Two Heisman candidates helped beat Mizzou

December 7, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Ndamukong Suh was involved in two Missouri turnovers. SOURCE: Chris Dunn/Missourian

Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy have been invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy presentation later this month.

Suh and McCoy both created headaches for Missouri this season. Suh had an interception, forced a fumble, and totaled six tackles (including one for loss) in the Huskers’ 27-12 comeback win over Mizzou in October.

McCoy threw 26 completions on 31 attempts for 269 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Tigers. Texas took a 35-7 halftime lead on the way to an easy 41-7 primetime win in Columbia.

Colt McCoy has led Texas to a 13-0 record. SOURCE: ESPN

Meanwhile, Nebraska prepares to play Arizona in the Holiday Bowl, while Texas will play Alabama in the national championship game.

The other Heisman candidates are Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, Alabama running back Mark Ingram and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.


Final Coaches’ Poll

December 7, 2009

By Sam Wilson

Missouri received votes from two coaches in the final Coaches’ Poll, Gary Pinkel and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo put Missouri in the top 25. The Tigers did not get any votes other than the one from their own coach and the vote from the coach they’ll face on New Year’s Eve.  USA Today has put together a graphic that lays out how all of the coaches in the poll voted. To see how Pinkel and other coaches voted, click here.


OFFICIAL: Mizzou vs. Navy in Texas Bowl

December 6, 2009

By Craig Thomas

The Missouri Tigers have accepted a bid to play in the Texas Bowl on Dec. 31. The Tigers (8-4) will face the Navy Midshipmen (8-4).

The Midshipmen still play Army next week. The Texas Bowl is in Houston on ESPN.

This will be Missouri’s fifth straight bowl appearance. The Tigers are 3-1 in that stretch.

The Texas Bowl got the last selection among Big 12 teams. Iowa State (6-6) was taken by the Insight Bowl.

Weatherspoon will play close to home – Sam Wilson

Texas Bowl still has unique benefits – Craig Thomas


– Best record among independents

– Game with Army next week in Philadelphia

– WINS: Louisiana Tech, Western Kentucky, Air Force, @ Rice, @ SMU, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Delaware

– LOSSES: @ Ohio State, @ Pitt, Temple, @ Hawaii


Big 12 Bowl confirmations

December 6, 2009

We’ll update throughout the day as we can:

As of 2:20 p.m.

COTTON BOWL – Oklahoma State

Zac Robinson will lead Oklahoma State against Ole Miss in the Cotton Bowl.

ALAMO BOWL – Texas Tech

SUN BOWL – Oklahoma


Horns hold on; what’s next for Mizzou?

December 5, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Texas just beat Nebraska 13-12 on a last-second field goal by Hunter Lawrence in the Big 12 title game. It had appeared that Missouri might slip up into the Sun Bowl, but that chance was essentially lost with the Texas win. It’s likely only one Big 12 team will make a BCS game. Here are the sure BCS teams:

ACC: Georgia Tech

Big East: Cincinnati

Big Ten: Ohio State

Big 12: Texas

Pac-10: Oregon

SEC: Alabama

The likely at-larges are: Florida, TCU, Boise State and Iowa

– Check back at ColumbiaMissourian.com tomorrow for all the bowl announcement information.


Bowl update: We’ll have to wait a little longer

December 4, 2009

If you haven’t seen it, click below for Sam’s story today regarding development of Mizzou’s bowl situation.

– Insight Bowl representative: Don’t believe all the Internet rumors you read.


Insight Bowl: Not sold on Mizzou?

December 2, 2009

By Craig Thomas

We’re starting to hear some rumors regarding Missouri’s bowl placement. The Tigers (8-4) are going to get an invitation, but nothing will be officially determined until Sunday. We’ll have something from Sunday at ColumbiaMissourian.com.

Until then, Dave Matter from the Tribune said an Insight Bowl rep said that the bowl was equally interested in Missouri and Iowa State (6-6). This comes despite Missouri’s ten-point win over the Cyclones less than two weeks ago.

Iowa State played in the Insight Bowl several years ago and brought 20,000 fans (a generally good amount), according to the article. However, the Cyclones had not been to a bowl for nearly a quarter-century before that.

The Missourian will have coverage of bowl talks in the next few days, so keep checking back through Sunday when the announcement is made. We’ll be present at the announcement and we will talk to players then.

Earlier this week, Sam Wilson got statements from multiple bowl reps and he will have another story Friday on updates.