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2010 Oct 27

Practice Report 10/26: Carl on Mizzou's Secret Weapon


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Carl Pelini didn't just say it with a straight face, but a serious one.

Nebraska's defensive coordinator insisted Tuesday night that Missouri's offense was built around its running game – which averages half as many yards as the Tigers' passing attack.

“They run the ball well,” he said. “They're a physical, offensive team. You can talk all you want about their throwing game, which is good. But I still think they're a team that wants to establish their running game...they're a run-first team. No question about it.”

Mizzou gains 4.4 yards per carry and 138 yards per game with its running attack - 79th nationally. The Tigers use four backs – two of them freshmen – in a system that emphasizes reading cutback holes and following pulling guards up the alley toward the secondary.

“It's even more confusing than the Oklahoma State running attack,” Pelini said.

Against Oklahoma, Missouri rushed for 178 yards, and its success on the ground helped open up the playaction pass. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert frequently froze OU's linebackers and safeties with fakes and dropped the ball in between the two lines of defense to wide open slot receivers.

“They did everything,” Pelini said. “They threw. They ran. They executed their offense well. They didn't make any mistakes.”

Particulars: Nebraska practiced for two-and-a-half hours inside and outside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads.

What’s New: Pierre Allen returned to practice. A good number of reporters from the Kansas City/St. Louis metro were in town to get the scoop, so to speak.

Player Quote: "It's just always a big week because people from home like Mizzou and are always in my ear. The last seven weeks all I've heard about it how good they look each week. It's always a fun game." Tight end and Missouri native Mike McNeill on playing his home-state team.

Coach Quote: “They wanted to get the record set straight. It was important for those guys to come and play a good game. There was a lot of purpose in their week of practice and a lot of purpose going into the game. There was just a great feeling of where those two were at, and really where all of our kids were, but those two in particular really took a lot of pride in their work and put it on film on Saturday." Shawn Watson on wide receivers Niles Paul and Brandon Kinnie

Next Practice: Wednesday

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