The SEC East Division race became tighter Saturday as the Missouri Tigers, reeling from a heart-breaking 31-27 loss to Indiana last week, came from behind in Columbia, SC, to defeat the #13 South Carolina Gamecocks 21-20.
With 7:25 left in the game Missouri trailed 20-7, but two long and sustained drives from then on, gave the Tigers an impressive win. Mizzou’s Russell Hansbrough carried the ball only 10 times for 43 yards in the game, but in those 10 carries managed three TD’s 2 of them in the final six minutes to secure the Tiger victory.
It was a typical SEC battle with all the excitement, last-minute drama, and suspense associated with such games, which has become the hallmark of the Academy’s Game of the Year Weekly contests. And it is no surprise that the Missouri victory at South Carolina was selected as this week’s Game of the Week.
A national panel of experts chaired by Jack Lengyel, the former athletic director at the United States Naval Academy, selects the weekly winner of the Academy’s College Football Game of the Year Award. The eminent panel consists of former and legendary coaches and sport administrators, such as Vince Dooley, Mike Lude, and Dr. Dick Young.
Each week’s winner is considered for the award honoring the best College Football Game of the Year at the end of the season. Past winners include such memorable games as Appalachian State over Michigan in 2007, Texas Tech over Texas in 2008, Alabama over LSU in 2011, and Auburn over Alabama in 2013.
With the new FBS four-team playoff instituted this year, the promise of many more memorable games is assured.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy, also known as America’s Sports University, donates the painting and $5,000 to the general scholarship fund of the annual winner.
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