September 17, 2008

Tigers say offense can still improve

The compliments being lobbed the way of the Missouri offense are many these days. Buffalo coach Turner Gill this week said Mizzou was the best offensive team the Bulls had faced in his time at the helm. He also said it was the best offense in the country. And why wouldn't he? He has the statistics to back him up. But Gary Pinkel wants to put the brakes on such talk.

"Trust me, things will balance out a little bit," Pinkel said. "We play good teams and we'll have our tough days and we'll have our times where we'll have to overcome adversity."

The Tigers are leading the nation at 57.67 points per game and also tops with 597.33 total yards per outing. They rank in the top 25 both running and throwing the football. The Tigers have scored on their last 13 possessions with starting quarterback Chase Daniel in the game. Even a coach has to admit, the offensive performance has been impressive thus far.

"Why is it different than maybe last year or the year before?" Pinkel asked. "I think just experience. All these guys have played all these years and that experience pays off."

And so far, no one has been able to stop that offense. For the first time in school history, the Tigers have topped 50 points three weeks in a row. And yet, they insist they can be better.

"There are things to learn on every single play," Pinkel said. "It's over with. No one really cares. Focus on the next game."

That means Buffalo at 1:00 on Saturday.

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