Goal posts get the saw

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.

Defense dominates; fans celebrate on field

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.

A battle without Bulger

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.

Chiefs overcome schedule changes

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.

Texas too much for Texas Tech

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.

Klatt leads Colorado over limping Jayhawks

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.

Obunaga bounces back from off week

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.

Area sports briefs

MU VOLLEYBALL: The 10th-ranked Tigers (15-2, 9-2) beat Iowa State 30-23, 23-30, 30-12, 30-23 on Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Four Missouri players hit double digits in kills, including Na Yang, Lisa Boyd, Nicole Wilson and Jessica Vander Kooi. Lindsey Hunter came close to a triple-double with 54 assists, 10 digs and eight kills.

Hickman shuts out Fort Zumwalt in district opener

In its district opener, the No. 2 Hickman football team overcame penalties and muddy field conditions Friday to blank Fort Zumwalt West 10-0 on the road. Nick Timberlake kicked a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter, and quarterback Andrew Perkins connected with wide receiver Brandon King for a 12-yard fourth quarter touchdown. Cornerback Cortez Thompson’s interception and lineman Ricco Cooper’s fumble recovery helped preserve the Kewpies’ first shutout of the season. The Kewpies (6-1) have now won five consecutive games.

Husker defense hard to break through

The Missouri-Nebraska football game kicks off before noon Saturday, and the Cornhuskers’ No.1 ranked rush defense is hoping to give Tigers’ fast-paced, option-based rushing game a morning wake-up call. The Tigers’ running-game recipe of graceful pirouettes, shifty spins and artful ankle-breaking moves averages 235 yards per game, tops in the Big 12 North Divsion, but Nebraska’s disciplined defense leads the nation in fewest rushing yards allowed per game, surrendering only 65.

Right where he belongs

Most Hickman football players and coaches had retreated to the locker room moments after last Friday’s game had ended. One coach lagged behind, walking hand-in-hand with his 18-month-old daughter along the narrow asphalt path that connects the field to the locker room. With his free hand, he patted the backs of players and shook the hands of parents, before handing his daughter off to his fiancee and disappearing into the locker room.

Bruins’ White returns to form

Coming to Rock Bridge his sophomore year, Aron White could not have been more excited to play varsity football. There was only one problem. He knew it wasn’t going to happen. And his talent wasn’t the issue.

Bruins runners watch steps

With the cross country postseason approaching, the Rock Bridge boys’ team is hoping to avoid the only thing that seems to be able to slow it down: injuries. The team has the talent to go far. Three first-place invitational finishes this season are evidence of that.

Out of comebacks

ST. LOUIS — Instead of altering the National League championship series, Albert Pujols’ dramatic Game 5 home run simply gave the St. Louis Cardinals a chance to play a goodbye game at Busch Stadium. Any momentum provided by Pujols’ drive was halted by the brilliant pitching of Roy Oswalt and the Houston Astros’ bullpen in a 5-1 Game 6 loss on Wednesday night. Pujols’ home run, it turned out, was the last big hit by his 100-win team in a season that again failed to deliver on considerable promise.

Missouri survives sloppy execution

Flat and ugly are not words you usually use to describe a win, but that is how Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow described his team’s performance against Oklahoma Wednesday at Hearnes Center. The No. 10 Tigers defeated the Sooners 30-24, 30-26, 30-22.

Cook, Clinger share challenge

Missouri football player Mike Cook has a little bit of a beef with his teammate Joel Clinger. The two juniors are roommates, but Clinger has never gone with Cook to see his hometown of Friendswood, Texas, a Houston suburb.

Best friends lead Bruins

After missing an easy shot, Karla Kruse shakes her head, walks over to her partner and says, “Ashley, don’t forget to breathe.” Ashley Miles grins, acknowledging the comment before turning around to take her position for the next point.

Set up for big things

As the setter for the No. 10 Missouri volleyball team, Lindsey Hunter is a one-woman distribution center. On any given play, Hunter chooses a destination point and seamlessly gets the ball where it needs to go with precision and accuracy. Whether she jump-sets to an outside hitter or stays grounded and sets to a middle blocker behind her, Hunter does it with style and grace.

Bruins, Kewpies rebound at state

After two long days of competition on the difficult Fremont Hills Country Club in Springfield, five Rock Bridge and Hickman golfers headed home disappointed from the 2005 Missouri Girls’ Golf State Championship, but Bruins coach Melissa Melahn was optimistic.. “I feel really great about their scores,” Melahn said of her three golfers.

Iowa State keeps Smith at bay

In his four seasons as quarterback of the Missouri football team, Brad Smith has not been immune to the occassional bad game. But Saturday’s thumping at the hands of an Iowa State defense that ranks seventh in the Big 12 Conference set a new low for the Tigers’ prominent signal-caller.