NCAA Game Summary - Oklahoma at Missouri|
(Saturday, October 23rd)
Final Score: (18) Missouri 36, (3) Oklahoma 27
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Blaine Gabbert threw for 308 yards and a
touchdown on 30-of-42 passing, and 18th-ranked Missouri remained as the only
unbeaten team left in the Big 12 after scoring 16 consecutive points in the
fourth quarter to upend third-ranked Oklahoma, 36-27.
Jarrell Jackson was Gabbert's primary target, catching nine passes for 139
yards and scoring the go-ahead touchdown for Missouri (7-0, 3-0 Big 12), which
beat Oklahoma for the first time after seven straight losses to the Sooners.
In fact, Oklahoma had won 19 of the last 20 in the series.
The Tigers may have used some homecoming magic to pull off the enormous
victory. The last time Missouri faced Oklahoma during homecoming week was
1998, which was also the last time the Tigers won in the series.
Missouri, which scored on its first three possessions of the fourth quarter to
move ahead for good, celebrated in a wild party on the field after topping the
top-ranked team in the BCS standings.
"You've just got to rise to the occasion," Gabbert said. "This is an extremely
big football game for this team, this university and this state. We just
showed them that we're here to stay."
With Oklahoma's loss, Oregon is likely to take over the top spot in the BCS,
and the Ducks also came into the week ranked No. 1 in each human poll. Boise
State or Auburn are the favorites to slide into the coveted No. 2 position.
Landry Jones completed 32-of-50 passes for 303 yards and three touchdowns with
two interceptions for the Sooners (6-1, 2-1), who were looking for their first
7-0 start since 2004. Ryan Broyles caught eight passes for 110 yards in
"They did a good job. Missouri's a great defense," Jones said. "Watching film
we had a lot of reads on their defense but they still made a lot of plays.
They did a good job of disguising stuff."
Missouri trailed by one to begin the fourth, but gained possession in the
early moments following a punt.
A 15-yard run by Henry Josey put the Tigers in Oklahoma territory, and a
Gabbert seven-yard run put them on the 38. The next play saw Gabbert hit
Jackson near the 20, and the receiver spun away from two defenders en route to
the end zone for a 26-21 lead after the two-point conversion failed.
Jones' next pass was intercepted, leading to Grant Ressel's 23-yard field goal
for an eight-point Missouri lead with just under 10 minutes to play.
Oklahoma couldn't gain a first down on its next touch and punted the ball away
with nine minutes left. On the second play of the ensuing Missouri series,
De'Vion Moore carried several defenders on his back during a 39-yard run up
the middle to gain the Sooners' 37.
Gabbert found T.J. Moe for 19 yards on the next play, and Josey's 15-yard run
set up James Franklin's three-yard touchdown run for a 15-point advantage with
just over six minutes to go.
The Sooners didn't give up, however, as a Mossis Madu 77-yard kickoff return
led to Trey Millard's two-yard touchdown run to cut the deficit to nine after
the two-point conversion failed.
Oklahoma's onside kick attempt was recovered by Missouri, and the Tigers ran
the clock down inside three minutes before punting. The Sooners' offense
failed once again, though, and they punted the ball away for a final time, as
Mizzou ran off all but two seconds of the clock on its ensuing series.
Missouri got started without ever putting its offense onto the field, as Gahn
McGaffie returned the opening kickoff 86 yards for a touchdown.
Oklahoma, though, tied the game after a turnover. The Sooners went three-and-
out on their first touch, but Carl Gettis fumbled the punt away, giving
Oklahoma the ball on Missouri's 45. Four players later, Jones' 27-yard
touchdown pass to Kenny Stills made it 7-7.
The Tigers went back in front after Aldon Smith halted a Sooners drive with an
interception at Mizzou's 14, returning it 58 yards to the Oklahoma 28. Moore
capped the ensuing six-play drive with a one-yard scoring run for a 14-7 game
in the opening moments of the second quarter.
After Madu fumbled the ball away on Missouri's 14, the Sooners regained
possession and tied the game again. Aided by a 31-yard completion to Broyles
on 3rd-and-16 from their own 17, the Sooners ended a 14-play, 89-yard series
with Jones' four-yard touchdown pass to Murray with 4:08 left.
Missouri, however, was able to surge in front, 17-14, on the last play of the
first half on Ressel's 36-yard field goal. He hit another field goal from 30
yards away midway through the third quarter for a six-point lead, but Oklahoma
answered with James Hanna's three-yard touchdown reception, and Jimmy Stevens'
extra point provided the Sooners with a slim 21-20 lead heading to the fourth.
Missouri's last 7-0 start was 1960...The Tigers improved to 9-6 all-time
against the Sooners on homecoming, though are still just 24-66-5 against them
overall...Missouri came into the game 11th in the BCS poll...Moore led the
Tigers rushing with 73 yards on 10 carries, while Josey finished with 64 yards
on 14 carries...Broyles crossed the 100-yard receiving mark for the ninth time
in 10 games.
10/24 01:48:39 ET