Back on their feet

Tigers’ crushing win sets stage for Big 12 play.
Sunday, September 19, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:22 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Gary Pinkel knew his team needed to improve after a disappointing game at Troy.

“I think there’s an expectation level out there, and there should be,” Pinkel said. “I told our football team after the game a week ago is that we let a lot of people down, and there’s an expectation level out there. Missouri fans expect us to have a very good football team.”

On Saturday at Memorial Stadium, the Tigers treated the 57,279 fans in attendance to a 48-0 win against Ball State, the biggest shutout since they defeated Kansas in 1986.

“I thought it was more of a complete game,” Pinkel said. “Obviously, it feels a little bit better, get some of that bad taste out of our mouth from a week ago. Offensively, defensively, kicking-wise, it was probably our best team performance.”

Pinkel and the Tigers have a little time to enjoy this one. They have a bye before beginning the crucial section of their schedule, Big 12 Conference play.

“Now it’s Big 12 time, and we’ve got to become a better football team,” Pinkel said. “That’s the message I’ve sent to my team. I think we’re a lot better than what we have shown, but we have got to become a better team.”

The Tigers open Big 12 play Oct. 2 when they host Colorado, which has won five straight games against Missouri.

Now the expectations get heavier.

Four perspectives on the game:

Missouri’s defense holds Ball State to 142 total yards.

Highs and Lows

The Tigers turned up the heat in the second quarter.

Players of the game

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