November 4, 2006

Tiger notebook: Temple answers critics

Just days after being demoted to second-string for fumbling problems, Tony Temple put together perhaps his best game of the season. Temple ran for 99 yards on 18 carries against Nebraska, despite not getting the start.

"I thought he would. I knew he would," Gary Pinkel said of Temple's response. "I had no doubts on that. He's a competitor and I thought he did a lot of good things out there."

Temple ran for 42 yards on two consecutive carries in the first half. His ability to make tacklers miss was a large part of an 18-play drive that got the Tigers back in the game. But despite nearly cracking the 100-yard mark for the first time in seven weeks, the junior from Kansas City felt no personal satisfaction.

"Not really. I wanted to win, my team wanted to win," he said. "I was just doing anything I could just to help my team win. It hurts. I'm hurting with them."

Record setters

There were a couple more records set in Mizzou's loss. Jeff Wolfert booted a 54-yard field goal just before halftime, a career-long. The sophomore walk-on extended his consecutive PAT streak to 36 and has made 39 consecutive kicks, both Missouri records.

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