October 28, 2006

Tiger notebook: Daniel on the run

Non-existent ground game

The Missouri tailbacks combined to run the ball seven times on Saturday for a grand total of one yard. The Tigers did not have a tailback carry the ball a single time after halftime, though Chase Daniel did run 14 times in the final two quarters, for 54 yards.

Part of that was the dominance of the Oklahoma run defense in the first half, but part was due to an injury to starter Tony Temple.

"First of all, Tony dislocated his shoulder," said Gary Pinkel. "They said he could play, but I'm not, a running back that dislocated his shoulder and had to hold on to the football, it didn't make sense to do that. We made a decision not to play him in the second half."

The injury to Temple actually turned out to be a strained left shoulder, and is not expected to keep him out of next week's game at Nebraska. More problematic is a Tiger running attack that did absolutely nothing on the Sooners. Outside of Daniel, only one running play got more than a yard beyond the line of scrimmage, and that resulted in a fumble by Temple on the last of his three carries.

Temple was unavailable for comment after the game.

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