Missouri RBs Hansbrough, Murphy expected to play, Copelin dismissed

By The Associated Press

COLUMBIA — Running backs Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy are expected to play when No. 18 Missouri hosts Indiana on Saturday.

Coach Gary Pinkel said Monday that Hansbrough left the Tigers’ 38-10 win against Central Florida on Saturday on the first play in the fourth quarter after feeling “dizzy.” Murphy didn’t play the final five minutes due to a mild ankle strain.

Pinkel said both players could have re-entered but didn’t because of Missouri’s lead.

The duo has combined for 462 of the team’s 570 yards rushing this season and both are listed atop the depth chart.

Pinkel also announced the dismissal of receiver Levi Copelin for an undisclosed reason. The sophomore was previously suspended for the season after failing an NCAA-administered drug test.

Ray, Missouri defensive line dominate in 38-10 rout

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

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

Missouri defensive end Shane Ray finished the day with wo sacks and four tackles for loss.

By his own admission, Shane Ray was the chubby kid growing up. The grade school kid who was slow, clumsy — the last pick in schoolyard games.

Things were so bad that Ray quit football all together in fifth grade.

“I hadn’t really bloomed into being an athlete, so I didn’t really want to play,” Ray said during Monday’s media session.

After watching Ray repeatedly terrorize Central Florida quarterback Justin Holman and a number of Knights running backs to the tune of two sacks and four tackles for a loss Saturday at Faurot Field, it’s difficult to imagine a time when Ray wasn’t a dominant force. The Tigers junior defensive end spearheaded a Missouri defensive unit that harassed UCF into four second-half turnovers in No. 20 Missouri’s 38-10 win.

“Shane was everywhere,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said after the game. “I mean (defensive end Markus Golden) certainly did some good things — we had a lot of defensive linemen doing great things — but Shane’s a great player.”

Ray was consistent throughout the game, registering two tackles for a loss in the first half to go along with the two tackles for loss and two sacks he posted during the final 30 minutes of play. But for many of his fellow teammates, Read more of this post

Mizzou get Blitz his 200th win in comeback fashion

By Greg Dailey, KBIA Sports

Focus.

That was the key word from Missouri players and coaches. The Tigers roared to a 4-3 win double overtime win over Montana after trailing by two goals late in the second half Friday night.

“We were focused,” said junior defender Candace Johnson. “We’ve been working together. We knew that we could do Read more of this post

What to look for as No. 20 Mizzou hosts Central Florida

By Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

No. 20 Missouri (2-0) hosts Central Florida (0-1) Saturday at Faurot Field. Here are five things to know before the Tigers and Knights kick off at 11 a.m.

  1. Holman gets nod at QB: Trailing Penn State 10-3 at halftime on Aug. 30, Central Florida coach George O’Leary inserted Justin Holman at quarterback in place of the ineffective Pete DiNovo. The sophomore seized the moment, throwing for 204 yards and a touchdown, in addition to running for two more scores. Holman’s last 6-yard run and the ensuing extra point pushed UCF ahead of Penn State 24-23 with 1:13 remaining in regulation. Nittany Lions kicker Sam Ficken foiled the comeback, though, knocking a 36-yard field goal through the uprights as time expired. Although UCF lost its season opener, they might have found a permanent solution at quarterback. Holman will make the first start of his collegiate career Saturday.
  2. Tigers’ ends dominant: Missouri defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray will welcome the Knights’ newly named starting quarterback to Columbia. Through two games, Golden has racked up five tackles for a loss and 2 ½ sacks while Ray has 3 ½ tackles for a loss and three sacks. After playing in reserve roles last year both men are seemingly living in their opponent’s backfield so far this season.
  3. Round 2: This is just the second time Missouri and UCF have squared off. Missouri narrowly escaped the 2012 matchup with a 21-16 victory at Bright House Networks Stadium in Orlando, Florida. With a win Saturday the Tigers would head into their last non-conference game against Indiana with a perfect slate and have started a season 3-0 for the seventh time in the last nine years.

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Inconsistencies and errors contribute to Missouri’s loss to Saint Louis

Story by Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports
Photos by Tim Leible, KBIA Sports

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watch during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team in hitting percentage of .333.

Emily Thater (2) winds up for a spike as coach Wayne Kreklow and the Missouri bench watches during Missouri’s matchup against Saint Louis University on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri. Thater had 11 kills and led the team with a hitting percentage of .333.

Missouri’s inconsistencies in maintaining runs and winning sets in Tuesday’s night game against Saint Louis University paints an accurate picture of their fickle season so far.

The Tigers lost to the Saint Louis Billikens 3-2 (25-27, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 11-15) at the Hearnes Center. They are now 4-4 for the season.

Similar to the past six games, the Tigers failed to win the first set, despite an early 17-10 score. The Billikens climbed Read more of this post

Missouri’s Markus Golden shining in starting role

Story by Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

It almost looked unfair, the jump defensive end Markus Golden got on Toledo offensive lineman Chase Nelson early in the second quarter of No. 20 Missouri’s 49-24 victory Saturday.

Golden made a beeline for Toledo quarterback Phillip Ely while the Rockets behemoth senior right tackle looked like he Read more of this post

Mizzou football’s Week 3 media day: The performances of Maty Mauk, Markus Golden and Bud Sasser

Story by Brandon Kiley, KBIA Sports

At this weeks session with the media, Brandon Kiley focused on three aspects of Missouri’s game against Toledo: Mauk’s maturation, Golden’s domination and Sasser’s exploitation.

Maty Mauk’s maturation key to Missouri’s offensive success

Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC offensive player of the week for his performance against Toledo.

Quarterback Maty Mauk was named SEC offensive player of the week for his performance against Toledo.

Maty Mauk was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Toledo Rockets. Mauk threw for 325 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions in the Missouri (2-0) 49-24 win over Toledo (1-1). Those two interceptions could have come back to haunt other quarterbacks but Maty Mauk says his mindset never changed. (Length: 16 seconds)

Mauk bounced back quickly from his mistakes. His six total touchdowns, including one rushing touchdown, were a career high. Mauk said he sees a little bit of Brett Favre in himself and the comparison makes sense — Mauk is a Read more of this post

Russell, Mizzou Upend UT-Martin 1-0

Story by Greg Dailey
Photos by Greg Dailey and Tim Leible

The Missouri Tigers defeated the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks 1-0 Sunday afternoon at Walton Stadium behind a Reagan Russell goal in the 55th minute and McKenzie Sauerwein’s 18th career shutout. The Tigers eventually broke through after a scoreless first half, courtesy of a well-placed ball in the box from Kaysie Clark with Russell there to Read more of this post

Missouri still struggling but gets the win over Xavier

By Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister (4) celebrates winning a point with setter Loxley Keala. Meister had 16 digs in the match.

Libero Sarah Meister (4) celebrates winning a point with setter Loxley Keala. Meister had 16 digs in the match.

Missouri had another dramatic down-to-the-wire five-set match Saturday night.

The Tigers won 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8) against the Xavier Musketeers in their fourth game of the Tiger Invitational at the Hearnes Center. Missouri is now 4-3 for the season. With the win Missouri finished in second place for the tournament.

Missouri trailed almost entirely in the first set, but stayed within a few points of Xavier. The Tigers had a 4-0 run to come within a point, 21-22, but the Musketeers, on two kills and a Missouri service error, won the first match. The two teams were extremely tight again in the second set, but this time it was the Tigers with that few-point margin. Missouri hit a match-high of .342 in the second.

In the third, Xavier jumped to an early 9-2 lead and held a lead of five to six points for most of the set. The Tigers caught up on a 7-2 run to tie the score at 22, but couldn’t hold on for the win. Read more of this post

Missouri falls apart against Oakland, wins against Xavier

Story and photos by Joyce Peng, KBIA Sports

Libero Sarah Meister, in black, and two of her teammates are unable to reach the ball. The team committed numerous errors, including 26 attack errors and 11 reception errors.

Libero Sarah Meister, in black, and two of her teammates, are unable to reach the ball. The team committed numerous errors, including 26 attack errors and 11 reception errors.

Saturday’s Missouri volleyball team did not look like the defending 2013 SEC Champions.

The Tigers lost to the Oakland Golden Grizzlies 3-1 (19-25, 25-23, 19-25, 11-25) in their third match of the Tiger Invitational. The team bounced back for the evening match but needed all five sets to beat Xavier 3-2 (22-25, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 15-8).

In the first set against Oakland, the Tigers kept the score close in the beginning, but Oakland stretched the lead 15-10. From there, the Golden Grizzlies maintained a sizable lead, and the Tigers couldn’t catch up.

Missouri tied the match up in the second set, on .333 hitting with 20 kills. The Tigers did not dominate the set, with their biggest lead being four points. The two teams were again neck-to-neck in the third set; trading leads for most of the set until Oakland pulled away with the set win with a 7-1 run.

The Tigers played poorly in the fourth set, committing nine errors, including several double hits. The team’s hitting percentage was -.107, and trailed by as much as 14 points.

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