Tigers earn win behind Alexander's record day

Sunday, November 22, 2009

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Danario Alexander broke one of Jeremy Maclin's records with another big day. He expects the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver's year-old marks to fall before his huge senior season is done.

"I told him I want to get them all," Alexander said after helping Missouri end a three-game home losing streak in a 34-24 victory against Iowa State on Saturday. "I'm not sure if that'll happen, but I'll just try to play my best."

Alexander had 11 catches for 173 yards and a 63-yard score, surpassing single-season and career yardage records set by Maclin last season. Alexander has 34 catches for 578 yards and five touchdowns in his last three games. He's reached double digits in receptions all three games.

"You talk about a creature," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "Just athletically, compared to almost anybody, he just stands out. He's such a remarkable athlete."

Iowa State tried double- and triple-teaming Alexander with no success. Cyclones coach Paul Rhoads compared Alexander to a Hall of Fame running back and 100-meter world record-holder Usain Bolt.

"He's got a little Jim Brown in him," Rhoads said. "You look at him on the field and you think he's done and not going to be able to play this play very fast, then he comes out of the blocks like the Olympic guy from Jamaica."

Alexander has 1,411 yards receiving, shattering Maclin's total of 1,260 as a sophomore last year before leaving for the NFL. He's 10 catches shy of Maclin's record of 102 receptions, and has 2,408 yards receiving in his career, passing Maclin for third on the school's career list.

He unsuccessfully lobbied for a chance at a third straight 200-yard game, which would tie the NCAA record.

"I said, 'Coach, I need one catch and I'll get it,'" Alexander said. "But we got the victory, and that's all that counts."

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