No. 1 Oklahoma Outlasts Missouri 38-28

Saturday, Sept. 24-

In the opening minutes of Saturday night’s Missouri-Oklahoma matchup, Tiger faithful were no doubt flashing back to last October’s upset of the top ranked Sooners. Up 14-3 halfway through the first quarter, the prospect of back-to-back Sooner shocks seemed tauntingly realistic.

The Tiger defense was impressive early, forcing a three and out followed by an interception in the first two OU possessions. Any upset hopes were dashed, however, when junior quarterback Landry Jones and company began to pick apart the Tiger secondary in what became a 38-28 victory for the nations’ No. 1 team.

Sophomore cornerback E.J Gaines was given the daunting task of defending All-American wide receiver Ryan Broyles. While Gaines did record an interception, the nod in this matchup clearly went to Broyles, who had 13 receptions for 154 yards and three touchdowns. Additionally, Jones amassed 448 passing yards over the Missouri defensive backs for the fifth 400+ yard performance of his career.

Offensively, the Tigers were rather mercurial. Missouri scored half of its 28-point point total in the opening nine minutes of the game. From this point, the Oklahoma defense began to look more like that of a top ranked team, as the next nine Tiger drives consisted of seven punts and two missed field goals.

Sophomore quarterback James Franklin threw for 291 yards and one touchdown, but never settled into a rhythm, completing a season low 48 percent of his pass attempts. The scrambling sophomore also gained 103 yards on the ground, rushing for two scores.

One bright spot for the Tigers was the rushing performance of sophomore running back Henry Josey. Starting in place of injured senior De’Vion Moore, Josey rushed for 133 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown, leading the way for the Tigers run game for the second week in a row.

Missouri drops to 2-2 on the season (0-1 in Big 12 play) as it heads into a bye week. The Tigers’ next opponent will be the Kansas State Wildcats on Oct. 8 in Manhattan, Kan.

-Jade Washburn
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Staff Writer