Dual-threat Brad Smith rejuvenated Missouri’s football program

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COLUMBIA, Missouri (WKBN) – Sophomore quarterback and Chaney graduate Brad Smith rallied Missouri past #10 Nebraska, 41-24, on October 11, 2003. The victory was the Tigers’ first win since 1978 over the Cornhuskers.

The Tigers scored 27 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to top Nebraska. Brad Smith ran for 303 yards and scored three times in the final frame on the ground to key Missouri’s upset bid (39, 1, 9).

Smith – Missouri’s signal caller – finished his collegiate career as the first player to throw for over 8,000-yards and run for another 4,000.

As a senior in 2005, Smith led the Tigers to an Independence Bowl victory over South Carolina (38-31). He was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

In the NFL, he’d play 9 seasons for the Jets, Eagles and Bills at wide receiver. Smith hauled in 104 passes for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Brad Smith, QB/Missouri
2005 – 2304 passing yards, 59.4%, 13 TDs; 1301 rushing yards, 16 TDs
2004 – 2185 passing yards, 51.8%, 17 TDs; 553 rushing yards, 4 TDs
2003 – 1822 passing yards, 60.6%, 11 TDs, 1310 rushing yards, 17 TDs
2002 – 2333 passing yards, 53.6%, 15 TDs, 1029 rushing yards, 7 TDs

Countdown to College Football
August 14 – Top sports star in 1942 wins Heisman
August 15 – Before politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17 – “Best linebacker I ever coached” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami of Ohio
August 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP aids Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi award winner called New Castle home
August 21 – Walk-on Karlis kicks for Cincinnati
August 22 – K-State registers 1st bowl victory; Coleman named MVP
August 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game lifts Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
August 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes in memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse from Struthers
August 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback boosts Tigers to top Nebraska
August 27 – Penn State QB guides Nittany Lion faithful to Rose Bowl

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