October 31, 2006

Breaking down the Missouri Tiger offense

Who: Missouri Tigers
School Location: Columbia, Missouri
School Colors: Old Gold and Black
2006 Record: 7-2 overall, 3-2 overall
National Ranking: No. 25
Big 12 (North Division)

Head Coach: Gary Pinkel (Kent, 1975): In sixth season at Missouri (36-32, 2-3 vs. Nebraska)
Offensive Coordinator: Dave Christensen

When: Saturday, Nov. 4, 2006, 11 a.m. (CDT)
Where: Memorial Stadium - Tom Osborne Field

Radio: Host Communications
Series Record: Nebraska leads 62-34-3
Base Offensive Formation: Spread

Field General: The catalyst of the Missouri offense is sophomore quarterback Chase Daniel (6-2, 220). He ranks No. 7 nationally in total offense, averaging 290 yards per game. Daniel is passing for an average of 254 yards every Saturday and has completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,287 yards and 19 touchdowns. Although he's not the running threat that former Tiger QB Brad Smith was, Daniel is the team's second leading rusher, averaging 36 yards a game.

Running The Football: The Tigers are ranked eighth in the Big 12 and No. 42 nationally in rushing offense with an average of 155 yards per game. Junior Tony Temple (5-9, 190) is Mizzou's top rusher, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. On the season, he's tallied nearly 700 net yards and scored three touchdowns.

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