September 2, 2006

Daniel's debut a record setter

At one point during fall camp, Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said he almost expected Chase Daniel to be perfect.

The sophomore quarterback was not perfect in his first college start. But in the first half, he wasn't far off.

"First two (quarters)," Daniel said. "Not bad."

Most certainly not. At the break, Daniel was 15-for-19 with 215 yards and a school-record tying four touchdowns. For the night, he finished 23-for-32 for 320 yards and a stand-alone record five TD's. He played until just ten minutes remained in the game, much longer than many expected. But it was not, as some thought, to get the touchdown record, which Daniel said he was unaware of during the game.

"He just hasn't played a lot," Pinkel explained when asked why Daniel played so long in a blowout. "We needed to do that with him…Once he's experienced and has played in games, then it's easier. If that was Brad, for example, we'd have got him out probably in the middle of the third quarter."

"I'm not surprised," said William Franklin, who had four catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns, all in the first half. "I expect that night in and night out. Chase is a great quarterback. When you have two tight ends that draw coverages like they do, when you have me and Ek and Tommy on the outside, I expect that."

On many other nights, it might have been Temple who stole the show, rushing for a career-high 119 yards and showing off what many Tiger fans thought they would have been seeing for three years now.

"I was just doing what I was supposed to do," Temple said. "Chase, he took the show, him and Will Franklin. Actually, the whole team."

But it wasn't perfection. Mizzou did not score a touchdown in the third quarter and Daniel misfired on five of his 13 second half passes. With Ole Miss coming to town next Saturday morning, the Tigers know they'll have to be far better in a week.

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