Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Reaction: Loss? What Loss? Aggie-Nizing Setback Treated with Healthy Dose of Amnesia

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Mu Reaction: Loss? What Loss? Aggie-Nizing Setback Treated with Healthy Dose of Amnesia

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Within moments after becoming forever entwined with a 73-0 loss to Texas A&M, the Missouri Tigers were seeking an annulment.

Rather than accepting or wallowing in their fate, Mizzou players planned to treat the game as if it never happened.

"I'm going to forget about it after tonight," quarterback Jeff Handy said. "Why even think about it? Who cares?"

Or as if it were just a nightmare.

"One you can file away deep in the memory banks," guard Mike Bedosky said, "and hopefully never bring back up."

Or a hallucination - and someone else's hallucination, at that.

"That 73-0 team, that's not us," tailback Joe Freeman said. "That's not our team. I don't know who was playing out there just a minute ago; at 12 o'clock; I don't know what team stepped out on that field.

"But that wasn't the Missouri Tigers. I don't know who that was."

Trouble is, no one knows who the Tigers are after they were pulverized Saturday by Texas A&M. The only pulses to measure after the game apparently were thrown off by shock.

"They didn't outplay us," linebacker Darryl Major said, before clarifying the point that A&M had benefited from MU miscues.

Sorry, guys, it really happened: A week after dominating Illinois, the ever-bewildering Mizzou Tigers mustered all the resistance of a rag doll in a pit bull's chops against the Aggies.

"What a difference a week makes, huh?" MU defensive coordinator Skip Hall said. "Last week was an example of how good it can be with a team playing together and helping each other.

"This week was an example of how bad it can get when you don't do one thing to help each other."

MU, whose basketball team held A&M to fewer points in a 81-55 victory last season, tumbled from fourth to 99th in the nation in scoring defense.

But the defense, though it gave up 516 yards, was impaired by an equally inept offense against No. 16 A&M.

The Tigers had only 201 yards total offense on 69 plays - an average of 2.9 yards a play. MU allowed five quarterback sacks and turned over the ball six times. …

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