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Missouri looks to stay unbeaten against Harrell, Texas Tech

Oct 3, 2006 - 6:53 PM No. 23 Missouri (5-0) at Texas Tech (4-1), 7:00 pm EDT

LUBBOCK, Texas (Ticker) - Missouri is off to its best start since 1981 and its offense is the main reason why.

Riding a six-game winning streak, the 23rd-ranked Tigers will take on Texas Tech in a Big 12 Conference matchup on Saturday.

Off to its best start in 25 years, Missouri (5-0, 1-0 Big 12 North) collected 342 yards of total offense in last Saturday's 28-13 victory over Colorado en route to scoring at least 27 points for the fifth time in as many games this season.

Sitting behind Brad Smith last season as the current New York Jet became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in college football history, Chase Daniel showed that he picked up a thing or two from watching. He threw for 226 yards and four touchdowns last weekend.

The Red Raiders (4-1, 0-1 South) have used a high-powered offense of their own. Quarterback Graham Harrell and receiver Robert Johnson hooked up for a trio of touchdowns, including the game-winner with 26 seconds left, as Texas Tech posted a wild 31-27 triumph over Texas A&M in the Big 12 opener for both schools last Saturday.

Harrell, who has a national-best 15 touchdown passes, was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. It was the second honor for a Red Raider this season, with kicker Alex Trlica picking up the special teams nod after a 38-35 victory against UTEP on September 9.

The Tigers lead the series, 3-2, and have won three of the four games in Big 12 play.

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