THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Football, volleyball remain undefeated

Sunday, September 29, 2013 | 4:48 p.m. CDT; updated 6:39 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 29, 2013

COLUMBIA — This week in Missouri sports, the football team moved to 4-0 with a late charge to defeat Arkansas State, and the volleyball team continued its hot start, reaching 16-0 with its first Southeastern Conference victory.

Missouri football overcomes slow start to reach 4-0 record

After a bye week and a road game at Indiana, the Missouri football team returned to Memorial Stadium on Saturday and defeated Arkansas State 41-19, despite struggling early in the game. Quarterback James Franklin threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns in the win as the Tigers improved to 4-0. Cornerback Randy Ponder was ejected from the game in the first quarter for a violation of the controversial targeting rule.

The weather stayed dry for most of the game after a thunderstorm passed through Columbia earlier in the day. Despite a rainy forecast, Missouri fans continued their usual tailgates.

With the win, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel passed Dan Devine for the No. 2 spot on Missouri's all-time wins list with 94. Pinkel downplayed the significance of the milestone in his weekly news conference. The coach also addressed the situation of former Tiger Aldon Smith, who took an indefinite leave of absence from the San Francisco 49ers after he was arrested on suspicion of DUI for the second time in two years.

Missouri volleyball remains undefeated with win over South Carolina

Continuing its blistering start to the season, the Missouri volleyball team swept its first Southeastern Conference match Friday, defeating South Carolina 25-16, 25-14, 25-18. Missouri, now 16-0,  is the last remaining undefeated team in the SEC and one of six undefeated teams in the country. As usual, the Ely family was there to cheer the Tigers on to victory.

Missouri soccer falls to Georgia on Friday, defeats Florida on Sunday 

The Missouri soccer team couldn't find the net in its first conference game at home as it lost 1-0 to Georgia on Friday night. The situation was reversed on Sunday when the Tigers defeated Florida 1-0. After the weekend split, Missouri is now 6-5-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play. The team has been led by junior midfielder Taylor Grant, who entered the weekend with 10 points.

Missouri wrestling announces schedule

Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith announced the team's schedule for the 2013-14 season on Thursday. The Tigers, who won the Mid-American Conference title last season and have two returning All-Americans, will begin their season with a road match at North Dakota State on Nov. 1.

Missouri cross country prepares for invitationals

The Missouri cross country team entered a hectic portion of its schedule, leaving town last Thursday for the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis before returning to Columbia and leaving again this Wednesday for the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Team members said the key to racing back-to-back weeks is being mentally prepared.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.

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