Media Day Notes: Murphy makes history, Brantley breaks out and Mauk’s struggles continue

By Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

Marcus Murphy honored for his historic performance vs. Florida: Every football team needs a player that can make something out of nothing. For the 2014 Missouri Tigers, that player seems to be Marcus Murphy. Murphy was honored for his playmaking ability on Monday when the Southeastern Conference named him the SEC’s special teams player of the week.

It started on Saturday when the fifth-year senior returned Florida’s opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.

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‘Bama spoils Mizzou’s senior day

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

In one of the more physical matches of the season, Alabama defeated Missouri 1-0
Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium. The Crimson Tide and Tigers combined for 32
fouls in a back-and-forth contest. Alabama finally got on the scoreboard in the 84th
minute when forward Laura Lee Smith beat Missouri goalkeeper McKenzie
Sauerwein on a breakaway. Smith buried her shot inside the right post, and the
visitors were able to hold off the Tigers over the final six minutes.

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Missouri bats wake up in the second weekend of their Fall World Series 

By Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The offense came around for both the Black and Gold teams in the second weekend of the Fall World Series in Columbia.

It was the Gold team that saw their bats wake up in the first game. They were powered by homeruns by Ryan Howard and Josh Lester. Howard’s homerun was his third of the fall, while Lester’s was his first.

The Gold team also got a solid pitching performance from Alec Rash.

After allowing two runs in the first, Rash converted 13 of the final 14 batters in to outs. He also struck out nine over seven innings of work and only allowed the two runs.

The solid pitching and big hits led to a 5-3 victory in the first matchup.

Offense was the major factor for the Black team in the third game of the weekend.

Six batters reached base with a base hit and Chris Akmon, Zach Levy, Jack Klages and Case Munson all had multi-hit games. Four batters had an RBI in the game as the Black team put up six runs.

They also received a great start from freshman Tanner Houck. Houck brought a no-hitter into the sixth inning. He went seven innings, struck out eight and allowed two runs.

The Black team struggled a little in relief, but would end up winning the game 6-4.

The Fall World Series will wrap up with a three game set on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Thursday, Oct. 23 and Friday, Oct. 24.

Revived Mizzou football team beats Florida 42-13

By The Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Marcus Murphy scored three touchdowns, including two on special teams, and Missouri embarrassed Florida 42-13 Saturday night.

The Tigers (5-2, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) scored on a kickoff return, a punt return, a fumble return and an interception return. They managed just seven first downs and 119 yards of offense, including 20 passing, and essentially let the Gators self-destruct in nearly every way imaginable.

And they did.

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Mizzou volleyball loses second straight match against LSU

Coach Wayne Kreklow talks to the team during a timeout on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

Coach Wayne Kreklow talks to the team during a timeout on Friday, Oct. 17, 2014.

The Missouri volleyball team still shows struggles after losing to LSU, 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 19-25), Friday evening at the Hearnes Center.

The team is no longer undefeated at home against SEC opponents, with LSU breaking Missouri’s 12-match winning streak. Missouri is now 12-9 overall and 3-3 in SEC play.

Both teams battled closely in the opening of the first set, with multiple lead changes between Missouri and LSU. Yet Read more of this post

Gold overpowers Black in Game 4 of Mizzou’s Fall World Series


Freshman Trey Harris (6) makes a last second decision to turn back to second base after a hit by Brett Bond with Ryan Howard (8) and Chris Akmon (22) playing the field. Harris would make it back just in time.

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What to watch for as Missouri hits the road against Florida

by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Missouri (4-2, 1-1) looks to rebound on the road against Florida (3-2, 2-2) on Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville. Here are four things to keep in mind before the Tigers and Gators kick off at 6 p.m.

  • Turnover battle: It’s been over a month since Missouri forced its last turnover. The Tigers have failed to force one since defensive back Duron Singleton, 2, scooped up a fumble for a touchdown in the waning moments of the 38-10 beat down of Central Florida. The takeaway was one of five Missouri recorded on the day. Missouri had harassed its opponents into committing a turnover in 47 consecutive games up to that point. While the defense has come up empty the last three weeks the Tigers’ offense has coughed it up six times in that span, five of which came at home last weekend against Georgia. Winning the turnover battle against a Florida team that is plus-5 in turnover margin on the year would go a long way to helping Missouri get back on track in Southeastern Conference play.

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Missouri Football Media Day Notes

Missouri offense tries to rebound, White expected to play, Steward still out, Defense prepares for two Florida quarterbacks

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

COLUMBIA — Maty Mauk and his receivers were awake into the wee hours of the morning Monday following a 34-0 drubbing against Georgia on Saturday.

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Howard, Ivory shine in Fall World Series

Ryan Howard fileBy Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

The Missouri baseball team split up for the first three games of an inter-squad matchup this past weekend for their Fall World Series. The team, which was divided into a Black team and a Gold team, featured strong performances by sophomore Ryan Howard and senior Jake Ivory.

The first game, played on Wednesday, was powered by the long ball.

Both the Black and Gold teams used freshman starting pitchers, redshirt freshman Ryan Lee and true freshman Lake Dabney, respectively. Both pitched well, but Dabney made a couple of mistakes to Howard and Ivory, who each launched home runs to power a 3-2 victory by the black team.

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5 turnovers doom Missouri in 34-0 loss to Georgia

The Missouri defense collapses on Georgia tight end/running back Quayvon Hicks (48). Georgia had 58 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2014 at Faurot Field.

The Missouri defense collapses on Georgia tight end/running back Quayvon Hicks (48). Georgia had 58 carries for 210 yards and three touchdowns against the Tigers on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2014 at Faurot Field.

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports
Photos by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

A Missouri offense that had been up-and-down through the first five games of the season finally exhibited some consistency Saturday. Unfortunately for the No. 23 Tigers (4-2, 1-1 in Southeastern Conference play), it was not the type of consistency head coach Gary Pinkel sought from the group.

Quarterback Maty Mauk committed five turnovers — including four interceptions —and the Missouri offense managed just 147 total yards and 10 first downs in a 34-0 loss to No. 13 Georgia (5-1, 3-1) at Faurot Field.

“If you have that stat that extreme on one side, it’s very difficult to win any any game,” Pinkel said after the game. “Five-to-nothing on turnovers — most likely you don’t have a chance to beat anybody.”

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