Oklahoma is one of the nation's best programs at turning a minor slight into legitimate disrespect and motivation, but Missouri receiver Jerrell Jackson gave the Sooners plenty of ammunition on Monday.
Asked by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch what made Oklahoma so tough at home, Jackson had this to say:
"I don't know what makes them so tough," he said. "Ain't nothing tough about them to me."
The Sooners' 37-game home winning streak begs to disagree, but Jackson's quote shouldn't be too surprising for a couple of reasons.
1. We've been down this road before. Before Missouri traveled to face Texas A&M at Kyle Field last year, reporters asked Jackson what he thought about the famed 12th Man in College Station. "It's going to be a wild game," Jackson said. "When we step out there, we plan on shutting them up, quick." The quote made the rounds quickly and served as fodder for delirious fans at Midnight Yell Practice the night before the game. In Jackson's defense, though, that's exactly what Missouri did, beating the Aggies 30-9 to send them to 3-3 on the year.
2. Jackson had a career game against OU last season. Jackson, a senior, is rebounding from a preseason injury, but he hauled in nine passes for 139 yards and a massive 38-yard touchdown to help Missouri take over the game in the fourth quarter. The nine catches are a career high, and his 139 yards are 3 yards short of a career high set against Iowa State. So, for Jackson, the Sooners really haven't been all that tough.
"Someone made himself bait with those comments . . Should of just shut his mouth," tweeted OU linebacker Travis Lewis.
Added receiver Kenny Stills, who every day goes up against OU's secondary, which refers to itself as The Sharks: "Lol Dude is shark bait..."
He's already a marked man for the No. 1 Sooners, who do have a physical bulletin board on which inflammatory comments physically are posted.