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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Anticipation ahead of Texas A&M; two fatal car accidents

Sunday, December 1, 2013 | 4:48 p.m. CST; updated 6:56 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — The anticipation of Missouri's game against Texas A&M grabbed the attention of Missourian readers this week. Two fatal car accidents and a reminder about the meaning of Thanksgiving were also among the week's most read stories.

Here are the 10 most read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. Most of the links provided are to stories available only for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. After Missouri took a beating from Heisman winner Johnny Manziel last year, the famed Texas A&M quarterback was still considered the main attraction going into the rematch in Columbia. "He's a better player than he was a year ago, and he won the Heisman Trophy," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. (2,711 page views)
  2. Pinkel said he gets stressed about every game, but he even admitted the match-up with Texas A&M carried extra pressure with the SEC Championship game on the line. But quarterback James Franklin said keeping out the other factors and focusing on what the team has done all year would lead to the team's success. (2,439 page views)
  3. A car accident Nov. 23 in Audrain County left a 12-year-old Columbia girl dead. Jade Stafford was killed when the car she was riding in overturned after hitting a Ford F-250 that was turning. (2,326 page views)
  4. To prepare for Texas A&M, the Missouri football team needed a player to simulate Manziel, or "Johnny Football" as he is known. The coaches wouldn't give a name, but the players pointed to freshman Trent Hosick to challenge the defense the way Manziel would. The simulation seemed to pay off. Missouri's defense held Manziel to 24-for-35 for 195 passing yards and 21 yards on 11 rushes. (1,752 page views)
  5. When the Missouri men's basketball team beat Gardner-Webb on Nov. 23, the Antlers cheering section wasn't there to see it. The Antlers were ejected from Mizzou Arena prior to the start of the game for a "pattern of unruly behavior," according to MU Assistant Athletics Director Dave Reiter. The Antlers were allowed back to the arena for Monday's Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis but were ejected again in the second half of the game. (1,407 page views)
  6. Two people were killed Friday in a head-on collision on Missouri 124 northeast of Hallsville. A third person was taken to University Hospital. Victoria "Torrie" Singleton, 22, of Mexico and Timmy Bowne, 46, of Centralia were pronounced dead at the scene. Bowne worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Columbia. Singleton worked at Walgreens in Mexico. (1,045 page views)
  7. Last week's most-read stories included the cost of the Ferguson family's fight to free their son, Ryan Ferguson; the Antlers' ejection and James Franklin's return as a starter in the game against Ole Miss. (873 page views)
  8. As part of the Missourian's weekly Show Me The Records feature, information was provided about how to access court records in Missouri through Case.net. (813 page views)
  9. The Missouri football team kept a perfect record on the road after beating Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss., on Nov. 23. The win meant just one hurdle left in the Tigers' "dream" regular season — Texas A&M. Missouri went on to beat Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M on Saturday and will go to Atlanta for the SEC Championship. But it will meet Auburn instead of Alabama as expected. (808 page views)
  10. Missourian reader Colton Kruep recalls the Thanksgiving festivities his extended family used to gather for. His family is now spread out, and the celebrations aren't what they used to be. But he worries that Thanksgiving has become less important for the families across the U.S. in the rush to Christmas. He encouraged everyone to remember to stop to be thankful this year. (778 page views)

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