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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Momentum out of control early

By David Ubben

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- With a high-stakes, high-energy game, we're seeing a lot of high-stakes, high-energy play.

For Missouri, it's already been both good and bad. Thanks to a huge play and a couple costly mistakes, the game is tied 7-7 early in the first quarter.

Gahn McGaffie returned the game's opening kick 86 yards for a score, and the Tigers forced a suffocating three-and-out on the ensuing possession with a sack from cornerback Kevin Rutland.

But punt returner Carl Gettis muffed the punt, and Oklahoma's Landry Jones hit a wide-open freshman receiver in Kenny Stills for a 27-yard touchdown that looked like the product of a miscommunication. You have to wonder if that mistake occurred with a defense high on energy and low on focus.

The Tiger have to settle down and provide plenty of both to upset the No. 1 Sooners, who became the second No. 1 team in two weeks to give up a touchdown on the opening kickoff.