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Big 12 notebook: Missouri not looking to live down to expectations; Mike Leach says Texas Tech 'balanced'

STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer Modified: September 10, 2009 at 4:40 am •  Published: September 10, 2009
The Tigers play the next two Saturdays at home against Bowling Green and Furman before wrapping up non-conference play Sept. 25 at Nevada.

Texas Tech coach Mike Leach has a slightly different definition of balanced offense.

"I’m proud to say we’re probably the most balanced team in the nation,” said Leach, whose Red Raiders opened the season with 405 of their 445 total yards through the air.

"Balance has virtually nothing to do with rushing as opposed to passing. It has to do with your ability to get ball in all your players’ hands,” Leach said. "We had 10 receivers touch the ball and three running backs. So if you run across anybody any more balanced than that, I’d like to meet them.”

"In all honestly, it just felt a little different to me.” — Kansas State coach Bill Snyder, on coaching his first game after a three-year "retirement.”

Mizzou not looking to live down to expectations


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