Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel has accomplished many things since taking over the head coaching job at the University of Missouri in November of 2000. He has turned MU into a Big 12 North contender every year as well as recruiting a series of high-profile quarterbacks to the Missouri roster.
Mizzou's latest quarterback, Blaine Gabbert has all the makings for a great college quarterback with obvious NFL potential. On Saturday night, after hours upon hours of anticipation, Gabbert and his Tiger teammates finally gave Coach Pinkel something no other Tiger team under his watch has been able to do—they beat the Bob Stoops-led Oklahoma Sooners at home in front of a sold out home crowd.
I had the privilege of covering ESPN’s College Gameday for Missouri Sports Blog and Football News Now this past weekend. More than 12 hours before kickoff, the entire campus was overrun with gold-clad students and fans, enough to set an all time College Gameday record of over 17,000.
With the homecoming parade and ceremonies going on throughout the day, you could get the sense that the Tigers just might be able to pull off the upset victory. The energy around MU’s campus was electric and never let up as the tailgating crowd finally poured into Memorial Stadium for the 7 pm kickoff.
No. 1 ranked Oklahoma didn’t go down without a fight as it took all four quarters of play for the No. 11 ranked Tigers to finally outlast the Sooners 36-27. The victory keeps the Tigers undefeated on the season and atop the Big 12 North standings.
It may have taken 10 years for Coach Pinkel to defeat Bob Stoops and his Sooners, but after watching the celebration Saturday night, it was well worth the wait.