December 5, 2006

Ten plays that shaped the season

10. 4th and 1 streak buster

Missouri fans could see it happening again. The Tigers just weren't meant to beat Kansas State. A defensive touchdown had the Wildcats up on Missouri 7-3 and K-State was at the one-yard line looking to add more. On its seventh play inside the Tiger 10, James Johnson was stuffed by Tommy Chavis. The Tiger offense went 99 yards to take the lead and the Cats never threatened again. Streak over.

9. Wolfert's 53-yard kick

At the beginning of the season, Jeff Wolfert was a name no one knew. By mid-season, he had become the most reliable player on the team. In the waning moments of the first half at Nebraska, Wolfert hit a 53-yard field goal (it would have been good from at least 54). While the kick did not spark a comeback or give the Tigers a chance to win the game, it did show that Missouri had a kicker it could rely on…welcome news in the Pinkel regime. The last time Wolfert missed a kick of any time was in week two.

8. Daniel's five touchdowns

Chase Daniel's debut was not just the best first game of any Tiger quarterback. It was one of the best games by a Tiger quarterback, period. The sophomore completed 23-of-32 passes for 320 yards in the first start of his career against Murray State. Five of his completions went for touchdowns, the first time a Tiger quarterback had ever done that in a game. It was a sign of things to come. Daniel's sophomore season surpassed any reasonable expectation set before the season.

7. Temple lowers the boom

Missouri ended its three years of frustration against Kansas in a big way, with a resounding 42-17 win in the season's final week. No play symbolized the utter domination as much as Tony Temple lowering his head and running over Jayhawk safety Justin Thornton. As Temple picked up an extra couple of yards, Thornton's helmet flew backwards about eight feet. Message delivered.



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