TIGERS RIP BEARS 31-16 TO BECOME BOWL ELIGIBLE!  

TTigerAtty 62M
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TIGERS RIP BEARS 31-16 TO BECOME BOWL ELIGIBLE!

Missouri Holds off Baylor Rally for 31-16 Win

Brad Smith runs for three touchdowns to lead the Tigers over the Bears.


Nov. 12, 2005

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Brad Smith ran for three touchdowns, including a pair of 56-yard runs, helping Missouri beat Baylor 31-16 Saturday and become bowl eligible for the second time in three seasons.

Marcus King had an interception return for another score and Tony Temple ran for 100 yards in his first career start for the Tigers (6-4, 4-3 Big 12), who succeeded in their third attempt to qualify for a bowl. Smith was bottled up in a pair of losses at Kansas and Colorado, in which Missouri was outscored by a combined score of 54-15, before breaking loose on senior day with 161 yards on 21 carries.

Smith, who set school career records for points and rushing touchdowns to give him 19 marks in all, became the first player in NCAA history to pass for 8,000 yards and rush for 4,000. Last week Colorado held him to only 16 yards on 13 carries.

His second 56-yard run came on a risky fourth-and-1 with 6 minutes to go after Baylor (4-6, 1-6) had cut a 24-point deficit to only eight. After getting the first down he broke free down the right sideline.

The Bears rallied in the second half behind backup quarterback Shawn Bell, who threw a pair of touchdown passes and led them to their first scores in three games following shutout losses against Texas and Texas Tech. Bell's 16-yard pass to Carl Sims with 8 minutes left cut the gap to eight and he drove the Bears to the Missouri 4 in the final seconds.

Baylor's only first-half highlight was Daniel Supulveda's career-best 78-yard punt. It's the 13th punt of 60 or more yards and a career-best for the left-footed junior, the Ray Guy award winner last year.

Smith scored on runs of 2 and 56 yards in the second quarter to help Missouri build a 21-0 lead. He has 260 career points, breaking the school mark of 252 set by running back Zack Abron (2000-03).

King intercepted an underthrown sideline pass by Terrance Parks and returned it untouched 32 yards for the game's first score in the first quarter. Missouri has four defensive touchdowns this season, all coming in the last five weeks.

Missouri is 6-0 against Baylor since the inception of the Big 12.

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rm_luke69iner 48M
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11/16/2005 8:10 pm

Congrats on your Tigers being bowl eligible.

I think Clemson has to win another one to be bowl eligible. I'll have to check.


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TTigerAtty 62M

11/17/2005 4:07 am

Luke...I'll keep my eye on Clemson too! Maybe we'll have a Tiger Bowl! Wouldn't that be great!


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