Saturday, October 23, 2010
Instant analysis: Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27
By David Ubben
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri's big 36-27 win should vault them inside or near the top 5, and gives them sole possession of first place in the North, and with this win against Nebraska's loss last week, the Tigers are the favorite to win the division and the Big 12.
How the game was won: Missouri pressured Landry Jones for the entire night, and kept the Sooners from ever getting in a rhythm offensively. On the other side, the Tigers protected Blaine Gabbert and ran the ball well the entire night, far out rushing the Sooners.
Turning point: Down 26-21, Oklahoma's Jones was picked off by a diving Zaviar Gooden to give Missouri the ball in the red zone with a big lead. It turned that into three points after a successful hook-and-ladder for a first down and added a touchdown on the next drive to take a 36-21 lead in the fourth quarter.
Stat of the game: Missouri's 178 rushing yards. Without those, the Tigers would have been one-dimensional as they were in past games against the Sooners and likely have faced a different fate.
Player of the game: Missouri's linemen. As noted above, pressure on Jones forced turnovers on defense. A dominant performance allowed a handful of guys to make plays on offense, like Jerrell Jackson, who caught eight passes for 134 yards and a touchdown.
Second guessing: A pair of two-point conversion decisions by both coaches. Oklahoma's Bob Stoops one-upped Gary Pinkel with an attempt when his team was down by nine points. The Sooners failed and didn't extend the game.
What Oklahoma learned: It still can't play on the road or in the fourth quarter. All five losses came away from home last year, and the same is true of the Sooners' loss this year.
What Missouri learned: Let's keep it simple. The Tigers are the best team in the Big 12.