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Let's be honest.  When a team goes on the road and destroys what had appeared to be a respectable opponent like Missouri just did, it's hard to find three players with "down," weeks.  Maybe the hype of this week has just tinted by black and gold glasses more than usual.  Either way, there was no way I could reasonably find three players who's stock is falling after that last game.

So instead of the usual "Three Up, Three Down," segment, behold our first ever edition of, "Three up, three up,"

uparrowgBlaine Gabbert - JR. - QB

Easily Blaine's best game of the year.  It gets old making comparisons to his predecessor but Blaine really reminded me of Chase out there the way he was distributing the ball.  Gabbert had some nice deep completions that he had been missing earlier this season.  His 361 yards and three touchdowns were both season highs.  And oh yeah, he was playing with a bruised hip and ribs.

uparrowgBrad Madison - SO. - DE

Aldon who?  The Mizzou defense lost it's most talented player and hasn't missed a beat.  A huge reason for that has been the play of Brad Madison.  All Madison did was rack up another three sacks on Saturday.  Madison now leads the team in sacks (four) and tackles for loss (seven).  Not bad for a backup.

uparrowgWes Kemp - JR. - WR

Finally!  It seems like ever since Wes Kemp was a recruit Tiger fans have been waiting for him to break out like this.  On Saturday he proved there is more to the Mizzou passing attack than just TJ Moe and Michael Egnew.  Kemp's 10 catches and two touchdowns were both career highs.  He's already equalled his reception total of last season.  This is a great sign for the Missouri offense moving forward.

uparrowgKip Edwards - SO. - CB

Edwards is quickly becoming one of my favorite players on the team.  No need to even pull out the stats on his performance last week.  While Dave Steckel and the Mizzou D turned up the heat with its blitz packages, Edwards was consistently left in one on one situations with one of the nation's most talented receivers.  Edwards was up to the task.  He shut down Jeff Fuller all day long.  This secondary continues to play with more and more confidence each week.

uparrowgKevin Rutland - SR. - CB

Speaking of confident secondary, Kevin Rutland is certainly a big part of it.  Another great performance from K-Rut.  He totaled seven tackles and had two sacks on cornerback blitzes.  FSN announcer Dave Lapham called Rutland, "one of the best corners in the Big 12."  In past seasons the notion of a Mizzou corner being among the best in the conference was laughable.  This year however, Lapham is right.  Rutland is one of the conference's best.

uparrowgCoaching Staff

Top to bottom, start to finish, this was Missouri's best played game of the year.  The coaches get credit where credit is due.  Both the offense and defense were impressive throughout.  I heard one media member say it was the best coaching performance of Pinkel's career.  I won't go that far, but it was damn good.