With Missouri's 2010 home season now completed and preserved for posterity, what moments will linger longest from each of Missouri's six home wins this season? Rock M Nation's Ross Taylor does his best to sort through the memories.
Sept. 11: Missouri 50, McNeese State 6 -- Josey's big day
Mizzou opened its home season coming off of a tougher-than-anticipated second-half comeback win against Illinois, but even at 1-0, the fans seemed bloodthirsty against McNeese State in week two. Luckily for the mob, Mizzou obliged.
Games against FBS opponents usually aren't remembered much unless tragedy strikes, but Tiger fans will remember their date with the Cowboys for the coming out party it provided true freshman tailback Henry Josey. After two 6-yard touchdown runs in the first quarter, Josey debuted his breakaway speed with a 62-yarder:
Sept. 18: Missouri 27, San Digeo State 24 -- The "Moe Miracle"
No one told San Diego State they were supposed to be a cupcake. The Mountain West's most surprising team this season came into Faurot Field and went blow-for-blow with Missouri, and in all honesty, should have beaten the Tigers. Two late interceptions by the Aztecs put San Diego State about one first down away from a road win, only to eventually punt the ball to give Missouri 88 yards and 1:22 to redemption. After a 20-yard completion to Jerrell Jackson on the first play, Blaine Gabbert found T.J. Moe for what has entered Missouri lore as the "Moe Miracle."
Sept. 25: Missouri 51, Miami University 13 -- Never looking back
Eight seconds. One week removed from near-catastrophe against San Diego State, eight seconds was all Missouri needed to get on top of the Miami Redhawks and never look back. Missouri ran out to a 21-0 first quarter lead and coasted to the finish line, all sparked by cornerback Carl Gettis' fumble return for touchdown on the game's first play from scrimmage:
Oct. 9: Missouri 26, Colorado 0 -- Go west, young Buffs
Mizzou's conference opening win against Colorado was remarkable for its lack of remarkable memories. After getting a comfortable but not insurmountable lead in the first half, the second half belonged to the Missouri defense and to the first real look at future starting quarterback James Franklin:
The shutout was Missouri's second in a row at home against Colorado, as the Tigers sent the Buffs to the Pac-10 with a 149-minute scoreless streak in Columbia.
Oct. 23: Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27 -- Frenzy at Faurot
How do you pick one highlight from perhaps the most perfect football Saturday that Faurot Field has seen in years? On the 99th birthday of the birthplace of homecoming, Mizzou fans created a lifetime to memories, beginning by setting an attendance record for College GameDay that morning. Rock M Nation's Bill Connelly broke the day down minute-by-minute in his Mizzou/Oklahoma diary, and as he said, it took only one play for Faurot Field to go "completely apes***."
Nov. 13: Missouri 38, Kansas State 28 -- Smith and Smith
Missouri never trailed on Senior Day, but the Tigers took awhile to pull away. After trading blows in the first half, Mizzou took the game's first two-score lead when Aldon Smith planted Carson Coffman from the blindside, forcing a fumble Jacquies Smith took into the south endzone.