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Checking in from Faurot Field

Another record-setting performance for DanielPosted: Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 3:27 p.m.

Chalk Chase Daniel up for yet another record.

He completed 20 straight pass attempts in the midst of Saturday afternoon's game against Buffalo, setting not only a school record but a new mark for the Big XII Conference in the process.

The previous conference record was 18 consecutive completions, jointly held by former Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace (now with the Seattle Seahawks) and current Oklahoma Sooner Sam Bradford.

The accolades and resume material just keep piling up for the man at the helm of the nation's top-rated offense.

Not for the first time, and likely not for the last, congratulations, Chase.

One Daniel streak ends, another beginsPosted Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 2:20 p.m.

At long last, it's time for Chase Daniel to start anew.

His streak of 15 consecutive scoring drives came to an end early in the second quarter against Buffalo. Daniel carried the Tigers into Buffalo territory, but the drive stalled when the quarterback scrambled for no gain on third-and-five.

Because of the lack of competition provided by Southeast Missouri State and Nevada, Daniel only played a total of four quarters over the last two weeks. In those two games, he combined to lead the Tigers to 12 touchdowns and a field goal, and he began Saturday afternoon with one drive for a touchdown and another for a field goal.

UPDATE: As I write, Daniel has already begun his next streak. Jeremy Maclin ran the ball in from 16 yards out moments ago to extend the Tigers' lead to 17-7.

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The first quarter featured two early nominees for the game's best hit. Missouri ball-hawking linebacker Sean Weatherspoon made the first when he sprinted through the Buffalo line to knock Bulls quarterback Drew Willy to the turf as Willy released an incomplete pass.

The second hit was a bit scarier for the Mizzou faithful. Buffalo safety Mike Newton put a blindside licking on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin after the star sophomore caught a pass in the open field.

Maclin remained on the ground for a few seconds after the play, and the training staff ran out to attend to him, but he walked off the field under his own power and returned shortly thereafter.

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It's already been an up-and-down day for both squads' special teams.

The good: Both Missouri and Buffalo have downed punts at the opposing 2-yard line.

The bad: Missouri kept a Buffalo drive alive by hitting Bulls punter Peter Fardon after the play, leading to a first down for Buffalo. The Bulls scored on the drive to cut the Mizzou lead to 17-14.

The ugly: Peter Fardon shanked his third punt out of bounds at the Buffalo 23-yard line. Two plays later, the Tigers reached the end zone.

The depends-which-side-you're-on: Ernest Jackson ran through the Missouri kickoff coverage for a 97-yard return for a touchdown to get Buffalo on the board.

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UPDATE, version 2.0: Back to the drawing board for Chase Daniel again. The drive after the Maclin touchdown ended with a Missouri fumble.

Mizzou fans pour into Faurot FieldPosted Saturday, Sept. 20, 2008 at 1:09 p.m.

The masses have returned to Faurot Field.

A week ago, the rain came down steadily in Columbia, forcing tailgate parties under tents and keeping many fans out of the stadium until the middle of the first half. Many of those spectators didn't make it much past the halftime break either as Missouri pasted Nevada by 52 points.

It looks like a combination of a sunnier day and a later start that has the black and gold loyalists back out in force. Last week's 11:30 a.m. start may have been a bit on the early side for both college students and travelers from around the state, but the early afternoon kickoff seems to have been met with more enthusiasm. The grass behind the north end zone is nearly covered in gold, and fans are still streaming in. Tailgaters are all over the place as evidenced by the many tents set up several blocks away in the midst of Mizzou's campus.

It's still a bit less populated than it could be for five minutes before game time, but that might have something to do with today's opponent, the Buffalo Bulls. The Tigers play their last regular season non-conference game today, and it's expected to be another blowout, much like the beatings of Nevada and Southeast Missouri State over the last two weeks.

It's 74 degrees and sunny in Columbia, and it's already steamy in the press box. If too many of these fans are around much of the way into the third quarter, it won't be a great sign for the Tigers. Here's guessing that won't be an issue.

Steven Weinman is a journalism student at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

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