Questionable calls set stage for Missouri's wild victory

Mark Mangino's season ended in excruciating fashion Saturday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

His coaching tenure at Kansas could be similar depending on the events of the next several days.

Some iffy calls were made down the stretch, enabling Missouri to charge back for a 41-39 victory.

Grant Ressel, the FBS leader in field-goal percentage, provided the margin of victory as time expired with a 27-yard field goal. Ressel converted 24 of 25 field goals this season, but none bigger than the last one.

Mangino's clock management really hurt the Jayhawks on their last possession. With backup running back Rell Lewis carrying the ball well, conventional wisdom would have the Jayhawks to try to run the ball inside and burn some clock. Or at least make Missouri burn some time outs to kill the clock.

Instead, the Jayhawks tried two passes from the end zone that resulted in incompletions. Reesing was then sacked in the end zone on third down.

After the resulting free kick, the Tigers then marched for the game-winning field.

Missouri finishes 8-4 and will be a prime bowl contender after ending the season with four victories in their final five games.

And it puts a capper on Kansas' disappointing season, where it started 5-0 before finishing with seven consecutive losses -- all in the Big 12.

Here are some of the items that caught my attention in the game.

  • Danario Alexander and Dezmon Briscoe are two of the most spectacular wide receivers in the country. Alexander finished with 15 receptions for 234 yards -- the kind of performance that stamped him as the Big 12's best receiver this season. Briscoe had 14 catches for 242 yards. It seemed like one player seemed to trump the other as the game transpired.

  • Todd Reesing will go down in history as the most statistically productive quarterback in Kansas history. He finished Saturday's game with 498 yards and four touchdown passes. But one of the most memorable plays in his storied career will be his final one, the sack that set up Missouri's late rally.

  • We're going to be seeing a lot out of Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the future. His stunning athleticism was on display in the game and his leadership grew by leading the comeback.

  • How much did Kansas miss bullish running Toben Opurum on that last drive? He would have been the ideal player to feature if he had been available, but was injured last week against Texas.