Missouri showed its depth in the defensive tackle and linebacker positions Saturday against Central Florida. Conference results later in the day would also bode well for the Tigers.
Missouri rose to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 and to No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches poll.
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With Sam Bradford out for the year with a knee injury and backup Shaun Hill also hurt, Austin Davis made his first pro start after spending most of the past two seasons on the Rams' practice squad.
The Cardinals held their 3 1/2-game division lead over Pittsburgh. St. Louis has won 13 straight regular-season home games in September and October.
The Royals fell 1 1/2 games behind Detroit, which beat Cleveland, in the AL Central. Kansas City is in the thick of the wild-card race.
The Chiefs couldn't capitalize in the biggest moments as the Broncos mustered two goal-line stands for the second straight week.
As the third quarter opened, both Missouri and Central Florida struggled to find their rhythm. And then it happened: a freakish play that changed the course of the game and gave the Tigers a much-needed jolt.
Missouri defensive end Shane Ray had to wait until this year to start for the Tigers. Ray had a career day Saturday in Missouri's 38-10 victory against Central Florida.
It was a shaky start, but the Tigers managed to handle the Knights on Saturday in Columbia.
Seth Vander Tuig, 32, and Mike Fulton, 31, are spending the Saturdays of their fall on a long-term mission to see every college football team in America. The high school friends from Iowa were in Columbia for Missouri-Central Florida.
Against the Excelsior Spring Tigers, the Spartans did something they never did before in team history – shut out an opponent. In front of a crowd that stayed loud and energetic throughout a cold night the Spartans defeated the Tigers 36-0.
Fr. Tolton Regional Catholic High School lost its second and third games of the Moberly Invitational on Saturday to fall to 1-6 on the season, but coach Lonnie Tapia was pleased that his team finally developed a physical style of play.
The Tigers found themselves in their fourth overtime game of the season. On an assist from Kaysie Clark, Grant scored the game winning goal in the second overtime – her team-leading fifth goal of the season to secure a 4-3 win for Missouri.
The Stars blanked Lincoln Christian University behind the goalkeeping of Amanda Chapman, who was named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Week this week. Stephens improved to 3-1.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was booked and released from a Texas jail on a child abuse charge early Saturday, capping a tumultuous week for the NFL, which was already facing heavy criticism for its handling of a domestic violence case involving another star player.
Kansas City pitcher Jeremy Guthrie retired the final 17 batters he faced, Omar Infante had three hits and drove in two runs, and the Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1 on Saturday night.
Lucas Harrington led the boys with a 20th-place finish and a time of 16:14:70, followed by Adam Sandstedt who finished 34th in 16:30:80.
On the girls team, Kayla Funkenbusch led the Bruins with a 10th-place finish in 18:46:00, and Rebecca Rubenstein finished 29th in 19:30:50.
The Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1 Southeastern Conference) had a first-and-goal on the Gamecocks' 4 down three points with 5:24 remaining. But Hutson Mason was called for intentional grounding to set Georgia back and the usually reliable Marshall Morgan missed a 28-yard field goal.
The Rams keep falling down the depth chart at quarterback, but the Buccaneers struggled last week in a loss to Carolina's No. 2 quarterback.