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COLUMBIA, Mo. – So this weekend I took my first trip to an away game since I attended the Kansas K-State game two years ago. It was also the first time I had been in an opposing team's press box, and that was an experience all in itself. The food was sub-par at best, and the hospitality was alright.

Here are some of the highlights from the 41-21 drubbing that Missouri and quarterback Chase Daniel put on the Wildcats Saturday.

Freeman's inaccuracy

This continues to be a consistent problem for quarterback Josh Freeman, and will likely remain so for the rest of the season. It's hard for a freshman to come in and make as big an impact as what is being asked of Freeman. He went 5-of-19 against Missouri and also had two interceptions and 23 rushing yards.

He now has seven interceptions and zero touchdown passes this season.

Missed opportunities

The Wildcats continue to find ways to hurt themselves. They had the ball in Missouri territory on all five of their first half possessions, and came away with zero offensive points. Also, they had the ball on the opponents' one-yard line for the third straight week and again were unable to put any points on the board.

First time for everything

The 43-yard fumble return by linebacker Zach Diles on Missouri's first play from scrimmage was the first Wildcat touchdown on defense this season and the first touchdown of Diles' career.

Where are Clayton and Spexarth?

Senior running back Thomas Clayton and sophomore right guard Gerard Spexarth were both left of the 66-player dress list, meaning they did not make the trip with the team to Missouri. They have both started at some point this season, but are now apparently going to remain glued to the bench for the rest of the season.

Watt's missing second half and other key injuries

Safety Marcus Watts played the first half of the game, but didn't come out to play the second half. He was seen running off the field after the game with the rest of the team, but they were all in pads and he was wearing sweats. He was also seen with a brace on his right hand.

Running back Leon Patton was dragged down by his facemask late in the first quarter. Missouri was flagged 15 yards, but Patton had to sit out most of the second quarter, as he was hurt. Cornerback Byron Garvin and Diles were also hurt in the second quarter, but all three players returned to the field later in the quarter.

3 straight fumbles

The Wildcats had quite an interesting possession early in the fourth quarter. After running back James Johnson rushed for three yards, Freeman fumbled the snap and recovered the ball for no gain. The next play, Freeman again fumbled the snap, but he was able to recover and hand the ball off to Johnson, who responded with a 37-yard run, which was his longest of the game. Freeman again fumbled the snap on the following play, but this time Missouri was able to recover for K-State's fifth of six turnovers in the game.

Rain factor

The rain was coming down for pretty much the entire game, which didn't stop both teams from attempting a combined 51 passes. This was the third time this season K-State has played in the rain, with the Wildcats winning against Illinois State and Florida Atlantic.

Missouri fans coming late and leaving early

Faurot Field seats 68,349 fans and 64,657 actually showed up for the game.

The interesting thing is that the stadium looked empty until there were only a few minutes left in the first quarter. Shortly after the third quarter, the fans began filing out of the stadium and it was almost empty by the time the game was over.

I'm sure the rain had a lot to do with the fans leaving, but it is a little strange that they did not want to see the ending of the 13-game losing streak that ended with Missouri beating K-State.

Press box fiasco

I didn't make the trip to Baylor, so this was my first road trip of the season. I didn't know what to expect, because I had only been in K-State's press box during a game.

Before every game there is an announcer who comes on the intercom and tells the media in the press box that there is to be no cheering before, during or after the game. This never happens at K-State and it is always relatively quiet. I expected more of the same, but there were people cheering for Missouri on almost every play. A total of five people were thrown out of the press box during the game for being obnoxiously loud, and some of the Wildcat media people had to get them removed.

Road Warriors?

With the loss to Missouri, the Wildcats continue to struggle on the road. They have not won a Big 12 Conference road game since beating the Tigers in 2004.

The last time they won a road game at all was last season to Marshall.


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