Campus Corner

Missouri rakes in ratings for ESPN2

Updated: 2013-10-30T22:05:45Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

So, CBS may not think much about Missouri’s drawing power, but ESPN2 surely does after seeing the ratings the Tigers’ game against South Carolina garnered.

Missouri’s 27-24 double-overtime loss was ESPN2’s most-watched game of the 2013 season, averaging 3,051,000 viewers and 1.8 household rating.

It was the most-watched regular-season game on the network since Sept. 9, 2012, when the Tigers’ Southeastern Conference debut — a 41-20 loss to Georgia — drew an average audience of 4,119,000 and a 2.4 household rating.

The Missouri game against South Carolina more than doubled the average ESPN2 college football game audience (1,217,000).

Kansas City averaged an 11.0 rating for the Tigers’ game against the Gamecocks, which was the second most in any market behind on Greenville, S.C. (13.3).

With the Cardinals in the World Series, St. Louis (5.3) was seventh behind Birmingham (10.8), Knoxville (8.7), Jacksonville (6.5) and Charlotte (6.4).

Awards news

Missouri defensive end Michael Sam is one of 16 semifinalists nationally for the 2013 Chuck Bednarik Award as the best defensive player in college football.

Sam leads the nation in tackles for a loss (16) and is tied for the most sacks in the country (10) with Clemson defensive Vic Beasley, who also is a semifinalist for the award.

Tigers punter Christian Brinser was announced Monday as one of 85 nominees for the 2013 Ray Guy Award as the nation’s top punter.

Brinser, a junior from Liberty, is one of 11 punters from the Southeastern Conference to make the initial list, which will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Nov. 8.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/todpalmer.

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