Holiday Bowl

December 29, 1997

No. 19 Missouri (7-4) vs. No. 18 Colorado State (10-2)

Time: 8 p.m. today

TV: ESPN

Line: Colorado State by 3 1/2

Series: Missouri leads 1-0

Last meeting: Missouri won, 28-14, in 1982

Coaches: Larry Smith (18-26-1); Sonny Lubick (40-19)

Outlook: The 19th-ranked Tigers averaged 42 points during a five-game second-half surge, but opponents are averaging 30.2 points and 386.5 yards. Colorado State is averaging 41 points and 423 yards during an eight-game winning streak behind quarterback Moses Moreno (2,257 yards passing, 20 touchdowns) and the Rams have a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Damon Washington and Kevin McDougal. Tigers' Harold Piersey has five interceptions in the last four games. QB Corby Jones was Missouri's leading rusher with 887 yards and 14 TDs and he threw for 1,658 yards. The Rams led the nation in turnover margin, picking off 18 passes.

Pub Date: 12/29/97

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