September 16, 2007

Tiger grade card

The Missouri Tigers moved to 3-and-0 on the season with a 52-24 win over the Western Michigan Broncos. It was the largest margin of victory for the Tigers, but was it their best game? PowerMizzou.com hands out its week three grades.

Quarterback

Chase Daniel said he didn't play very well. Gary Pinkel said he was "kind of embarrassed" to say it, but Daniel has played better games. Still, the junior put up 388 total yards and three touchdowns, which sure isn't a bad day's work. He did throw two picks and he held on to the ball a little too long a couple of times resulting in sacks. Kind of strange for nearly 400 yards to be an average day, but that's what it is for Daniel at this point. Chase Patton played very well in his time on the field.

Final Grade: C+

Offensive Line

Temple did not have gaping holes, but there was room to run. The 19-yard touchdown run by Maclin was perfectly blocked. The only two sacks were more on Daniel than they were on the line. Overall, maybe not as dominating an effort as they turned in at Ole Miss, but far, far better than what they did against Illinois.

Final Grade: A-

Defensive Line

Yes, Western Michigan ran for 132 yards, but they took 38 carries to do it. If the Tigers can hold teams to 3.5 per carry, that will serve them well throughout the season. In addition, for the first time this year, the Tigers seemed to wreak a little havoc with the pass rush. We noticed Stryker Sulak more today than in the previous two games combined. The other three starting linemen each made plays at times and we noticed Charles Gaines making some solid contributions for the first time as a Tiger as well.

Final Grade: B

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