April 5, 2008

Offense comes through late in scrimmage

Nearly two hours into Missouri's first full scrimmage, little had been decided. The first-team offense and first-team defense had pretty much had their ways against backups on the other side of the ball and the sides were deadlocked at 52 points apiece under Gary Pinkel's scoring system.

The quarterback convinced the coach to give him one more shot and the top offense took over on the 35-yard line facing the number one defense. Daniel earned two first downs with four completions, the last on a tipped pass which was nabbed by Jeremy Maclin. On first down, Tommy Chavis pressured Daniel and forced him out of the pocket to the right. Daniel then stopped and threw back across his body downfield. As the ball floated inches above Justin Garrett's fingertips, Jared Perry made the catch at the ten-yard line, put on a move toward the sideline and danced in for the winning points in a 58-52 offensive triumph.

"I had a feeling he was gonna miss it," Perry said. "I thought it was going to go over his head, so I'm just going to sit here and wait for it."

While it may seem to be a minor matter, the competition that drives every Missouri practice is important to the players. The offense celebrated Perry's grab that gave them the right to wear the black jerseys for Tuesday's practice.



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