Trailing for most of the second half, the Missouri football team fixed a complicated problem with a simple solution. Give the ball to Brad Smith.
Smith threw for one touchdown to tie the score and ran for another in overtime as the Tigers defeated Middle Tennessee State 41-40 on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
Michael Matheny lay under a pile of his teammates, having kicked the winning extra point in Missouri’s win Saturday.
Normally that wouldn’t mean too much, but not much earlier, it looked as though Matheny would be the scapegoat for an embarrassing loss. Instead, he had become one of the heroes of No. 23 Missouri’s 41-40 overtime win against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The match started late, but Missouri made quick work of Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference home opener Saturday at Hearnes Center.
The start time was pushed back because of a late finish in the MU football game, but the Tigers gave their fans an early finish by sweeping the Sooners 30-21, 30-25, 31-29.
Middle Tennessee State ran at will. It passed at will. It scored at will. In the end, it seemed to lose its will.
Missouri’s new-and-improved defense looked more like its old self Saturday than the unit that had allowed the fourth fewest points per game in the nation through three games.
Thomson Omboga dropped a pass. Sean Coffey dropped two. Darius Outlaw dropped zero.
With Missouri down 24-23 to Middle Tennessee in the third quarter, quarterback Brad Smith needed one of his receivers to make a big play. Outlaw, a converted quarterback, came through for Smith and the Tigers.
Although the game spanned 102 minutes, most people will remember only one of them.
The Missouri women’s soccer team fit a lot into the 84th minute of its game against the Eastern Illinois Panthers on Friday night at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.
It seemed as if two teams played Kirksville.
In the Bruins’ 47-7 win at Kirksville on Friday, Rock Bridge played much differently in the second half.
Hickman coach Gregg Nesbitt said he knows there was one reason his team lost Friday night.
“Turnovers,” Nesbitt said. “Period.”
Competition crossed generations at the University Natatorium on Saturday.
The Missouri swimming and diving team held its Alumni Meet where Tom North defeated his son Matt North, a 2004 Olympic trials qualifier.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Brigham Young University is reviewing correspondence courses taken by former Missouri basketball player Ricky Clemons, after allegations by the athlete’s former girlfriend that he received improper academic help, a spokeswoman for the Utah institution said Thursday.
Clemons accumulated nine credit hours by taking three correspondence courses from Brigham Young while he was enrolled during summer 2002 at Barton County Community College in Great Bend, Kan.
With Big 12 Conference play and a matchup with Kansas a week away, it would be easy for the Missouri football team to look past Middle Tennessee State.
At first glance, the Blue Raiders are on the same level as Ball State and Eastern Illinois, teams the No. 23 Tigers defeated handily. Middle Tennessee State is 0-3 and plays in the Sun Belt Conference. The Blue Raiders’ losses, however, haven’t been to teams like Eastern Illinois, but to two of the nation’s more recognized programs.
Home-field advantage is a luxury the Hickman Kewpies football team has been able to live without, but with the No. 1 team in Missouri coming into town, the Kewpies are hoping it can’t hurt.
The Kewpies (2-0) welcome the Blue Springs Wildcats (2-0) to Hickman for the Kewpies’ first home game of the season at 7 tonight. The Wildcats, the top-ranked team in Class 6, will present coach Greg Nesbitt’s team with an early challenge.
The first few plays of practice went quietly. Then the offense gained yards, and the coaching staff started working.
The Rock Bridge football team focused on defense in preparation for tonight’s game at Kirksville at 7.
Hickman coach Greg Nesbitt knows why his team lost Friday night.
“Turnovers,” Nesbitt said. “Period.”
Zack Abron can’t fathom how far his legs have carried him in his football career, but it’s not for lack of trying.
Even though the Missouri swimming and diving team is coming off a record season and is a year and a half away from moving into a new facility, Rebecca Wolfe, a Tigers senior, says she wants more.
Wolfe won a Big 12 Conference championship last season in the 200-yard butterfly and holds the school record in the event. Finishing 24th in the event in the preliminaries of last year’s NCAA Championships disappoints her, though. It was the second time she swam in the meet.
Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb reached a milestone Tuesday at Jefferson City.
The Bruins defeated the Jays 9-0 for Loeb’s 400th tennis win in his 15th year in coaching.
Gary Pinkel has no problem waking up. Most nights he doesn’t make it past 3 a.m. before he wakes up. His offense, though, has made a habit of sleeping in.
Missouri has had few problems winning its past two games, but a lack of early game offense has given Pinkel some tense moments.
It was an aggressive night for the Columbia College soccer team.
In a game littered with fouls, the Cougars defeated Benedictine 5-1 on Tuesday at Owens Soccer Stadium.
The Kewpies got two hits and one runner to third base in a 4-0 loss to Helias on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Outfielder Shana White reached third in the first inning, but she was stranded, and Helias pitcher Lauren Delaney took over. Delaney, a sophomore, had 16 strikeouts and one walk.