September 30, 2006

Tiger notebook: Tigers stampede the Buffs

In the last two weeks, the Missouri defense has stolen the show, bailing the offense out of subpar performances. This time, it was the offense's turn.

"They came out and executed their game plan real well," Lorenzo Williams said of the Colorado offense. "It was a little different seeing people run all down the field on us."

The Buffs put up 373 yards of total offense, 172 better than any other team had done against Missouri's previously top-ranked defense. But Missouri again never trailed because of an offense that put up touchdowns on its first two drives and held a 21-6 advantage at halftime.

"We were kind of sitting on the sideline, 'What is the defense doing?'" Martin Rucker said. "But still we just got to pick it up. I'm pretty sure times this season they've been saying, 'Man, what is the offense doing?'"

The offense was clicking in larger part thanks to Rucker and his counterpart at tight end, Chase Coffman. The duo combined for 97 yards on ten catches and three first-half touchdowns.

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