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THIS WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Missouri football stunned by South Carolina; volleyball stays perfect

Sunday, October 27, 2013 | 5:21 p.m. CDT; updated 8:09 p.m. CDT, Sunday, October 27, 2013

This week, the Missouri football team lost a heartbreaker to South Carolina to fall to 7-1, the Missouri volleyball team stayed perfect at 25-0, and Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith received a five-game suspension from the NCAA.

Missouri football stunned by South Carolina for first loss

Entering the week with a 7-0 record and a No. 5 BCS ranking, Missouri fans showed up in full force for the Tigers' Homecoming game against South Carolina. The Tigers led 17-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but South Carolina quarterback Conner Shaw, who had been sidelined with a sprained knee, entered the game and led a Gamecock comeback, scoring 17 unanswered points. The Tigers would lose 27-24 in two overtimes after the defense allowed South Carolina to score on a 4th-and-15 play in the first overtime and kicker Andrew Baggett missed a 23-yard field goal to seal the loss in the second overtime.

Missouri fell from No. 5 to No. 10 in the AP poll and to No. 9 in the BCS rankings because of the loss. After the game, the Tigers were frustrated but optimistic heading into the final four games of the season.

Missouri volleyball moves to 25-0 after two road wins

After setting a program record with 23 straight wins to start the season, the Missouri volleyball team moved up to No. 11 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll on Monday. The Tigers continued the hot start on the road this weekend, defeating Louisiana State on Friday in Baton Rouge, La., and sweeping Texas A&M in College Station, Texas, on Sunday.

Missouri will return home next weekend, starting with a game against Ole Miss on Friday.

Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith receives five-game suspension

After a two-year investigation into the University of Miami's athletics department, the NCAA handed Missouri coach Frank Haith a five-game suspension for "failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance" during his time at Miami. Haith and the Missouri athletics department did not appeal the suspension, saying that it signifies closure after a long investigation. Haith will be allowed to coach the team during the preseason, but his suspension will last from the regular season opener on Nov. 8 until Nov. 25.

On the court, the Tigers saw their first game action as they defeated Oklahoma City 73-48 in an exhibition game Friday night at the Hearnes Center. More than 9,000 fans showed up for the "Return to Hearnes" game, which was the first basketball game there since 2004. The Tigers wore white throwback uniforms and honored former Missouri coach Norm Stewart.

Missouri soccer beats Tennessee, ties Kentucky

The Missouri soccer team moved its record to 8-7-3 after two overtime games this weekend. The Tigers defeated Kentucky 2-1 in a road game Friday and tied Tennessee 1-1 on Sunday. Missouri will travel to Arkansas on Thursday for the regular-season finale. Senior Alyssa Diggs, who was named the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week last week, has embraced her role as a leader on the squad.


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