Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mizzou Wins

Missouri had two big rallies in the second half to beat Kansas and most likely end Mark Mangino's coaching career at Kansas.

The Jayhawks went up top early in the game with a 14-3 lead and led all of the first half, finishing the half at 21-13.

But after the half Missouri fired back finishing the third quarter leading 33-28. To open the fourth Missouri got a field goal to make it 36-28. After that KU stormed down the field and hit a field goal as well but Missouri star All-American linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was called for unnecessary roughness on the play and on the next play KU scored and got the two pointer to tie it 36-36. KU forced Missouri to punt and then drove for a field goal to make the game 39-36. Missouri got the ball with 3:36 left but on a 3rd and one Missouri running back was tripped by Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert as he was handing it off and Missouri was forced to punt. They downed the punt at the 1 yard and KU had only 2:55 to run off the clock but opted to try a deep pass on first down. Then surprisingly throw on second down as well which forced them to pass on 3rd. On 3rd down Kansas QB Todd Reesing was sacked in the end zone for a safety and had to kick the ball to Missouri up by one. On the kick Missouri returned it to the 50 yard line and after a 24 yard run by Missouri halfback Derick Washington it set up a last second field goal by Missouri's Kicker Grant Russel who leads the league in kicking percentage only missing one field goal all season. He hit the field goal with no time remaining to give Missouri the win 41-39.

Missouri's receiver Demarrio Alexander won college football player of the week with 14 catches for 244 yards and 2 TD's. Also Kansas receiver Desmond Briscoe had a good game with 13 catches 272 yards 2 TD's but also 2 fumbles that lead to Missouri TD's. So Missouri denies Kansas a bowl game and takes home the bragging rights in a typical Border showdown shootout.

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