November 11, 1997





Caught in the End
Lucky reception leaves Tigers, Huskers in awe.

MU adds to record books
Tigers' near-upset of the Huskers on Saturday earned them a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll.

Volleyball team drops two more Big 12 matches
"We completely broke down in game three."

Tigers still need to work at becoming All-Stars
"Defensively, I think our guys know that they've got a lot of work to do."

MU adds to record books

Rich Siemons
Senior Staff Writer

__Despite its fluke loss to the then top-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers, Missouri again opened the record books and jotted down a few entries.
  • Most notably, the Tigers' near-upset of the Huskers on Saturday earned them a No. 25 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The last time MU reached the top-25 was on Nov. 14, 1983, when the Tigers were No. 19.
  • Even though he compiled only a meager 42 rushing yards, MU tailback Brock Olivo hauled in the longest reception of his career, a 34-yard touchdown completion from quarterback Corby Jones. The reception came as the sole play of the second-quarter drive and put the Tigers up 24-21 at halftime. Olivo's receiving yards outnumbered his rushing as the senior caught two passes for a total of 45 yards.
  • Although Olivo rushed for his 26th running touchdown, bringing him just two short of the school record held by Bob Steuber, his unusually low rushing total was an ominous sign for Missouri's overall team performance.
    __The Cornhusker rushing game, going into Saturday ranked first in the nation with 400 yards per game, out-rushed the Tigers by 200 yards, 353-153. The last time the Tiger running game, now averaging 256 yards per game and ranked seventh in the nation, was out-rushed by 200 yards was on Oct. 11 when Missouri played Kansas State. In that match-up, the Wildcats ran for 201 yards more than MU.
  • Free safety Harold Piercy has a streak of three consecutive games with interceptions. Piercy snagged a fourth-quarter Scott Frost pass. Piercy picked off two balls against Oklahoma State and one against Colorado.
    __He is second in the Big 12 Conference with four interceptions.
  • The punting game was once again a weak spot for Missouri. Especially troubling was an 11-yard Vince Sebo punt in the second quarter. Devin West redeemed the special teams effort with the Tigers' longest kickoff return of the year. West returned 62 yards and set up Missouri for a late third-quarter touchdown.
  • Saturday's attendance, 66,846, was MU's largest since 1984. The 1997 season average for Memorial Stadium is 54,216. The last time Missouri averaged more for a season was in 1981, when the average was 61,787. In 1979, Memorial Stadium welcomed 69,867 per game.
  • On Saturday, the Tigers held the ball for the fewest minutes all season. Missouri's possession time was 30:05 against Nebraska. Their longest time of possession was 42:20 against Colorado. Missouri has not lost the possession battle all season.