Chase Daniel Dazzles Again as Missouri Tigers Win 42-21 over Buffalo

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer ISeptember 20, 2008

The No. 5 Missouri Tigers overcame a sluggish opening half to soundly defeat Turner Gill's tough Buffalo Bulls. Although Mizzou couldn't seem to find its rhythm in the first portion of the game, quarterback Chase Daniel was brilliant throughout.

The Heisman hopeful once again put on a show to boost his case for the most prestigious award in college football. If Daniel were to win the Heisman, it would be the first time a Tiger has captured the award in their lengthy history.

After finishing in fourth place just a year ago, Daniel has provided not only the statistics to put him at the head of this year's list, but also the leadership as a senior captain.

In the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, veteran columnist Bryan Burwell said that in speaking with members of the Tigers' starting offensive unit, they believe it is truly possible to have a "perfect game." That would mean no incompletions, fumbles, field goals, or interceptions.

Daniel has certainly done his part, but against the Bulls, his teammates let him down in a few key places. Yes, Daniel did have some incompletions, wide receiver Jeremy Maclin fumbled the ball, Jeff Wolfert had to be called on to kick a field goal, but there weren't any interceptions thrown.

Apparently though, they've gotten awfully close. Tight end Chase Coffman said in an interview with the Post-Dispatch, "We've gotten close before in practice."

I think it's pretty amazing how the 5-foot-11 Daniel can deliver such accurate strikes against Big 12 defenses, which are generally considered some of the largest in the country.

Call the Mizzou games up to this point "cupcakes" all you want, but it's hard to believe that with Daniel at the helm of this offense, that the points will stop going up once the Tigers reach conference play.

With a stout running game spearheaded by Derrick Washington and Jimmy Jackson, that has amassed over 204 yards per game, it allows Daniel and Maclin to have comfort in the passing game.

A solid 35-for-44 performance allowed Daniel to toss for a season-high 431 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.

Next week, the Mizzou Tigers travel to tough Lincoln, Neb., to face the Cornhuskers in their first Big 12 contest of the year.