September 23, 2006

Tiger defense rises again in second half

There were no rah-rah speeches, no screaming, no thrown objects. But the Missouri defense had some choice words to say at halftime on Saturday afternoon.

The Ohio Bobcats, averaging just 257 yards a game in total offense, good for 103rd in the nation, coming into the game, had just gashed the Tigers' second-ranked defense for 157 yards in the first half. Ohio was controlling the clock and was down just 14-6.

"You know I always got something to say," said senior safety David Overstreet. "As soon as I got in the locker room, I told them we weren't playing Mizzou defense."

"It was some people kind of being out, being relaxed," said defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams. "We went in and we were like, 'we're not playing good Missouri defense right now.' We had to re-focus and turn it up.

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