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Sustainable Excellence Initiative
By: Dara Miller, Student Assistant SID
Colorado-Missouri Notes
Release: October 31, 2009

Colorado Notes

Quickly   Colorado is now 2-6, 1-3 in the Big 12; CU is now 2-1 in black jerseys/gold pants and 2-1-1 in Halloween Homecoming games (61-29-5 all-time on HC) ... Missouri's touchdown on its first possession was the fourth by an opponent this year on the first drive, but the first in four Big 12 games; CU has allowed two field goals with two three-and-outs the other four times ... The last safety suffered by Colorado before today was at Kansas last year when Cody Hawkins was sacked in the end zone (Tyler Hansen was sacked in the EZ today) ...  PK Aric Goodman's 48-yard field goal in the second quarter ended a run of 139 straight points in the series by Missouri ... CU had four punt returns for 13 yards, while obviously not spectacular, Mizzou came in allowing 11 yards on 11 returns, or 1.0 per ... The Tigers had 306 yards in the first half but just 94 in the second ... CU has been especially stingy in the third quarter this year, allowing 564 yards in eight games, or just 70.5 yards ... The 71-yard TD play (Gabbert to Alexander) was the third 70-yard play this year against CU ... The eight sacks by Missouri were the most against the Buffs since 1984, when Iowa State had eight in a 23-21 CU win at Folsom,

WR Scotty McKnight (9-104, 0 TD) He extended his regular season streak to 32 games with at least one reception; this was also his third career 100-yard game of his career.   With nine receptions, he zoomed from sixth to third all-time in career catches with 139, passing Javon Green (136), Rae Carruth (135) and Derek McCoy (134); he also closed to within a yard of Daniel Graham (1,543) for seventh all-time in receiving yards with 1,542.

SS BENJAMIN BURNEY Burney scored CU's first non-offensive touchdown of the 2009 season with his 78-yard interception return in the third quarter.  It was the 14th longest INT return in school history, and the longest since teammate Marcus Burton rambled 99 yards with one at Oklahoma State in 2005. CU's last interception return for a score was Cha'pelle Brown's 27-yard effort against Eastern Washington on Sept. 6, 2008.  It was Burney's third career interception, his second this year and first he has returned for a score; it was CU's 45th non-offensive TD dating back to 1999, tied for the 13th most in the NCAA.

THIRD DOWN SCROOGES AT FOLSOM  The four opponents that have visited Folsom Field are just 17-of-65 on third down (26.2%) after Missouri went 5-of-16 today.  The season average remained solid as well (37-of-114, 32.5%).  Opponents are now 1-of-17 (5.9%) on third downs inside the Buff 20; Missouri was 0-of-4.

TE RIAR GEER (2-19 0 TD)  He now has 81 career receptions, moving into fourth all-time for tight ends at CU (passing Jon Embree and Joe Klopfenstein, both of whom had been tied for fourth with 80).

COLORADO INJURIES  From today: WR Anthony Wright (knee injury); will undergo an MRI, but is definitely out for next week (Texas A&M).  DE Nick Kasa (illness; did not play today, out next week as well); SS Benjamin Burney (shoulder bruise), returned to game and probable for A&M.  Older: TB Darrell Scott (knee) is considered doubtful for A&M by CU trainer Miguel Rueda, and if not, could be ready for Iowa State.


Missouri Notes

1st Quarter

  • OFFENSIVE STARTERS (2009 Starts/Career Starts) - RG Kurtis Gregory (8th / 36th), C Tim Barnes (8th / 22nd), LT Elvis Fisher (8th / 22nd), RT Dan Hoch (8th / 8th), LG Austin Wuebbels (8th / 8th), WR Jared Perry (8th / 24th), WR Danario Alexander (8th / 11th), TB Derrick Washington (8th / 22nd), QB Blaine Gabbert (8th / 8th), WR Wes Kemp (8th / 8th), WR Jerrell Jackson (3rd / 3rd)...
  • DEFENSIVE STARTERS - LB Sean Weatherspoon (8th / 36th), CB Carl Gettis (8th / 32nd), NOSE Jaron Baston (8th / 22nd), CB Kevin Rutland (8th / 8th), LB Andrew Gachkar (8th / 8th), DT Dominique Hamilton (7th / 7th), S Jasper Simmons (7th / 7th), DE Aldon Smith (7th / 7th), DE Brian Coulter (5th / 6th), S Jarrell Harrison (3rd / 3rd), LB Will Ebner (2nd / 2nd)...
  • The Tigers got the opening kick and drove 80 yards on 11 plays (4:27 TOP) to take a 7-0 lead on Derrick Washington's 1-yard TD run.  It marked the first time this season that Mizzou has scored a TD on its game-opening possession, and only the 3rd time in 8 games in which it's tallied points on its initial drive.  See sidebar on page 10 of MU game notes for a game-by-game breakdown...
  • Washington had 5 rushes for 30 yards on the opening drive, and the TD was his 4th of the season and 22nd of his career.  Mizzou converted 2-of-2 on third downs on the drive...
  • After allowing game-opening TD drives to opponents in 3 of its last 4 games, the Tiger defense forced a CU punt after one first down...
  • The Tigers made it a 14-0 lead just 3 plays later when Gabbert hit WR Danario Alexander on a 73-yard TD pass on a 3rd-and-3 from its own 27 yardline.  On the play, Alexander moved into 7th place on the MU career receiving yardage list, with 1,783 after the play.  He entered the game with 1,698 career receiving yards, which put him 9th on the chart coming in.  The TD reception was the 14th of Alexander's career, which moved him into a tie for 5th alltime at MU with former great Mel Gray.  See sidebar on page 13 of MU game notes for details...
  • The TD pass was the 14th of the season for Gabbert, and it was the first time MU has had a TD pass in the 1st quarter since game #3 vs. Furman (Gabbert had 2 to WR Jared Perry in the 1st quarter of that game).  It was the 1st 1st-quarter TD pass against a FBS opponent since game #1 against Illinois (Gabbert-to-Kemp)...
  • Shortly thereafter Gabbert hit Alexander on a 2-yard TD pass at the 2:40 mark to make it 21-0.  It was a complete 180 from the previous week when the Tigers faced a 21-0 1st-quarter deficit to Texas.  It also marks the 2nd straight year that Mizzou has held a 21-0 lead against Colorado...
  • Mizzou had scored only 33 total points in the 1st quarter in its previous 7 games this year...

2nd Quarter

  • Alexander eclipsed the 100-yard mark with a 14-yard catch early in the quarter.  That gives him 4 100-yard receiving games for the season.  Other 100-yard games in 2009 for Alexander included 132 vs. Illinois (10 catches), 170 at Nevada (9 catches, 2 TDs), and 180 at Oklahoma State (9 catches, 1 TD)...
  • PK Grant Ressell added a 29-yard FG with 8:42 to play for a 24-0 lead.  The FG came after DE Jacquies Smith recovered a CU fumble.  It marked MU's first points off turnover since game #4 at Nevada.  The Tigers had gotten three opponent turnovers in the last three games, but scored no points off of those takeaways...
  • The defense pitched in again when it sacked CU's Tyler Hanson in the endzone for a safety to make it 26-0 with 8:32 to play.  It was a 7-yard loss and S Jarrell Harrison and LB Zaviar Gooden combined for the QB sack (1st career sack for both)...
  • The safety marked the first non special teams safety recorded by Mizzou since 2007, when Lorenzo Williams sacked Kansas' Todd Reesing for a safety.  Since then, MU had recorded two safeties (2008 vs. Buffalo, 2009 vs. Nebraska), but both were on punting plays...
  • The lead grew to 33-0 with 4:03 left when DE Jacquies Smith took a shovel pass from holder Forrest Shock on a fake field goal and rambled 24 yards for a TD.  It was the 2nd TD that Smith has scored this season, the other coming on a 43-yard interception return for a TD against Furman.  It was the first pass attempt of Shock's career...
  • CB Kevin Rutland had a nice sequence of plays when broke up a pass in the endzone and then came free for his first QB sack that pushed the ball back to the MU 31-yardline on 3rd down.  The Buffs had to settle for a 48-yard FG attempt, which they made with 1:07 left to make it 33-3...
  • The FG by Colorado broke a string of 139 consecutive points scored by MU in the series.  The Tigers scored the final 48 points of the 2007 game in Boulder (a 55-10 win), all 58 points in Columbia in 2008 (58-0 win) and the first 33 points today.  That marked a stretch of 136:03 in clock time between allowing CU scores...
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