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Rock M Nation Sep 27, 2014
Missouri 21, South Carolina 20: Mauktober starts early as Tigers pull off fourth-quarter comeback

Missouri 21, South Carolina 20: Mauktober starts early as Tigers pull off fourth-quarter comeback

Maty Mauk engineered a dramatic fourth-quarter comeback as Missouri overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat No. 13 South Carolina, 21-20, in Columbia East. Well, we're even, South Carolina. After Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks pulled off a stunning, late comeback to win at Missouri last year, Gary Pinkel's Tigers pulled off a stunning, late comeback to win at South Carolina on Saturday night. After two-plus quarters of offensive ineptitude, Missouri found itself down 20-7 when Gamecock receiver Pharoh Cooper caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson with 7:25 left. Then...
Rock M Nation Sep 27, 2014

Brew M Nation, South Carolina edition

There are some tasty and different beers from the palmetto state that you should try if you get a chance This week's Brew M Nation is a little late, thanks to a week of travel and my consumption of one of the offerings mentioned in the article as I compose it. For those of you in the other Columbia for today's game, River Rat Brewery looks worthy of your time. The tap room is open now, and they have live music as you get ready for the game. The Moncks Corner Abbey Ale looks like a solid dubbel, and the Hazelnut Brown Ale sounds like an interesting twist on the classic nut brown ale. If you...
Rock M Nation Sep 27, 2014

Saturday Live Thread: Royals Baseball and College Football

Royals make the playoffs for the first time since 1985. So the Royals, huh? Go ahead and list all the [things] since 1985, when the Royals last made the Playoffs, you know you want to. More from our team sites Kansas City Royals blog Royals Review Since the Royals last made the playoffs ... - SBNation.com ... a whole lot has happened and changed in Major League Baseball. The best reactions to the Royals clinching a post-season spot - Royals Review The internets have spoken, and we listened. Finally Royal - Kansas City nails down playoff spot with 3-1 win...
Rock M Nation Sep 26, 2014

Missouri at South Carolina preview: Line play and quarterbacks should tell the tale

With good line play and a nice game from Maty Mauk, Missouri will give itself a chance to win at South Carolina. But at home, the Gamecocks have the clear edge. Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Missouri at South Carolina Record APRank F/+ Rk S&P+ Rk Off. S&P+ Rk Def. S&P+ Rk Missouri 3-1 26 28 33 28 South Carolina 3-1 13 23 23 9 47 South Carolina 32, Missouri 28 (Mizzou: 36% chance of winning) Missouri and South Carolina have taken drastically different roads to 3-1. One faced a schedule that was neither cakey nor brutal, looking excellent in two wins...
Rock M Nation Sep 26, 2014

Net Results 9-26-14: Previewing the weekend in Volleyball and Soccer

VolleyZou opens SEC play with a weekend home-stand, and Soccer heads out to the east coast After a 1-1 finish last weekend in Coral Gables, Missouri Volleyball opens conference play with a two-game set with Mississippi State and Tennessee on the schedule for this weekend. The Tigers haven't lost a conference opener since 2011, when they fell to Iowa State on the road in three sets. On the soccer pitch, Missouri soccer will take their seven match unbeaten streak on the road to take on #5 South Carolina and #15 Florida. It'll be just the second and third ranked opponent Mizzou will have faced...
Rock M Nation Sep 26, 2014

Mizzou Links: Run the ball, defend the run, and #BeatSCAR

Today's watercooler is tired of talking about Andrew Baggett's kick last year, instead it's concerned about the running game on first/second downs and snaps and ... what year is it again? What's On Gary Pinkel Press Conference Mizzou vs. South Carolina Mizzou's Baggett moves past last year's costly miss : Dave Matter Tessitore’s presence should have signaled that something wild was going to unfold in Mizzou’s homecoming game. His ESPN assignments always seem to end with a memorable play, usually in overtime. He called Missouri’s 2011 loss at Arizona State, when Gary...
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014

Missouri at South Carolina: Can the Gamecock defense find its misplaced aggression?

South Carolina's defense has made fewer disruptive plays than anybody in the country through four games. For Missouri's sake, hopefully we're still saying that after five games. Last week at Football Outsiders, I wrote a piece about the Havoc Rate measure people were enjoying. In it were tidbits like... Missouri's defensive line alone had a Havoc Rate of 11.7%, best in the country among lines and better than 22 entire defenses. South Carolina's entire defense had a rate of just 7.5%, easily the worst in the country. Only Texas Tech was within a percentage point of the Gamecocks. Through...
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014
Pregamin' South Carolina

Pregamin' South Carolina

WAAAAYYYYYLP, it's gettin' about time for them Tigers to head on over to the "other" Columbia. They got the Head Ball Coach right in the eye, doesn't he know ya can't make eye-contact with a predator? WHO: Missouri Tigers @ South Carolina Gamecocks WHAT: Runnin' the ball a little bit. Passin' the ball a little bit. Playin' a bit of defense. WHEN: Saturday, September 27 – 6:00pm CT WHERE: Inside of a Sandstorm, Williams-Brice Stadium 1125 George Rogers Blvd. Columbia, SC 29201 TELEVISION: ESPN GAMEDAAAAYYYYYYYY and WatchESPN (of the useless variety) Williams-Brice Stadium sometimes...
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014

Film Room: Examining Mizzou's Boom or Bust defense vs Indiana

Today's Film Room suffered from just about as much lack of focus and follow through as Mizzou did last Saturday, but we struggled through because South Carolina is around the corner Mizzou lost to Indiana last week. As the saying goes, "you can't let Indiana beat you twice" and in order to do that I decided to look at how Mizzou defended the screen since I'm fairly confident South Carolina will make use of it on Saturday. Indiana did some pretty incredible things against Mizzou Has a team ever converted just 1 of 14 third downs and still won, on the road to a ranked team no less? — Dave...
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014

Missouri heads to South Carolina in search of a bounce back

GameDay is in Columbia East for Saturday's battle between No. 13 South Carolina and a Missouri team desperate for a rebound after last week's upset loss to Indiana. The Tigers and Gamecocks kick off at 6:00 p.m. CT on ESPN. Despite the result of this past Saturday, when Missouri looked bad and lost to Indiana while South Carolina looked almost as bad and flirted with losing to Vanderbilt, ESPN's College Gameday is coming to town for Mizzou-SC regardless. Today, Missouri released its depth chart for Saturday. #Mizzou's depth chart for Game No. 5 - at South Carolina....
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014

Missouri at South Carolina: Gamecocks' offense goes for power and vertical passing

Steve Spurrier figures out what you can't defend and kills you with it. What does that mean for Missouri's defense against the Gamecocks? And can the Mizzou line provide the push it needs for the Tigers to pull off the road win? It is perhaps one of my more gauche sayings, but I like to call Steve Spurrier the ultimate scab picker. Some offensive coaches have a specific philosophy for how they want to move the ball; others, like Spurrier, just want to figure out what you can't stop. If that means power rushing, so be it. If a quarterback needs to air it out downfield, that's fine. If, in...
Rock M Nation Sep 25, 2014

Mizzou Links: Rush Defense, South Carolina and the Legend of Connor Shaw

The watercooler is cranking Sandstorm while getting into heated debates about Mizzou's rush defense with our without Markus Golden. Meanwhile the spectre of last year's loss rears its ugly head, and Volleyball is getting into SEC play this weekend. What's On Just play this for the next 48 hours straight to get ready darude - sandstorm — Michael Fairchild (@mpfairchild) September 25, 2014 LIVE CHAT Due to Friday travel plans, we'll be having our Behind the Stripes live chat tomorrow at 1 p.m.- http://t.co/ZvrACDwaBn. — David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) September 24, 2014 ...
Rock M Nation Sep 24, 2014
Anthrascience: Surviving South Carolina

Anthrascience: Surviving South Carolina

The Tigers travel to one of the most hostile environments they'll play in all year, where they'll attempt to pull off an upset under the bright lights of the College Gameday spotlight. If they want to emerge victorious from the battle of two Columbias, they'll need to focus on this scientifically proven key to winning the game. As you may or may not be aware, the Missouri Tigers dropped their final non-conference game of the season, falling to the Indiana Hoosiers 31-27. While this may not have been the most likely outcome, it was certainly a possibility. The contributing factors to this...
Rock M Nation Sep 24, 2014
Mizzou Links: Brown and Coffman find jobs, and Boehm vows to fix snaps

Mizzou Links: Brown and Coffman find jobs, and Boehm vows to fix snaps

Today's Watercooler celebrates Jabari Brown finally finding job, even if it's on the Laker's training camp roster. Chase Coffman is back on the Titans' roster, too. Closer to home the offensive line changes are being hashed out, Boehm claims the snaps shouldn't be an issue vs South Carolina and a Mizzou alum is on the playoff committee. What's On Mizzou Soccer beats LSU Former Tigers - Jabari Brown, SHELDON, and Chase Coffman MUTIGERS.COM Jabari Brown Signed To Lakers Training Camp Roster - Official Athletic Site Official Athletic Site - Men's Basketball The Los Angeles Lakers...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2014

Player of the Week: Bud Sasser

Going into the season, most Missouri fans worried about who would be catching Maty Mauk's passes. Four games in, it would seem that we have an answer. Last week, I highlighted the beginnings of a breakout season for Michael Scherer. This week, I'll be doing the same, but for someone on the other side of the ball. (What's with all the potential breakout seasons, anyway? I thought Mizzou was supposed to be awful, especially after last weekend.) ANYWAY, much like Scherer is racking up tackles on the defensive side of things, Bud Sasser is collecting receiving yardage at a startling rate....
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2014

Indiana 31, Missouri 27: Beyond the box score

Indiana beat Missouri on first down and (unexpectedly) in the trenches, and it allowed the Hoosiers to pull off a pretty big upset. Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Or just skip to the words. I won't be offended. (Okay, I'll only be a little offended.) Indiana 31, Missouri 27 Indiana Missouri Indiana Missouri STANDARD DOWNS Close % 100.0% Success Rate 54.1% 39.0% Leverage % 73.5% 72.0% PPP 0.80 0.91 S&P 0.593 0.493 TOTAL EqPts 29.8 28.2 PASSING DOWNS Close Success Rate 43.4% 41.5% Success Rate 13.6% 47.8% Close...
Rock M Nation Sep 23, 2014

Mizzou Links: Injuries, South Carolina and recruiting Thomas Bryant

Today's watercooler begins with the Edwards Jones interview (product placement!) of Shane Ray then finds Gary Pinkel, Bud Sasser and Darvin Ruise at Buffalo Wild Wings (product placement!). Anthony Gatti (out for the season) plus Darius White and Morgan Steward are out for South Carolina, meaning some changes to the depth chart. Also, basketball is working hard to land a big name recruit. What's On: Shane Ray Tiger Talk: Bud Sasser and Darvin Ruise join Mike Kelly and Gary Pinkel Injuries and Depth Charts Missouri left guard Anthony Gatti’s season, college career end with torn ACL...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2014
SEC Power Poll: Roll Damn Tide

SEC Power Poll: Roll Damn Tide

At the conference HQ, Team Speed Kills, we've been power-ranking the SEC. Here's this week's ballot. 1. Alabama – It's Amari Cooper's world, we're just livin' in it. 2. Texas A&M – Please, Aggies, I implore you, shift into hyper-speed during your first drive and keep your foot on the gas until Bert's head asplodes. I don't even really need you to win, I just want to see his face turn a deeper red than his Arkansas garb. 3. Auburn – Looked about as underwhelming in a win as a team possibly can. Traveling to Kansas will do that to you, though. 4. Ole Miss – Dr. Bo taking a...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2014
Tim Fuller: Ace Recruiter

Tim Fuller: Ace Recruiter

When Tim Fuller was brought to Missouri, he was called an "ace recruiter" by many. What does it mean to have an "ace recruiter" on staff at a place like Missouri? In 2011 when Frank Haith was hired at Missouri, he ended up hiring an old friend to be his top assistant. Since then that friend, Missouri assistant coach Tim Fuller, has been a fantastic ambassador for Missouri Basketball. He's smart, intense and extremely likable (he even followed me on twitter!) Fuller has also helped to shape the future of the program, even with his friend and mentor Haith moving on. From the moment he was...
Rock M Nation Sep 22, 2014

Mizzou Links: "Come to Jesus" Week, Gameday, and Maclin's big game

Jeremy Maclin gets fired up after a win, Mitch Morse makes guarantees, and College Gameday visits the wrong Columbia for Mizzou vs South Carolina this week. And Mizzou turns 175. Jeremy Maclin - 8 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD Loud but safe for work: Always appreciate this kind of info: @jmac_18 is just the 8th receiver in NFL history to have at least 55 catches, and 750 yards in their first 4 season. @rockmnation — Rittedo (@DeeRitt27) September 22, 2014 Highlights HIGHLIGHT: Mizzou vs Indiana Fake Punt, Brantley carries for 10 yds HIGHLIGHT: Mizzou vs Indiana Shane Ray QB Sack for...

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