FOXBORO, Mass. — The quintessential quarterback keeps running into the quintessential team.
For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots made MVP Peyton Manning look ordinary and his Indianapolis teammates inept, this time beating them 20-3 on Sunday behind Corey Dillon’s 144 yards rushing. The Pats held the ball nearly 38 minutes, leaving Manning hardly any time to work his magic.
MANHATTAN, Kan. —The major difference in Kansas State’s 74-54 stomping of Missouri was the free-throw line.
The Wildcats (11-3, 1-2) scored 25 points on 34 attempts from the line while Missouri had trouble getting to the line, hitting just 7-of-15.
MANHATTAN, KAN. – Kansas State’s first two Big 12 Conference games were heartbreakers and sophomores Lance Harris and Cartier Martin weren’t about to endure another.
Harris and Martin made big plays late in the second half, negating an attempted Tigers rally and giving the Wildcats a 74-54 win Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum.
MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Missouri men’s basketball team almost didn’t make it to its game against Kansas State on Saturday. After the 20-point beating it suffered at the Wildcats’ hands, the Tigers probably wished they hadn’t.
The Tigers had planned to fly to Manhattan on a charter flight, but the plane had mechanical problems while being serviced in Des Moines, Iowa, forcing the team to find an alternate means of transportation.
The lead changed with 9:25 left.
It stayed close, just not close enough.
Hulking masses of flesh, fat and muscle, linemen are relentless bulldozers in the trenches of football.
A block here or closing a gap there, their sometimes subtle work without the football creates their teammates’ opportunities, dictates the tempo of the game and yet, receives little fanfare. An unnoticed lineman is usually an effective one.
Most coaches say their teams don’t pay attention to the rankings, but Iowa State’s Bill Fennelly said the Cyclones’ first appearance this season in the Associated Press poll this week at No. 24 was a thrill.
“Our kids were ecstatic,” Fennelly said. “We made a big deal. We put 24 on the scoreboard, we’re proud of it.”
Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder said he thought his team gave away the game when Missouri lost 78-68 to Oklahoma State on Tuesday.
The Tigers collapsed in the final six minutes, allowing the Cowboys to score 10 straight points after leading Oklahoma State for much of the second half.
ST. LOUIS — Depth at wide receiver is bringing the St. Louis Rams closer to their glory days on offense.
The Atlanta Falcons’ secondary will have more than the 1-2 punch of Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce to contend with on Saturday night. Kevin Curtis is coming off his first career 100-yard game and Shaun McDonald also has been a threat, giving Marc Bulger four speedy targets.
STILLWATER, OKLA. — Leave it to Missouri’s Jason Conley to speak it straight.
Sure the Tigers went into Gallagher-Iba Arena and nearly beat the seventh-ranked Cowboys.
ST. LOUIS — A year ago, Anthony Hargrove was doing grunt work for an airline in Atlanta. The rookie defensive end returns to his home base this weekend as a starter for the St. Louis Rams.
“It means the world to you,” Hargrove said Wednesday. “How would you feel if this was your first year, your team is in the playoffs, and now you’re playing well and you’re part of the starting lineup that’s really starting to come on?
STILLWATER, OKLA — Missouri put a scare in No. 7 Oklahoma State, but in the end the Cowboys just had one too many weapons for the Tigers to contend with.
Missouri lost to Oklahoma State 78-68 Tuesday.
STILLWATER, OKLA — Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton celebrated much more than a victory. He celebrated a milestone.
The Cowboys (12-1, 2-0) defeated the Tigers (9-6, 1-1) with a late surge and unbelievable free throw shooting. The win brought Suttons’ win total to 767.
No offense and no rebounding equaled no contest.
It was over early.
The Missouri women’s basketball team lost 87-44 to No. 23-ranked Kansas State on Tuesday night in Manhattan. This was the Tigers’ lowest scoring game of the season, and its worse defeat ever in conference play.
STILLWATER, OKLA. — Oklahoma State’s John Lucas likes to make good use of all of his available resources to prepare for the game.
And that includes the ball boys.
The Missouri wrestlers took their first loss of the season, 22-17 to No. 6 Lehigh in a match that was decided in the final bout of the night.
Missouri fell behind by as many as 15-points, but came back to lead following a five-bout win streak by Cody Greene (149), Brad Cielseki (157), Tyron Woodly (165), Ben Askren (174) and Matt Pell (184).
The Hickman girls’ basketball team took another step toward regaining their form of last season.
The Kewpies beat Kirksville 48-38 on Monday night at Hickman.
When Oklahoma State hosts Missouri tonight, Cowboys coach Eddie Sutton will play for one of the most prestigious honors in his school’s basketball history.
If Sutton gets a victory, he will tie OSU legend Henry Iba with 767 career victories. It will also move him into seventh place on the all-time winningest coaches list. It would only be fitting if Sutton tied Iba’s record at home in Gallagher-Iba Arena.
After last year’s mid-season transfer, Tiffany Brooks is traveling back to Manhattan.
Tonight, the Missouri women’s basketball team (7-6, 1-1) takes on No.23-ranked Kansas State (10-3, 1-1) at 7 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum.
Most Big 12 Conference coaches are impressed that Kansas keeps winning despite the loss of powerhouse senior forward Wayne Simien.
Simien underwent surgery on his left thumb to repair a ligament that had pulled away from the bone on Dec. 19. Estimates said he would be out for four to six weeks.