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Saturday, November 29, 2008
Final: Kansas 40, Missouri 37


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

The drive from Oklahoma City was a long one, but was made more tolerable by the radio station I was able to pick up from Bartlesville, Okla., so that I could listen to Kansas' dramatic 40-37 victory over Missouri.

And yes, that hissing sound is the background is the excitement seeping out of the Big 12 championship game next week.

Todd Reesing came up with a masterful performance, directing Kansas' dramatic victory over the North Division champions. Reesing completed the game-winning touchdown pass to Kerry Meier with 27 seconds left. And then the Jayhawks held on as Jeff Wolfert's 54-yard field goal at the buzzer was partially blocked.

The victory is a testament to the pluck of the gritty Jayhawks. After the game, Kansas coach Mark Mangino said that 10 of his starting players couldn't practice earlier in the week. All of them played Saturday, leading them to victory.

Kansas' upset sucks a lot of the excitement out of next week's Big 12 Championship Game in Kansas City. Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus has a lot of work between now and next week to prepare for whichever one of the potent Big 12 South offenses his team will be facing.

And Kansas' victory gives the team a boost as they likely head to the Insight Bowl.