November 17, 2007

Tiger Notebook: Maclin leads the charge

MANHATTAN, KS--There was not a fire and brimstone speech, not a screaming rant in the Missouri locker room at halftime. There wasn't one. There were a bunch of them.

"I got a little fired up, I had a little speech in there. Pig, T Ruck, we all just came together, all the captains came up," Lorenzo Williams said. "We knew what we had to do."

The Tigers had just played perhaps their worst half of football all season long. They had given up 157 yards rushing, had a punt blocked for a touchdown and run only 33 offensive plays. And yet, there was a silver lining.

"As bad as we'd played, we were still winning the game by three points," Martin Rucker. "That was a positive that we could stick to and the guys in the leadership positions, the seniors, the captains and even Sean Weatherspoon said some things."

Whatever was said seemed to work. The Tigers outscored Kansas State 28-7 before a meaningless Wildcat touchdown with just more than two minutes to play. They racked up 282 total yards and held the Wildcats to 158.

While there may have been some concern in the fan base at the break, the Tigers felt fine.

"I told my players five weeks ago, you know if you want to take a run at this thing," Gary Pinkel said, "There's nothing going to be easy about it."

"You can hold us down for a couple quarters, but eventually we're going to do some good things," Chase Daniel said. "Eventually we're going to get some breaks, big plays, stuff like that and that's what happened today."

The Tigers kept alive their streak of scoring at least 31 points in every game. They are the only team in the nation that has done so.

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