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October 12, 2012

Tigers not finger-pointing with Alabama up next

— COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's defense pretty much held up its end of the bargain last week. If there's been any griping about the lack of production on the other side of the ball heading into the perceived mismatch against top-ranked Alabama, the Tigers have kept it to themselves.

Outspoken defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said no one's getting frustrated, and no one's pointing fingers.

"Nothing too dramatic. Ain't no wedges getting built," Richardson said. "It ain't, 'Are we fighting, we just enemies for the rest of our lives?' No, it's nothing like that at all."

After Missouri limited Vanderbilt to 295 yards, end Brad Madison said the defense hasn't done its job if the opponent ends up with more points.

"We've got to stop the run," Madison said. "Alabama's going to pound the ball on us."

In the face of adversity, cornerback Kip Edwards remained very optimistic.

"We can still go 9-3. I don't see what the fuss is about," Edwards said. "We can still win the East. You never know."

Missouri (3-3, 0-3 SEC) dropped to .500 and its long-anticipated debut season in the SEC has produced mostly groans, especially after a 19-15 upset at home by lightly regarded Vanderbilt last week. The Crimson Tide (5-0, 2-0) are three-touchdown favorites to send another Faurot Field sellout crowd home disappointed on Saturday.

The Tigers' no-huddle, spread offense is averaging just 25 points, the school's lowest since 2004. They're averaging less than 16 points the last three games, getting held to just 10 in the first SEC road game at South Carolina.

Even the opener, a 62-10 romp over Southeastern Louisiana, is a bit deceptive because there were two punt returns for touchdown by Marcus Murphy, plus an interception return and fumble return for scores.

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