Saturday, October 23, 2010
Tigers capitalize on Sooners' red zone woes
By David Ubben
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Oklahoma has reached the red zone four times tonight.
It has seven points to show for them.
Missouri has made three trips, totaling 13 points.
Missouri leads, 20-14, the same six-point deficit that's evident in the two teams' red zone trips.
The problems may have never been more frustrating than on the past two possessions for Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops. Kicker Jimmy Stevens yanked a 31-yard attempt badly from the right hash, missing wide left.
Missouri promptly drove down the field and kicker Grant Ressel made a 30-yard attempt in the rainy conditions that have taken over at Faurot Field tonight.
Field goals have been a constant problem for Oklahoma for the past two seasons, with a revolving door of Stevens, Patrick O'Hara and punter Tress Way, with Way focusing just on punting this season.
In big games, in which scoring is at a premium, it hurts the most. Oklahoma is experiencing that now, against a Missouri team whose kicker is now 38-of-40 for his career on field goals.