October 22, 2006

Tiger grade card vs. Kansas State

Quarterback

On a rain-soaked, windy day, Chase Daniel threw seven incomplete passes. He now has four touchdowns in three of his eight starts. In 115 years before Daniel became Missouri's starters, a Tiger QB had thrown for four touchdowns only six times. He is enough of a threat in the run game to make the other team think about it on every snap. He may have thrown two bad passes all day. If Daniel hadn't fumbled to give K-State seven points on the first snap, this would be about a perfect score.

Final Grade: A-

Tailbacks

Individually, the numbers were nothing special. No Tiger back ran for more than 63 yards. But combined, Tony Temple, Earl Goldsmith and Jimmy Jackson had 130 yards on 17 carries. Temple and Goldsmith were ripping off big chunks in the second quarter and really opened things up for Daniel when the offense was struggling. Goldsmith is running well enough that you can legitimately ask if he's the best back on the team right now. The backs also contributed two catches for 13 yards and made a few nice blocks.

Final Grade: B

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