“Henry Josey emerged from behind James Franklin, took a handoff, and the defense opened wide. Josey hit the line, cut back to his right, hurdled over an ankle tackle and broke into the open field. And nobody was catching him. Josey burned 57 yards for a touchdown on a third-and-1 to put the Tigers up 7 with 3:34 to go, the eventual game-winning touchdown in a 28-21 Missouri win over Texas A&M yesterday that gave the Tigers a berth in next week’s Southeastern Conference championship game.”
David Morrison, writer, on Josey’s run into MU’s history books, Columbia Tribune
GH: On the same field where so many Big 8 and Big 12 tears were shed by these Tigers, Josey returned from one of the game’s worst knee injuries to deliver MU its first SEC title game. And people think Auburn is a team of destiny?
“It makes you feel like (Josey) was never gone. I think he’s faster than he was before. He flew down the field. I was going down to chase him. But I quickly remembered that’s not going to happen.”
Justin Britt, MU’s senior left tackle, Columbia Tribune
“Once (James Franbklin) said ‘victory formation,’ tears started rolling and emotion took over.”
L’Damian Washington, Mizzou’s senior wide receiver, on Missouri defeating A&M 28-21 at Faurot Field to secure their spot in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta, 810 AM
GH: If there is a more tortured college fan base I am not aware of it. MU’s last conference title in football was 1960. Since then, only Job has had to put up with more petulance, famine, floods and bad calls. Is it over? Well, Jimmy Football just might be the guy to end this drought.
“(James Franklin) stopped for about every single kid on Faurot Field who wanted a photo.”
Patrick Crawford, @p_crawf, MU assistant director of communications, Twitter
GH: Think about where Franklin was last season and where he is today. His own head coach was trashing his reputation on national television last season. MU fans were adamant that he not be the starting QB in 2013. And now Jimmy Football just might end his college career as the greatest football player in Missouri history. By all accounts, he is already one of the programs highest character individuals. Love this kid’s resilience.
“Worst sports weekend ever for my teams: losses by Packers, Huskers, KU BB, KU FB, Badgers, and now Chiefs. Not to mention Mizzou win. Ugh.”
Kyle Rohde, @KyleRohde, Twitter
GH: On the other side of this Border War, nothing could ruin this sports weekend for Mizzou fans. Read on.
“An SEC team can’t get left out of the [BCS title game] with one loss. We just beat the No. 1 team in the nation … And a one-loss SEC team that wins in Atlanta — if it’s us or Missouri — you can’t get left out of the BCS after you beat the No. 1 team. We have a better argument because we beat the No. 1 team. … It would be a disservice to the nation if we got left out.”
Jay Jacobs, Auburn AD, USA Today
GH: It is that time of year again when the Thanksgiving turkey’s carcass is in the trash and so is the character of all those politicking for one of the two spots in the BCS Championship Bowl game. Jacobs went on to say leaving an SEC team out of the title game would be “un-American.” Got to love how college football and its BCS format manages to pit its best teams against each other everywhere but on the field.
“That’s a man that needs some help. That’s a man that has some imbalance.”
Kevin Kietzman, on the Auburn AD’s comments, 810 AM
GH: Anyone else see the irony in KK’s statement?
“ESPN has a (business relationship) with the SEC. They’ve been out there waving that SEC flag for anybody watching today. … I don’t understand any discussion if Ohio State (defeats Michigan State). I don’t get it. Urban Meyer has won a national championship before. He is 24-0 for crying out loud! There is no conversation here for Missouri being in the National championship game without Ohio State losing.”
Kevin Kietzman, whose radio station has a business relationship with the Chiefs, 810 AM
GH: Interesting how in just one weekend KK has gone from MU’s biggest cheerleader to the pride of the Big Ten, ain’t it? Mizzou is getting dangerously close to what Kietzman fears the most – an SEC and national title. If Florida State and Ohio State finish their seasons undefeated they will be in the title game – but have they really “earned” those spots? I would argue they have not. They simply were able to win all the games on their schedules – schedules that in no way mimicked or equaled those of Auburn, Missouri or Oklahoma State. The Seminoles and Buckeyes did all that they could. They are not the bad guys in this argument. But are they the two best teams in college football? I would argue that we have really no idea, despite their undefeated status.
“To compare this Ohio State team to Notre Dame’s team last year…is ludicrous! Notre Dame was a team that was carried by emotion and by defense. They did just enough on offense. Ohio State is the complete opposite! They have fireworks on offense They are scoring on almost every possession on that side of the football!”
Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN
GH: Did Herbie watch the OSU/Michigan game? Ohio State looks like Notre Dame 2012 except with stickers. Ohio State and Florida State play in the B1G and the ACC. EVERYTHING you say in their defense has to start with their awful conferences. It’s not their fault but to pretend they “deserve” a title bout over others in what is ludicrous.
“I’d like to go back in time and root for Brady Hoke to not be a dumb ass. You’re at home! Go to overtime!”
Steven St. John, on Hoke’s decision to go for two to beast Ohio State rather than go to overtime, 810 AM
GH: Hoke’s decision was brilliant. He had three yards to gain to slay his undefeated rival and make history. SSJ went on babbling about “momentum” in overtime and how the home team who just scored would benefit from that momentum. It was as dumb as it sounds. Hoke took a shot and got beat. I loved him putting it all on the line on one play.
“No one said it is KCs ‘fault’ or Mizzou’s fault, just don’t tell me Mizzou would be have same record w/UGA,UF or USC’s schedule.”
Doug Gottlieb, @GottliebShow, Twitter
GH: And Gottlieb is trying to say Florida State and Ohio State would be undefeated playing in the SEC? Gottlieb was one of the biggest critics of A&M and Mizzou leaving the Big 12 for the SEC. He crowed on and on how the two programs were never competitive in the Big 12 and would be fodder for the powerful SEC teams. Two years in and A&M has a win at Alabama and a Heisman. Two years in and Mizzou is in the SEC title game. You can see why Doug is a bit unnerved.
“I generally don’t like the ‘nobody gave us a chance and nobody respects us’ card, but if any team I’ve seen can play it, #Mizzou has a claim.”
Gabe DeArmond, @GabeDeArmond, Twitter
GH: Mizzou is getting some love for their remarkable turnaround season but few pundits are even mentioning their name when it comes to the national title. But they have the same shot as Auburn if tOSU or FSU happens to lose on Saturday.
“I get the Auburn love, but Mizzou & Auburn have 5 common foes. Avg scores in those games, Mizzou 33-16, Auburn 42-27.”
Blair Kerkhoff, @BlairKerkhoff, Twitter
“People can say fluke but Alabama played well, didn’t turn it over, and Auburn was their equal.”
Dan Wolken, @DanWolken, Twitter
GH: Mizzou would have benefited more from beating a top-ranked and undefeated Bama but Auburn is the next best thing. They now appear to be a team of destiny and those are pretty difficult to beat as well. Just ask Georgia and Alabama.
“I wouldn’t pick against Auburn if they were playing the Denver Broncos right now. I would definitely pick them.”
Paul Finebaum, when asked his pick in the SEC title game, ESPN
“I believe Alabama’s the second best team on the field right now. … I still have Ohio State as the number two team right now.”
Jessie Palmer, ESPN
GH: I still do not understand how Jessie Palmer is allowed back on the air each week at ESPN. Is he the new Beano Cook?
“Is some asking Malzahn a question with a potato in their mouth? How did Malzahn understand that?”
Pete Scantlebury, @PeteScantlebury, Twitter
GH: Welcome to that Alabama accent, Pete. Read on for an open letter from a Bama fan to Mizzou – and his warnings about those Auburn War Eagle Tiger Goat Herders…
“Dear Mizzou Nation – I’m a Bama fan, but I wanted to share a few things with you all. First of all…congratulations on a great regular season. In your second season you have really SHOWED you belong. I honestly wish you were in the West where you belong. I think you driving to Baton Rogue for a game makes more sense than you driving to Gainesville>But anyway, it is what it is. Here in the SEC we appreciate resilience and you have SHOWED it all season long. Great job! Secondly we want you to know we Bama fans are all behind you guys. In fact a few of us who bought tickets to the SECCG in advance will be showing up at the Dome to yell for you. Now I will admit right after Alabama lost to Auburn I was convinced AU would beat you guys, but today in the light of day I have changed my tune and think you guys can take the barn. And really, you should take them. However, I want to warn you about some things you are going to face this week. First of all the GA Dome is just like70 miles from Auburn so the place is going to be overrun with a pack of goat herders the likes you have never seen before. Now they are not all going to be in the Dome, but they will be grazing their kids and live stock in the immediate area so beware. Do not trade with these people, you will regret it. They really are a bunch of stealers and surprise surprise their qb is too.”
Alabama Fan, in an open letter to Mizzou Nation, rollbamaroll.com
GH: You can read the entire letter by clicking here. Damn do I love that Mizzou joined up with the SEC! Goat herders and all!
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