October 11, 2006

Missouri looking to shut down A&M's offense

For four weeks, the Missouri defense was ranked among the best in the nation. While Colorado (373 yards) and Texas Tech (454) have been able to move the ball well, Mizzou is still allowing very few points to be put on the board.

Missouri is second in the Big 12 and eighth in the nation allowing just 11.8 points per game.

The key to Missouri's success has been the front four. Brian Smith is fourth in the nation with seven sacks, and holds the school record with 31 in his career. On the other end, Xzavie Jackson is having his best year, hands-down.

"He has a great attitude. I think that might be the overriding factor that's kind of released him to play his best. Obviously, physically, he's a very talented athlete," said Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel.

"This is his final year and I think he wants this certainly to be his best year."

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