I found this week's particularly interesting because I had just been wondering how many times Mizzou wins a game like the one they played against San Diego State.
Apparently it's only a couple of times out of ten, if you believe the statistics.
Not that we didn't know that already, but the play-by-play numbers and turnovers suggest that if this exact game, with these exact plays, had taken place ten times, San Diego State would have probably won seven or eight.
RMN writes that Mizzou should be "ecstatic" they're 3-0 at this point. From here, it's looking more and more like the 5-0 many people predicted (then again SDSU was supposed to be an easy victory).
As another Kansas City team, the Chiefs, are finding out: A win is a win no matter how ugly it is.
Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel said, "I'm numb" when asked how exciting this game was for him. He recognizes that the game probably shouldn't have been that close -- Mizzou won 27-24 on a 68-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert to T.J. Moe with less than a minute left -- and indicated that they'll learn something from this.
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Blaine Gabbert and T.J. Moe connected on a 68- yard scoring strike with under a minute remaining to lift the Missouri Tigers to a thrilling 27-24 victory over the San Diego State Aztecs in a non- conference clash at Memorial Stadium.
Gabbert threw for 351 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions to pace the Tigers (3-0), while Michael Egnew hauled in 13 passes for 145 yards and Moe added seven catches for 119 yards to go with the decisive score.
Ronnie Hillman ran for a game-high 228 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the way for San Diego State (2-1), while signal-caller Ryan Lindley threw for 190 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in the loss.
The Tigers struck first in this one, as De'Vion Moore found the end zone following a 17-yard run to cap a nine-play, 80-yard opening drive.
The Aztecs responded midway through the period with an 11-yard Walter Kazee touchdown scamper.
The Tigers took a 10-7 lead with under a minute to go in the opening frame with a 34-yard Grant Ressel field goal.
An 11-yard run from Gabbert with a minute to go in the half gave the Tigers a 17-7 advantage, but the Aztecs responded with a 75-yard Hillman run with under 30 seconds left to make it a 17-14 game at halftime.
Ressel gave the Tigers a 20-14 lead midway through the third quarter with a 38-yard kick.
A 93-yard touchdown burst from Hillman early in the final period of play awarded San Diego State with its first lead of the day at 21-20.
The Aztecs added to the advantage late in the period with a 25-yard Abel Perez kick to earn a 24-20 lead, but the late heroics of Gabbert and Moe spoiled any remaining upset hopes.
Both schools ended up with 440 yards of total offense, even though the Tigers managed just 89 yards on the ground, compared to 250 for SDSU.
The low percentage rate has been due to that they like to throw a lot due to trailing to a lot games, plus Lindley likes to force balls at times. I think the offensive line is part of the reason for LIndleys low completion rate, because under former coach Chuck Long the offense was a spread offense with a leaner offensive line. A lot of those same players are starting now and last year they had trouble holding off defenders for too long, and they had to learn to pass block with Brady Hoke's offense.
His completion percentage has been between 56 and 54 the last two years so this isn't an anomaly. Generally in college systems you can see inflated completion percentages. It's interesting that his is so low and he's continued to be the starter.
Mizzou football is rolling along the 2010 season. After a nice win over Illinois in the season opener and dominating McNeese State in week two, Mizzou enters the weekend with San Diego State on their mind.
The Aztecs tote some impressive numbers. They're number six in the country in total offense and number 20 in total defense so clearly they're doing something right.
SDSU beat Nicholls State 47-0 in their season opener and took care of New Mexico State 41-21 in week two.
Mizzou is currently a 14-point favorite so they're expected to once again roll in this game.
SDSU will be a decent test but once again Mizzou should take care of business.