Thursday, October 23, 2008

From Penthouse To Outhouse In 8 Days

Tigers fall into outhouseIn just eight short days the Missouri Tigers have went from the penthouse to the outhouse. We saw the Texas Longhorns knock off the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday afternoon October 11th. At that point in time the Missouri Tigers were a win against the Oklahoma State Cowboys away from being the #1 team in the land. Chase Daniel also had a chance to stretch his lead on the Heisman trophy race. We all know what happened by now, the Cowboys shut down the Tigers, and the defense once again was bitten by the big play. Oklahoma State was able to put up 28 points and 402 total yards in rout to a 28-23 shocking win over the TIgers.

Flash forward to tonight. The Tigers were heading down to Texas to play the #1 ranked Longhorns. If the Tigers could knock off the Longhorns deep in the heart of Texas, Missouri would be right back in the National Championship hunt. A Tigers win would also mean a big night for Chase Daniel and possibly gaining some votes back over Colt McCoy. Well the Tigers were destroyed Saturday night 56-31 by the more talented and better coached Longhorns. Before you could even say "National Championship" the Longhorns were up 14-0 and they did not stop there. Shortly before halftime it was 35-0 Texas. What has happened? What could have went so horribly wrong with these Tigers?

Well it is pretty easy to figure out the Tigers defense is simply not good enough to help this team contend with the Big boys. What an awful effort on Saturday night. The Longhorns had 592 total yards of offense. The Tigers never even came close to stopping them in the first half. The numbers were staggering. Texas was 10 of 12 on 3rd down conversions. Colt McCoy at one time completed 17 straight passes, a new Texas record. Colt McCoy completed 91% of his passes on the evening for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns. On a night that Chase Daniel was 31 of 41 for 315 yards and 2 touchdowns he was not even a factor. The game was over before they started heating up.

It was a short sad eight days for the 2008 Missouri Tigers. The best Tiger team in 30+ years will just be a memory after this week. This team has thrown everything away. Sure they can still win the Big 12 Championship but who really believes that is possible? The Tigers sure don't.



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