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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: A dominating win; a big test looms

Sunday, September 18, 2011 | 6:24 p.m. CDT; updated 6:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 18, 2011
Tailback Henry Josey carries the ball in the first quarter at Saturday's game against Western Illinois. The Missouri Tigers beat the Western Illinois Leathernecks 69-0.

The Missouri Tigers bounced back from the previous week's loss with a record-breaking 69-0 win over Western Illinois. The 744 yards amassed by Missouri on Saturday broke the school record, which was set in 1949. The 69 points scored by the Tigers matched the school record for most points scored in a game.

Running back Henry Josey was the star for the Tigers, rushing for 263 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. The Missouri record for most rushing yards in a game is 319, set by Devin West in 1998.

Up next: No. 1 Oklahoma

This week, the Tigers visit Norman, Okla., to face No. 1 Oklahoma in the first Big 12 game of the year for both teams. Oklahoma solidified its top ranking Saturday with a 23-13 road win against No. 5 Florida State.

As Tiger fans remember, Missouri beat Oklahoma 36-27 last season on homecoming weekend. The Sooners were undefeated and ranked No. 1 coming into that game, and fans rushed the field following the victory. ESPN's "College Gameday" was on hand for the win, and it was Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's first win over Oklahoma.

Missouri has not won at Oklahoma since 1966.

Conference realignment heats up again

It was a quiet week for the Big 12, with no new aftershocks from Texas A&M's impending departure from the conference. But over the weekend, a new conference realignment earthquake started on the East Coast.

USA Today reported that current Big East members Syracuse and Pittsburgh applied for membership and were accepted into the Atlantic Coast Conference. The ACC now has 14 members and could be growing even more with Connecticut being rumored as another possible new member, according to an ESPN report.

The University of Texas and University of Oklahoma boards of regents both will be meeting Monday to discuss conference realignment. The Big 12 is still alive for now, but the Pac-12 is reportedly working on a deal to add four current Big 12 schools: Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.


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