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, 10 Dec 2018 HH:12:ss GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com https://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Chiefs clinch playoff berth behind miraculous Mahomes https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-clinch-playoff-berth-behind-miraculous-mahomes/ https://www.komu.com/news/chiefs-clinch-playoff-berth-behind-miraculous-mahomes/ Football Sun, 9 Dec 2018 9:06:08 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Chiefs clinch playoff berth behind miraculous Mahomes

Kansas City - Patrick Mahomes did other-worldly things and the Kansas City Chiefs won on Sunday. That seems to have been the one sentence summary of almost every Chiefs game this season, and Sunday’s battle with the Baltimore Ravens was no different. Mahomes completed two improbable fourth down passes on the eventual game tying drive as his 377 passing yards and two touchdown tosses led the Chiefs to a 27-24 overtime victory.

Mahomes’ 48 yard completion to Tyreek Hill on fourth down with the game on the line was one of the most astounding plays of Mahomes’ short but already decorated career. With just under 1:30 remaining in the fourth quarter, the gunslinger sprinted to his right, while being chased by two defenders, and gunned the ball across his body to Hill who caught the pass in stride. The conversion, on fourth and nine, set up Damien Williams’ game tying touchdown four plays later that sent the game into overtime.

Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce once again paced the receivers. Hill finished with 139 yards on eight catches, while the tight end Kelce added a touchdown to 7 receptions for 77 yards. Running back Spencer Ware was phenomenal in his new spot as the starter. He carried the ball 15 times for 75 yards while also adding 54 yards receiving. His rushing was vital to maintain a resemblance of balance in the offense while Mahomes passed the ball around the field to the tune of 53 pass attempts.

The Chiefs defense was vital in the victory. While it did allow 24 points, they managed to hold explosive quarterback Lamar Jackson under 200 yards passing and forced a turnover. The biggest moment for the defense, however, was stopping the Ravens (7-6) in overtime after the Chiefs (11-2) had taken the lead on a Harrison Butker field goal, securing the win.

With the win, the Chiefs officially clinched a playoff berth. Losses by the Patriots and other AFC foes also put Kansas City in position to clinch home field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs with a win on Thursday night against San Diego and some help elsewhere around the league. The Chiefs beat the Chargers in a week one matchup in San Diego. The Chargers will be looking to return the favor Thursday when they head to Arrowhead.


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Liberty Bowl offers exposure for Mizzou https://www.komu.com/news/liberty-bowl-offers-exposure-for-mizzou/ https://www.komu.com/news/liberty-bowl-offers-exposure-for-mizzou/ Football Mon, 3 Dec 2018 3:32:32 PM Ethan Burks, KOMU Reporter Liberty Bowl offers exposure for Mizzou

COLUMBIA - On New Year's Eve, the Missouri Tigers will travel to Memphis to play Oklahoma State in the 2018 AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

For most programs, getting to a bowl game is a major priority because of one thing; exposure.

"The game is really a three and a half hour infomercial for Mizzou's brand, not just football," Mizzou athletics spokesperson Nick Joos said.

Profits are not guaranteed in these games after you factor in travel and expenses, Joos said.

"It’s really hard in this day and age. It’s a break-even venture and that’s what our goal is," Joos said.

Since Mizzou is part of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the profits from each SEC bowl game are split evenly across the conference.

"The conference office redistributes that money back to all 14 institutions, so even if you did not go to a bowl game this year in the SEC, you will share in the totality of that money," Joos said. 

Because of this, the main benefit will be exposure for the university on TV and ticket sales. 

"I checked this morning and it looks like we have already sold around 1,500 tickets," Joos said. 

The Liberty Bowl has set aside 8,000 tickets for both Mizzou and Oklahoma State fans. Tickets range from $75 to $100 on Ticketmaster.

"I don’t think the prices are that bad especially with it being a bowl game," said Tiger fan Ryan Kivett. "Mizzou and Oklahoma State are big time programs so it's worth it."

Joos said the MU ticket office will have special packages available for fans and students with discounted bundles later in the week. 

"I'm excited to see how we'll play against a very good Oklahoma State team," Kivett said. "Both offenses are pretty good so I think it'll be a high scoring game."

Mizzou finished the regular season 8-4 and averaged nearly 37 points per game. 

The game will kickoff at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 31.  


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Three Tiger Players earn All-SEC honors https://www.komu.com/news/three-tiger-players-earn-all-sec-honors/ https://www.komu.com/news/three-tiger-players-earn-all-sec-honors/ Football Mon, 3 Dec 2018 3:53:03 PM Maddie Boccardi, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Three Tiger Players earn All-SEC honors

COLUMBIA- The Associated Press named three Tigers to its 2018 All-Southeastern Conference first and second teams on Monday.

Junior offensive lineman Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms earned first-team All-SEC honors. Wallace-Simms was a major key to the Tigers success for the offense this season. He ranks ninth in the nation for fewest tackles for loss allowed and 11th in fewest sacks allowed. Wallace-Simms is the second Missouri offensive lineman to win this honor.

Senior quarterback Drew Lock earned second-team All SEC honors. Lock’s senior season he threw for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns. Lock controlled the Tiger’s offense all season leading to an 8-4 season and ranking 20th in the nation and third in the SEC. Lock was in the top three of the conference for passing yards, passing touchdowns and points responsible for.

The third of the Tigers to earn an honor was senior defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr., he received second-team All-SEC. Beckner was a leader for the Tigers stellar defense against the run this season. He recorded 31 tackles, five quarterback pressures and two sacks. He also led Missouri with 9.5 tackles for a loss.  

The Tigers will play in the Liberty Bowl against Oklahoma State on December 31st at 2:45 pm in Memphis Tennessee.

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Columbia to host MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl for the next five years https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-to-host-mshsaa-show-me-bowl-for-the-next-five-years/ https://www.komu.com/news/columbia-to-host-mshsaa-show-me-bowl-for-the-next-five-years/ Football Mon, 3 Dec 2018 10:07:12 AM Edan Goldfarb, KOMU 8 Reporter Columbia to host MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl for the next five years

COLUMBIA- High school football teams from around the state will travel to Memorial Stadium for the next five years to compete for their respective state titles.

In January 2018, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced that the City of Columbia would host both weekends of the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl for the next five years starting in 2018.

“2018 is the first year of a five year contract to have the MSHSAA Football Championships here both weekends which the first weekend is 8-man and class 6 and then the second weekend is classes 1-5 so they’ll be here for a few years to come,” Columbia Chamber of Commerce Strategic Communications Manager Megan McConachie said.

The city secured the contract by submitting a bid to MSHSAA in 2017,for which they had to work with the entire city in order to create a proposal that they believed MSHSAA would approve of.

“We work really closely with our hotels with our other tourism partners and also the university of Missouri in order to put together a proposal that is most attractive to MSHSAA,” McConachie said.

One reason so much effort was put into receiving approval to host this event is because of the economic impact that events like this one have on the City of Columbia.

This is due to the fact that events like the MSHSAA Show-Me Bowl bring in a significant number of people to the cities in which they are being held and those people come to these cities and they spend money.

“We have something within tourism that we call the Halo effect and so when a tourist come to a place like Columbia you know they spend money spending the night just like when anyone else travels and so that not only supports the person who’s working in those businesses and the business itself but it also through their tax dollars helps support things that we get to enjoy year round not just when the tourist is here,” McConachie said.

For example, one of the attendees at this year’s Show-Me Bowl, Randy Stern, said he goes to the University of Missouri bookstore every time he is in Columbia, and looks forward to "supporting the local restaurants and just enjoying Columbia and everything it has to offer.”

According to McConachie the money raised from the sales tax on things that tourists like Stern purchase here in Columbia help support services like keeping streets clean and public safety.


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Full preview of Mizzou football's bowl pairing https://www.komu.com/news/full-preview-of-mizzou-football-s-bowl-pairing/ https://www.komu.com/news/full-preview-of-mizzou-football-s-bowl-pairing/ Football Sun, 2 Dec 2018 9:46:48 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Full preview of Mizzou football's bowl pairing

Columbia - The 23rd ranked Missouri football team (8-4, 4-4 SEC) learned Sunday that they will head to Memphis, TN to take on Oklahoma State (6-6, 3-6 Big 12) in the 2018 Liberty Bowl on December 31. The bowl and matchup includes multiple intriguing storylines for Tiger fans.

Mizzou used a four game winning streak to end the regular season to become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season under Barry Odom. The Tigers began the season with a three game win streak, but had their bowl hopes in jeopardy after an 0-4 start to SEC play. But the huge upset victory at Florida to begin November gave the Tigers new life as they reeled off three more SEC wins to finish the season.

The opponent is a flashback to Missouri’s Big 12 days for Tiger fans. Missouri last met Oklahoma State in the 2014 Cotton Bowl, in which MU star Shane Ray returned a fumble for a touchdown to secure the Mizzou win. Missouri leads the all-time series 29-23 over the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State has been an inconsistent team all season. Their 6-6 record in not particularly impressive, however three of those wins came over ranked opponents, two of which were spotted within the top 10 when the Cowboys upset them. Also, a one point loss to College football playoff qualifier Oklahoma three weeks ago proves that head coach Mike Gundy’s Cowboys can hang with any team in the country.

The Liberty Bowl will be a reunion of sorts for multiple members of the Tiger program. Head coach Barry Odom was the defensive coordinator at the University of Memphis for three seasons before joining Missouri under the same title. Odom has made the Memphis area an emphasis of his recruiting since joining the Mizzou program. Tailback Tyler Badie and slot receiver Johnathon Johnston along with others hail from the greater Memphis area. The game could be a chance for Odom to showcase his SEC program to potential recruits in the area.

The game will be quarterback Drew Lock’s final as a member of the Missouri football program. The four year starter and Lee’s Summit native holds numerous program records and likely will be a first round selection in April’s NFL draft. Lock will be seeking his first bowl victory, however, after last season’s loss to Texas in the Texas Bowl.

Kickoff is scheduled for 2:45 PM on the 31st. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN. Tickets are available for purchase through the MU athletic department.

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No Hunt, no problem as Chiefs top another divisional rival https://www.komu.com/news/no-hunt-no-problem-as-chiefs-top-another-divisional-rival/ https://www.komu.com/news/no-hunt-no-problem-as-chiefs-top-another-divisional-rival/ Football Sun, 2 Dec 2018 8:44:13 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No Hunt, no problem as Chiefs top another divisional rival

Oakland - A tumultuous week for one of the best teams, and especially offenses, in the NFL couldn’t prevent the Kansas City Chiefs from getting their 10th win of the season Sunday with a 40-33 victory over the 2-10 Raiders. Patrick Mahomes tossed four more touchdowns, improving his season total to 41. Through 12 games, just Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the only quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for as many touchdowns.

After releasing their leading rusher in running back Kareem Hunt following the release of a February video that showed him shoving and kicking a woman, the Chiefs had to look to different sources to for offense alongside Mahomes. Hunt had been the Chiefs’ leading rusher in each game this season. Running back Spencer Ware got the start in Oakland, and finished with 47 yards rushing and a touchdown on 14 rushing attempts.

Tight end Travis Kelce continued his fantastic season with one of the best games of his career. He hauled in 12 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns. No other Kansas City receiver recorded more than three receptions. Kelce reached 1,000 yard receiving mark for the third consecutive season. He needs just 43 more yards receiving over the final four games to guarantee a new career high for receiving yards in a season.

The 2-10 Raiders put up an admirable fight Sunday, as quarterback Derek Carr threw for nearly 300 yards and three scores. But it was turnovers that doomed Oakland, as three lost fumbles all turned into points for the Chiefs. Once again, the Kansas City defense did just enough to limit the opposing offense so that Mahomes and company can put on a show. The Chiefs will face a test next Sunday as they play host to the Lamar Jackson led Ravens (7-5) and their stout defense.

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Kansas City Chiefs cut star running back Kareem Hunt after video shows alleged assault https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-cut-star-running-back-kareem-hunt-after-video-shows-alleged-assault/ https://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-cut-star-running-back-kareem-hunt-after-video-shows-alleged-assault/ Football Sat, 1 Dec 2018 8:29:49 AM Amir Vera, CNN Kansas City Chiefs cut star running back Kareem Hunt after video shows alleged assault

KANSAS CITY (CNN) - The Kansas City Chiefs have cut star running back Kareem Hunt after a video surfaced appearing to show him pushing and kicking a woman.

The video first surfaced Friday via the website TMZ and shows an incident from February at a Cleveland hotel. No arrests were made as a result of the incident and Hunt has not been charged, according to NFL.com.

The video shows Hunt shoving the woman several times in a hotel hallway while people try to hold him back. At one point, the woman appears to stumble, and as she attempts to get up, Hunt kicks her back down.

The Chiefs organization tweeted Friday night that the NFL and law enforcement were investigating the issue.

"As part of our internal discussions with Kareem, several members of our management team spoke directly to him. Kareem was not truthful in those discussions," the Chiefs said via Twitter. "The video released today confirms that fact. We are releasing Kareem immediately."

About 40 minutes before the Chiefs released their statement, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy tweeted that Hunt was placed on the "Commissioner Exempt list," meaning he can't practice, play or attend games.

"The NFL's investigation, which began immediately following the incident in February, will include a review of new information that was made public today," McCarthy's tweet read.

Hunt, 23, was drafted in 2017 in the 3rd round (86th overall). He played for the University of Toledo in Ohio.

Hunt released a statement to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"I want to apologize for my actions. I deeply regret what I did. I hope to move on from this," the statement read.

Soon after the Chiefs' announcement, Hunt's bio on the team's website was taken down.

Three calls to 911

The surveillance footage is from a February 10 incident at a luxury hotel called the Metropolitan at the 9, according to police reports.

Dispatchers first received a call at 3:42 a.m. from a woman by the name of Abby Ottinger.

"I was assaulted and I need help," she said on the call, appearing to be sobbing. When asked who assaulted her, she said "I think his first name is Kareem."

Ottinger went on to explain to the dispatcher that her friends were meeting with Hunt's friends to go out "and things went wrong."

A second call came in at 3:55 a.m. from a man named Derek who did not want to give his last name. He explained to the dispatcher that there were "two women that have bruises and cuts all over them."

The dispatcher asked Derek if he could hand to phone to the woman he was calling about.

"It's my phone, I don't need to pass it to someone that I don't know," he said.

A third call came in a 4:13 a.m. from another man who identified himself as the evening security officer at the hotel about an incident with two young women.

"I've been trying to figure out what the heck's been going on," he said.

He went on to tell the dispatcher that two women had gotten into an altercation after coming back from a nightclub.

The Metropolitan at the 9 released a statement saying it condemns all violent behavior.

"An incident occurred on our property in February (2018) involving Kareem Hunt. Mr. Hunt allegedly assaulted a woman on our premises. While we condemn all violent behavior, we realize that this is an ongoing investigation and cannot share any additional information at this time," the statement read. "We respect the time our local officials have devoted to this situation and will continue to assist and cooperate in any way we can. We have and will always continue to offer a safe environment for all our guests and residents alike."

Earlier inquires about suspending Hunt

While the incident took place in February, it was not addressed publicly until August.

When asked by reporters whether there were any concerns about Hunt going forward, Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt said the team has a lot of young men who aren't "always going to make the best decisions." He added the team's support system -- coaches and the player development department -- was strong and there to discuss what situations players should be in.

"Kareem is a young man, second year in the league, obviously had a very big year on the field last year. I'm sure he learned some lessons this offseason and hopefully won't be in those kinds of situations in the future," he said.

Hunt, the CEO, was also asked whether the Chiefs expected any suspensions for the star running back.

"I really don't but we tend not to be privy to those decisions that are made by the NFL," he said.

Kareem Hunt also addressed questions in August about the incident.

"I've learned from it and I'm focused on football," he said, adding that he's learned to be in the right place at the right time. "(I'm) just going to keep thinking about football, go out there and do my job."

Chiefs were the top of their conference

At 5-feet-11-inches and 216 pounds, Hunt was a top five running back who rushed 824 yards and scored seven touchdowns so far this season, according to NFL.com.

Hunt was selected for the 2018 Pro Bowl during his rookie year.

The Kansas City Chiefs are 9-2 this year and are first in the AFC West. They're due to play the Oakland Raiders Sunday.

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Ceremony celebrates MU football stadium project https://www.komu.com/news/ceremony-celebrates-mu-football-stadium-project/ https://www.komu.com/news/ceremony-celebrates-mu-football-stadium-project/ Football Wed, 21 Nov 2018 2:56:06 PM Stephanie Hamann, KOMU 8 Reporter Ceremony celebrates MU football stadium project

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Athletics, Reinhardt Construction and Mortenson Construction hosted a ceremony to commemorate progress made on the South End Zone Complex on Wednesday.

Construction crew members hoisted a beam onto the project’s steel structure in a Topping Out Ceremony. The beam has the signatures of construction crew members and Mizzou Athletics members. It is one of the final main pieces of the steel structure to be added. 

Director of Athletics Jim Sterk signed the beam.

"It's a significant point in time, and obviously putting the highest beam into this project is a point that we wanted to get to as quickly as possible," Sterk told KOMU. "All the trades and all the work that's gone in is symbolic to put that up there." 

Sterk also spoke to the crowd.

"All of you have put in a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this thing," Sterk said. "We have a lot to be thankful for on the eve of Thanksgiving."

Head Football Coach Barry Odom also spoke.

"It takes such a tremendous team effort on all the moving parts to make it work," Odom said. "Now we gotta go finish, right, just like a four-quarter game."

The project will be complete next spring, Sterk said. It includes general seating for about 1,300 people, 16 suites and a 750-person club, among other additions. 

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Missouri wallops Tennessee in Dooley's homecoming https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-wallops-tennessee-in-dooley-s-homecoming/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-wallops-tennessee-in-dooley-s-homecoming/ Football Sat, 17 Nov 2018 2:51:37 PM Edward Redler and Andrew Carlson, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Missouri wallops Tennessee in Dooley's homecoming

KNOXVILLE, TN - The Missouri Tigers (7-4, 3-4 SEC) mirrored their 2017 result against Tennessee (5-6, 2-5 SEC) Saturday, beating the Volunteers 50-17.

Missouri offensive coordinator Derek Dooley got some revenge in the process, making his first coaching appearance since being fired as head coach of Tennessee from 2010-2012. 

The Missouri offense moved the ball well early, but struggled to finish drives. The Tigers settled for two field goals from junior Tucker McCann in the opening quarter to take a 6-0 lead. 

Meanwhile, the Tiger defense didn't allow a first down until the Volunteers' 4th drive of the game. MU out-gained UT 117 to -17 in the opening frame.

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt made a change at quarterback in the second, going to Keller Chryst. His first drive went 69 yards on six plays, culminating with a 6-yard rushing score from Ty Chandler to give the Volunteers a 7-6 lead.

The lead was short lived as the offense asserted itself, scoring touchdowns on the next three possessions.

The Tigers marched down the field in just 2:24 of playing time to score on a Tyler Badie 4-yard rushing touchdown, the freshman's second of his career.

The Volunteers countered with a field goal, but a 8-yard strike from quarterback Drew Lock to another freshman, Dominic Gicinto, extended the lead to 19-10.

"We have some young guys that can really, really play," senior receiver Emanuel Hall said. "Tyler Badie, Jalen (Knox), really all of them. There isn't one that can say they're not a good football player.  Missouri's future is looking bright for sure."

Chryst's first big mistake came on the following possession, when cornerback DeMarkus Acy jumped a route for an interception and returned it 76 yards deep into Volunteer territory. The Tigers capitalized with a touchdown pass to Johnathon Johnson with just 29 seconds in the half, giving MU a 26-10 lead at the break.

The Missouri offense didn't take it's foot off of the gas in the second half, outscoring Tennessee 24-7.

Senior quaterback Drew Lock spread the ball around all night, making completions to 10 different targets. He finished with two touchdowns and moved into second place in SEC passing all-time.

Three different Tigers added rushing touchdowns and the defense forced three turnovers.

"You always give them points of the game and emphasis at the beginning of the week," coach Barry Odom said. "That was huge for us. Our margin of error is very very slim, so when we can have that in our favor, that helps. " 

The win was the Tigers' fourth this season against teams from the state of Tennessee, having previously beat UT-Martin, Memphis and Vanderbilt.

"Coach Odom told me, Emanuel (Hall) and JJ (Johnathon Johnson) that we were the Tennessee state champions this year," senior right tackle Paul Adams said. "That was fun."

Missouri is now 9-2 in the month of November under Barry Odom. The Tigers conclude their regular season Friday at 2:30 p.m. against Arkansas. 


Junior running back Damarea Crockett sprained his ankle in the first quarter, forcing him out of the game and into a walking boot.

A targeting penalty on Tennessee's Shanon Reid gave senior returner and wideout Richaud Floyd a concussion in the fourth quarter.

"You look across the sideline and a certain individual is arguing the call," Lock said after the game. "I don’t know how you argue any call like that. You all can speculate who that was. It said a lot about someone."

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Missouri Tiger football team will hit the road for final time this season https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tiger-football-team-will-hit-the-road-for-final-time-this-season/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tiger-football-team-will-hit-the-road-for-final-time-this-season/ Football Wed, 14 Nov 2018 5:17:36 PM Chance Sticklen, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri Tiger football team will hit the road for final time this season

COLUMBIA - Prior to week 10, the Missouri Tiger football team remained winless in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Fast forward to week 13 and the Tigers are looking for their third consecutive conference win.

After blowing out then No. 11 Florida in Gainesville, 38-17 and just slipping by Vanderbilt last Saturday, 33-28, Missouri will head to Knoxville on Saturday to clash with Tennessee.

For the Tigers, the season is trickling down with just two games remaining in the regular season. Missouri will face Arkansas in Columbia on November 24th.

The Volunteers are coming off a 24-7 win over the No. 17 Kentucky Wildcats. Heading into Saturday’s game against the Tigers, the Volunteers will be riding a two-game winning streak.

The Tigers hold the advantage over the Volunteers in the all-time series, 4-2. Missouri beat Tennessee in Columbia last season, 50-17.

Missouri punched their ticket to a bowl game last Saturday with its win over Vanderbilt, while Tennessee could become bowl eligible with a win against the Tigers.

According to USA Today, Missouri is currently projected to play Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl on December 31st.

Kickoff between the Tigers and the Volunteers is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET.

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Mahomes sets franchise record in another Chiefs win https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-sets-franchise-record-in-another-chiefs-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-sets-franchise-record-in-another-chiefs-win/ Football Sun, 11 Nov 2018 8:02:10 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Reporter Mahomes sets franchise record in another Chiefs win

Kansas City - Sunday brought more of the same for the Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes had a pedestrian day (by his standards), as he passed for 249 yards and two touchdown passes while leading the 9-1 Chiefs past the 2-7 Cardinals 26-14.

Mahomes’ second touchdown pass gave him 31 for the season and pushed him past Pro Football Hall of Famer Len Dawson for most in a season by a Chiefs quarterback. With six games remaining, the gunslinger has a chance to challenge Peyton Manning’s NFL single season record of 55 touchdowns. One thing that might keep him from that record could be protection. Mahomes was sacked five times today, as the Cardinals chose to bring pressure in an attempt to force mistakes.

As it’s been all season, however, Sunday’s win was a team effort. Kareem Hunt carried for 71 yards, while Tyreek Hill had 117 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. The defense was solid as well. The Chiefs sacked Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen five times while intercepting him twice.

After a relatively easy week, the Chiefs will have a long week of preparation for Monday night’s showdown with the Rams (9-1). As the top two teams in football for most of the season, both squads surely have had this matchup circled on their calendars for weeks.


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Tigers squeak out 33-28 victory over Vanderbilt https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-squeak-out-33-28-victory-over-vanderbilt/ https://www.komu.com/news/tigers-squeak-out-33-28-victory-over-vanderbilt/ Football Sun, 11 Nov 2018 6:57:05 AM The Associated Press Tigers squeak out 33-28 victory over Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — When Missouri kicker Tucker McCann missed a 31-yard field goal to the left with 1:48 remaining in the game, the possibility opened up that Missouri could lose its third last-second contest of the season.

The Tigers were up 33-28. Quarterback Kyle Shurmur led Vanderbilt 55 yards down the field, setting up for a play on Missouri's 25-yard line with five seconds remaining.

When the final pass came down untouched, Missouri had won its sixth game, becoming bowl-eligible for the second season in a row. The Tigers exhaled.

"I instantly just fell down on my knees and said 'thank you God'," Missouri running back Damarea Crockett said.

Missouri's defense bent but didn't break during Vanderbilt's final drive.

"I was wishing it was over before then," Missouri head coach Barry Odom said. "But I had trust in what was called. I'm proud that our team ended up winning it on that last play."

In the end, the Tigers (6-4, 2-4 Southeastern Conference) are going bowling, and the Commodores (4-6, 1-5) will need to win both its remaining games to guarantee bowl eligibility.

Vanderbilt had led all game until Missouri running backs Crockett and Larry Rountree III fueled a 99-yard drive to start the fourth quarter. The drive started after Vanderbilt failed to convert a 4th-and-goal opportunity on Missouri's 1-yard line.

"Not putting the ball in the end zone on fourth-and-1 was the most critical play in the ballgame for us," Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason said. "Not getting that done cost us momentum."

From there, the Tigers trekked down the field for a 14-play drive that lasted 5:38. Quarterback Drew Lock trotted three yards into the end zone to give Missouri its first lead of the game - 33-28 with 9:18 remaining.

Shurmur outplayed Lock for the majority of the game, with 249 yards and three touchdowns on 24-for-35 passing. Lock, a former Heisman hopeful, passed for 253 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions on 22-for-33 passing.

Crockett bolted for 122 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Rountree added 92 yards on 21 rushes.

"Those guys put the game on their back," Lock said. "Our o-line blocked their butts off."

Vanderbilt's Ke'Shawn Vaughn ran for 182 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries, good for 12.1 yards per carry.


Vanderbilt: The Commodores showed promise on offense in the first half and proved that they could compete on the road. The victory would have immensely helped the team's bowl chances, but Vanderbilt can still clinch eligibility with wins in home games against Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Missouri: It wasn't as pretty as the Tigers' 38-17 victory over No. 13 Florida, but Missouri is officially going bowling. After a rough first half, the defense locked down and offense stepped up in the second half. Finally winning a close game should help the Tigers' spirits.


Beginning with the failed fourth-and-goal attempt from the 1-yard line, Vanderbilt missed out on multiple opportunities in the fourth quarter. Vanderbilt was flagged on an unsportsmanlike conduct, which turned a 3rd-and-1 to a 3rd-and-16, which it didn't convert.

The Commodores picked off Lock on the ensuing drive, putting themselves on Missouri's 35. They managed just one yard on four plays.

"It's been the same story all season," said Vanderbilt tight end Jared Pinkney, who had five catches for 88 yards. "We can't finish, for whatever reason."


Missouri has lost a pair of last-second contests this season, 37-35 to South Carolina and 15-14 against No. 12 Kentucky. After winning on a last-second play, Odom and his players acknowledged how much better it feels to be on the good side of thrillers.

"Down to the last play, I'm kind of tired of those," Odom said. "Excited for our team to show the resolve, the toughness and the grit when it wasn't very pretty early on."


Vanderbilt returns home to play Ole Miss.

Missouri goes on the road to face Tennessee.

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Drew Lock earns SEC honors https://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-earns-sec-honors/ https://www.komu.com/news/drew-lock-earns-sec-honors/ Football Mon, 5 Nov 2018 4:32:36 PM Maddie Boccardi KOMU8 Sports Digital Producer Drew Lock earns SEC honors

COLUMBIA- Missouri Football senior quarterback Drew Lock earned Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the honor with Georgia runningback D'Andre Swift. This is the first time this season that Lock has earned this honor.

Lock threw for 250 yards and three touchdowns against No. 11 Florida this past weekend. He completed 24-of-32 with no turnovers against the Gators. His 75 percent completion percentage tied his best ever in an SEC game. He also completed passes to 10 different receivers.

After the game against Florida, Lock moved into third place for SEC career touchdowns. Lock passed up Tim Tebow, Chris Leak and Peyton Manning.

The Tigers return home this Saturday to face off against another SEC opponent, the Vanderbilt Commodores. Game time is set for 11 a.m at Faurot Field.

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The Ohio boys steal the show as Mahomes inches closer to more history in blowout of Browns https://www.komu.com/news/the-ohio-boys-steal-the-show-as-mahomes-inches-closer-to-more-history-in-blowout-of-browns/ https://www.komu.com/news/the-ohio-boys-steal-the-show-as-mahomes-inches-closer-to-more-history-in-blowout-of-browns/ Football Sun, 4 Nov 2018 7:52:08 PM Mark Powers KOMU8 Sports Digital Producer The Ohio boys steal the show as Mahomes inches closer to more history in blowout of Browns

Cleveland - Incredible. That’s the only way to describe Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs after another week of dominance in a 37-21 road romp of the Cleveland Browns.

Mahomes continued his record breaking season with 375 yards and three touchdowns. His 300 yards passing tied Andrew Luck’s record for consecutive games with 300 yards passing with eight. Mahomes’ 29 touchdowns through nine games is just one shy of the Chiefs’ single season record of 30, which was set in the old AFL in 1964 by Pro Football Hal of Famer Len Dawson. The gunslinger is set to have the greatest season in Kansas City’s 59-season history.

The Chiefs aren’t all the Mahomes show, regardless of how phenomenal he has been. As an offensive unit Kansas City scored touchdowns on its first five full possessions (not counting a 20 second long end of half drive). The Ohio natives, tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt, had monster afternoons in front of lots of friends and family back home in Cleveland. Kelce snagged seven balls for 99 yards and two scores, while Hunt rushed for 91 yards and two scores, along with taking a screen pass 50 yards for a touchdown.

The Chiefs defense was solid, as well. They held the Browns – who played their first game since the firing of former head coach Hue Jackson and offensive coordinator Todd Haley – to just 21 points. The Browns were able to move the ball well between the 20’s, racking up nearly 400 yards of offense. But the defense managed to make big plays against Cleveland, creating a blocked punt along with an interception that stopped Browns drives and fast tracked Kansas City drives with great field position.

The high flying 8-1 Chiefs will be back home next Sunday to take on the lowly Arizona Cardinals (2-6) at Arrowhead Stadium. Watch for the offense to put up more spectacular numbers, as Mahomes continues to shoot for more Chiefs and NFL single season marks.

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Missouri beats demons in win over No. 13 Florida https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-beats-demons-in-win-over-no-13-florida/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-beats-demons-in-win-over-no-13-florida/ Football Sat, 3 Nov 2018 4:00:44 PM Edward Redler & Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Missouri beats demons in win over No. 13 Florida

GAINESVILLE - Missouri football (5-4, 1-4 SEC) won its first conference game of the season, 38-17, Saturday evening over the No. 13 Florida Gators.

The win is also the first over a ranked opponent of the Barry Odom era, and first since the 2014-15 season.

After a series of punts, Florida got on the board first behind a Evan McPherson 32-yard field goal.

Missouri countered with a 21-0 run. On the following drive, the Tigers marched 76 yards on nine plays, culminating in a 27-yard touchdown run from Larry Rountree III.

The Tigers added a 22-yard touchdown pass to Albert Okwuegbunam on a busted Gator coverage in the second quarter. Okwuegbunam's sixth score of the season extended the Missouri lead to 14-3.

Still in the second, Damarea Crockett added his sixth touchdown as well, a four-yard scurry to put the Tigers in front 21-3. 

The Gators finally found the end zone to cut the deficit to 21-10 with under two minutes left in the half on a 3-yard keeper from quarterback Feleipe Franks. That score held until halftime.

Early in the third quarter, Lock connected with Kam Scott on a deep touchdown pass for 41 yards, tying Peyton Manning for third all-time in SEC touchdown passes with 89. 

That tie quickly faded as Lock connected with Emanuel Hall on a 4-yard touchdown pass, putting Lock in sole possession of third place for most touchdown passes among SEC quarterbacks.

Lock finished 24-32 for 250 yards and the three scores. He also added 19 yards on the ground, diving for a first down on third down in the second half to extend a drive.

This was Hall's, as well as fellow wideout Nate Brown's first game since September 22 against Georgia. The Tigers went 1-3 in their absence. 

"I'm proud of Emanuel on so many levels," Odom said. "There's a lot of things on his plate; he's had a tough senior year."

Hall caught four passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.

The game concludes a four-of-six stretch against ranked opponents. The Tigers return home next Saturday to take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 11:00 a.m. CT.

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The Chiefs appear to be for real after another AFC west victory https://www.komu.com/news/the-chiefs-appear-to-be-for-real-after-another-afc-west-victory/ https://www.komu.com/news/the-chiefs-appear-to-be-for-real-after-another-afc-west-victory/ Football Sun, 28 Oct 2018 9:38:41 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer The Chiefs appear to be for real after another AFC west victory

Kansas City - The Kansas City Chiefs continued their dominance of the AFC on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium by completing a 2018 season sweep of the Denver Broncos with a 30-23 win.

Patrick Mahomes and his balanced offense remained unstoppable. Mahomes finished with a typical outing that included passing for 303 yards, four touchdowns, and an interception. The Chiefs consistently have had different weapons step up each week on offense. This week it was wide receiver Sammy Watkins leading the receiving corps, as he caught eight balls for 107 yards and two scores.

While the offense has been unreal all season, the defense has been a big question mark for much of the season. But, after last week’s lock down of the Bengals in which Cincinnati managed just 10 points, the Chiefs showed more improvements this week by holding the Broncos to 23 points. The defense’s work in the first quarter was crucial, holding Denver scoreless on three of their first four drives. This helped the Chiefs offense get rolling after a slow first quarter with only three points.

The Chiefs are now 7-1 and flying higher than ever before. While some may still be skeptical after previous seasons that had fast starts and disappointing finishes, this year feels different. Mahomes joined elite company on Sunday, becoming the third quarterback ever to toss 25 touchdown passes through eight games. The other two gunslingers to accomplish the feat are … Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Sports are unpredictable of course, but Chiefs fans should be thrilled with their team sitting atop the AFC and displaying one of the most exciting offenses that the NFL has ever seen on a weekly basis.

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Missouri football loses heartbreaker to Kentucky https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-loses-heartbreaker-to-kentucky/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-loses-heartbreaker-to-kentucky/ Football Sat, 27 Oct 2018 3:53:33 PM Edward Redler & Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Missouri football loses heartbreaker to Kentucky

COLUMBIA - Missouri football (4-4, 0-4 SEC) lost on the final play to 12th ranked Kentucky (7-1, 5-1 SEC) Saturday, 15-14.

The Tigers were outscored 12-0 in the fourth quarter. 

The Wildcats settled for a field goal on their opening drive to open the scoring. Seven plays, 62 yards in 3:48.

The Tigers countered with a ten play drive of their own, but it proved fruitless after Tucker McCann's field goal attempt was blocked. 

Missouri had a 51-yard touchdown pass to Kam Scott called back on its opening drive due to a block in the back call on Alex Ofodile. 

It wasn't until Damarea Crockett's fifth touchdown on the season early in the second quarter that Missouri got on the board. His two-yard score capped a 10 play, 73-yard drive to put the Tigers ahead 7-3.

The Tigers extended their lead just before halftime with a one-yard touchdown run from Larry Rountree III. His eighth of the season put Missouri ahead 14-3.

The Missouri game plan on defense was to make Kentucky beat them through the air. Benny Snell Jr. entered the game averaging 5.6 yards per carry, but the Tigers held him to just 23 yards on 10 rushes in the first half. 

Both Kentucky and Missouri struggled getting its offense going at the beginning of the second half. The score remained unchanged as the fourth quarter began.

Lynn Bowden gave Kentucky its first touchdown of the game as the sophomore receiver returned a Corey Fatony punt all the way to the endzone. Kentucky's two-point conversion was unsuccessful, putting the Tigers up 14-9. 

It looked as though Missouri was going to hold on late in the fourth quarter following a DeMarkus Acy interception, but a quick three-and-out gave Kentucky one last chance with 1:24 remaining.

"We showed signs of being a really good team," Missouri junior linebacker Cale Garrett said. "I thought we played against a really good team, too, but, what separates really good from great is being able to finish and be able to win close games." 

Missouri couldn't record a first down in the second half, leaving the door open for a comeback.

Kentucky marched 81 yards on its final drive. The clock eventually ran out, but a pass interference call on Acy gave the Wildcats one final play from the Missouri two-yard line.

On the pass interference call, Missouri senior quarterback Drew Lock said, "I'm not sure I'm even allowed to voice my opinion. I think we get in trouble for that."

Wilson then found his tight end C.J. Conrad in the end zone as time expired. Kentucky won by a final score of 15-14, and gave Missouri another heart-breaking loss. 

"They had shown in short-yardage situations and then by alignment we thought we would get a rub-route which we did, and the kid made a great throw," Missouri coach Barry Odom said.

"It's hard to say you beat yourself when that happens," Lock said. "They were playing good, they stopped us on a couple, but we definitely could've made some different plays, gotten a first down and made the game a little different for us."

Odom remains winless against ranked competition as a head coach (0-7). The last ranked win for the Tiger program came 44 games ago against Minnesota in the 2015 Citrus Bowl.

They'll likely have another chance Nov. 3 against Florida in Gainesville.


Kendall Blanton (knee sprain) was scratched pregame and is considered week-to-week.

Emanuel Hall missed his fourth consecutive game with a groin injury. 

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Mahomes breaks another NFL record as Chiefs handle the Bengals in Sunday night blowout https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-breaks-another-nfl-record-as-chiefs-handle-the-bengals-in-sunday-night-blowout/ https://www.komu.com/news/mahomes-breaks-another-nfl-record-as-chiefs-handle-the-bengals-in-sunday-night-blowout/ Football Sun, 21 Oct 2018 10:59:49 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mahomes breaks another NFL record as Chiefs handle the Bengals in Sunday night blowout

Kansas City - The Kansas City Chiefs (6-1) might just have something special. Sensational quarterback Patrick Mahomes launched four touchdown passes in a 45-10 primetime dismantling of the Cincinnati Bengals (4-3).

Everywhere you looked for Kansas City there were standout performances. Kareem Hunt ran for 86 yards and had three total touchdowns. Tight end Travis Kelce was one of five Chiefs receivers who caught at least four balls. Kelce finished with five catches for 95 yards. Speedster Tyreek Hill contributed seven grabs for 68 yards and a touchdown. Mahomes was dynamite yet again for the Chiefs. He completed passes to eight different receivers and finished the game 28 of 39 for 358 yards and four scores. The 23 year old did toss his fifth interception of the season.

Through the first seven weeks of the season the Chiefs offense has been  unstoppable. The Kansas City attack leads the NFL in scoring, while its leader, Mahomes, is second in the NFL in passing touchdowns. The gunslinger’s 22 touchdowns through his first eight career games are a new NFL record, breaking Kurt Warner’s record.

The Kansas City offense has been all the rage to begin the season, but it’s the defense that has caused concern for the team as a whole. The defense entered Sunday night’s game last in the NFL in yards allowed per game. None of this was evident on Sunday, however, as the defense held the high flying Bengals offense to a season low 10 points. Cincinnati managed just 239 yards and 15 first downs on a night when punter Kevin Huber trotted onto the field five times to punt.

The Chiefs will be back at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as the Denver Broncos arrive for an AFC West showdown. Kansas City beat Denver 27-23 in a week four meeting in Denver.

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Missouri bounces back to throttle Memphis 65-33 https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bounces-back-to-throttle-memphis-65-33/ https://www.komu.com/news/missouri-bounces-back-to-throttle-memphis-65-33/ Football Sun, 21 Oct 2018 8:17:27 AM The Associated Press Missouri bounces back to throttle Memphis 65-33

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Defense came at a premium in Missouri's homecoming game against Memphis. The teams combined for 68 points in the first half, and continued to keep the scoreboard operator busy in the second.

When it was all said and done, Missouri rolled over Memphis. Drew Lock threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-29 passing, and Missouri defeated Memphis 65-33 in its homecoming game on Saturday.

After losing three straight Southeastern Conference contests, Missouri (4-3) responded with a much-needed victory. It jumped out to a 21-0 lead less than six minutes into the game, and never relinquished it.

"I thought the offensive staff leading up to today, they did a heck of a job of putting together a game plan, finding a way to get us some matchups," Missouri coach Barry Odom said. "Some one-on-one matchups. And formationally, we were able to do some things that really gave us an advantage."

Albert Okwuegbunam took advantage of one-on-one coverage multiple times throughout the contest. He caught six passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns and Jalen Knox had five catches for 104 yards and a score.

All of Memphis' scoring came without star running back Darrell Henderson, who exited the game after four carries in the first quarter. He was seen riding on a stationary bike and left to the locker room in the second quarter.

Henderson entered the game leading the nation with 1,133 rushing yards, 15 total touchdowns and 10.3 yards per carry. Tony Pollard and Patrick Taylor Jr. split carries the rest of the way, and Memphis' rushing attack was limited to 4.6 yards per carry.

Missouri sprinted out of the gates by blocking a punt on Memphis' first drive and Christian Holmes intercepted Brady White's pass for a 42-yard touchdown return on Memphis' second drive.

Memphis (4-4) climbed back with 17 straight points, but Missouri responded with 20 consecutive of its own. Missouri's defense slowed down the visiting Tigers in the second half, and the home Tigers cruised to their first victory since Sept. 15 against Purdue.


Memphis: Contrary to its close game against No. 10 Central Florida last week, Memphis looked thoroughly outplayed against Missouri. Memphis fans will be closely watching the status of Henderson's injury.

"Not the showing we wanted to have," Memphis coach Mike Norvell said. "Got off to a slow start, turned the ball over, had miscues in every phase and gave up too many explosive plays defensively and had some missed assignments that really cost us."

Missouri: The Tigers broke out of their three-game losing streak in a big way. Lock and the Missouri offense found its form, and the Tigers look to carry momentum into the second half of SEC play.


After 17 unanswered Memphis points, Missouri faced a fourth-and-1 on its own 34. Lock completed a pass to Jonathon Johnson. The next play was a 58-yard touchdown pass to Albert Okwuegbunam. Missouri scored 20 consecutive points to open up its lead.

"It's a pretty gutsy call," Lock said. "The tides turned. We picked that up, we scored. Came back, scored again. The momentum swang in our way. It was a big point in the game."


Against Missouri, Henderson spent more time riding the bike than running the ball. Memphis coach Mike Norvell described the injury as a "tweak" and declined to be more specific. Pollard was prepared to come in relief.

"It's a 'next man' mentality," Pollard said. "That's how we go about things. You've just got to be ready when your number's called."


Lock threw for just one touchdown and five interceptions in his previous three games. The last time he tossed for over 300 yards and four touchdowns came against Wyoming in week two, when he compiled 398 yards and four touchdowns.

"I thought he was smart with the ball," Odom said. "He's continuing to grow, he's such a talented kid and player. In-game adjustments, I thought, was maybe one of the best ways that he's done up to this point."


Memphis has a bye week before facing East Carolina on Nov. 3.

Missouri returns to conference play with a home matchup next Saturday against No. 14 Kentucky.

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Mizzou volleyball gets its fourth straight win https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-gets-its-fourth-straight-win/ https://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-gets-its-fourth-straight-win/ Football Sun, 14 Oct 2018 8:48:07 PM Mark Powers KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou volleyball gets its fourth straight win

Starkville, MS - The Mizzou volleyball team (16-4, 6-2) continued its hot stretch Sunday with a 3-0 win at Mississippi State. The Tigers have now won four consecutive matches and have won all 12 sets during those four victories. Mizzou was dominant all match long, as the Bulldogs managed just 14 points in the first two sets and 16 in the third.

Kylie Deberg led the Tigers in kills with 13, while Dariana Hollingswort backed her with 10 and nine digs. Riley Sents and Andrea Fuentes were consistent in the back, as Sents contributed 16 digs and five assists while Fuentes had 35 assists to go with four digs.

The Tigers sit in third place in the SEC, behind Florida and Kentucky, who are both undefeated in conference play. Mizzou will attempt to push its win streak to five on Friday when Auburn enters Mizzou Arena. Sunday is a match that the Tigers have circled on their calendars as they will head to Gainesville to try to knock off SEC leading and 11th ranked Florida.

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