Maty Mauk threw for 178 yards and three touchdowns to lead Mizzou to a season-opening 38-18 victory over South Dakota State.

First Half

Mauk seemed at ease early, connecting with Darius White for a 44-yard touchdown on Mizzou’s third play from scrimmage. Mizzou Football vs South Dakota State - August 30, 2014 (Photo by Ben Walton) The Jackrabbits would answer quickly, however. On SDSU’s very first offensive play, running back Zach Zenner found the ball in his hands after an errant snap, and took it 75 yards to the house to even the score. That would be the last big play of the half for the Jackrabbits though, as the Mizzou defense held SDSU to 70 yards on 27 plays the remainder of the opening 30 minutes. Both teams traded punts on their second possessions, and then Mauk connected with White again, this time from 39 yards out, to give Mizzou a 14-7 lead. On South Dakota State’s ensuing possession, Duron Singleton intercepted Austin Sumner’s third down pass and returned it 19 yards to the Jackrabbit 10. That set up Russell Hansbrough, who took a handoff from Mauk, went right, cut on a dime, broke a few tackles, and ran all the way around the left side and into the endzone to make it 21-7 Tigers.

Second Half

Marcus Murphy pleased Tiger fans with a beautiful 100-yard return touchdown on the ensuing kickoff. The run-back was Murphy’s second kickoff return TD of his career, to go with three punt-return scores. The senior from Desoto, Texas, finished with 204 all-purpose yards on 17 touches. Mizzou added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter when Mauk, on third-and-seven from the SDSU 29, bought a little extra time in the pocket and found Bud Sasser in the left corner of the endzone to extend the Tiger lead to 35-18. Andrew Baggett put the icing on the cake one possession later with a 44-yard field goal. Hansbrough led the Mizzou rushing attack with 135 yards on 20 carries. In the passing game, Mauk spread the ball around nicely, as five receivers had at least two catches. Missouri Football vs South Dakota State - August 30, 2014(Photo by Ben Walton)On the defensive side of the ball, Markus Golden led the charge with two sacks and five solo tackles. Shane Ray and Kenya Dennis each recorded a sack of their own, and Duron Singleton and Aarion Penton had one pick apiece. Ian Simon forced a crucial fumble deep in Mizzou territory to give the Mizzou defense three turnovers on the day, extending their national-best forced turnover streak to 46 games. With the victory, Mizzou has now won 13 straight season openers. The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, September 6, when they travel to Ohio to take on the Rockets of the University of Toledo. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. CT and can be seen on ESPN.

Football will charge onto Faurot Field for the first time this year in a stark black Nike uniform.

Mizzou will face off with the Jackrabbits of South Dakota on August 30 in a primarily black jersey with gold tiger-stripe accents. The jersey is paired with black pants with a matching gold stripe down the side. The season-opening helmet is glossy black with the Tigers emblem and gold tiger-stripe accents.

The defending SEC East champions are looking to start the 2014 season off right with the first of seven home games at The ZOU. The game is set to kickoff at 2:30 p.m.  and will be televised on ESPNU.

Mizzou Football is much more than scoring touchdowns, getting takeaways, or making field goals.

It’s about building character. It’s about getting an education. It’s about being Mizzou Made.

For the Mizzou Football Family, “Mizzou Made” means total player development. And now Mizzou Football wants to know—what does “Mizzou Made” mean to you?

0005Starting August 30, look for the #MizzouMade car as it travels around to different tailgating spots before kickoff. Find the car to snag free Mizzou gear and tell us what being Mizzou Made means to you. Plus, be one of the first 300 fans in Tiger’s Lair when the gates open to score a free T-shirt or pair of sunglasses.

The #MizzouMade car will make the rounds at every home game on the 2014 schedule, starting with South Dakota State on August 30. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m., and the game will air on ESPNU and on the radio via Tiger Network affiliates.

Mizzou opens the 2014 season against the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State on Saturday, August 30 at 2:30 pm CT in The ZOU. The Mizzou Tigers are coming off a thrilling 2013 season in which they went 12-2 en route to the SEC East title and a victory in the Cotton Bowl. South Dakota State posted a record of 9-5 a season ago and made it to the second round of the FCS Playoffs. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools.

The Mizzou offense is run by redshirt sophomore Maty Mauk. Mauk started four games last season in place of injured starting quarterback James Franklin, and played in 13 of 14 games in all, throwing for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns. The dual-threat QB also ran for 229 yards and a touchdown and was named to the SEC All-Freshman team. With his lethal combination of arm strength and speed, Mauk is always a threat to make a game-changing play.


Junior Russell Hansbrough and senior Marcus Murphy will lead the Mizzou backfield on Saturday. Hansbrough is coming off of a solid 2013 campaign in which he rushed for 685 and four touchdowns. He will be Mizzou’s primary rusher and will look to duplicate his 6.0-yard-per-carry average from a year ago.

Murphy had a career year running the ball last season gaining 601 yards on 92 carries (a 6.5 YPC average) and tallying nine touchdowns. He also corralled a receiving touchdown last season, and he will be called on to make an even greater impact in the passing game this season because he will split time between tailback and slot receiver. Murphy will also serve as the team’s primary punt and kick returner, a role in which he has thrived over the past three seasons, gaining more than 2,000 yards and returning four kicks for scores in his career at Mizzou.

With Mizzou’s top three receivers gone from a year ago, opportunity abounds for a trio of veterans to step up and make an impact. Seniors Bud Sasser, Jimmie Hunt, and Darius White—along with Mauk—make up the “Four Horsemen” and have a chance to do some damage in the Mizzou aerial attack. Sasser started nine games in 2013 and turned in a career high in receptions (26) and yards (361). He has a chance to start every game this season and will use his athleticism, speed and smooth route running abilities to prove his worth in game one.

Darius White and Jimmie Hunt

Hunt also set career highs in receptions (22) and yards (253) last season and will look to build on that success in 2014. The 6-foot 215-pound receiver has an effective combination of speed and size that make him a big-play threat every time he touches the ball.

White, a transfer from Texas, is a gifted athlete who has the potential to be a dynamic weapon in the Mizzou offense. He was ranked as the No. 3 receiver in the nation by ESPN coming out of high school, and he has the opportunity to showcase the talents that earned him such high praise here in his senior season. At 6-foot-3, White is the tallest of the Mizzou receiving bunch and could very well be Maty Mauk’s go-to target in the red zone.

On the defensive side of the ball, Mizzou will be getting after the Jackrabbits with the best defensive line in the country. On the edge of that line will be defensive ends Markus Golden and Shane Ray, an explosive, dynamic duo that combined for 11 sacks a season ago.

Markus GoldenGolden racked up 6.5 sacks and 55 tackles (13 for loss) in 2013 despite playing only about 40-percent of the team’s snaps. The 6-foot-3 senior has a non-stop motor and a spectacular burst off the line of scrimmage, two tools he will use to wreak havoc in the South Dakota State backfield.

Ray, meanwhile, recorded 39 tackles (nine for loss), 4.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles last season. His speed and athleticism should give the Jackrabbit offensive line fits on Saturday.

When the Jackrabbits do happen to escape the wrath of Ray and Golden and get a pass off, safety Brandon Webb will be waiting in the secondary. The two-year starter was one of the Mizzou Tigers’ most consistent defensive playmakers last season, making 89 tackles and snagging three interceptions, good for second on the team in both categories. He’ll look to record another pick on Saturday and extend Mizzou’s national-best forced turnover streak to 44 consecutive games.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast on ESPNU and Tiger Network radio affiliates.

For Mizzou fans, staying connected with Missouri Football has never been easier. Fans can choose from multiple Twitter handles, Facebook fan pages, and Instagram accounts for updates on the Mizzou Football Family.

And if those weren’t enough, Head Coach Gary Pinkel has found a new way to interact with Mizzou fans one-on-one: Google Plus Hangouts.

“There are so many different avenues with social networking,” Pinkel said. “It’s nice to be able to communicate our message, our way.”

Coach Pinkel has been “hanging out” with Tiger fans regularly on Google Plus Hangouts for almost a year in a relaxed office setting. The Mizzou Tiger fan base gets a rare opportunity to talk with Coach Pinkel in a relaxed setting off The ZOU turf.

“Fans can ask me anything they want to ask, and I think it is a responsibility that I have to be transparent,” Pinkel said. “They can feel comfortable to have a Google Hangout with me.”

Head Coach Gary Pinkel has had nothing but positive feedback through the Hangout process, and it allows him to interact with the fans that support his mission through thick and thin.

“I really enjoy it,” he said. “I like them. I like to communicate with them.”

For those of you who have not had the chance to Hangout with Coach Pinkel, it is not too late. Coach Pinkel is hosting another Google Hangout at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, three days after Mizzou Football opens the season against South Dakota State.

Sign up to join the next Google Hangout with Coach Pinkel, and be prepared with your questions!

“Coaches and players can say anything they want, but if they don’t back it up with performance and hard work, the talking doesn’t mean a thing.” –Michael Jordan

You have probably heard the phrase “Actions speak louder than words.” This is a truth that applies to all areas of life, especially for a sports team. It is one thing to offer support when everything is going well, but if that support is not offered when life is in survival mode, the Law of Accountability loses its meaning.

Teammates must be able to count on each other when it counts.

If they can’t count on each other, a team will not be able to conquer the most incredible challenges. In the words of basketball legend Michael Jordan, “Coaches and players can say anything they want, but if they don’t back it up with performance and hard work, the talking doesn’t mean a thing.” Jordan, although he has tremendous athletic ability, did not earn ESPN’s 1999 Greatest North American Athlete of the 20th Century by simply by saying he would. He put in the hard work and promised his coaches and fellow teammates that he would perform to his upmost ability. He did not break that vow and in turn, he earned respect, trust, and championships. His team knew that when they passed the ball to him, he would not slack. Why? Because the legendary Michael Jordan didn’t slack off in practice.

No matter if it’s the NBA, the SEC, or high school, a team relies on one another when the Law of Accountability has been upheld. There is a simple, yet powerful formula that makes up the Law of Accountability:

Character + Competence + Commitment + Consistency + Cohesion = Accountability 

When all team members embrace each of those five qualities—personally and as a team—they can achieve the accountability necessary for success.

1. Character

You can’t be a team or a leader without trust, and where does trust stem from? Genuine character. Character makes trust possible. Trust makes leadership possible.

Genuine character is the beginning of accountability because its basis is trust. If you cannot trust someone, you will not count on him. Therefore, if you want to build a team of leaders, you have to start by building the character of the individuals who make up the team.

 2. Competence

Competence is “getting the job done.” It matters.

Let’s put competence into perspective: Imagine you have a life-threatening illness. Would you rather have a good surgeon who was a bad person, or a good person who was a bad surgeon? You will be able to rely on a teammate when you know they encompass both competence and character

3. Commitment

Having an unreliable teammate doesn’t make for a reassuring season. When you’re under pressure and performance is crucial, you do not want to be questioning whether they will be there fighting for you. Commitment is crucial for a team’s failure or success.

Here’s an example of true team commitment:

“Years ago, a friend of mine attended the Virginia Military Institute, known for its rugged physical, mental, and emotional training. He told me that all the incoming freshmen separated into companies. One of their training obstacles is to race up House Mountain, which is very steep and more than a challenge. The motivation for climbing: If you finish last, you run again. Not you, but your whole company! This makes for team commitment. If a person in your company twists an ankle or breaks a leg, other members of his company carry him! It is not enough to be the first man on top of the mountain; everyone on the team has to make it. “

When teammates are falling behind, you carry them the rest of the way for the sake of your team. It isn’t you against the competition; it is giving your full effort so that the team can compete at full potential.

4. Consistency

If you want your teammates to have confidence in you, where they know you will be there no matter what, then you must be consistent.

5. Cohesion

Last, but certainly not least, is the importance of cohesion. Cohesion is the ability to stay strong together no matter how challenging the circumstances get. Cohesion means that each individual takes pride in the ability of the group to function at a higher level than possible for the sake of each person on the team.

In other words, the unit doesn’t shine because you’re a member. You shine because you’re good enough to be a member.

At the end of the day, accountability is the ability to place trust in your teammates, no matter what the outcome. When the chips are down, you can turn to your teammates. 

About the Quote:

Michael Jordan is a former professional basketball player, entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan attended The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he played three years of basketball and was a member of the Tar Heels’ National Championship team in 1982. He went pro playing for the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. He is a two-time inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

College Colors Day celebrates school spirit by encouraging fans to wear their university apparel throughout the day once a year. On Friday, August 29, Mizzou Online is inviting all Mizzou fans to share a picture of themselves, pets, friends or family wearing their favorite black-and-gold apparel. One lucky fan will win the choice of a tailgating chair or a Mizzou blanket.

To enter the contest, fans must post their picture on the Mizzou Online Facebook wall or Twitter with the hashtags #collegecolors and #mizzoumade. All photos must be posted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 29 to be considered in the drawing. Photos must only be ones that have permission to be used and only one entry per person/photo allowed. On Tuesday, September 2, a winner will be drawn and notified by email.

Mizzou football student season tickets for the 2014 season are now sold out. This has made this season the second highest season ticket total in Mizzou’s history. A total of nearly 44,000 season tickets have been sold.

Mizzou Athletics have made two improvements this year, which helped the purchase of season tickets. A print-at-home option was available for students this year eliminating wait time, and group seating was also eliminated making the student section now a first-come, first-served basis for student ticket holders.

For students still looking for tickets, Mizzou Athletics announced that the general admission area located on the hill in the north end zone will be available. Mizzou students will receive an email detailing this alternative ticket option. The general admission season tickets will be sold for $165 or a combo package including Mizzou basketball tickets will be sold for $245. However, these tickets will not allow students access to the student section and will not be available for the print-at-home option.

Mizzou football kicks off the 2014 season against South Dakota State on August 30 at 2:30 p.m. The game will be shown on ESPNU.

Memorial Stadium has undergone a major facelift in the past 12 months.

In addition to the renovation of the West Tower that included a complete revamping of the luxury suites and media seating, the most significant component of The Zou’s makeover is nearing completion.

At a cost of more than $45 million, 4,100 upper deck seats and 1,200 premium seats have been added to Memorial Stadium’s east side. A 23,000-square-foot indoor premium club space has also been added, along with an expanded concourse, an enhanced restroom and concession areas, a new ticket office location, more points of entry, and new field lighting.

With the expansion, the stadium’s capacity will return to 71,000 in 2014.  Capacity dropped to roughly 68,000 last season as a result of the removal of the bleachers behind the north end zone and around the north concourse.

Wide receiver Darius White and some of his teammates toured the newest addition to The Zou on August 26, and needless to say, they liked what they saw. White, tight end Jason Reese, tailback Marcus Murphy and other members of the Mizzou Football Family sample the amenities that many Mizzou fans will get to experience this season.

The new additions to The Zou will be open for fans starting August 30, when Mizzou Football takes on South Dakota State. The game starts at 2:30 p.m. and will air on ESPNU and on the radio via Tiger Network.  Mizzou fans can also watch online via ESPN.

the days leading up to Mizzou’s season opener at home versus South Dakota state, senior tail back Marcus Murphy found a few moments in the midst of his preparations to reflect on a few matters of absolute importance to everyone associated with the program, whether it be player, coach or trainer. First up was the term “Mizzou Made.”

“It’s a foundation,” Murphy began. “I would say it turns young guys into men.”

As with most tight-knit groups and organizations, Mizzou football thinks of themselves as one big family, and Murphy stressed this greatly.

“We have a close bond,” Murphy explained. “Working hard and shedding blood sweat and tears with the guys, it just feels special.”

The Dallas, Texas, native also enlightened Mizzou Nation on the reasoning behind his decision to become a Mizzou Tiger instead of accepting offers elsewhere from the likes of Iowa State, Mississippi, and Minnesota.

“I chose Mizzou basically because of the family atmosphere. They have good academics [as well],” Murphy said. “I just felt like this was a place that I really wanted to be, and I could grow in the next four years.”

Murphy and junior Russell Hansbrough will carry the brunt of the team’s rushing duties in the wake of Henry Josey’s jump to the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. Murphy averaged 6.5 yards per tote last season and got to know the end zone pretty well, finding it 10 total times. He also headed up the team’s kick return department, averaging nearly 7 yards on punt returns, and just over 22 yards on kickoffs.

Mizzou will play its long-awaited opener against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits this Saturday. The opening kick is set for 2:30 p.m. at The ZOU, and the game will be televised on ESPNU and Tiger Network.