Missouri Tigers vs. Oklahoma Sooners: Live Score, Highlights and Analysis
Missouri 28, (1) Oklahoma 38 FINAL
Welcome to my live blog of tonight's clash between the Missouri Tigers and the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners.
The Big 12 contest is coming on the heels of the rampant talk over the fate of the conference after the departure of longtime commissioner Dan Beebe, and the arrival of former Big Eight commissioner Chuck Neinas on a interim basis.
Many people have speculated that if Texas and Oklahoma leave, the remnants of the Big 12 would merge with what's left of the Big East after they lose Pitt and Syracuse to the ACC.
The Sooners are coming off of a gritty, hard-fought win in Tallahassee against then-No. 5 Florida State, knocking out E.J. Manuel and forcing three turnovers and six sacks in the 23-13 decision.
The Tigers are coming off of a 69-0 drubbing of the FCS's Western Illinois Leathernecks, as the Tigers offense rang up 744 yards of offense against the overmatched Leathernecks defense, and QB James Franklin led the assault on the school record books by throwing for 316 yards and three touchdowns.
October 23, 2010: No. 11 Missouri defeated No. 1 Oklahoma 36-27 in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicated. The Sooners committed three turnovers, which the Tigers turned into 10 points on the way to a huge upset win at home. It also marked Missouri's first win against the Sooners since 1998, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the perennial Big 12 powerhouse.
We have the end of the game ladies and gents. The top-ranked Sooners have defeated the Missouri Tigers by a score of 38-28.
The combination of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles was too much for the Tigers on defense, as they were shredded for 448 yards of offense, and three touchdowns.
Henry Josey was the key player for Missouri as he had 14 carries for 131 yards in a losing effort.
The Sooners move to 3-0 on the year, while the Tigers drop to 2-1.
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James Franklin keeps it and punches it in for his second touchdown of the night.
The sophomore quarterback is a huge asset for Missouri, and the potential is nothing but upward for him.
The lead is cut to 38-28 with less than a minute left.
Missouri 28, (1) Oklahoma 38
Landry Jones connects with Ryan Broyles for their third touchdown of the night.
This score is the dagger for the Sooners and should be all they need to lock up this victory and move on in their quest to win another Big 12 championship and a BCS title.
Missouri 21, (1) Oklahoma 38.
Oklahoma is looking to score again, to add to the lead and put the Tigers away.
Dominique Whaley has been the Sooners' workhorse tonight, and he has proven that he is capable of being the lead guy for the team.
The Sooners are eating up the clock, and in turn eating up the Tigers' chances of coming back.
Henry Josey takes it 48 yards on the option pitch for a score.
The touchdown closes Oklahoma's lead to 31-21, and just like that, Missouri strikes to try to maybe make things interesting.
Missouri 21, (1) Oklahoma 31
With inside 10 minutes left in the game, the Sooners are slowly but steadily putting this game away.
They are pounding the ball with Whaley and Finch and are slowly killing the clock for Missouri, and they have all but assured that they will come out of this game with a win to open Big 12 play.
Missouri couldn't do anything with the football when it counted, and it showed as the Tigers have two missed field goals and seven punts.
The Tigers' futility in Norman will all but continue for another year.
Frank Alexander has been such a force for the Sooners on defense. He sacked James Franklin to force yet another Missouri three-and-out.
Heading into the 4th quarter, you have to wonder..The Sooners are going to start closing the book on this game to move to 2-0 and cement their spot on top of the BCS.
Missouri hasn't found any rhythm or found a solution for the Sooners' defense. It is starting to become likely that the Tigers' ineffectiveness is going to cost them yet another game in Norman.
The No. 1 ranked team in the country took a while to show up, but shown up they have.
This game has been riddled with penalties.
After not having a penalty in the first two games of the season, the Sooners get called for a false start and cannot convert on third down.
Hey, if we paint all the team's jerseys yellow would anyone notice?
Seems like a great all-yellow party of undisciplined and uncharacteristic football to me.
Great catch by T.J Moe as Franklin gets more of his offense involved.
Nice catch by Moe on the sideline as he gets his team another much-needed first down for the Missouri offense.
The Sooners got caught napping on third down and were caught sitting back on the coverage.
Missouri attempted a field goal, but Gary Resell shanked it for his second miss on the night.
Oklahoma takes over on downs.
Great conversion as Franklin had time to find an open man for a much-needed first down.
It may be too little, too late for the Tigers as the clock continues to run in the third quarter, the Tigers must continue to lean on Henry Josey and run it right at the Sooners on defense.
James Franklin needs to stop trying to do everything himself, the Tigers need to just take what the defense gives them and get the ball moving to try to get back into this game.
Oklahoma runs the football right down the throat of the Tigers' defense.
Dominique Whaley punches the ball into the end zone to add to the Sooners' lead.
This game is starting to get out of hand. Missouri is about on life support for this game.
Missouri 14, (1) Oklahoma 31
Oklahoma is starting to work the clock. They are running the football right at Missouri on defense, and the Tigers cannot stop it.
Seems like it is turning into a game of keep away, and Oklahoma is winning.
Dominique Whaley is leading a balanced Oklahoma offense, and the offensive line is opening the holes for the Sooners to start wearing the Tigers out.
A gain of 19 yards down to the Tigers' 5-yard line.
Landry Jones' pass intended for Ryan Broyles is picked off, and Missouri's defense gets a HUGE stop to get off the field.
Let's see what James Franklin and the Tigers' offense can do with the golden opportunity to get back into the game.
This makes two interceptions thrown by Jones tonight.
What a run by Dominique Whaley.
He slices through the Missouri defense for a decent gain. Seems like the Oklahoma offensive line is pushing the Tigers around.
All Oklahoma has to do is just stay with the run, and wear the Tigers' defense out to finish them off.
Some hard, tough running by Whaley is keeping the Sooners' drives alive.
Missouri comes up empty on their first offensive possession of the 2nd half.
That's not what you want from your offense to try to claw back from this deficit, and Missouri had better try to come up with an answer soon.
Gary Pinkell is probably going to have to let James Franklin loose to try to make something happen.
The punt is upcoming.
We start the third quarter with the No. 1 team in the land, the Oklahoma Sooners currently leading the Missouri Tigers by a score of 24-14.
Oklahoma is looking to score a big win at home, after the Tigers knocked them off in Columbia last year, by a score of 36-27, and effectively ended the Sooners' BCS title aspirations.
James Franklin is going to have to pull something out of his hat in order to reverse the ship and bring Missouri back from this 10-point deficit.
Missouri must get back to running the football, and they will get the first crack at erasing this deficit to start the 2nd half.
FIELD GOAL NO GOOD!
Missouri attempted a field goal only to see it go wide left.
A missed opportunity for the Tigers, let's just hope it doesn't become the difference maker in this game.
Oklahoma is running down the clock to secure a 10-point lead.
We have halftime in Norman and Oklahoma currently leads Missouri 24-14.
Missouri 14, (1) Oklahoma 24.
Missouri is on a crucial 3rd down.
They need to get back to running the football as they did in the 1st quarter, as Henry Josey and T.J Moe have been virtually non-existent for the Tigers.
Oklahoma is bringing the pressure on defense, and the Tigers have no answer for it so far as they have punted on four straight possessions..
Franklin? Franklin? Is James Franklin home?
Landry Jones keeps it on a quarterback sneak, and punches it in to the end zone.
What a pace the Oklahoma offense is on, as the Sooners have come back from a 14-3 deficit to score 21 unanswered points.
Missouri is now the one looking for answers, and if they do not, the game may get out of hand and quickly.
Missouri 14, (1) Oklahoma 24
Oklahoma has figured out what Missouri is doing on defense.
Dominique Whaley and Jazz Reynolds have been the catalysts as the Sooners are inside the Tigers' 5-yard line.
What a change of events as the Sooners have roared back.
Landry Jones throws his 2nd touchdown to Ryan Broyles to take the first lead of the night.
He goes right back to Broyles after being denied the previous play.
What a first half we have seen, as Oklahoma and Missouri are in a heavyweight fight.
Missouri 14, (1) Oklahoma 17.
What a night Missouri DB E.J Gains is having.
He throws a fade route toward Ryan Broyles and is denied by the smaller DB.
Let's see where Jones goes with the next throw.
What a huge strike by Landry Jones!
A 40-yard reception by Jazz Reynolds by making an over the shoulder catch on a long pass by Landry Jones.
Oklahoma is threatening to take the lead as they are moving inside the 20-yard line of Missouri.
Let's see if Oklahoma can shake the red-zone demons that have been plaguing them all season so far.
What an impact by James Franklin.
The Missouri QB took off with the football for a nice 24-yard gain.
James Franklin is going to be a HUGE difference maker for the Tigers as this game progresses toward halftime.
A crucial third-and-long run by Franklin comes up short and decision time comes on 4th down.
Seems like this game is slowly turning into a battle of defenses.
Neither defense is giving up any room as Missouri's defense forces another three-and-out by the Sooners.
Oklahoma is going to punt it away for the third time tonight.
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