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We mentioned that the Missouri Tigers loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes in the 2010 Insight Bowl really came down to two plays -- Blaine Gabbert's second interception, which was returned for a touchdown, and the T.J. Moe non-catch. As for the former, Gabbert spoke after the game and simply summed up the interception.
"I just got greedy," Gabbert said. "I forced it."
That's pretty much it. He could have run it or thrown it away but he chose to force it and he paid for it as Iowa's Micah Hyde then returned it 72 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:32 remaining in the game.
Gabbert's first interception wasn't exactly his fault but it was still costly. He had a ball tipped in the air and it was intercepted in the end zone as Mizzou was driving.
Outside of that mistake, Gabbert was terrific all night completing 41-of-57 passes for a school bowl record 434 yards. He was efficient and moved his offense up and down the field consistently (but couldn't score consistently). Gabbert also earned the praise of the ESPN announcers who were talking about his draft credentials for much of the night.
The Iowa Hawkeyes pulled it out over the Missouri Tigers in the 2010 Insight Bowl, 27-24. The game will be disappointing for Mizzou fans because Iowa scored with just a few minutes remaining and eventually got the ball back and ran out the clock on Mizzou. There were two significant plays in the game and that's Blaine Gabbert's interception returned for a touchdown and T.J. Moe's controversial overturned catch.
Kirk Ferentz nearly broke down after the game as he held back some tears talking about his team's ability to come back in the fourth quarter.
I didn't change anything. That' a real positive there. Great effort there. We had to come up with some big plays. Missouri is an outstanding team.
Here's the on-field Ferentz interview:
Kirk Ferentz and the Iowa Hawkeyes are winners of the 2010 Insight Bowl beating the Missouri Tigers 27-24 on Tuesday night in Tempe, Arizona. Mizzou did a lot of things right but a key interception late in the fourth quarter from QB Blaine Gabbert gave Iowa a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
Gabbert had a big day throwing for 434 yards completing 41-of-57 passes and one touchdown. But it was his two interceptions that we'll remember in this game. The first one came in the end zone as the Tigers were driving to score. The second came with just under six minutes left in the game and Iowa returned it 72 yards for the touchdown giving them a 27-24 lead.
Missouri got the ball back and began driving down the field before facing a fourth and six. Iowa blitzed Gabbert on third and fourth down -- both incompletions. The fourth down play was an out route to WR T.J. Moe, who set a Mizzou bowl record with 15 receptions. Moe dove to catch the ball near the sidelines and the referees called it a catch.
Referees said they would review the play and they did for several minutes. Replays showed that Moe may not have held onto the ball throughout the catch. Personally, I didn't think there was enough evidence to overrule it.
Iowa got the ball back with a little over two minutes remaining after Mizzou's failed fourth down and got a first down on the first play, and ran twice on the next two plays setting themselves up with a third and three.
QB Ricky Stanzi lined up with Mizzou stacked on the line, and faked the handoff and hit tight end Allan Reisner who took it 39 yards down to the one yard line. Iowa was then able to run out the clock.
A disappointing game for Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers.
The Iowa Hawkeyes defense came up big in the fourth quarter of the Insight Bowl against the Missouri Tigers. QB Blaine Gabbert threw his second interception with just under six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and Iowa picked it off and returned it 72 yards for the touchdown. The score gave Iowa a 27-24 lead over Mizzou.
Gabbert's having a terrific day outside of that mistake. He's completed 38-of-51 passes for 418 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. The first pick wasn't necessarily his fault as it was tipped in the air but it came in the end zone as the Tigers were driving.
Gabbert's second pick, and the fact that it was returned for six, has hurt the Tigers. They've got the ball back with a few minutes remaining in the fourth quarter driving down the field.
With about four minutes remaining, Iowa leads Mizzou, 27-24.
The Missouri Tigers started a little slow but their starting to pick it up against the Iowa Hawkeyes as they take the lead, 24-20, late in the third quarter. QB Blaine Gabbert was once again as good as advertised as he led the Tigers 57 yards on nine plays in under three minutes to take a 24-20 lead.
TE Michael Egnew caught the touchdown pass and has seven catches for 64 yards on the day. Gabbert has completed 32-of-43 passes for 369 and a touchdown. He threw one pick that wasn't really his fault and helped keep multiple Mizzou drives going in the second half.
Iowa's Marcus Coker has 183 yards on the ground on 24 carries through three quarters. Mizzou's defense created a turnover against QB Ricky Stanzi late in the third quarter leading to their third touchdown. Iowa had hopped off to a 14-3 lead in the first half but both the Tigers offense and defense picked it up considerably since then.
The Tigers are leading 24-20 in the fourth quarter.
The Missouri Tigers put together a 17-play, 75-yard drive only to see it fall short as Mizzou decided to kick the field goal on a fourth and one nearly the goal line. Mizzou now trails the Iowa Hawkeyes 7-3 in the 2010 Insight Bowl after Iowa scored on their opening possession.
QB Blaine Gabbert went 8-of-9 for 68 yards on the drive and nearly got the Tigers into the end zone. WR Jerrell Jackson already has three receptions for 48 yards while WR T.J. Moe has two receptions for seven yards.
Mizzou's offense looked sharp moving the ball down the field but couldn't convert near the goal line. You have to wonder if they should have gone for it on fourth and one at Iowa's six yard line.
Mizzou's drive took 6:20 off the clock.
Oh, and for all the NFL folks watching, Gabbert faced a 3rd and 19 and threw a 24-yard strike to Jackson as he was getting hit to complete the pass.
The Tigers trail the Hawkeyes, 7-3, late in the first quarter.
The Iowa Hawkeyes got off to a fast start in the 2010 Insight Bowl jumping out to a 7-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Hawkeyes offense passed just one time and found the end zone behind seven Marcus Coker rushes for 18 yards and one big pass from QB Ricky Stanzi.
Facing an early third down, Stanzi found WR Marvin McNutt in single coverage and placed it in nicely for a 49-yard gain. From there the Hawkeyes ran, ran, and ran some more.
Mizzou's red zone defense is the best in the country allowing opponents to score on just 17 of 31 possessions (55 percent) but they weren't able to slow down Iowa.
It's just one possession but it was a good one. Mizzou's defense will need to get back to doing what they've been doing all year. The Tigers now get the ball back and they'll need to match a surprising Iowa offense that came firing on all cylinders right off the bat.
The Missouri Tigers will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl on Tuesday evening. The game will appear on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. (central) and will be played in Tempe, Arizona. Mizzou is a three point favorite (depending on where you look) and they're my pick to win the game, 34-24.
The national spotlight will be on Missouri which means you'll be hearing some more about guys like QB Blaine Gabbert and DE Aldon Smith. Their names have been in the news lately with 2011 NFL draft rumors and a strong performance on Tuesday night could help them make their decision to go. Likewise, a poor performance could be what gets them to stay.
Here's the first shot of the field from the press box, courtesy of Dave Matter:
The Missouri Tigers are expected to beat the Iowa Hawkeyes on Tuesday night in the Insight Bowl. This coming from the oddsmakers who say Mizzou is a three point favorite over Iowa. That line sounds about right for the Tigers, if not a little low.
The reasons for a Mizzou win are there. QB Blaine Gabbert is one of the better quarterbacks in the NCAA and the passing attack has, at times, been prolific. They lost RB Derrick Washington early in the year yet their running attack has been solid. Missouri's defense is the real surprise this year as they've been one of the top units in the country.
Iowa's 7-5 coming off some late season losses and plenty of potential distractions ranging from the suspension of WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos to the drug testing problems to even Monday night's events when RB Adam Robinson, who was already suspended for this game, was arrested.
We'll see if Iowa can overcome those. My prediction is that they can not. I'm picking Mizzou to win this one. They've been too solid all year and with the extra time I like them here. I'll predict a 34-24 Mizzou victory.
The Iowa Hawkeyes have already dealt with plenty of distractions before Tuesday night's Insight Bowl against the Missouri Tigers. There was the suspension of WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos and then the "flaws and inconsistencies" in the drug testing program that drew headlines.
Here's another distraction -- RB Adam Robinson, who was already suspended for the Insight Bowl, was arrested on Monday night.
The Iowa State Patrol says Robinson was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over Monday night in Des Moines, Robinson's hometown. Police stopped the vehicle for not having front plates. Police say a trooper detected a marijuana odor from the vehicle, then found marijuana after a search.
This won't have a direct affect on the game as Robinson was already suspended but it's another set of distractions for Iowa to deal with just hours before their game against Mizzou.
Will this have an affect on the game? We're not sure yet but it certainly can't be considered a good thing. Mizzou is coming in focused and with few distractions while Iowa has been facing questions about its program for several weeks now.
The 2010 Insight Bowl will be played in Tempe, Arizona Tuesday evening on ESPN and they've come a long way since the bowl was first created. It was actually first called the Copper Bowl when it was formed in 1989. Insight Enterprises purchased the rights to the game in 1996 and changed the name to the Insight.com Bowl in before tweaking it to just the Insight Bowl in 2002.
The Insight Bowl has made significant strides in recent years as the bowl becomes more and more relevant. Originally, the bowl was a WAC team against an at-large team but that ended in 1997 when the Big 12 and Big East got involved. By 2002, the Big 12 was out and the Pac 10 was in. In 2006, the latest change occurred when the Big 12 came back into the game against the Big Ten.
The Big Ten hasn't won the game since they became a member of the bowl although Minnesota has appeared in three of the four games. The Big Ten is 2-4 in total with the last win coming from Wisconsin over Utah in 1996.
One of those Minnesota losses was a big one as they allowed the biggest come back in Division I history back in 2006. They held a 31 point lead over Texas Tech in the 2006 game and the Red Raiders ended up winning by three in OT.
So Insight Bowl history says the Big 12 -- Missouri -- will win this game.
Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz talked about the Missouri Tigers on Monday and had some high praise saying they're a "top notch ball club" and that they probably could have won a couple more than 10 games. Iowa meets Mizzou in the 2010 Insight Bowl on Tuesday night and Ferentz talked about the challenge of preparing for them and that offense.
We have a great challenge on our hands. Talked about their defense a little bit. You know, they're very much a challenge for us offensively with their system. It starts with the quarterback. (Missouri quarterback Blaine) Gabbert does a great job of throwing the football. They have a lot of great players offensively and the offensive line group that allows them to execute. They have got very good, skilled players.
Indeed Mizzou's skill players are very, very good (and that extends to the defense, too). If you let them get in a rhythm, Iowa's in trouble. Iowa needs to dictate the flow of this game if they want to win.
We will have our hands full and they are good on special teams. They are a top notch ball club. There is no surprise to me that they have won ten games. Probably could have won a couple more, too. They are just that kind of team.
Missouri is really pretty strong everywhere. Ferentz already talked about that defense and what they're capable of so it's clear he respects the Tigers as an opponent.
The Missouri Tigers defense has been one of the better units in the country which came as a surprise to some folks. With Blaine Gabbert and that offense you'd expect them to be getting the headlines but it was the defense that was worthy of the most praise this year.
First thing that jumps into my mind is just their athleticism, speed and athleticism. They are very aggressive with their scheme, which makes sense based on the way they're built. They are a very athletic group. Probably the most athletic group we have seen. I'm talking about all 11 guys, not just a couple guys here and there.
The defensive ends led by Aldon Smith may be a group he's talking about here. Sometimes the Tigers will get an entire defensive line of defensive ends.
They are really a speed oriented group. They rush the pass extremely well. They do a good job in coverage and they can take some chances because they have good guys in the back end, and their linebackers are extremely versatile and fluid.
They can get to the passer with the defensive ends he mentioned. It's all about creating pressure on the quarterback. That's a game changer in how you prepare your defense.
I compare them a little bit they are a different style of defense than Ohio State, but they are like Ohio State. And it is really hard to get clean plays. It is hard to keep things open for long. They really close it down quick and do a great job of keeping you out of the end zone. It will really be a challenge for our offensive football team.
Good comparison for the Tigers. We'll see just how good they are on ESPN Tuesday night when the Tigers face the Hawkeyes in Tempe, Arizona.
The Missouri Tigers and Iowa Hawkeyes haven't played in 100 yards and while it seems unlikely we'd go another 100 without them playing it doesn't sound like they'll be facing each other any time soon following the Insight Bowl Tuesday evening on ESPN.
Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz was asked about playing Mizzou in the future and cited the new conference and their game against Iowa State as reasons that's unlikely to happen.
The likelihood of that has probably diminished now at the expansion of the conference. I don't know this, but I wouldn't be surprised if we end up playing nine conference games somewhere near in the future, which would affect the way things proceed here on out. The other part is that we're locked in with Iowa State with an annual ball game, too. So I think that really kind of minimizes things on top of it.
Things could change -- such as Bowl games -- but we shouldn't be expecting a series from these two sides anytime soon.
Missouri and Iowa meet Tuesday night in the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Arizona. The game will be televised on ESPN at 9:00 p.m. (central).
But this year, Fiesta officials secured a television deal with ESPN that will give Insight a broad national audience on Tuesday. A record 50,000 people are expected to attend Insight.
"There's almost 100 million households with ESPN - it definitely raises (Insight's) profile," said Fiesta spokesman Andy Bagnato.
The Insight Bowl now pays out over $6 million which is a huge leap from last year when they were under $3 million. They've done a lot to raise the profile of their Bowl and I think Mizzou's going to get lots of exposure from it.
The Insight Bowl is in Tempe and the Fiesta Bowl and BCS National Championship game are in Glendale. They're expected to bring in over $420 million. Those bowls brought in an estimated $400 million in 2006-07.
The Missouri Tigers are getting closer to the Insight Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes in Tempe, Ariz. The Tigers wanted a BCS bowl heading into the season but given what transpired I think many are happy with the Insight Bowl. The Tigers are practicing daily as they prepare for the game on Tuesday night.
"It’s so unlike a regular football game," head coach Pinkel said. "But the team that disciplines itself enough to be focused to do it is the team that can do it (win)."
There are so many distractions. Bowl committee folks will tell you one of the reasons they don't want to go to a playoff system (other than money) is that the system now gives the kids a chance to get to the city and enjoy the scene for a little while. Pinkel will say it's all about discipline -- and it is -- but there are reasons to have fun.
Mizzou, though, can't hold a candle to Iowa when talking about distractions. The Hawkeyes have been surrounded by rumors of a drug scandal, suspended their all-time leading receiver and another running back. Iowa's doing all it can to distract themselves from the Insight Bowl.
Mizzou is a 2.5 point favorite over Iowa (depending on where you look) so they're expected to win, distractions or not.
2010-11 college football bowl ticket sales have been a topic of conversation lately because it seems many schools are having trouble selling tickets relative to previous years. The Missouri Tigers jumped out to a quick start and lead the Iowa Hawkeyes in tickets sold.
Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune reports the Tigers have sold 7,200 of their 11,000 tickets while Iowa has sold 6,200 of their 11,000 tickets.
The Tigers have sold their tickets with a heck of an offer for just $100.
Of those 7,000 tickets, 100 trip packages that include a 4-night hotel stay, a seat on a bus to Tempe, Ariz., a ticket to the game and breakfast for each day of the trip, sold out in two days. This was faster than the expected four to five-day time frame, said Lauren Karr, campus activities coordinator.
Iowa has been in the headlines lately and not for the right reasons --- receiver Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is one of two players who have been suspended for the game. There were also plenty of rumors floating around about Iowa's drug scandal which may cause some concern. Iowa's ticket manager didn't think that was the case.
"Folks were just disappointed with all the losses at the end of the season," she said. "This stuff (the suspensions) that happened in the past week or so I don't think had anything to do with it. By that time most people who were going to get tickets had already gotten them."
Early indications are that Mizzou will beat Iowa in ticket sales. The first few days is when you'll see the most activity so we'll see if Iowa can top the Tigers.
The Hawkeyes have suspended WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, which is their all-time leading receiver, and rumors surrounding the program had players failing drug tests, which the school hinted at but only suspended one mroe player (and saw another transfer). There were a lot of rumors floating around about a program that's usually pretty straight forward.
Meanwhile the Tigers have been pretty quiet. They're preparing for Iowa in Columbia, Mo. and we haven't heard much of anything from them which, compared to Iowa, is probably a good thing.
It's the one week countdown to the game as these two teams will meet on Tuesday, Dec. 28 on ESPN in Tempe, Az.
Missouri opened as a three-point favorite in the game but now many folks have taken the game off the board. Some have Mizzou as a 1-2.5 point favorite.
I suspect the Tigers will walk away with this one. Just the environments leading up to the game have been so much different with all the question marks surrounding Iowa, suspended a couple of players and the other rumors, I just think Mizzou is going to be better prepared for this game.
It all goes down next week as Mizzou eyes an 11-2 finish.
Unconfirmed rumors had been making the rounds last week that the Iowa Hawkeyes had more than a few players fail a school-administered drug test. Of course those are why they're unconfirmed rumors -- Iowa's Kirk Ferentz announced RB Adam Robinson has been suspended for the Insight Bowl and RB Jewel Hampton, who was out with an ACL injury, would transfer.
That's it. No more suspensions. And there aren't expected to be anymore, Feretnz and Iowa AD Gary Barta announced at a Tuesday press conference.
But they did seem to indicate something happened with the drug tests. Barta revealed that there was some sort of flaw in the drug testing program and, more than likely, someone slipped through the program.
"It’s pretty likely that someone – I don’t know if it's one or it's 21 – but someone has gotten around the process."
Those rumors of a dozen or more players failing a drug test? Barta wouldn't confirm or deny that was the case but did note that a first positive test results i counseling -- not suspension. Take that for what its worth.
Rumors have been circulating around the Iowa Hawkeyes football program that a serious amount of suspension were coming. Iowa issued a release on Monday evening and announced that running back Jewel Hampton is transferring and running back Adam Robinson would not be with the team at the Insight Bowl against the Missouri Tigers.
Hampton is a sophomore with 27 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown this year before suffering a season ending ACL injury. Hampton was expected to compete with Robinson who went on to rack up 943 yards and 10 touchdowns this year.
On Hampton, who has been injury prone in three years at Iowa, Ferentz said:
"Jewel Hampton has decided to leave the team and plans to transfer to another school to complete his degree and finish his career. We wish him the best of success in the future."
And on Robinson, Ferentz says he's not playing in the bowl game "as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies."
"While Adam has been cleared medically, he will not be participating in the upcoming Insight Bowl game as a result of failing to comply with team expectations and policies. Adam will have the option to rejoin the team when classes resume in January."
We've got some bad news for one young man and some potentially good news for the Missouri Tigers. The Iowa Hawkeyes, who are scheduled to play Mizzou in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28, have suspended WR Derrell Johnson-Koulianos after an arrest.
Johnson-Koulianos was arrested by Iowa City Police and faces multiple counts of possession of controlled substances, keeping a drug house and two counts of unlawful possession of a prescription drugs.
He's on $8,000 bail and Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz announced shortly after the news broke that he was suspended.
"I am highly disappointed to learn of the charges. Derrell has been suspended from all team activities."
Losing Johnson-Koulianos would be a blow to Iowa and, for Mizzou, it would make things slightly easier. He's Iowa's career leader in receptions and receiving yards. He was a first-team All-Big Ten pick this year and has 10 touchdowns on the season.
The Missouri Tigers had a nice little surprise on Sunday afternoon when they were invited to the Insight Bowl ahead of Big 12 rival the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It surprised me a little bit, I'll admit, but a surprise most Mizzou fans would take. Many figured it would be Nebraska over Missouri because the perception is that Missouri fans don't travel well for the bowl game, which unfortunately affects which bowl you get into.
After the announcement that Mizzou had accepted the Insight Bowl bid on Dec. 28, 2010, Mizzou AD Mike Alden came out and said they'll need fans to go to the game.
"We are excited to be taking part in a bowl game for a record sixth-straight season," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "Playing in bowl games on a consistent basis is a major goal that Coach Pinkel and his program has achieved, and having a chance on a national stage to take on one of the top programs in the Big Ten Conference is a great opportunity. We need Tiger Nation to come out in full force for this game, the Phoenix area is a great destination this time of the year, and this promises to be one of the better bowl matchups around," he said. Good weather and a good team. Mizzou had an event last night for the bowl announcement and sold nearly 4,000 of their allotment of 11,000 tickets. That's a good start.
"We are excited to be taking part in a bowl game for a record sixth-straight season," said Director of Athletics Mike Alden. "Playing in bowl games on a consistent basis is a major goal that Coach Pinkel and his program has achieved, and having a chance on a national stage to take on one of the top programs in the Big Ten Conference is a great opportunity. We need Tiger Nation to come out in full force for this game, the Phoenix area is a great destination this time of the year, and this promises to be one of the better bowl matchups around," he said.
Good weather and a good team. Mizzou had an event last night for the bowl announcement and sold nearly 4,000 of their allotment of 11,000 tickets. That's a good start.
The Missouri Tigers finished the season 10-2 and as the No. 12 BCS ranked team including a victory over then-No. 1 and now Big 12 champion Oklahoma Sooners. On Sunday the school announced that Mizzou would be playing the Iowa Hawkeyes on Dec. 28 at the Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.
Considering my bowl projections had Missouri going to the Holiday Bowl and the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Insight Bowl this is good news for Mizzou fans.
Gary Pinkel, head coach for Mizzou, says he's "pleased" to accept the invite from the Insight Bowl.
"We're very pleased to accept the invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl," said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "This is going to be a great reward for our team, and for our fans. Iowa is a very talented team that will present a lot of challenges, so we look forward to working hard over the next few weeks to prepare for what should be a great game and a great trip for our program," he said. The Tigers have 23 days to prepare for the Hawkeyes. For now, Missouri fans will take pride in getting a "better bowl" than Nebraska.
"We're very pleased to accept the invitation to play in the 2010 Insight Bowl," said MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "This is going to be a great reward for our team, and for our fans. Iowa is a very talented team that will present a lot of challenges, so we look forward to working hard over the next few weeks to prepare for what should be a great game and a great trip for our program," he said.
The Tigers have 23 days to prepare for the Hawkeyes. For now, Missouri fans will take pride in getting a "better bowl" than Nebraska.
Reports surfaced on Sunday evening that the Missouri Tigers would be playing the Iowa Hawkeys in the 2010 Insight Bowl and there's been no one denying those reports. The folks from the Insight Bowl have now made it official:
After a day of speculation, the 2010 Insight Bowl will feature a matchup between the Missouri Tigers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Even this morning I didn't think Mizzou would be landing in the Insight Bowl. My bowl projections included the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Alamo Bowl leaving the Insight Bowl to choose between Mizzou and Nebraska. The Huskers have a larger fan base and could potentially fill more seats so I figured they may want to go that route. As we know now, that's not the case.
So travel well, Mizzou fans. Dec. 28 is right around the corner and, as long as we have the bowl system like this, traveling well can help.
The Missouri Tigers will be headed to Tempe, Arizona to play the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28, according to the Kansas City Star. This is somewhat of a surprise for Mizzou who some thought were headed to the Holiday Bowl.
ESPN, looking to heighten the drama of its BCS bowl show on Sunday, talked Missouri into delaying its bowl announcent from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday night.
But by 6 p.m. the news was starting to leak out all over the midwest.
My 2010 bowl projections had the Oklahoma State Cowboys going to the Alamo Bowl, Nebraska Cornhuskers to the Insight Bowl and Missouri Tigers to the Holiday Bowl. Apparently that's not the case. The Huskers are coming off of a loss to the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game.
A lot of folks, including myself, figured the Insight Bowl would be interested in a future Big Ten preview with Nebraska playing Iowa.
The Kansas City Star has a great question on the surprise bowl invite:
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