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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri football loses perfect record to South Carolina; retired MU professor gives books to trick-or-treaters

Sunday, November 3, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. CST; updated 6:40 a.m. CST, Monday, November 4, 2013
Missouri kicker Andrew Baggett, center, watches his field goal attempt hit the goalpost with teammates Sean Culkin, right, and Mitch Hall and South Carolina's Skai Moore during the second overtime of a football game Saturday. The missed field goal sealed the victory for South Carolina.

This week's most read stories included Missouri football's shocking loss to South Carolina, the death of a local basketball referee and a retired MU professor distributing books on Halloween.

  1. After the Missouri football team suffered a gut-wrenching Homecoming game loss to South Carolina on Oct. 26, the Tigers tried to move on from the loss, despite their obvious disappointment. Missouri led 17-0 at the beginning of the fourth quarter but allowed South Carolina to tie the game and went on to lose in double overtime. The loss was sealed when Andrew Baggett's 24-yard field goal attempt bounced off the left upright, and the Missouri locker room was silent after the game. The Tigers bounced back in their next game, routing Tennessee 31-3 on Saturday. (6,474 page views)
  2. After the Missouri loss to South Carolina, a photo of MU freshman Conner Carr looking on in disbelief went viral. The photo, taken by Missourian photographer Julia Sumpter, captured the shock many Missouri fans felt when Baggett missed the 24-yard field goal. The photo got more than 500 shares on Facebook and 1,400 views on Reddit. (3,828 page views)
  3.  James Matthew Foster of Columbia died at age 33 of what doctors said was a blood infection. Foster was a local basketball referee who was on his way to achieving his dream of working at the Division 1 level. After struggling with his weight for his whole life, Foster won a $10,000 prize in a weight-loss contest after dropping from 235 pounds to 160. Friends said his dedication to fitness and weight loss was inspirational to those around him. (2,222 page views)
  4. While most Columbia residents provided trick-or-treaters with candy on Halloween, retired MU professor Gary Fox distributed books to the children who came to his house. Fox began the tradition three years ago and collects books from secondhand bookstores and assorted donations. Fox distributed more than 100 books Thursday. (2,121 page views)
  5. A video of three FarmHouse fraternity members falling out of the bed of a pickup truck circulated on the Internet after it was posted on YouTube and Total Frat Move. After the video went viral, rumors circulated about the medical condition of the three MU students, but Jeffrey Hilbrenner, a Columbia lawyer and FarmHouse chapter adviser, said that there were no surgeries as a result of the accident, but that one member was significantly more injured than the other two. (985 page views)
  6. After beginning an investigation into a fatal Interstate 70 crash on Oct. 26, the Boone County Medical Examiner's office confirmed the identity of the victim on Oct. 30 as Ennis Marquis Patrick, 36, of Columbia. The Columbia Police Department traffic unit believes the vehicle and driver who might have hit Patrick have been located. Police believe that Patrick was struck by a motor vehicle while riding a bicycle on the outside shoulder of the highway. (899 page views)
  7. Missouri fans took to social media to express their emotions surrounding the MU Homecoming game. Fans' excitement in the morning gave way to disappointment and disbelief after Missouri's shocking loss, and later many fans tried to put the loss in perspective. (791 page views)
  8. Police are investigating an Oct. 27 shooting near Stadium Boulevard that injured two teenagers. The sound of gunshots was reported near Stadium Boulevard and Bernadette Drive, and officers arrived at the scene at 12:40 a.m. to find two injured teenagers. (760 page views)
  9. South Carolina's comeback victory against the Missouri football team was orchestrated by quarterback Conner Shaw, who defeated the Tigers for the second straight year. Shaw led the Gamecocks to a 31-10 victory over Missouri in the 2012 season and was supposed to sit out last week's game with a knee injury. When his backup Dylan Thompson struggled against the Tigers' defense, Shaw came in during the third quarter and passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns as Missouri collapsed in the 27-24 loss. (721 page views)
  10. After attendance at Memorial Stadium dwindled near the end of Missouri's 5-7 season in 2012, Tigers fans were back in full force to support the team in its Homecoming game. Missouri was 7-0 entering the game and had claimed the No. 5 spot in the BCS standings. Missouri and its fans were looking to set a new standard, and evidence of that could be seen around town before the team's game against South Carolina. (661 page views)

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