My First Day on The Field: Missouri Teases Bulls, Win 42-21
Yuck. Missouri's 42-21 victory over Buffalo inspires that kind of reaction, despite what the boxscore might tell you. It was like Mizzou was playing the role of the matador, taunting the Bulls by giving them turnovers, only to prove to be too much in the end.
But a win is a win, and on a day when this team did everything it could to give away the game, Mizzou came out on top. That can only be good
But this game was special for me in particular. It was my first time ever watching the game from field level, and I was watching it through a camera. Filming the game for MUTV, the student station at Missouri, I was on the field or in the press box for the whole game, and the experience was truly amazing.
I cannot even begin to describe the atmosphere on the field at the beginning of the game. Sure, it was Buffalo, but the Missouri faithful piled over 65,000 fans into Memorial Stadium, and everyone of them was screaming as the players warmed up. I was just a member of the media, but I was nervous and excited.
Setting up on the Missouri sideline, I initially played the role of "chaser", running up and down the field about 10-20 yards ahead of the line of scrimmage, filming every play. That was for one quarter. For the second quarter I got to watch the game from the press box, while my two teammates (one being B/R's own Matt Schiffman) shot from the field.
At halftime, I had to leave early for the field, as we actually filmed a young student from "Tigers Lair", the Missouri student section, PROPOSING TO HIS GIRLFRIEND. I'm not exaggerating when I say he was wearing no shirt, body paint, and a sports hat, while his new fiancee was in a black sports bra, more body paint, and soccer shorts. Congratulations to both of them.
For the second half, I shot from the "endzone" position, literally camping out in the back of the endzone and filming any scoring that Missouri did. That was definitely easier, and I got a little break. To cap it all off, I filmed the post-game conference and then got to interview any notable Tigers that played in the game.
It was a seriously amazing experience, and the whole day confirmed that this is definitely what I want to do with my life. While drenched in sweat and watching my team play like complete garbage, I was still having a blast on the sideline.
But enough about my day. Let's get to the game itself.
-Chase Daniel was robbed by his teammates. He was 35/44, for 431 yards and two TDs, but he should have had more. THREE times, the Tigers fumbled the ball on the Buffalo side of the field. I don't expect that to happen again this year, but it was ugly, and Daniel could have had 500 yards and four TDs.
-Derrick Washington defended his spot as the top scorer in the Big 12. Just thought I'd remind you he's a beast.
-Another short one: three fumbles is unacceptable. The team said all the right things after the game, but this should never happen again.
-Among the list of reserved seats in the press box was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I'm not sure who they were at the game to watch, but Sean Weatherspoon definitely enhanced his draft status. He had 19 tackles, including a couple of bonecrushing hits. Plus, he's a hilarious interview.
-It's amazing how fickle even media fans can be. Sitting in the press box after Buffalo made it 17-14, "this defense f***ing sucks". That's a joke! At that point in the game, the defense hadn't even given up true points yet. The only reason why Willy threw a TD there was because Missouri DE Brian Coulter was blocked into the Buffalo punter and the refs blew the call.
My point is, the Missouri defense is still getting better. Only 14 points that they gave up was actually the fault of the defense. They gave up 287 total yards on the day without their best defensive player. They'll be fine against Nebraska.
-I'm not sure if I believe Danario Alexander's claim that "he's officially back", but he is obviously making strides, and we saw that with his 27-yard TD. He looked hurt in the first quarter, but it appears that his injury was more mental then physical. The sooner he gets 100% comfortable, the better.
-If I'm true freshman Kenji Jackson with time expired in the fourth quarter, I take that interception the other way for six points. If Buffalo wants to try to score an extra TD as the game ends, it's fair game for Missouri to put some points of their own on too.
-Jeff Wolfert missed his first field goal this season, a 53-yarder from the left hash, after not missing one since last year's week four game. That was an NFL quality kick, so he obviously has nothing to be ashamed of. But hey, I gotta report right?
-All week gearing up for the game, there was one thing on my mind: Don't pull a Charlie Weis. From the sideline, I almost got hit twice. Once was by Tommy Saunders on his long pass up the sideline. Had he not cut back to the middle of the field, I was on target to get lit up.
The second time happened on a fade route to Danario Alexander later in the fourth quarter. Plainly put: if I hadn't moved, I would have been hit by Super Danario and the two guys guarding him.
Although it was a bad game, it was still a win. I'm happy the Tigers are 4-0, and the off week before Nebraska should really help. Now the games are even more crucial. Conference play is underway, and the Tigers have to win in Lincoln for the first time in 30 years.
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