Petty congratulates Edwards

NASCAR legend Richard Petty congratulates driver Carl Edwards in the No. 99 Aflac Ford after Edwards won the Ford 400.

Edwards celebrates with fans

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards, center, high fives fans after winning the Ford 400. In addition to his victory backflips, Edwards has started going into the grandstands to celebrate with fans.

Edwards takes checkered flag

Carl Edwards takes the checkered flag to win the Ford 400 on Sunday in Homestead, Fla. Edwards cruised to the victory and joked with crew chief Bob Osborne after the race: "Why didn't you set the cars up like this before, Bob? That was the best performance down the straightaway I've had in a long time."

Edwards dominates

Carl Edwards' victory Saturday in Homestead, Fla., was close to domination. He led 190 of 267 laps for his second consecutive NASCAR race win.

Edwards wins again

NASCAR driver Carl Edwards celebrates after winning the Ford 400 on Sunday in Homestead, Fla.

Donald Kaul

Donald Kaul is a guest columnist.

Grabner gets a first down

MU punter Matt Grabner gets the first down on a trick play against Iowa State on Saturday.

MU Defensive Jacquies Smith tackles quarterback

MU Defensive Lineman Jacquies Smith tackles Iowa State Quarterback Jerome Tiller on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010.

Franklin rushes for a gain

Missouri freshman quarterback James Franklin fights off an Iowa State tackler on a run last Saturday in the Tigers' victory. Franklin has played in eight of the Tigers' games so far this season, rushing for 109 yards and two touchdowns and passing for 106 yards and another score.

Defense tackles Iowa State quarterback

Missouri's Marvin Foster (left), Andrew Wilson (middle) and Andrew Gachkar (right) tackle Iowa State Quarterback Jerome Tiller on Saturday. The Tigers shut out the Cyclones 14-0.

Fighting for the ball

Iowa State wide receiver Jake Williams fights MU linebacker Andrew Gachkar for a loose ball on Saturday.

Tiger linebackers tackle Franklin

MU Linebackers Andrew Gachkar, left, and Zaviar Gooden tackle ISU tight end Collin Franklin on Saturday.

Phone call for T.J. Moe

As wide receiver Marcus Lucas and defensive lineman Brendan Donaldson look on, MU wide receiver T.J. Moe imitates a phone call with the Telephone Trophy, after shutting out Iowa State, 14-0. MU has beaten ISU each of the last four years.

Crossing the creek

Costumed participants make their way over the first creek crossing of the race. After starting in an easily passable open field, the four-mile course quickly turned treacherous and muddy.

Gathering around the bonfire

Muddied runners dry off and warm up around a bonfire after the conclusion of the Cross Country Xtreme race on Saturday. Most participants didn't care about their times in the race and slogged through the course at their leisure.

Trekking through the woods

Runners trek through the woods past a pond near the Midway Sandbar during the Cross Country Xtreme race on Saturday.

Junior MU forward Ricardo Ratliffe ready for free throw

Junior MU forward Ricardo Ratliffe prepares to shoot a free throw during Saturday's game against North Florida, on Nov. 20, 2010. MU won the game 96-58.

Splashing in a mud pit

Josh Hulen, 36, of Columbia, takes a splash in one of several mud pits along the course of the Cross Country Xtreme race near the Midway Sandbar west of Columbia on Saturday. Participants are encouraged to dress in costume for the four-mile race, which featured obstacles, water crossings, smoke bombs and more.

Winning the telephone trophy

MU senior defensive lineman Bart Coslet raises the Telephone Trophy after shutting out Iowa State 14-0 on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The trophy dates back to 1959 and the Tigers have won it 31 times.

MU freshman guard Phil Pressey goes for a shot

MU freshman guard Phil Pressey goes up for a shot against North Florida senior forward Kyle Groothuis, while his teammate MU junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe blocks for him against North Florida guard Charles McRoy on Saturday, Nov. 20. MU won the game 96-58.