MISSOURI TIGERS Game #2 • Missouri Tigers (1-0) vs. Clemson Tigers (1-0) Sept. 9, 2000 • 2:30 p.m. CST • Clemson Memorial Stadium (Death Valley) • Clemson, S.C.
Tues. Sept. 5 – Wed. Sept. 6 – Fri. Sept. 8 – Fri. Sept. 8 –
Football Press Luncheon Volleyball: at UMKC, 7:00 p.m. Soccer: at Ohio State, 2:00 p.m. Volleyball: Tiger Invitational; vs. Morgan State, 11:00 a.m. vs. TCU, 7:00 p.m. Sat. Sept. 9 – Football: at Clemson, 2:30 p.m. Sat. Sept 9 – Volleyball: Tiger Invitational; vs. Arkansas State, 2:00 p.m. vs. Marquette, 7:00 p.m. Sun. Sept. 10 – Soccer: at Michigan, noon
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THIS WEEK’S GAME AT A GLANCE KICKOFF: 2:30 p.m. CST SITE: Clemson, S.C.; Clemson Memorial Stadium (Death Valley); (capacity 81,473 – grass). RADIO: Tiger Network (Mike Kelly/John Kadlec/Chris Gervino), on nearly 60 stations, and the internet at www.mutigers.com. Also available by calling Teamline at 1-800-8464700, ext. 5755. TV: ABC Sports (Regional) – Sean Grande/David Norrie RANKINGS: Clemson is ranked No. 17 in the A.P. Poll and 19th USA Today/Coaches Poll. SERIES RECORD: Clemson leads the all-time series 2-1. HEAD COACHES: Missouri – Larry Smith, 31-38-1 at MU (7th season); 141-118-7 overall (24th season). Clemson – Tommy Bowden, 7-6 at Clemson (2nd season), 25-10 overall (4th season). TICKETS: Contact the MU ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS
COVERING MISSOURI FOOTBALL PRACTICES: Missouri practices usually begin at 3:30 p.m. and end around 5:30 p.m. Practices on Monday and Tuesday are open to the media. Practices on Wednesday, Thursday and the walkthrough on Friday are CLOSED to all media. Photographers and TV crews that need to shoot practices will be allowed to do so for the first 20 minutes of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. They are asked to stay off of the playing field, including the end zones. A member of the media relations staff will be on hand at each practice from start to finish. MEDIA LUNCHEON: Larry Smith hosts a media luncheon each Tuesday in the Athletic Dining Hall. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m., and Smith’s interview session begins at 12 p.m. It is available via teleconference through the services of Premiere Conferencing. Call 719/457-2664 to access the teleconference. COACH LARRY SMITH: Appears at 10:40 a.m. each Monday on the Big 12 coaches briefing. Call 913/981-5507 to be connected. Smith is also available following each practice Monday though Thursday. Out-of-town reporters may schedule interviews with Smith on Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 1:30-2:30 p.m. by contacting SID Jeremy McNeive in advance. Coach Smith will return phone calls during that period. PLAYERS: Available at the Tuesday media luncheons and Wednesday during the lunch hour, 11:30-1:00 p.m. Player requests for the Tuesday luncheon must be submitted to the Media Relations Office by NOON on Monday. Out-of-town reporters may arrange intereviews with MU players by contacting the Media Relations Office. Players will return phone calls during the lunch hour on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. VIDEO SERVICES: Coach Smith’s Tuesday press luncheon is available “live” on satellite. The coordinates are Telstar 5, Transponder 25. Please credit Tiger Vision. Missouri highlights are available as part of the Big 12 satellite feed from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. The coordinates are Galaxy 3, Transponder 3.
MISSOURI GAME NOTES 2 MISSOURI SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Dec. 4
WESTERN ILLINOIS ____ W 50-20. at Clemson ____________ 2:30 p.m. MICHIGAN STATE ______ 6:00 p.m. at Nebraska OKLAHOMA STATE KANSAS at Texas at Iowa State COLORADO at Baylor KANSAS STATE Big 12 Championship at Kansas City, Mo.
CLEMSON SCHEDULE Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 18
THE CITADEL ___________ W 38-0 MISSOURI WAKE FOREST at Virginia at Duke NORTH CAROLINA STATE MARYLAND at North Carolina GEORGIA TECH at Florida State SOUTH CAROLINA
BIG 12 STANDINGS NORTH DIVISION Kansas State Iowa State MISSOURI Nebraska Colorado Kansas
LEAGUE 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
OVERALL 2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1
SOUTH DIVISION Texas Tech Baylor Oklahoma Oklahoma State Texas Texas A&M
LEAGUE 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0
OVERALL 2-0 1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-1
SATURDAY, SEPT. 9 Nebraska at Notre Dame Arkansas State at Oklahoma Wyoming at Texas A&M Colorado at Southern California UNLV at Iowa State MISSOURI at CLEMSON Oklahoma State at Tulsa Louisiana-Lafayette at Texas North Texas at Texas Tech All times are Central Time.
MISSOURI PREPARED FOR TRIP TO DEATH VALLEY The Missouri Tigers will make their first trip in school history to Clemson, S.C. on Saturday to take on the 17thranked Clemson Tigers (1-0) in Death Valley. Missouri is coming off of its fourth straight season-opening victory with a 50-20 win over Western Illinois. Clemson opened the 2000 campaign with a 38-0 shutout of the The Citadel. THE MISSOURI-CLEMSON SERIES Missouri and Clemson will meet for the fourth time on Saturday afternoon. It will be the first game played between the two teams in Clemson, S.C. Two of the match-ups took place in Columbia while the other game took place in Jacksonville, Fla. in the 1949 Gator Bowl. Clemson leads the all-time series 21. In 1949, Clemson edged Mizzou in the Gator Bowl by a score of 24-23. In 1950, Clemson shutout Missouri in Columbia, 34-0. It wasn’t until 1996 when the two teams got back together. This time, the Missouri Tigers, a heavy underdog, pulled off a dominant upset by a score of 38-24. Mizzou racked up 445 yards of total offense – 292 of those yards were on the ground. Trailing 7-0 after the first quarter, Missouri put on a second quarter blitz. Devin West (13 carries, 98 yards) broke off a 28-yard touchdown run and quarterback Corby Jones found wide receiver Eddie Brooks for a 25-yard scoring strike as Mizzou led 17-7 at halftime. Walk-on tight end Mitch Henderson was on the scoring end of a 10-yard pass from Jones to give MU a 24-7 advantage after three quarters. In the fourth stanza, Clemson got the offense rolling, scoring 17 points in the quarter, but Missouri answered with two more scoring drives to put Clemson away. SCOUTING THE CLEMSON TIGERS Following a 6-6 campaign in 1999 and a trip to the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, the Clemson Tigers entered the 2000 season nationally-ranked and with a ton of experience. The Tigers return eight starters on both sides of the football from a year
ago. Second-year Head Coach Tommy Bowden has hit team ranked No. 17 in this weeks Associated Press poll following a 38-0 win over The Citadel last Saturday. Clemson’s offense registered 458 total yards (236 rushing, 222 passing) while the Tigers defense allowed just 105 total yards. Junior quarterback Woodrow Dantzler is regarded as one of the most dangerous signal callers in the country. In 1999, Dantzler was ranked 31st in the nation in passing efficiency with a 131.68 figure. In his career, Dantzler has thrown just six interceptions in 235 pass attempts. Against The Citadel, the 5-11, 200pound Orangeburg, S.C. native was near perfect. Dantzler was 16-for-17 for 192 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 44 yards and led the Tigers into the end zone on their first three possessions. Defensively, Clemson is led by senior free safety Robert Carswell. A consensus preseason All-American, Carswell has 284 career tackles, six interceptions and has started 29 of the 35 games he has played in his career. MISSOURI HEAD COACH LARRY SMITH Larry Smith began his seventh season at Missouri (24th overall) with a 50-20 win over Western Illinois last Saturday night. Smith has a record of 31-38-1 at Missouri. He became Mizzou’s 30th head football coach on Dec. 15, 1993. With 18 years as a head coach in NCAA Division I before coming to MU, Smith was the most experienced coach ever hired by a Big Eight Conference school. He has a 24-year career record of 141-118-7, and coached previously at Tulane (18-27, 1976-79), Arizona (4828-3, 1980-86), and Southern California (44-25-3, 1987-92). He was out of coaching in 1993. Smith is one of only two active coaches who have taken four schools to bowl games, along with Lou Holtz (South Carolina) and one of only four who’ve ever done it (Earle Bruce and Bill Mallory). Smith ranks 11th among active coaches in career victories. A native of Van Wert, Ohio, Smith is a 1962 graduate of Bowling Green
MISSOURI GAME NOTES 3 State University. He served as a collegiate assistant coach at Miami (Ohio), Michigan and Arizona before beginning his head coaching career. WINNINGEST ACTIVE COACHES (by victories entering 2000)
COACH, SCHOOL 1. Joe Paterno, PennState 2. Bobby Bowden, Florida State 3. LaVell Edwards, BYU 4. Lou Holtz, South Carolina 5. Don Nehlen, West Virginia 6. John Cooper, Ohio State 7. George Welch, Virginia 8. Jackie Sherrill, Mississippi State 9. Dick Tomey, Arizona 10. Ken Hatfield, Rice 11. LARRY SMITH, MISSOURI
WON 317 304 252 217 196 185 183 165 154 145 141
THREE NEW OFFENSIVE COACHES AT MISSOURI Much has been made in the preseason about Missouri’s new offensive system. Last Saturday night, three new offensive coaches made their debuts un-
der the lights at Memorial Stadium. Co-offensive coordinator Bill Cubit and offensive line coach Sam Pittman coached at Western Michigan University last year and led an offensive attack that was ranked 11th nationally in passing offense (311.8 yards per game) and 23rd in scoring offense (31.1 ppg). Cubit spent three seasons at Western Michigan and helped the Broncos to a top-25 ranking in passing offense all three seasons behind quarterback Tim Lester. Last season, Cubit’s offense broke 26 school and conference records. In 1998, Western Michigan became just the 14th school to have a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard runner and 1,000yard receiver. The Broncos repeated that feat last season. Pittman is no stranger to Big 12 football. Before his stint at Western Michigan, the El Reno, Okla. native spent two seasons as the offensive line coach at Oklahoma. His offensive line helped produce the nation’s 18th and
34th best rushing attacks in 1997 and 1998. Missouri’s third addition to the offensive coaching staff is no stranger to the Tigers. Chris Tabor, who spent the last three seasons as the offensive graduate assistant, takes over as the Tigers’ running backs coach. Tabor worked mainly with the offensive line and scout teams while a graduate assistant. He spent the 1994 season coaching running backs at Hutchinson Community College under current MU Co-Offensive Coordinator Andy Hill. JUSTIN SMITH TO CHALLENGE FOR BRONCO NAGURSKI AWARD In just two seasons, junior defensive end Justin Smith has already become one of the most dominant defensive players in MU history. In 23 games, Smith has recorded 181 tackles and 12 1/2 quarterback sacks, which puts him six sacks away from breaking the career record held by current New York Jets defensive tackle Rick Lyle. Smith tied
THE TIGERS UNDER LARRY SMITH — Their Record When ... CATEGORY __________________________________________ SEVEN YEARS Scoring first ________________________________________________ 20-9-1 Scoring 40 or more points ______________________________________ 12-0 Scoring 30 or more points ____________________________________ 23-3-1 Scoring 24 or more points ____________________________________ 28-6-1 Scoring more than 14 points __________________________________ 30-13-1 Leading at halftime ____________________________________________ 29-9 Leading after 3 quarters ________________________________________ 30-4 Outscoring opponent in 2nd half _________________________________ 20-2 Outscoring opponent in 4th quarter _______________________________ 16-8 Holding opponent to 17 points or less ______________________________ 9-4
_____2000 __1997-99 ____ 1-0 ____ 11-2 ____ 1-0 _____ 8-0 ____ 0-0 ____ 16-2 ____ 0-0 ____ 18-4 ____ 0-0 ____ 18-6 ____ 1-0 ____ 19-7 ____ 1-0 ____ 19-3 ____ 1-0 ____ 13-0 ____ 1-0 ____ 12-3 ____ 0-0 _____ 6-2
Rushing for 300 yards _________________________________________ 13-1 Rushing for 250 yards _________________________________________ 19-2 Rushing for 200 yards _________________________________________ 24-9 Having at least one 100-yard rusher _____________________________ 22-8 Having more than one 100-yard rusher ____________________________ 5-1 Having a 200-yard rusher _______________________________________ 5-0 Outrushing opponent __________________________________________ 26-12 Holding opponent to under 100 yards rushing ______________________ 12-4 Rushing for more yards than passing ____________________________ 25-19
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0-0 _____ 8-1 0-0 ____ 12-1 0-0 ____ 15-4 0-0 ____ 15-2 0-0 _____ 3-1 0-0 _____ 3-0 1-0 ____ 16-7 1-0 _____ 8-3 0-0 ____ 16-7
Passing for 200 yards ________________________________________ 6-8-1 ____ 0-0 _____ 5-4 Passing for more yards than rushing ____________________________ 6-19-1 ____ 1-0 _____ 3-9 Making fewer turnovers than opponent ________________________ 19-10-1 Committing two-or-fewer turnovers ___________________________ 26-20-1 Amassing 400 yards of total offense _____________________________ 21-4 Holding opponent under 300 yds total offense _____________________ 11-5
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1-0 ____ 14-3 1-0 ____ 15-5 0-0 ____ 13-3 1-0 _____ 7-1
Holding time of possession edge ________________________________ 26-18 ____ 0-0 ____ 15-9 Making 20-or-more first downs ______________________________ 27-13-1 ____ 0-0 ____ 16-5 Holding edge in 1st downs and possession time ____________________ 21-8 ____ 0-0 ____ 13-5 Converting 50%-or-better on 3rd down ___________________________ 17-4 When punting two or fewer times _________________________________ 6-0
TEAM BEST PERFORMANCES Rushing ______________________________ 473 yards vs. Iowa State, 1995 Passing ______________________________ 320 yards vs. Iowa State, 1994 Total Offense _______________________ 560 yards vs. W. Michigan, 1999 Points ____________________________51 at Oklahoma State (2 OT), 1997 Rushing Defense ___________________ -2 yards by Western Illinois, 2000 Passing Defense ___________________ 39 yards by Bowling Green, 1998 Total Defense ______________________ 56 yards by Bowling Green, 1998 Scoring Defense ________0 points by Houston, 1994; Bowling Green, 1998 Individual Rushing ____________ 319 yards, Devin West vs. Kansas, 1998 Individual Passing ___________ 320 yards, Jeff Handy at Iowa State, 1994 Individual Receiving ___ 169 yards, John Dausman vs. Kansas State, 1998
MISSOURI GAME NOTES 4 THIS WEEK IN MU FOOTBALL
Hosted by Mike Kelly, “The Voice of the Missouri Tigers,” airs on TV stations across the state each week. The show, with Coach Larry Smith, previews the upcoming game, takes a look back at the previous game, includes speacial features, Big 12 highlights and more. The show begins Sun., Sept. 3, and runs for 12 consecutive weeks. It airs on these stations: Station KOMU KMOV
City Columbia St. Louis
Time, Day 10:30 a.m., Sundays 6:00 a.m., Sundays Monday, Sept. 4, 1:00 a.m. KMCI KansasCity 12:30 p.m., Sundays Metrosports KansasCity 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays KBSI Cape Girardeau 10:30 p.m., Sundays KYOU Kirksville 11:30 p.m., Sundays Pax44 Joplin 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays KBLE Springfield 11:00 a.m. /4:00 p.m., Sundays 6:30 p.m., Mondays College Sports Southwest 4:30 p.m., Wednesdays Cox Channel 9 Tulsa 9:30 p.m., Tuesdays
Coach Larry Smith takes calls from fans around the country each Monday night along with host Mike Kelly. The show is broadcast “live” from Harpo’s (10th & Cherry in Columbia), beginning at 7:08 p.m. “Tiger Talk” may be heard on many of the Tiger Network stations, and on the internet at www.gamecruiser.com. “Tiger Talk” is preceded by “The Mike Alden Show” at 6 p.m. on KFRU Radio in Columbia.
MISSOURI TIGER NETWORK COLUMBIA/JEFFERSON CITY Columbia, KFRU-AM, 1400 Jefferson City, KLIK-AM, 1240 Jeff City/Columbia, KOQL-FM, 106.1 Mexico, KXEO-AM, 1340 Moberly, KWIX-AM, 1230 Montgomery City, KMCR-FM, 103.9 Versailes, KTKS-FM, 95.1 JOPLIN/PITTSBURG Joplin, KMOQ-FM, 107.1 Neosho, KBTN-AM, 1420 Nevada, KNEM-AM, 1240 Nevada, KNMO-FM, 97.7 KANSAS CITY Bethany, KAAN-AM, 870 Bethany, KAAN-FM, 95.5 Butler, KMAM-AM, 1530 Butler, KMOE-FM, 92.1 Clinton, KDKD, 95.3 Kansas City, KCMO-AM, 710 Marshall, KMMO-AM, 1300 Sedalia, KDRO-AM, 1490 Trenton, KTTN-FM, 92.3 OTTUMWA/KIRKSVILLE Kirksville, KTUF-FM, 93.7 PADUCAH/CAPE GIRARDEAU HARRISBURG/MARION Cape Girardeau, KZIM-AM, 960 Kennett, KBOA, 105.5 Malden, KTCB-AM, 1470 Poplar Bluff, KWOC-AM, 930 Sikeston, KSIM-AM, 1400
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and the internet at www.mutigers.com
Lyle and three other players for the single-season sack record last season with eight. Smith, who is playing at 270 pounds this season, bench presses and power cleans 500 pounds. He possesses amazing quickness with 4.5 speed and has a vertical leap of 30.5 inches. The accolades have begun to mount for the Holts Summit, Mo. native. As a freshman, Smith was tabbed the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and was named first team All-Big 12 last season. Already in 2000, “Smitty” has earned preseason first team All-America honors from Playboy, College Football News, and Football News. Athlon and The Sporting News have chosen Smith to the second team. “Smitty” was featured in the Aug. 21 issue of ESPN The Magazine in an article by Gene Wojciechowski. Off the field, Smith was a second team District VII GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as a first team Academic All-Big 12 selection. HAMMER-TIME Junior place-kicker Brad Hammerich is hoping to get plenty of opportunites to kick the football this season. Hammerich led the Tigers in scoring last season with 52 points, a number surely Mizzou hopes to see increase in 2000. When breaking down Hammerich’s numbers from a year ago, it is easy tell why Missouri feels that he is one of the best in the conference. Hammerich was a perfect 25-for-25 in PAT attempts a year ago and is 6-for-6 already in 2000. He was 9-of-14 in field goal attempts – a perfect 4-for-4 from inside 40 yards, 5-for-9 from 40 to 49 yards and 0-for-1 from beyond 50 yards.
Hammerich’s shortest miss was from 40 yards out against Oklahoma. Other than that, Hammerich missed a 45yarder at Memphis and missed attempts of 49, 55 and 48 on a windy day in
Lawrence, Kan. MISSOURI BLOCK PARTY In 1999, Missouri blocked six kicks, tying a single-season record set back in 1994. With three blocked kicks on Saturday night, one would think the single-season record may be in jeopardy in 2000. The Missouri “Raiders” team, otherwise known as the punt return team, reaked havoc on the Western Illinois punting unit all night long. On the very first series, WIU botched a snap and the Tigers tackled the Leathernecks’ punter at the WIU 2-yard line. Mizzou scored two plays later. The other big play by the “Raiders” unit was made by walk-on Grant Thornburg. The Palmyra, Mo. native filled in for Justin Smith and came up with a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone by Clemson for a safety. Missouri’s other blocked punt was by Justin Gage in the second quarter. The Tigers Michael Gavins also recorded a block when we wiped out a PAT attempt by WIU. Missouri has now blocked 31 kicks
MISSOURI GAME NOTES 5 MIZZOU’s CAREER SACK RECORD MAY SOON BELONG TO “SMITTY” 1. Rick Lyle, 1990-93 ____________18 2. Bobby Bell, 1981-83 ___________17 Steve Martin, 1992-95 _________17 4. Lee Johnson, 1986-89 _________14 5. JUSTIN SMITH, 1998- _______ 12.5
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT ...
JUSTIN SMITH Joe Posnanski, Kansas City Star: “Justin Smith is simply one of the most fascinating players in America to watch. Every single play, practically, he does something absolutely fabulous. He’s so quick, so strong, so gifted, and he plays the game so hard. He never stops moving. It’s no wonder. Man, what it must be like for him to go out there and just overpower 300-pound linemen, hunt down running backs from behind, leap tall blockers in a single bound. It’s his world out there. It’s his kingdom.” Gene Wojciechowksi, ESPN The Magazine: “He’s a dean’s-listing, sack-loving, carefree workout king who just now is realizing how good he can be.” Moe Ankney, Missouri Defensive Coordinator: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve had very talented freshmen, but even the best ones took some time to climb the depth chart. Justin came in during our first pass-rush drill, and nobody could block him. After that I knew we had a gifted player.” Colorado Coach Gary Barnett: “I threw him up (on film) for our whole team to watch him. He just plays the game the way you like to see somebody play it. He’s just a great player with a great motor. You watch him and you go, ‘Wow, that’s the way you’re supposed to play the game.” Missouri Coach Larry Smith: (On using Justin Smith) “We’re going to move him around to make plays in different situations, and he will not come off of the field unless he’s hurt.”
LAST WEEK’S GAMES MISSOURI 50 WESTERN ILLINOIS 20 COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Kirk Farmer threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as Missouri took advantage of Western Illinois' punting miscues for a 50-20 victory Saturday night. It was Missouri's fourth straight season-opening win, and the fifth under seventh-year coach Larry Smith. Division I-AA Western Illinois has lost four straight road games and fell to 0-3 against Big 12 teams. Farmer, returning to start for Missouri after breaking his leg against Iowa State last year, was 10-of-22 for 152 yards. Tailback Zain Gilmore ran for 53 yards and scored twice in the second half. Plagued by special teams mistakes of their own the last two seasons, Missouri scored three times off botched punts. Farmer completed his second touchdown pass of the day, a 14-yard toss to Justin Gage, with 5:28 left in the first to put the Tigers ahead 21-6. Gage - who also plays for the Missouri basketball team - set up the score by blocking Mike Scifres' punt at the Western Illinois 26 three plays earlier. Missouri had gone up 7-0 just 2:44 in on Farmer's 1-yard run, which came after the Tigers recovered a deep snap that flew over Scifres' head. The Tigers added a safety in the third quarter to go up 23-13, as the Leathernecks recovered a punt blocked in the end zone by Missouri free safety Grant Thornberg. Sam Clemons and Frisman Jackson were a combined 13-of-31 for 204 yards with two touchdowns and an interception for the Leathernecks, who lost 13 yards and managed just one first down in the third quarter. Missouri recorded seven sacks for Western Illinois. Missouri's Julian Jones intercepted Jackson's pass and returned it 49 yards to put the Tigers up 43-13 three minutes into the fourth quarter. Brandon Ford capped the scoring for Missouri at 50-13 with 6:16 left, catching a 14-yard pass from backup quarterback Darius Outlaw. William Peterson intercepted Outlaw with 40 seconds left and returned the ball 71 yards for Western Illinois' final score. CLEMSON 38 THE CITADEL 0 CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Woodrow Dantzler completed 16 of 17 passes for 192 yards and three touchdowns Saturday night, leading No. 17 Clemson to a 38-0 victory over The Citadel. Clemson's first-string offense dominated the Bulldogs in the season opener, scoring on five of six possessions when Dantzler was at quarterback. But the Tigers sputtered with Willie Simmons and Matt Schell at the helm, failing to score. The win was Clemson's first shutout since
Oct. 10, 1998, when the Tigers beat Maryland 23-0. Citadel,a Division I-AA team, crossed midfield only once, on a fourth-quarter punt return. The Bulldogs attempted a 36-yard field goal with two minutes left, but Brice Stefanick's kick went wide right. The Tigers scored on their first four possessions, and Dantzler connected on his first nine passes for 114 yards. After overthrowing Rod Gardner on a long third down late in the second quarter, Dantzler threw completions on his last seven attempts. Travis Zachery set up Clemson's first scoring drive with a 52-yard carry - the longest of his career - on the Tigers' first play from scrimmage. Clemson scored three plays later, going up 7-0 on an 8-yard run by Bernard Rambert. The Tigers scored again, going up 14-0, when a wide open Zachery caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Dantzler with 6:13 to go in the first quarter. Clemson linebacker Chad Carson forced Citadel's Maurice Murphy to fumble on the next possession, with the Tigers' Gary Childress recovering on the Citadel 31-yard line. Five plays later, Dantzler found Jackie Robinson for a 14yard touchdown pass, putting the Tigers up 21-0 with 3:06 left in the quarter. A 16-play, 87-yard drive - Clemson's longest scoring drive - ended with Aaron Hunt kicking a 22-yard field goal to put the Tigers up 24-0. Dantzler began the drive by narrowly escaping a safety, running for 9 yards after slipping two tackles in the end zone. Safety Charles Hafley set up Clemson's only second-quarter score when he intercepted Joe Call's pass with 3:28 left in the half. Five plays later, Morgan Woodward barreled over tacklers on a 36-yard touchdown reception from Dantzler, putting the Tigers up 31-0 going into halftime. The Tigers got one more chance when a high snap forced Citadel punter Travis Zobel to run the ball. Clemson got the ball on Citadel's 27, but a penalty for illegal use of hands pushed the Tigers out of field-goal range, and the Tigers lost the ball on downs. Clemson opened the second half with a 12play, 65-yard drive that ended with Zachery's 2yard run, putting the Tigers up 38-0 with 10:34 left in the third quarter. The Tigers have won 14 straight against The Citadel, which last won in 1931. It was the first meeting between the two teams since 1986. The win was Clemson's 35th straight against a Southern Conference opponent, dating to Oct. 23, 1952, when South Carolina - now a Southeastern Conference member - beat the Tigers 60. Clemson came in ranked No. 17, its first preseason ranking since 1997 and its highest preseason ranking since 1992, when the Tigers started at No. 13.
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missed two others. He is Mizzou’s third quarterback and saw action in three games at QB last year. All of that is just what he’s does on the gridiron. Once football is over, Gage will lace up the sneakers and hit the hardwood for basketball where he was key reserve for Head Coach Quin Snyder last season. SPENCER MAY PLAY BOTH WAYS Do not be surprised to see No. 24
since Larry Smith came to Ol’ Mizzou – 15 PATs, 10 punts and six field goals. ROBINSON BEGINS HIS “BUTKUS” CAMPAIGN As one of 70 players on the Butkus Award list for the top linebacker in the
on the field an awful lot on Saturday afternoon. Not only will junior Eric Spencer play wide receiver and return kicks and punts, you may see the Houston, Texas native on the defensive side of the football as well. With several injuries in the Mizzou secondary, Spencer has been working out the last three weeks at cornerback. Spencer did not see any action last Saturday night on the defensive side of the football.
country, junior Jamonte Robinson began his campaign in a big way on Saturday. Robinson led the Tigers with 10 tackles, seven of which were solo. He recorded two quarterback sacks for 15 yards in losses and he recovered a fumble. With his 10 tackles on Saturday, Ro binson now has 201 tackles in his 21game career.
THROW IT TO THE TIGHT END The Tigers scored twice on Saturday night against Western Illinois on pass plays to the tight end. Dwayne Blakley, who scored six touchdowns last season, caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kirk Farmer in the first quarter. Later in the game, “Dirty B” Brandon Ford, known mainly as a blocking tight end, was on the receiving end of back-up quarterback Darius Outlaw’s first career completion, a 14-yard touchdown pass.
12-GAGE IS A MAJOR WEAPON Sophomore Justin Gage is a man of many talents. On Saturday night, Gage caught two passes (one for a TD), carried once, blocked a punt and just
WELCOME BACK Senior wide receiver John Dausman and sophomore quarterback Kirk Farmer made triumphant returns to the gridiron last Saturday night fol-
lowing serious injuries a year ago. Dausman, who spent all of 1999 on the shelf recovering from a knee injury, led the Tigers in receiving against Western Illinois on Saturday with four catches for 67 yards. Dausman made 18 catches for 364 yards and three touchdowns in 1998 and was expected to be one of Mizzou’s top threats last season. After looking better and better game in and game out last season, Farmer broke his leg in week five against Iowa State. He is now the Missouri starting quarterback. On Saturday, Farmer scored the first touchdown of the season for Mizzou on a 1-yard run. He went 10-for-22 for 152 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Farmer also carried the ball six times for 23 yards. EARNING PLAYING TIME In Missouri’s 50-20 blowout over Western Illinois on Saturday, at least 21 players saw their first action as Missouri Tigers on Faurot Field. No offense to the movie “Rudy,” but the Tigers had a few Rudy’s – walk-ons that have put in the time and earned a chance to play in front of 50,000 fans. Walk-ons Darren Baldwin, Jesse Belfield, Marcus Caldwell, Scott Jones and Grant Thornburg all saw action on Saturday. Thornburg made his presence felt by blocking a punt that led to a safety while Jones recorded his first career tackle on special teams. Thornburg, Jones and Caldwell were all named to Missouri’s Champion Club this week. HOMEGROWN TIGERS Missouri’s depth chart reveals that
MISSOURI GAME NOTES 7 • The University of Missouri has the highest studentathlete graduation rates in the Big 12 Conference.
22 members of the two-deep roster are from the state of the Missouri – 12 on offense and 10 on defense. TIGERS SCORE AGAINST HUNGER Again this year, Head Coach Larry Smith and the Missouri Tigers have teamed up with the Central Missouri Food Bank to stop hunger in its tracks. Interested persons can pledge money for every point the Tigers score in 2000. The proceeds help the food bank and more than 120 charities in its 29-county region providing free food to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries. For more information, call 1-800764-3663, or 573-474-1020. Since the program began six years ago, close to $1 million has been raised and more than 12 million meals have been provided to Missourians in need. MISSOURI DEBUTS NEW $13.1 MILLION PRESS BOX The skyline has changed in Columbia thanks to a new $13.1 million press box that adorns Memorial Stadium. The project, which actually started before the 1999 football campaign, was designed by Ellerbe Becket. The contractor of the project was Walsh Construction while the operation was managed by the University of Missouri Construction Management. The new press box consists of six levels and stands 110 feet high, 321 feet wide. The structure consists of 35 suites, 418 Tiger Lounge seats and 147 working press positions, doubling the amount of the old press box. TIGER TIDBITS
• The University of Missouri was rated as the nation’s best education value in August, 1999 by U.S. News & World Report. • Quarterback Darius Outlaw’s first pass attempt of his career was a 14yard touchdown strike to tight end Brandon Ford. • Senior Jason Lewis has been put on scholarship by Larry Smith. Lewis, from Knob Noster, Mo., has been with the program for four years and is on track to graduate on time. Lewis spent three years as an inside linebacker, but was moved to fullback midway through preseason workouts to add depth to that position. With the injury to T.J. Leon, the move has proven to be a good one and Lewis will probably see some playing time at fullback as well as his special teams duties. • Three Missouri players will miss the 2000 season after going under season-ending operations. Junior deepsnapper Ben Davidson had surgery on his back to relieve to bulging disks that were putting pressure on a nerve. Sophomore fullback T.J. Leon broke his leg during preseason camp in Mexico, Mo. and will sit out the season. Junior quarterback Jim Dougherty will undergo Tommy John Surgery on his right elbow this week to repair a torn ligament. • Former Missouri Tiger Mark Alnutt (1993-95) is the new Director of Football Operations. Alnutt has served as a graduate assistant in the MU video department the last two seasons while earning a graduate degree in public administration.
Alnutt replaces Curtis Jones who has landed a job with Nike. Several other former Mizzou football players are helping out the program while earning degrees. Pat Ivey, who played with Alnutt from 1993-95, is the Tigers’ new Strength and Conditioning Assistant and just completed his master’s this summer in health education. Missouri All-American Devin West is now the offensive graduate assistant for the Tigers while former offensive lineman Brad Smith is now a graduate assistant in the Tiger strength and conditioning program as he finishes out his degree. Former wide receiver Jamie Scholten is pursuing a master’s degree while working in Missouri’s Total Person Program. • University of Kansas Sports Information Director Doug Vance recently asked all SIDs around the country to report playes that bench press over 500 pounds. Three Missouri Tigers were included on that list: Jemarcus Joshua (580 lbs.), T.J. Leon (520 lbs.) and Justin Smith (500 lbs). TIGERS FOR TIGERS Although there are many universities with a tiger mascot, the University of Missouri is the first to actively support a comprehensive conservation program for critically endangered wild tigers, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The Mizzou Tigers for Tigers program is a pioneering effort to raise awareness and support to ensure that there will be wild tigers for as long as there are Mizzou Tigers. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ratnaswamy, MU School of Natural Resources at 573-882-9424 or Mike Baltz, MU Division of Biological Sciences at 573-882-4854.