Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thoughts on Oklahoma, Missouri games
By David Ubben
After three less-than-stellar weeks, Missouri's defense returned to its early-season form, shutting out an Iowa State offense that was playing without its leader, quarterback Austen Arnaud. Either way, that's a much-needed win for the Tigers, who notch their second shutout of the season.
They beat Colorado 26-0 earlier this year in the conference opener.
The interesting thing for Missouri is its offense got outgained by Iowa State, 332-206, and both teams had 17 first downs. Missouri didn't turn the ball over, and Iowa State had just one.
Two missed field goals by Iowa State's Grant Mahoney were obviously huge. That said, Missouri knows any road win in the Big 12 is good, and with Nebraska currently struggling with Texas A&M in College Station, their Big 12 North hopes are still alive.
Oklahoma will be sure to note to anyone who'll listen after its game at Baylor that it made it on the plane away from Norman.
Few would have been surprised if the 50-10 beatdown Oklahoma is currently putting on Baylor would have happened in Norman. No one was too surprised when Oklahoma did the same to Texas Tech with a 45-7 win at Owen Field last week.
But these Sooners came to play Baylor as seven-point favorites, and have played by far their best game of the season away from home.
They've forced three turnovers, including an interception returned for a touchdown by Ronnell Lewis early in the third quarter. Landry Jones has topped 300 yards passing and Ryan Broyles has 11 catches.
Meanwhile, Baylor's high-powered offense hasn't been able to do what it's done for most of the season, and just gave up a safety on kickoff coverage. Baylor has only 192 yards of offense.
So, Oklahoma has done what it's always done against Baylor. Now, the question becomes: Can they do it with the season on the line next week against Oklahoma State in Stillwater?