Oh man. This one sure hurts to write. Missouri came into this game ranked No. 12 in the country against an Kansas team that was unranked and playing poorly, losing four of its last five. But the Jayhawks came out ready to play, and ended up upsetting Missouri 40-37 in Kansas City at Arrowhead Stadium.
-Chase Daniel played his worst ball in the first half. He's played poorly the last month or two, and most Mizzou fans were hoping that he'd come up big in these last crucial games. Not the case. His career in Columbia is now definitely ending on a sour note. Losing to KU like this will not leave a good taste in his mouth.
-Tip your hat to Todd Reesing, Jake Sharp, and Kerry Meier. All three were banged up headed into the game, and all three played well in their final regular season game of the season. Especially crucial was Meier, who had 106 yards and two TDs on 14 receptions.
-Speaking of tough, how about Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman? Coffman is still hobbled by a sprained toe but managed two TD catches in limited duty. Maclin also hurt his hip late in the game, but stayed in the game and gritted it out.
On a more negative note however, cornerback Castine Bridges, who had been playing some of his best ball of the season, is out for the rest of the season with a torn meniscus.
-Gary Pinkel is loyal, but Matt Eberflus has got to go. The defensive coordinator is just not doing the most that he can with his players. This defense returned 10 starters and got worse. The Tigers are blitzing on fourth-and-long in the fourth quarter??? Why!?!?!? Terrible play calling.
-Not like we didn't already know, but memo to Chase Daniel: Turning the ball over three times will lose you every ball game. Especially that long run he had. After you've got the first down, you gotta cover that football.
-When Missouri gets down in the ball game, it abandons the run. It's terrible, but that's how it's always been. Derrick Washington only had 11 carries. That's not what elite schools do. A steady and balanced attack is crucial.
-Congratulations to offensive coordinator Dave Christensen. DC was named the head coach of Wyoming this week, but will remain with the team through the bowl season. Quarterback coach Dave Yost is expected to get the promotion, and it should be a semi-seamless transition.
-You gotta consider this season a disappointment for Missouri. The Tigers had SO much returning talent, and after a presumed loss to Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game, might not even go into the bowl season ranked.
-I salute KU. I hate 'em, but they came out and played a great game. Missouri hardly played well, but the Jayhawks earned this W. Until next season!
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