KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Drew Lock threw for a career-high 244 yards and a touchdown, and Tyler Hunt added another on the ground as Mizzou notched a 20-16 win over BYU on Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

The day after Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced his resignation at the end of the year, he picked up his 118th win as the head of the Tigers’ program. It also moved Pinkel’s record to 6-1 in Kansas City, where 19 current Tigers call the area home.

Mizzou (5-5) rolled to a season-high 434 yards of offense, backed by a number of key plays across the board. The Tigers scored two critical fourth-quarter touchdowns – one each through the air and the ground – to take a 20-10 lead. It started with J’Mon Moore‘s four-yard fade-route catch from Lock to cap a 13-play drive that rolled 8:09 off the clock.

On the next play from scrimmage, Marcell Frazier sacked and stripped BYU’s Tanner Mangum. Michael Scherer recovered at the Cougar 16 to set up Lock & Co. in excellent position. Six plays later, Tyler Hunt bowled in from a yard out to give the Tigers multiple touchdowns for the first time since the South Carolina game.

The Tiger defense didn’t allow BYU a first down until the final play of the first quarter. By that point, the Tiger offense had amassed 128 yards and seven first downs of their own in securing a 3-0 lead.

Kentrell Brothers continued his stellar season, notching another 11 tackles to add to his nation-leading total.

Mizzou returns to The Zou next Saturday for its final home game of the season vs. Tennessee. Tickets remain available for the 6:15 p.m. kickoff. For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

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Pinkel Will Leave as Winningest Coach in Mizzou History, 19th Alltime in NCAA History

Friday, November 13, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Head Football Coach Gary Pinkel will resign his position following the conclusion of the 2015 season, and he will remain as Mizzou’s coach through December 31, 2015, or until a new head coach is in place, as announced today by MU Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades. Pinkel informed his staff and team this evening, and will address questions following Saturday’s game against BYU at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

Pinkel and Rhoades are discussing a role that would keep him associated with Mizzou Athletics once he steps away from coaching duties.
Pinkel’s decision is health-based, as he was diagnosed in May of 2015 with lymphoma, a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer of the blood. He received multiple treatments in May and June, and after doctors indicated that the treatments wouldn’t interfere with his coaching duties, he decided that he would continue to coach the Tigers in 2015.

“I made the decision in May, after visiting with my family, that I wanted to keep coaching, as long as I felt good and had the energy I needed,” Pinkel said. “I felt great going into the season, but also knew that I would need to re-assess things at some point, and I set our bye week as the time when I would take stock of the future. After we played Vanderbilt (Oct. 24), I had a scheduled PET scan on Oct. 26th for reassessment, and then visited with my family and came to the decision on October 27th that this would be my last year coaching. I still feel good physically, but I decided that I want to focus on enjoying my remaining years with my family and friends, and also have proper time to battle the disease and give full attention to that,” he said.

“It’s been an honor working with Gary since I joined the Mizzou family,” said Rhoades. “Gary is truly a coaching legend as the winningest coach at two Division I institutions while leaving a profound impact on a countless number of young men. We are extremely appreciative of all that he has done for Mizzou. It’s tough emotionally knowing that his fight with cancer is bringing his run to an end sooner than any of us thought. I want to commend Gary with how open he’s been with me the whole time, from the first day he came to my office in May and told me about his diagnosis, all the way to now and when he met with me personally on October 28th to tell me he’d made up his mind. He’s been nothing but first class in how he’s handled the situation the whole way.”

“I want to make very clear that I’m not doing poorly, and that this is a manageable disease, but it’s one that will never go away,” Pinkel said. “So many people have bigger struggles with other forms of cancer and other serious diseases, and I feel blessed that I’ve got something I can fight and still enjoy a good quality of life. I don’t know how many years I have left, but I want to turn my focus to life outside of the daily grind of football,” he said.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am to the University of Missouri and all of the amazing people who make it up, from the administration to the students and our fans. Obviously, I’m so appreciative to all of my coaches and athletes. Leaving them makes this decision so tough, but I do so feeling good that the Mizzou Football program is in a better place than it was when we came in 15 years ago. I feel that Mizzou is a great job at a great school and has so much going for it that they’ll find an outstanding coach to move the program forward,” Pinkel said.

Pinkel, 63, transformed Mizzou into a national program after taking over on Nov. 30, 2000, and will conclude his career as the winningest coach in school history. He’s amassed a 117-71 record at Mizzou in 15 seasons, and his 190 career wins stand as the 19th-most all-time in NCAA FBS history. Under his guidance, Mizzou won five conference divisional titles (2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014), reached 10 bowl games (winning six) and had five teams post a final top-20 national ranking (including two top-five finishes). His Tigers posted winning seasons in 10-of-15 years, following a stretch where Mizzou had only two winning seasons in the 17 seasons (1984-2000) prior to his arrival. He was named the National Coach of the Year in 2007 by FieldTurf, and won conference coach of the year honors in 2007 (Big 12) and 2014 (SEC).

Two times, Pinkel likely had his Tigers one win away from playing for a national championship, as wins in the 2007 and 2013 conference championship games could have propelled MU into title game appearances. In 2007, Mizzou surged to the school’s first-ever number one national ranking since 1960 after a watershed win over rival Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium on Nov. 24, 2007, when the Tigers were ranked fourth and the Jayhawks second coming into the game. That team would eventually end the season with a school-record 12 wins that included a Cotton Bowl title and final national ranking of fourth.

Pinkel worked perhaps his finest coaching job in 2013, one year after Mizzou joined the vaunted Southeastern Conference and suffered an injury-plagued 5-7 season in 2012. Picked to finish sixth in the SEC Eastern Division by pre-season pundits, the Tigers jumped out to a 7-0 record and finished 11-1 and East Division champs. They would go on to a 12-win season, with another Cotton Bowl title, and final national ranking of fifth.

Pinkel’s emphasis on molding young men into successful student-athletes was evidenced by the great achievements they had in the classroom. Mizzou has improved its NCAA Graduation Success Rate for nine straight years, and has graduated 97 percent of its seniors the past five seasons.

Getting athletes to the next level has been another mark of success for Pinkel and his program. In his time at Mizzou, 32 Tigers were selected in the NFL Draft, including seven in the first round. Mizzou had 12 players taken in the first round of the NFL Draft in the previous 64 years combined (1937-2001) prior to Pinkel taking over.

Pinkel came to Missouri after spending 10 very successful years as head coach at Toledo (1991-2000), where he amassed an impressive 73-37-3 record and left as UT’s all-time winningest coach. Prior to becoming a head coach, Pinkel learned the trade from one of the all-time great coaches, the legendary Don James. For 12 years as an assistant under James at Washington (1979-90), Pinkel helped guide the Huskies to a combined record of 104-37-2 (73.4%) and three Pac-10 Conference titles. He served as UW’s offensive coordinator for seven seasons (1984-90), and helped mold one of the nation’s most potent offensive attacks.

Pinkel played under James at Kent State University, where he was an all-conference and honorable mention All-American tight end. He received his bachelor of science degree in education from Kent in 1973, and did post-graduate studies at Kent and Bowling Green.

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Mizzou set to unveil special Nike uniforms Saturday vs. BYU

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It all started back in 2007 when Mizzou Football wore white jerseys and gold pants as QB Chase Daniel led No. 4 Mizzou to a 36-28 victory over No. 2 Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium. That began a tradition that led to gold jerseys in 2008 and Nike Beast Mode uniforms in 2009. With Mizzou returning to Arrowhead for the first time since 2011 this Saturday against BYU, the Tigers will once again don special Nike uniforms to continue the tradition.

Prior to the season, Mizzou Assistant Athletic Director for Equipment Don Barnes came up with a uniform concept that Mizzou had never worn: a white base jersey-pant combo with black numbers and an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay  accompanied by a white helmet equipped with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and facemask. The uniform combination will also feature gloves with the anthracite Tiger stripe pattern. Sticking with tradition, Barnes and the entire Football staff decided that Arrowhead would be the perfect place to unveil the new uniform combination.  Below is a look at the history of special uniforms worn at Arrowhead.

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2007: In what was arguably the biggest game for Mizzou in the Big 12 era, Gary Pinkel and company decided to bring back a uniform combo that had been a fan favorite for years. Mizzou had not worn the gold-pant, white-jersey combo in years despite fans calling for Coach Pinkel to bring the look back. With the eyes of the nation on Arrowhead for a top-five showdown that November night in 2007, Mizzou surprised the fans with the gold pants and the rest was history. Mizzou went on to defeat Kansas, 36-28, and earn the No. 1 ranking in the country the following week.

2008: One year removed from surprising fans with the white-jersey, gold-pant look, Mizzou flipped the script and unveiled gold jerseys for the first time in years. The uniforms garnered such high praise from Mizzou fans that they were arguably the inspiration for one of the fans’ favorite current looks – gold jerseys and black pants.

2009: After the success that Mizzou Football had on the field both in 2007 and 2008, Nike chose Mizzou as one of 10 schools to wear special Pro Combat uniforms during the 2009 season. Mizzou chose to once again unveil these against Kansas at Arrowhead. Mizzou’s Pro Combat uniforms were called ‘Beast Mode’ and that moniker was embroidered on the collars of each jersey. Inspiration for the white jersey, anthracite pant and black-on-black helmet combo was the speed of a tiger and the fact that Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri is home to many of the nation’s stealth bombers. Black-on-black helmets and pants signified that speed and stealth-like nature. 

2015: Wanting to do something that had never been done at Mizzou, Barnes and his staff chose to go with this year’s look. As detailed above, the white-jersey, white-pant look is accompanied by a helmet with a chrome secondary Tiger logo and chrome face masks. The jerseys feature black numbers with an anthracite Tiger stripe overlay outlined in chrome.

The Whiteout set for Saturday is one of four uniform themes Mizzou put into place for the season, including the Tigers Stripe (now in its second season) and the annual #GoldRush and #Blackout games. The monochromatic uniform look will also be featured during Mizzou’s game vs. Tennessee next Saturday (Nov. 21) at Memorial Stadium. As in year’s past, the final home game of the season will serve as the team’s #Blackout game in which the Tigers will don all-black uniforms. The complete uniform combination for that game will be released Friday, Nov. 20.

For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on Twitter and like us on Instagram and Facebook.

 The Southeastern Conference finalized schedules for league members for the 2016 football season.  The Missouri Tigers will face a 12-game schedule with one bye week next year, in a slate which features seven home games and five road contests.

The season will get underway on the road, as Mizzou will travel to Morgantown, W.V., to face the West Virginia Mountaineers.  It will mark the first time since 1996 that Mizzou has opened its season with a true road game.  After a Sept. 10 home opener against Eastern Michigan, the Tigers will close out the month with home games against Georgia (Sept. 17) and Delaware State (Sept. 24).

A pair of games in challenging road environments will await Mizzou once the calendar flips to October.  It starts with an SEC road opener at LSU on Oct. 1st as Mizzou will make its first-ever appearance at Death Valley, in a game that will mark only the second all-time meeting between MU and LSU (Mizzou won a 20-15 decision in the 1978 Liberty Bowl).  Following an open date on Oct. 8, the Tigers will hit the road again for an Oct. 15 game at Florida.  October closes with a pair of home games, including Homecoming on Oct. 22nd against Middle Tennessee and an Oct. 29 visit to Faurot Field by Kentucky.

The final month of the season will see the Tigers alternate home and away games, and the stretch run will begin with a Nov. 5 game at South Carolina, followed by a Nov. 12 home contest with Vanderbilt.  After a Nov. 19 game at Tennessee, the Tigers will close the 2016 regular season with cross-division rival Arkansas on Nov. 26.  Times and television information for all games will not be finalized until a later date.

For more information on the Mizzou Football program, please visit the online home for the Tigers, at www.mutigers.com, or follow along on Twitter at @MizzouFootball.

2016 MIZZOU FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 3                    at West Virginia

Sept. 10                 EASTERN MICHIGAN

Sept. 17                 GEORGIA

Sept. 24                 DELAWARE STATE

Oct. 1                     at LSU

Oct. 8                     Open date

Oct. 15                   at Florida

Oct. 22                   MIDDLE TENNESSEE

Oct. 29                   KENTUCKY

Nov. 5                     at South Carolina

Nov. 12                  VANDERBILT

Nov. 19                  at Tennessee

Nov. 26                  ARKANSAS

SEC Nation, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, is set to visit Mizzou Football on Nov. 5 prior to Mizzou’s nationally-televised contest against Mississippi State at Memorial Stadium, announced Wednesday by ESPN and SEC Network. The traveling show will air live on SEC Network at 6:30 p.m. (CT) that evening and Mizzou fans will be allowed to enter Memorial Stadium early at 6 p.m. via Gate 1 to watch the show, which will be live on Faurot Field. Fans will be limited to the North concourse of Memorial Stadium until the gates officially open at 6:30 p.m.

The SEC Nation appearance on Mizzou’s campus is the second in the program’s history and first since Nov. 1, 2014, prior to Mizzou’s 20-10 win over Kentucky. SEC Nation is hosted by Joe Tessitore, analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears, and commentator Paul Finebaum.

The SEC Nation appearance is just another national television presence for Mizzou on Nov. 5 as the focus of college football will be on Columbia, Mo., that night in anticipation of ESPN’s Thursday night broadcast of the Mississippi State game. The contest will kick at 8 p.m. and fans are encouraged to visit MUTigers.com/Thursday for all information pertaining to the Thursday night game. It is Mizzou’s first Thursday night game since 2009.

Tickets for the Nov. 5 game vs. Mississippi State are still on sale via MUTigers.com or by calling 1-800-CAT-PAWS. Tickets are as low as $20 and a special Mississippi State four-pack is available, featuring four reserved tickets for just $24.75 per ticket ($99).

For all the latest on Mizzou Football, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Twitter @MizzouFootball and like us on Instagram (MizzouFootball) and Facebook (Mizzou Football)

#MizzouMade Entrepreneur Tommy Saunders is competing on Jillian Michaels’ new Spike TV program Sweat Inc. Michaels’ show focuses on finding the next big exercise program by bringing in fitness entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and compete against one another for a $100,000 prize. Saunders entered the competition with a program that uses two fitness products of his own: Rock360 and Omniballs.

Saunders walked onto the Mizzou Football team in 2004 as a redshirt freshman wide receiver after graduating from Kearney High School in Kearney, Missouri. Prior to the 2005 season, Saunders earned a scholarship position on the team. During the spring of 2006, he was voted Team Most Improved Wide Receiver. In 2007, after a season that included a career-high 41 catches for 397 yards, he was awarded the Team Rigman Outstanding Underclassman Leadership Award. His teammates voted him team captain in 2008 along with Chase Daniel, Ziggy Hood and William Moore.

Saunders’ recent success in the fitness industry is no surprise. During his time at Mizzou, Saunders set the goal for himself to complete 100,000 pushups in the 2006 calendar year. Not only did he meet his goal, he exceeded it, stopping at 100,084 to pay tribute to his jersey number, number 84.

Saunders currently resides in Kansas City. Sweat Inc. airs on Spike TV on Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m. CT.

Story by Marcus Wilkins
Photos courtesy Mizzou Athletics
Published Oct. 16, 2015

It’s Homecoming 2015 at the University of Missouri. In Faurot Field’s south end zone, smoke emanates from the tunnel’s maw as the stadium sound system rumbles the rafters. An undulating wall of rowdy Tigers, eager to run onto the gridiron, strains against the outstretched arms of Pat Ivey. The man who has helped so many student-athletes reach new heights in the weight room is now physically holding them back.

Suddenly, as if the 6-foot-5-inch mountain of a man can no longer contain his progeny’s energy, the wave of black and gold overwhelms him and Mizzou storms the field.

Ivey, BS ’96, M Ed ’00, PhD ’13, knows precisely when to provide resistance and when to relent. It’s an integral part of his job as MU’s associate athletic director for athletic performance.

Today more than ever, student-athletes don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” says Ivey, a student of Rick McGuire, MU professor emeritus of psychology and founder of the Missouri Institute for Positive Coaching. “We have to see them as people first. A lot of the athletes who have the most pressure on them are the least prepared for it.”

Ivey can relate to pressure, having played football at Mizzou during some especially lean years. Detroit born and raised, the former defensive end chose MU along with his close friend A.J. Ofodile, BGS ’01, the current head football coach at Rock Bridge High School. Coached by Bob Stull and then the late Larry Smith, the Tigers were 12–31-2 during Ivey’s years competing at Mizzou.

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City of Columbia to provide free bus service on Nov. 5th and free downtown parking after 4 p.m.

The University of Missouri Department of Athletics is preparing for its Nov. 5thThursday night game against Mississippi State.  It will mark the first Thursday night home game for Mizzou since 2009 (Nebraska), and only the third in program history (1992 vs. Colorado).

As Mizzou partners with numerous campus and city entities to make preparations for the game, fans are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest information on logistics related to parking, traffic, and all elements of the game, by bookmarking www.mutigers.com/thursday in their browser.

The City of Columbia will provide an outstanding service on game day as all normal COMO Connect city bus routes will run a “free transit day.”  The standard football game-day routes will also be running for $1.50 each way (visit www.comoconnect.org/services/football-routes/ for details).

In addition, the city will suspend parking fees at all city-owned meters and parking garages beginning at 4 p.m. on that day.

It is important to note for general public (non-donor) parking, for this game only, spaces will not be available in the Tiger Avenue and Parking Garage #7 structures.  The best parking solutions will be to park downtown and use the convenient and affordable transportation provided by the city.  All parking on the MU campus will be designated for students, faculty and staff for the evening.

For continuing information about Mizzou Athletics and Mizzou Football, follow along  on Twitter at @MizzouAthletics , @MizzouFootball , @MizzouGameDay or on Facebook on the official Mizzou Athletics page or Mizzou Football’s page.

The Mizzou Tigers travel south to Athens, Georgia to take on the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday, October 17, 2015 in the Nike uniform combination of white jerseys on black pants. If you can’t catch the game on SEC Network, follow along on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Mizzou Made Snapchat.

Mizzou Made Tigers Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin join forces again with the Kansas City Chiefs and try to relive some of their top moments now in the NFL. For all the latest on Mizzou Football, follow the team on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.