Gary Pinkel sat at a podium Monday, politely answering questions, tapping his fingers together, even allowing the beginning of a rare smile to fight its way to the surface of his face. A shut-down defense sure makes it easier for a football coach to relax.
Name any high school baseball award, and chances are left-handed pitcher Rick Zagone earned it as a senior last year at Prairie Ridge High School in Illinois. All-Area, All-Conference, All-State, Zagone grabbed a spot on all those teams. Missouri coach Tim Jamieson knew Zagone was something special when he watched him pitch in high school. That’s why he recruited him to play baseball for the Tigers.
A 6-foot-5 forward in high school basketball is not an entirely uncommon sight. A 6-foot-5 midfielder on a soccer field? That’s rare.
Last week, Nebraska entered its game with Missouri ranked first in the nation in rush defense. It left Columbia ranked ninth after a 41-28 thumping in which the Tigers ran for 277 yards. This week, Kansas holds the title of second best in NCAA Division I at stopping the run, and Missouri fans, certainly, are hoping for results similar to those that occurred against the Cornhuskers.
The Rock Bridge volleyball team defeated Hannibal 25-21, 25-22 in the first round of the Class 8 District 4 volleyball tournament Monday night at Troy Buchanan High School. The third-seeded Bruins (15-11-3) were led by a trio of players with five kills: seniors Amanda Hanson and Lauren Jacobs, and junior Lindsey McDaniel. Rock Bridge coach Beth Newton said the game had an especially slow place to it.
The White Sox are bringing the broomsticks out of the team closet. Geoff Blum’s solo home run in the 14th inning lifted Chicago past the Houston Astros 7-5 in Game 3 of the World Series early this morning.
Twelve members of the Mizzou Cycling Club traveled to another weekend getaway adventure in Houghton, Mich., on Oct. 6 for the final in a semester-long series taking them to the stretches of the Midwest that included Warsaw, Ind., and Kadiz, Ky. Split into two RVs, one hitched with a trailer loaded with 16 bikes, the other with a Suburban carrying even more bikes, the team rode 14 hours to the Midwest Collegiate Cycling Conference regional mountain bike races in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Missouri’s Brad Smith became the first quarterback in Division I-A football to rush and pass for more than 230 yards in the same game in Saturday’s 42-21 win against Nebraska. Monday, he was honored as the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season. Smith was given the Walter Camp Foundation’s National Offensive Player of the Week on Sunday. Nebraska coach Bill Callahan said his defense, which had been ranked in the top 10 nationally, struggled to stop the multi-faceted Smith, who ran for 246 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 234 yards and one score against the Cornhuskers.
The Missouri volleyball team (15-2, 9-2) improved to No. 8 from No. 10 in Monday’s new coaches poll. Three other Big 12 Conference schools are ranked: No. 1 Nebraska (19-0, 10-0); No. 14 Texas (14-3, 9-2); and No. 24 Kansas State (15-6, 6-5). MU BASEBALL: The fourth game of the Tigers’ intrasquad Fall World Series has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday. The game was scheduled for today.
After the most important performance of his career, Missouri sophomore Will Franklin took a minute to discuss what he’s learned about college football. “Play fast,” he said. “Play fast and trust the offense. I have trust in this offense and they’re making ways for players to have big games.”
Amber Swinehart was beaming after MU’s 1-0 victory over Colorado College on Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. With her parents and sister in the stands, the senior forward scored with 5:34 left on a pass from fellow senior forward Jennifer Nobis in the last home game of her career. The two embraced after the play.
CHICAGO — Scott Podsednik made it two electrifying home runs for the White Sox _ and two World Series wins. Podsednik’s home run off Brad Lidge in the ninth inning gave Chicago a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday night and put the White Sox halfway to their first World Series title in 88 years.
This is what Gary Pinkel was talking about. Nebraska had turned Missouri’s 18-point lead into a halftime tie, gone into the locker room with all of the game’s momentum and came out looking to blitz the Tigers into yet another second-half collapse.
Doug Smith stood in the middle of the street yesterday afternoon, not letting the cold or rain discourage him from clinging with one hand to a piece of metal. He wasn’t alone. Hundreds of Missouri fans filled the streets outside of Harpo’s restaurant and bar, holding tightly to the goal posts they had torn from Faurot Field after Missouri defeated Nebraska, 41-24.
After Saturday’s 41-24 win against Nebraska, Missouri football fans have much to talk about. They’ll talk about Brad Smith’s 480 total yards, a school record. They’ll talk about Jason Simpson, who, with the game tied at 24, forced a Nebraska fumble that Missouri led to a touchdown.
ST. LOUIS — The New Orleans Saints, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and the St. Louis Rams, minus Mike Martz and now Marc Bulger, have more in common than 2-4 records. Sunday’s game is the battle of the have-nots, one team missing its home, the other without its head coach and quarterback. Both teams are struggling to deal with the distractions.
MIAMI — A tough itinerary brought out the best in the Kansas City Chiefs. With Hurricane Wilma scrambling the schedule, the Chiefs landed less than six hours before kickoff but shook off any jetlag to beat the Miami Dolphins 30-20.
AUSTIN, Texas — As Billy Pittman cruised into the end zone with a 75-yard touchdown pass, Vince Young struck a pose. With his hands on hips and chest out, Superman style, the Texas quarterback soaked in the roar of an adoring crowd. Less than two minutes into the second half, another Longhorn landslide was in the making.
BOULDER, Colo. — Joel Klatt threw four touchdown passes Saturday night to become Colorado’s all-time leader in the category, leading the Buffaloes to a 44-13 win over offense-starved Kansas. Two of Klatt’s touchdowns went to tight end Joe Klopfenstein. The second gave the Buffs (5-2, 3-1 Big 12) a 30-13 lead in the third quarter and marked Klatt’s 41st career touchdown pass, which put him past Koy Detmer for the CU record.
Rose Obunaga didn’t believe it at first. The senior outside hitter knew she played a great game in Columbia College’s 30-15, 30-18, 30-19 victory against the Hannibal-LaGrange Trojans on Saturday afternoon at the Southwell Complex. But when she found out that her 21 kills were one more than Hannibal-LaGrange had as a team, she had to take a second, and a third look at the statistics.