In the first five years of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel’s tenure, the Tigers have played three nonconference games against teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences. That number will at least double in the next two seasons. The Tigers announced Thursday they will play Mississippi, a team from the Southeastern Conference, in each of the next two seasons. The Rebels will come to Columbia on Sept. 9, 2006, and will host the Tigers in Oxford, Miss., on Sept. 8, 2007.
Missouri football fans have their Brad back. Smith welcomed Columbia fans to the spread offense, a fast-paced, no-huddle mix of spreading defenders out with the pass and using the subsequent holes to execute an option running game. He rushed for 165 yards while throwing for 248 on Saturday in the Tigers’ home opener against New Mexico on Saturday.
Abbie Booth had a hot serving hand Wednesday in Missouri’s 30-20, 30-24, 30-16 win against Iowa State in both team’s Big 12 Conference season openers at the Hearnes Center. “I don’t really know what was going on,” Booth, a junior defensive specialist, said. “I was concerned because I had errors toward the beginning. I had two service errors in a row. I was just focusing on my toss. I wasn’t really thinking about serving it tough, more focusing on how to serve.”
The Rock Bridge Bruins offense has multiple personalities. There is the one that returned a talented crop of juniors with a year more experience ready to become one of the most explosive offenses in the state. On the other side though, is one that looks nervous and inexperienced and seems to struggle at the beginning of games.
Whether they tailgate, all football fans have one thing in common: finding a parking spot. One option is the newly converted parking lot at Reactor Field on Research Park Drive. The commuter lot was open to the public during Missouri’s first home game Saturday. But with more than 900 parking spaces, the former intramural field, was a little more than half full.
The Rock Bridge girls’ volleyball team nearly had an accident during warmups, but players narrowly averted the pregame collision. It didn’t get much better than that for the Bruins, who lost to the Hermann Bearcats 25-15, 25-17.
Sure, he had a bad day. Terrible, even, but Missouri junior punter Matt Hoenes didn’t expect this. Missouri’s updated depth chart, released Monday, showed that sophomore Adam Crossett moved ahead of Hoenes and will handle the punting duties.
Hickman softball pitcher Taylor Cowan and Helias pitcher Lauren Delany had to wait half an hour before facing off because of lightning. But that didn’t slow either pitcher down.
Mo Redmond, a freshman midfielder for the MU women’s soccer team, was named Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Week on Tuesday. She recorded five points in victories this weekend against Arkansas State and Iowa.
Senior Tim Ross won his first Big 12 Conference Runner of the Week award Tuesday. Ross won the Missouri Cross Country Challenge on Saturday for the second straight year and third time in his career.
The Bruins beat Jefferson City 8-1 Tuesday. Jefferson City’s only win came at No. 1 singles, where Shelby Penno defeated Karla Kruse 6-3, 3-6 (11-9). The other five singles matches all ended in the Bruins’ favor. Kruse bounced back in doubles for the Bruins, as she teamed up with Ashley Miles to beat Penno and Rachel Hazelwood 8-1. Rock Bridge swept the doubles matches.
Missouri volleyball seniors Lisa Boyd, Shen Danru, and Lindsey Hunter have been climbing the Missouri record book for the past three seasons. This season they will likely reach the top. Shen, Hunter, and Boyd have led the team to three consecutive NCAA tournaments, a No. 10 national ranking, and could break as many as eight career records.
The Missouri women’s golf team finished third at the Badger Invitational at the University Ridge Golf Course in Madison, Wis. on Monday, shooting a three-round total of 898.
Ben Loeb saw the future play out before his eyes on Monday. He was impressed with what he saw.
There they were, the passer and the catcher, side by side on the New Mexico bench in the summer heat locked in a tight contest against Missouri, and wide receiver Hank Baskett had just one message for his quarterback: “I’m getting open every time,” Baskett said according to quarterback Kole McKamey. “Just throw me the ball.” “I’ve got all the confidence in the world in Hank,” said McKamey, minutes after Saturday’s 45-35 win against Missouri. “So when he tells me to do something like that, I’m going to do it.”
The Tigers are tied for third place at the end of the first day of the Badger Invitational in Madison, Wis. Missouri shot a 292 in the first round and a 307 in the second to knot with New Mexico State. The Tigers trail leader Purdue by 17 strokes. In the season-opening competition, the Tigers’ Madde Augustsson, Denise Munzlinger and Stephanie Wavro are in the top 10. Augusston’s two-round total of 146 puts her in fourth place, six strokes behind the tournament leader. As a team, The tournament concludes today with the final 18-hole round.
The Missouri women’s soccer team extended its winning streak to four games with a 5-0 victory against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sunday in Iowa City. Missouri outshot Iowa 20-8, with two shots by Amber Swinehart finding the back of the net to lead the Tigers offense. Jennifer Nobis picked up four points in the game with a goal and two assists and freshman Ashley Hamblin scored her first collegiate goal. The Tigers next play at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when they host North Dakota State undefined
Brad Smith made big play after big play but rendered them moot with a critical mistake late in the game in Missouri’s 45-35 loss to New Mexico on Saturday night. Smith passed for 248 yards and a touchdown and ran for 165 yards and three more touchdowns to became Missouri’s all-time leading passer and rusher. But the Tigers lost their home opener to the Lobos in front of 50,701 fans at Faurot Field.
This couldn’t have come as a surprise. Not to the 50,701 Missouri fans in attendance, with memories wrapped tightly around last season’s late-game breakdowns that sent Missouri spiraling to a 5-6 disappointment.
Hickman football coach Gregg Nesbitt has a routine. The day after a game, he awakes in darkness and gets to school by 5 a.m. to review game film. Last season, most Saturdays also included spending the day reflecting on wins. Both habits were broken Saturday, when Nesbitt and his family woke up in a Kansas City motel after Friday’s loss. He wanted to reduce the driving time to Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., where his oldest son was playing for Central Missouri State’s football team against the Ichabods.