Tigers' Pig picked as Big 12 defensive player of the week

COLUMBIA | Missouri safety Pig Brown, whose interception in the final minute preserved Missouri’s 40-34 victory Saturday against Illinois, was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the week Tuesday.

Brown also recovered two fumbles, returning one of them 100 yards for a touchdown.

“There are not many guys that have two fumble recoveries and an interception to seal the victory,” Brown said after the game.

When the Tigers play Mississippi on Saturday, there will be two defesive players of the week on the field.

Dustin Mouzon, defensive back for the Rebels, was named the SEC defensive player of the week on Monday. Mouzon had two interceptions and a fumble recovery, retuning one of the interceptions 99 yards for a TD in a 23-21 victory over Memphis.

TIMING REPORT COMING: The Tigers haven’t yet filed a complaint to the Big 12 Conference on what could have been a game-changing gaffe by Saturday by the Big 12 officiating crew, but one is likely coming.

With Illinois facing a fourth and 10 at its 44 late in the game, the officials failed to notice what everyone else at the Edward Jones Dome did, that the play clock hit zero before the Illini center snapped the ball to quarterback Eddie McGee.

MU players and coaches were screaming along the sidelines, pointing toward the play clocks, but McGee hit Arrelious Benn for 25 yards and a first down at the MU 31. The play stood, keeping Illinois’ hopes alive.