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PHOTOS: Texas Bowl – Missouri vs. Navy

December 31, 2009

By Craig Thomas

“Team Missourian” has arrived at Reliant Stadium for today’s Mizzou vs. Navy game – the 4th Texas Bowl. Below are a few pics to check out.


Just for fun: Uniform check for Mizzou vs. Navy

December 30, 2009

In the Texas Bowl, Navy players will wear their special uniforms from the Army game. Missouri will wear an infrequently used combination of white on black.

Photos courtesy of the Washington Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch


PINKEL: Navy QB Dobbs tough to stop

December 28, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Coach Gary Pinkel addressed some of the things on his mind as he prepares the Tigers to play Navy in three days.

CONTAINING NAVY QB RICKY DOBBS: “You do the best you can. We put a couple of our best athletes at quarterback to simulate. He’s a great player. He makes that whole offense go. I don’t know if you can simulate it, percentage-wise, significant enough to get as good a look as you need.

“It’s an offense that you don’t see hardly ever, and it scares you.”

MU SECONDARY MUST STAY AWAKE DESPITE FEW PASS ATTEMPTS: “Well he’s a great thrower and they’ve had a lot of big plays. Thats the problem with the offense. That’s what they do (rushing) and that’s what they’re good at. As soon as you load up on the run they back off the line of scrimmage and hit big (passing) plays. That’s the great challenge that we have.”

JARED PERRY CAN PLAY: “He looked good today. Medical staff has released him. Now can he function? Once that happens, Can he play full speed? – Which he looked like he did well today. I was very happy for him. Looking at him today, he’ll play. How much he’ll play, he hasn’t practiced for a month. He has a lot of experience, hopefully he can use that experience to be ready to help us.”

Dobbs led the Midshipmen to a near-upset of Big Ten champ Ohio State in the season opener. SOURCE:

THE “FUTURE BOWL”: “It’s our last pads practice and we let the players that redshirted and the walk-ons scrimmage at the end, we call it the Future Bowl. So players had a good time.”


Jared Perry cleared for Texas Bowl participation

December 28, 2009

By Craig Thomas

Jared Perry can play against Navy (From

According to the MU athletic department, Missouri WR Jared Perry is healthy enough to play in Thursday’s Texas Bowl game against Navy. Perry has been practicing with the rest of the team.

Perry hurt his knee Nov. 14 against Kansas State and missed the rest of the regular season. He spent some time on crutches while the team prepared for its final games against Iowa State and Kansas. Pinkel said at the time that Perry’s progress would be evaluated during December.

This is great news for MU and the senior from La Marque, Texas, a town just 45 minutes from Houston. Perry, who started every game this year up until his injury, has 46 catches for 696 yards and 6 touchdowns this year (second on the team in every category behind Danario Alexander).


QB breaks record as Tigers’ bowl foe Navy beats Army, 17-3

December 13, 2009

By Craig Thomas

QB Ricky Dobbs has carried Navy to a berth in the Texas Bowl against Missouri.

Missouri fans got their last chance Saturday to get a preview of the Tigers’ bowl opponent, Navy. In Philadelphia, the Midshipmen (9-4) beat the Army Black Knights 17-3, their eighth straight win in that rivalry.

Navy QB Ricky Dobbs proved his running ability once again, as his one-yard run in the fourth quarter helped put the game out of Army’s reach. That score gave him 29 rushing TDs for the year, the most by a quarterback in NCAA history. It broke the record set by Florida’s Tim Tebow two years ago.

Dobbs had 113 yards rushing on 33 carries.

True to Navy’s typical form, the Midshipmen passed only seven times. One of Dobbs’ three completions went for a third-quarter touchdown. This of course would suggest a markedly different defensive assignment to what the Tigers (8-4) are used to facing.

Navy now has just under three weeks to prepare for Missouri. The Midshipmen and Tigers meet in the Texas Bowl on New Year’s Eve (2:30 p.m.) in Houston.


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