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November 10, 2013

The Day After

Mizzou 48 Kentucky 17 from PowerMizzou on Vimeo.


  • Quarterback: Maty Mauk had the best game of his young career, completing 60-percent of his passes and throwing five touchdowns. Not only did he not throw an interception, but he didn't come close to forcing any throws that may have resulted in a turnover. GRADE: A
  • Running Back: Henry Josey's 86-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter skews thinks a bit, as the Tigers had 137 yards on 29 carries otherwise for 4.72 average. Still, it's the entire body of work, and Missouri's run game went for over 200 yards. GRADE: A
  • Receivers: It was much more of a solitary effort, as Dorial Green-Beckham turned in a record-breaking performance. But his day alone gets an A for the entire group, who made catches when they needed to.GRADE: A
  • Offensive Line: Mauk wasn't sacked for the second game. The running backs went for over 200 yards. The offensive line wasn't flagged in the entire game. Nothing to complain about. GRADE: A
  • Defensive Line: The defensive line registered seven sacks and Tennessee averaged 2.6 yards a rush because of that. The sack number skews the rest in a day that was good, but not its best. The screen game continues to be a head ache for the defensive line. GRADE: B
  • Linebackers: Andrew Wilson had a very good game and came up big with a forced fumble, but Missouri's linebackers seemed to lose receivers over the middle and that led to extended drives.. GRADE: B-
  • Secondary: Kentucky didn't get its passing game working downfield at all, and the secondary was good in run support. Duron Singleton had a very good game, seeing the most action of his career. No interceptions, but no big passing plays downfield, either. GRADE: B+
  • Special Teams: Not a good performance, on the whole. Christian Brinser had a 61-yard punt and dropped two of four inside the 20. But Marcus Murphy lost a fumble on a kick return and should have lost another if not for a penalty call, and that led to his benching. John Gibson had a 62-yard return in his place. Andrew Baggett continues to have issues as he missed a PAT and the staff elected to go for it on 4th-and-3 instead of attempting a 24-yard field goal while up 35-17. GRADE: C-
  • Coaching: All Missouri's coaching decisions paid off. Even the decision to go for it on that fourth-and-3 situation ended in a touchdown. Can't say anything bad in a 48-17 win in which there didn't seem to be any issues on the coaching side. GRADE: A

  • ***GAME AT A GLANCE***

  • Player of the Game: Mauk is deserving, but DGB had his best performance and made tough catches all day. It was the best day for a Missouri receiver in two years, maybe more.
  • Play of the Game: Levi Copelin broke through Kentucky's front on a punt and blocked the kick, giving the ball to Missouri on the four-yard line. The Tigers would score a play later and swung the game after a sluggish start.
  • It was over when...: Mauk's swing-pass to Josey went six yards for a touchdown. Missouri caught some breaks in this game, and Josey holding onto the ball just long enough to cross the goal line before losing it was one of them. It made the score 28-3 before halftime.
  • Reason to feel good: Seeing DGB realize his potential has to make any fan of Missouri feel good. He's always been a threat, but this is the first time he's completely taken over a game. Going forward, that kind of confidence is a huge advantage.
  • Cause for Concern: It's easy to say the kicking game, and that definitely remains a big cause for concern. But Missouri's defense continues to struggle with the screen game, and there doesn't seem to be an easy solution for this issue.
  • Up Next: Missouri is off next week before traveling to Ole Miss on Nov. 23.


  • How will Franklin look? James Franklin is expected to return as the starter against Ole Miss. By that time, he won have thrown a pass in a game in five weeks. He got some playing time against Kentucky -- five hand-offs -- and we all saw how rusty he was after basically missing two games last year. Maty Mauk is Missouri's ace in the pocket, and he'll still play some, but Franklin's return to form could separate this season from being great to something special.
  • Gotta stay healthy. Pinkel said Missouri was more dinged after this game. L'Damian Washington has an unspecified toe injury. DGB was in a walking boot with an ankle sprain, although he said it's nothing serious. Matt White and Ian Simon both came up gimpy. Missouri gets a week off, but the Tigers to get healthy and stay that way for a big stretch run.
  • The offensive line may be Pinkel's best. Missouri has had good offensive lines before, especially in 2007 and 2010. But this year, the unit has gelled and is dominating defenses at the line of scrimmage. They've gone two games without giving up a sack -- I know it's Tennessee and Kentucky, but that's still darn impressive. The OL is one of the biggest reasons why this team is so good this year..
  • Big recruiting week ahead. Missouri's coaches will be able to hit the road in earnest for the first time since the third week of the year. Think how much has changed since then. Mizzou has clout, and the staff is going to use it this week. It may not affect many 2014 recruits, but this week could be a huge step forward in the 2015 class.
  • Controlling destiny. Mizzou keeps winning and now it's a two-game season to decide the East. Yes, Missouri can lose one of the next two and still play for the SEC title should it end in a three-way tie. But Missouri's destiny comes down to two games, and the Tigers control it.

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