It’s just sick.
I can’t think of another word to describe the performance I saw on Saturday afternoon.
It was a gray, rainy day in Columbia, Missouri, yet that didn’t seem to make one iota of difference for Chase Daniel and the rest of the Missouri offense.
Mizzou scored on its first 10 possessions of the game.
That’s just not supposed to happen.
Nevada is not a pushover or a lesser opponent. The Wolf Pack is a pretty solid team, consistently finishing in the top half of the Western Athletic Conference. They have a Hall of Fame coach in Chris Ault, and an unconventional offense in the Pistol.
When the schedule came out for this fall, I was actually a bit worried about the Nevada game—and when I saw that the Wolf Pack held Graham Harrell to 19 of 46 for 297 yards and only one touchdown (against two interceptions), I thought that Chase and the boys would struggle.
In the last two games, against SEMO and Nevada, Chase is 39 of 45 for 650 yards, seven touchdowns, and no interceptions. Those are Playstation-esque numbers. That’s not supposed to happen.
I know, I know: The offense struggled a bit in the second half of the Illinois game. But they still hung 52 on the Illini.
They hung 52 on SEMO.
They hung 69 on Nevada.
Again, you know I preach a philosophy of tempered optimism when it comes to watching this Missouri Tigers squad. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high, and I don’t expect them to continue at this blistering rate—not with games at Nebraska and Texas in two of the first three weeks of October.
But even if they only slow down just a little on offense and get some of the communications problems in the secondary straightened out...
No. I’d better not say anything to jinx what’s happening. I’ll just bask in the simple joys for now.