Slick and Slippery

9 years 11 months 3 days ago October 22, 2006 Oct 22, 2006 Sunday, October 22 2006 Sunday, October 22, 2006 9:54:59 PM CDT in Sports

After Kansas State returned a fumble for a touchdown in the first thirty seconds of the game, Tiger fans were afraid the game would match the ugly weather. But after the turnover, the Tigers brightened every Mizzou fan's day.

"You know, it's not ideal to be playing in rain like this the whole game, I think it rained the whole time. But you gotta go out there, we practiced in pretty bad weather the whole week, so we were used to it," said quarterback Chase Daniel.

"You wanna practice in it, and we did practice in it, and I thought, you know I have to go and look over the film, but I thought we handled the ball well, could throw and catch in very adverse conditions," added Head Coach Gary Pinkel.

And the defense took advantage of the adverse conditions, forcing two interceptions and recovering two fumbles.

"What we told our defense at halftime, we'll probably get some opportunities, we just need to take advantage of them when we get them," he said.

And on a day when Missouri crowned their new homecoming royalty, the Tigers were honorary kings for the day.

Twenty-third ranked Mizzou will host nineteenth ranked Oklahoma Saturday morning at eleven.

Senior defensive end Brian Smith, with a broken hip, will miss that game and the rest of the regular season. Smith is Missouri's all-time sack leader with thirty-one and a half sacks.

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