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#1 johnnyhusker82

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 06:05 PM

Barfknecht: Missouri QB Gabbert doesn't show much
By Lee Barfknecht
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri football has it backward so far this season. The No. 24 Tigers create more questions week to week instead of providing answers as to how good they are.

Take Saturday night's 26-0 victory over Colorado. Please! (Hey, you would have gone for the cheap joke, too, if you had been subjected to this.)

This Big 12 opener had all the sparkle, polish and passion of a spring scrimmage.

Yes, I realize Missouri is undefeated and Alabama isn't, and that the Tigers (5-0, 1-0) posted just their second shutout in 15 seasons of Big 12 play. I also know this could have been a four-quarter test if not for Colorado's mountain of mistakes, most of which shouldn't happen under a fifth-year coach.

But MU's immediate concern should involve determining who stole Blaine Gabbert's uniform and is masquerading around the field in it.

This isn't the Gabbert I've been touting for two months as “clearly'' the best quarterback in the Big 12.

The junior looks out of sorts. He struggles to sense real pass pressure, then succumbs to modest heat and bails out. He settles for only what the defense gives him, not even trying any difference-maker throws. And this was before he left with a hip pointer.

Maybe he's still having nightmares about Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh assaulting him last year.

Gabbert was 17 of 29 for 191 yards and two touchdowns against a Colorado defense ranked 83rd against the pass.

In Missouri's only tight-fit game this season — a 27-24 win over San Diego State — he was a 54 percent thrower with two interceptions. His only touchdown pass, a quick out that turned into a 68-yard score with 51 seconds left, was aided by a questionable block.

Those aren't the performances that win All-Big 12 honors. It didn't help Saturday night that his backup — freshman James Franklin — immediately led an eight-play, 70-yard touchdown drive.

There is no quarterback controversy, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel acknowledged his team's offensive woes Saturday night, other than a 97-yard drive late in the second quarter that put MU up 19-0.

Missouri's problems didn't matter much because Dan Hawkins' well-coached Buffaloes (cough, cough) had a really strong attention-to-detail night on special teams.

With the score 0-0, the Buffs had a punt partially blocked and recovered at the CU 40.

With Missouri up 5-0, CU kicker Aric Goodman missed a 40-yard field goal, dropping him to 1 of 4 for the season.

With the score still 5-0, Missouri burned the Buffs with a 26-yard run on a fake punt to salvage a drive and set up a TD.

With MU ahead 12-0, Colorado replaced Goodman at place-kicker with Justin Castor, who had a 40-yard field goal blocked.

The Buffaloes (3-2, 0-1), down 19-0 at half, later had these magical moments on offense:

• Drive to the Missouri 37; commit three penalties in four trips to the line of scrimmage; punt.

• Drive to the Missouri 32; lose 5 yards for lining up in an illegal formation; punt.

• Drive to the Missouri 17; line up to go for it on fourth down; get called for delay of game; get sacked to end the drive.

Colorado won't be a factor in the North Division race. But what conclusions should be drawn about the Missouri team that comes to Nebraska in three weeks?

“We're fighters,'' receiver T.J. Moe said. “We've had our ups and downs. We could be playing the Green Bay Packers or my high school team, it doesn't matter who you put in front of us. We'll fight.''

I've now seen 10 of the 12 teams in person (all but Texas Tech and Baylor), and this league is about as fluid as I can remember.

In that circumstance, I always go with the best play-making quarterback. For now, Gabbert has slipped off the top of my list.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:02 PM

He has regressed so much in the past 2 years. The dude just doesn't have it upstairs anymore and if you had to point to anything, it was last years game that did it. Getting bitch-slapped around and injured can have a huge psychological effect on someone and clearly he still hasn't gotten over it. Good.
There are offensive geniuses up and down the block, some real and some like Dan Hawkins, who either can't find a quarterback or doesn't recognize one.

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 07:44 PM

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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:28 PM

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Dead on.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:32 PM

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The hit that sacked the rest of Gabbert's college career.


He's glad he didn't come here, for sure.

He wouldn't have gotten the shit beat out of him last year, but he would be sitting the bench now.

Bwhahahahahaha.

Fuck you, Gabbert Family, fuck you.
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Posted 10 October 2010 - 08:39 PM


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The hit that sacked the rest of Gabbert's college career.


He's glad he didn't come here, for sure.

He wouldn't have gotten the shit beat out of him last year, but he would be sitting the bench now.

Bwhahahahahaha.

Fuck you, Gabbert Family, fuck you.

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There are offensive geniuses up and down the block, some real and some like Dan Hawkins, who either can't find a quarterback or doesn't recognize one.

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