Football can be reduced to simple statements: To win, a defense must make stops on third down to get off the field.
The obvious nature of this statement doesn’t diminish its importance. Missouri’s ability to stop Colorado on third down in the second half keyed the Tigers 17-9 victory Saturday.
Saturday’s win brought redemption for Missouri.
Last season, questionable calls by the officials and critical mistakes, particularly involving quarterback Brad Smith, hurt the Tigers in their loss at Colorado.
WEBB CITY – Fatigue from more than four hours on the road couldn’t stop the Rock Bridge Bruins from coming out strong Friday against the Webb City Cardinals.
But a second quarter fumble did.
Rock Bridge tennis players shed layers of blankets and sweats to take the court on a cold but sunny afternoon Saturday. By the time the sun set, the Bruins had three more wins and were North Central Missouri Invitational champions.
They beat Lafayette 11-0, Kirkwood 11-0, and Shawnee Mission East (Kan.) 9-2 in picking up the inaugural event’s title.
The Hickman and Rock Bridge volleyball teams were not in physics class Saturday, but both received a lesson in momentum.
The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 25-16, 25-16 at Hickman. The Kewpies improved to 12-7-1 while the Bruins fell to 5-9.
Coaching relationships are similar to married ones. There are bound to be disagreements when two people spend so much time together.
But coaches can usually get away from each other when they head home.
Days after learning it would be playing Rock Bridge in the opening round of the district softball tournament Oct. 7, the Hickman softball team defeated the Bruins 13-7 Friday at Cosmopolitan Park in a primer for next week's showdown.
Senior forward Melissa Peabody scored her first goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to defeat the 17th-ranked Nebraska on Friday at the Audrey J. Walton Soccer Complex. The Huskers beat the Tigers 2-1 in the second sudden-death overtime to bring the Tigers record to 4-6-1, 1-2 in Big 12 play.
A Columbia online ticket broker has been accused of illegally scalping St. Louis Cardinals post-season baseball tickets.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon is suing Show-Me Tickets Inc., accusing the company of selling tickets above their face value at sporting events in the state, according to a suit filed Thursday.
The real season begins on Saturday for Missouri and Colorado.
Both teams have had success during nonconference play, but when the Tigers and Buffaloes meet at Memorial Stadium in their Big 12 Conference openers, the success of the previous three games means nothing.
Rock Bridge senior Demond Thorpe said he thinks his team fell short when the Bruins had a chance to prove themselves and gain respect two weeks ago.
The Bruins (3-1) lost 32-14 to the Liberty Blue Jays on Sept. 17.
Nellie Owen is used to a challenge.
Owen, 50, who broke her back and was partially paralyzed after a car accident 27 years ago, was the second disabled person in the United States to graduate from a veterinary school when she got her MU degree in 1998.
If Rock Bridge had a hangover after an emotional win over Hickman, Montgomery County provided a better cure than aspirin or water ever could.
The Bruins blitzed the Wildcats 11-1. Michael Ferguson had six goals and David Hilderbrand added three goals and two assists for the Bruins.
When Marissa Jeffrey runs onto the volleyball court to face Hickman on Saturday, she will be staring down familiar opponents. The Rock Bridge defensive specialist has played club volleyball on the Columbia Vipers with six of the Kewpies since middle school.
“I’ve played with pretty much their entire starting lineup,” Jeffrey said.
They did it for the seniors.
A seventh inning error gave the Kewpies a 3-2 win Thursday against Rolla at Cosmopolitan Park.
Rock Bridge shuts out Mexico 10-0 on Thursday. The 10-run mercy rule shortened the softball game to five innings.
Junior Kayla Turnbull led the Bruins going 3-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run.
Rock Bridge volleyball coach Beth Newton made some changes Thursday night, and the Bruins temporarily stalled.
The Bruins fell to Helias 25-6, 25-19 at Rock Bridge.
When Adam Crossett came to Missouri to play, he did with only the guarantee of a tryout.
Crossett, a redshirt freshman, played well enough, though, to earn a spot on the Tigers’ traveling roster as a kicker, primarily handling kickoffs.
Gary Pinkel had one main concern after Missouri’s 52-20 win in its first game of the season against Arkansas State.
The Tigers allowed 350 passing yards against the Indians, including 240 to quarterback Nick Noce, who was making his first college start and left the game in the third quarter with cramps in his calf muscle. This performance by Missouri’s secondary was reason for Pinkel to worry.
Atiyyah Ellison says opponents seek him out on the football field. C.J. Mosley, Missouri’s other starting defensive tackle, says he doesn’t believe Ellison is as big a focus as he claims.
“From what he tells me, he attracts a lot of attention,” Mosley said after Missouri‘s game against Troy. “Last time out, he told me he saw a lot of triple teams. I don’t know if that’s possible. But he said he’s seen triple teams so far.”
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