

Kickoff at the Texas Bowl is set for 8:00 p.m.


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Looking back: Missouri football gets set for Texas Bowl https://www.komu.com/news/looking-back-missouri-football-gets-set-for-texas-bowl/ https://www.komu.com/news/looking-back-missouri-football-gets-set-for-texas-bowl/ Football Mon, 25 Dec 2017 6:21:35 PM Ben Burke, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Looking back: Missouri football gets set for Texas Bowl

HOUSTON - The Missouri football team took an unlikely path to its first bowl game since the 2014-2015 season.

The Tigers will take on Texas in the Academy Sports and Outdoors Texas Bowl on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

Making a bowl didn't look likely for Mizzou halfway through the season. The Tigers started the year 1-5, with their only win coming in a back-and-forth encounter against in-state rival Missouri State, an FCS team.

Three of those five losses were by at least 25 points, and the only one of those that was actually a game was Missouri's six-point loss to Kentucky in early October. 

Right when it seemed like the Tigers would have to make some coaching changes in the off-season, things started to turn around. Mizzou won all of its last six games, beating conference and non-conference opponents by an average of 30 points per game. 

Two of those wins were the last games two Southeastern Conference head coaches coached with their respective programs. Tennessee fired Butch Jones a day after Missouri's 50-17 win over the Volunteers, and Arkansas fired Bret Bielema just minutes after his Razorbacks fell to Mizzou, 48-45. 

Missouri's six game winning streak, which the Tigers will take into Wednesday's game, helped them join Ole Miss as the only two schools in the history of the SEC to make a bowl after starting the season 1-5.

Two Tigers made their own history as well. Junior quarterback Drew Lock broke the SEC single season passing touchdown record, and freshman tight end Albert Okwuegbunam broke Jeremy Maclin's school freshman record for most receiving touchdowns in a single season. 

Lock takes 42 passing touchdowns, and Okwuegbunam takes 11 receiving touchdowns into Wednesday's game.


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LIVE BLOG: Missouri at Vanderbilt football https://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-vanderbilt-football/ https://www.komu.com/news/live-blog-missouri-at-vanderbilt-football/ Football Sat, 18 Nov 2017 5:06:57 PM Ben Burke and Jared Koller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters LIVE BLOG: Missouri at Vanderbilt football

NASHVILLE, TENN. - The Missouri football team looks to reach bowl eligibility on the road as the Tigers take on the Vanderbilt Commodores.

Mizzou (5-5, 2-4 SEC) is riding a four-game winning streak into Saturday's game, following the Tigers' first two conference wins in the last two weeks over Florida and Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Vanderbilt (4-6, 0-6 SEC) is down to its last chance for postseason play, and has not won a game in conference this season.

Tweets in this blog will appear with the newest post first. Follow KOMU 8 reporters Ben Burke (@Ben_J_Burke) and Jared Koller (@J_Koll) for coverage before, during and after the game.


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Gary Pinkel, L'Damian Washington give back to Douglass students https://www.komu.com/news/gary-pinkel-l-damian-washington-give-back-to-douglass-students/ https://www.komu.com/news/gary-pinkel-l-damian-washington-give-back-to-douglass-students/ Football Wed, 8 Nov 2017 4:46:38 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Gary Pinkel, L'Damian Washington give back to Douglass students

COLUMBIA – To say L’Damian Washington had a difficult childhood would be an understatement.

His father was murdered when he was five years old. His mother had a stroke and died at one of his high school basketball games when he was 15.

Now, Washington is using his experiences to inspire future generations.

“Growing up as a kid, going through the struggle that I went through, going to alternative school and just kind of knowing that sometimes your thoughts could be so negative, there's not really much hope to grasp on to,” Washington said.

So he and his former head coach at Missouri, Gary Pinkel, teamed up to help bring hope to students at Douglass High School on Monday.

In an event called “One Step Forward,” a packed auditorium of students, teachers and other members of the community listened to Pinkel give words of wisdom before watching an emotional video detailing Washington’s path through childhood to playing college football to attempting to make it to the NFL.

“L'Damian Washington came from a very challenging background and has remarkable success, so he's going to do such a great job, and he will instantly be a role model for all those kids," Pinkel said.

After the video, Washington addressed the audience before revealing the event’s surprise: a pair of brand new Nike sneakers for every student.

“It's one step forward and it's about getting up every day and putting your shoes on and taking another step,” Pinkel said. “Some days it's not a whole lot of fun doing that and that's what we're going to be talking about.”

The event’s sponsors, ZOUNation Magazine, Missouri Employers Mutual and Academy Sports, helped make the gifts possible.

For Washington, giving back in Columbia is just the first step.

"This is the place that gave me hope, that gave me opportunity, that gave me a chance when most places didn't give me a chance so to come back, for me, hopefully it starts here,” Washington said. “Hopefully I make my way back to Shreveport, Louisiana, because that's where my roots are, but I have to start here."

Washington currently plays for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League. He came to the Columbia event immediately after his regular season ended before traveling back north of the border for the team's upcoming playoff game on Sunday.


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Southern Boone kicker helps fight pediatric cancer https://www.komu.com/news/southern-boone-kicker-helps-fight-pediatric-cancer/ https://www.komu.com/news/southern-boone-kicker-helps-fight-pediatric-cancer/ Football Sun, 29 Oct 2017 3:28:37 PM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Southern Boone kicker helps fight pediatric cancer

ASHLAND – If you saw Southern Boone play football this season, you may have seen one Eagle player on the field more than others.

Parker Boyce, a junior at Southern Boone County High School, is a starting receiver and a back up at outside linebacker for the Eagles’ football team. It’s his third position, however, that gets him the most attention.

Boyce is the starting kicker for SOBOCO, a role that has gotten him some collegiate interest and a spot at the Kohl’s Kicking national scholarship camp.

"It's always cool to hear the cheers and the crowd and it's always cool to know that each point means a little bit more," Boyce said.

When he says “more,” Boyce does not just mean adding to the scoreboard. That is because at the kicking camp, Boyce first discovered the “Kick-it” campaign that has raised more than $5 million for pediatric cancer research.

The organization allows athletes across the country to dedicate their seasons to children with cancer and create personalized webpages where friends and family can make donations.

“I just saw the table. It seemed like a cool idea that I could kick and give money to these cancer patients by doing something that I love."

Boyce’s parents say it did not surprise them at all when he came home with the idea of helping raise money.

"He's always been a giving person. He's got a lot of empathy and a kind, compassionate heart. He's always looking for that person that needs a little extra something,” Parker’s mom Denise Boyce said.

Most people know someone affected by cancer, and Parker is no different.

"I've had cancer in the family with my grandpa and my aunt, but we had two girls that had cancer in our school. That kind of brought it more close to home and kind of inspired me to do the fundraiser. Everyone is always in a generous mood here. The community is amazing. They give online and at the booth during the games. The support has kind of surprised me."

Parker’s goal is $2000 and he has already raised over $1800 for pediatric cancer. Even though the Eagle’s season came to an end in the second round of playoffs after a loss to Mexico, Parker and his parents hope the donations will keep coming.

If you would like to make a donation to Parker’s campaign, you can find his collection page here.


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2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 10 https://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-10/ https://www.komu.com/news/2017-fnf-play-of-the-week-week-10/ Football Sun, 22 Oct 2017 10:51:03 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer 2017 FNF Play of the Week - Week 10

COLUMBIA - Vote now for the Friday Night Fever Week Nine Play of the Week! This week's nominees are from Helias High School, North Callaway High School and Blair Oaks High School. Voting is now open, and will conclude Friday at 3 p.m. The winner will be announced live from our Game of the Week during the 6 p.m. newscast and online.


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