Post Game Report: Tigers Whip Wildcats 38-28

The Missouri Tigers get back into the win column with a big home victory on Senior Day at the Zou against Kansas State

On Saturday in Columbia, the #17 Missouri Tigers (8-2, 4-2) defeated the #24 Kansas State Wildcats (6-4, 3-4) by the final score of 38-28. This was a hard-fought, physical game that was essentually decided during the latter portion of the 3rd quarter, when Missouri seized momentum, following a a couple of key Kansas State turnovers.

"There's always going to be a battle," said Missouri Head Coach, Gary Pinkel. "I'm real proud of our team. You know, we've lost a couple of ball games. The great test of any football team is how you battle through adversity. And, I thought we battled. I'd like to have finished it a little bit better than what we did...................... But, I'm very excited that we ended up with being undefeated this year in the ZOU."

After Carson Coffman dropped the center-quarterback exchange on first and goal from the 1-yard line, and Jacquies Smith recovered, with 0:19 remaining in the 2nd quarter, Missouri was able to get into the locker room with a 21-14 half time lead. Kansas State Head Coach Bill Snyder had used both QBs during the first half, including Coffman and Collin Klein. Klein broke loose for 36 yards with a QB draw/scramble, on 3rd and 11 from the K-State 13-yard line, on the Wildcats' second TD drive. The Tigers' defense had a chance to get off of the field on that 3rd down, but they didn't account for the QB draw.

Blaine Gabbert also ran the ball effectively during the first half, as did the entire Missouri offense, including big gains on the ground by WRs T.J. Moe, Wes Kemp, and Jerrell Jackson.

Both teams' defenses stiffened a bit to open the second half, but Kansas State was winning the battle of field position, when Aldon Smith broke through for a sack that changed the game. With a little under 6 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, Kansas State was facing second and five, from the Missouri 37-yard line. Aldon Smith was lined up inside, and burst through to lay a big hit on Coffman that dislodged the football. Jacquies Smith picked up the ball, and ran it in for a score that put Missouri ahead 28-14. Missouri had all of the momentum, and a few minutes later, after Missouri had converted another Kansas State turnover into a 33-yard Grant Ressel FG, Gabbert found Moe on a crossing route at the goal line to make it 38-14, with 14:25 left in the 4th quarter.

On Kansas State's next possession, Jasper Simmons picked off a Coffman pass, to set the Tigers up at the K-State 39-yard line, but a series of Missouri penalties sabotaged that drive. Kansas State took over on their own 14-yard line, following the Missouri punt, and proceeded to march down the field for a TD, followed by a 2-PT conversion that pulled the Wildcats to within 38-22, with 6:55 remaining in the game.

Kansas State continued to mount a comeback, but eventually the Wildcats ran out of time. Following the game, Coach Pinkel addressed what he described as a "loss of focus", by his team after they got the 24-point lead, and talked about the impact of the turnovers.

"Turnovers are huge in games," said Coach Pinkel. "It's a game-changer, if you can get that on your side."

Beside the Smiths, Missouri's other defensive stars included Carl Gettis, with a forced fumble, Jasper Simmons, with a team-leading 10 tackles and a pick, and Zaviar Gooden, with 9 tackles. Andrew Wilson struggled early, starting at MLB, but adjusted as the game went on, and finished with 7 tackles on the day. The Tigers held Daniel Thomas to 66 yards rushing on 12 carries, as the 24-point lead that Missouri built midway through the second half rendered Thomas something of a non-factor. On the game, Missouri outgained Kansas State on the ground 232 yards to 187 yards.

Gabbert's 89 yards rushing on the day more than doubled his season total coming into this game. With his 12 carries, which averaged 7.4 yards/carry, the QB raised his season average to 2.6 yards/carry.

"We were just taking advantage of what they were giving us," explained Gabbert, when asked about his best rushing day of the season.

Gabbert also had a good day throwing the football, with a stat line of 17-25-1 (68%), for 208 yards (12.24 yards/completion) and 2 TDs.

In addition, a trio of Missouri TBs, De'Vion Moore, Kendial Lawrence, and Henry Josey, combined for 83 yards rushing on 16 carries (5.2 yards/carry).

"Now, it's about consistency," remarked Coach Pinkel. "There's lessons to learn, good and bad, in every game. But, it's a whole lot more fun fixing them when you win the game."

Scoring Summary

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 Score

Kansas State 0 14 0 14 28

Missouri 7 14 10 7 38

SCORING SUMMARY KS -MU

1st 05:37 MU Moe, T.J. 25 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick) 7 plays, 63 yards, TOP 3:46 0 - 7

2nd 14:21 KS Thomas, Daniel 1 yd run (Cherry, Josh kick) 5 plays, 41 yards, TOP 1:59 7 - 7

11:44 MU Gabbert, Blaine 32 yd run (Ressel, Grant kick) 7 plays, 70 yards, TOP 2:31 7 - 14

07:30 KS Thomas, Daniel 3 yd run (Cherry, Josh kick) 8 plays, 84 yards, TOP 4:07 14 - 14

04:12 MU Jackson, Jerrell 9 yd run (Ressel, Grant kick) 8 plays, 66 yards, TOP 3:12 14 - 21

3rd 05:34 MU Smith, Jacquies 53 yd fumble recovery (Ressel, Grant kick) 14 - 28

02:57 MU Ressel, Grant 33 yd field goal 5 plays, 29 yards, TOP 2:25 14 - 31

4th 14:25 MU Moe, T.J. 4 yd pass from Gabbert, Blaine (Ressel, Grant kick) 4 plays, 77 yards, TOP 1:31 14 - 38

06:55 KS Hilburn, Adrian 35 yd pass from Klein, Collin (Thomas, Daniel rush) 9 plays, 86 yards, TOP 4:36 22 - 38

01:11 KS Quarles, Aubrey 26 yd pass from Coffman, Carson (Coffman, Carson pass failed) 12 plays, 80 yards, TOP 3:17 28 - 38

Team Statistics

Team Totals KS MU

FIRST DOWNS 22 22

Rushing 10 11

Passing 11 9

Penalty 1 2

NET YARDS RUSHING 187 232

Rushing Attempts 44 38

Average Per Rush 4.2 6.1 Rushing Touchdowns 2 2

Yards Gained Rushing 231 249

NET YARDS PASSING 235 208

Passing Touchdowns 2 2

TOTAL OFFENSE YARDS 422 440Total offense plays 70 64

Fumbles: Number-Lost 4-3 1-0

Penalties: Number-Yards 6-54 8-60

Possession Time 31:22 28:38

Third-Down Conversions 8 of 15 3 of 8

Fourth-Down Conversions 2 of 2 0 of 1

Red-Zone Scores-Chances 2-3 4-4

Touchdowns 2-3 3-4

Field goals 0-3 1-4

Sacks By: Number-Yards 2-10 4-34

PAT Kicks 2-2 5-5

Field Goals 0-0 1-1

Team Leaders

Kansas State RUSHING No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg.

Klein, Collin 18 142 1 141 0 36 7.8

Thomas, Daniel 12 66 0 66 2 36 5.5

Missouri RUSHING No. Gain Loss Net TD Lg Avg.

Gabbert, Blaine 14 99 10 89 1 32 6.4

Moore, De'Vion 9 47 0 47 0 15 5.2

Moe, T.J. 2 32 0 32 0 21 16.0

Lawrence, Kendial 4 22 0 22 0 15 5.5

K-State PASSING Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack

Coffman, Carson 11-19-1 170 1 26 4

Klein, Collin 4-6-0 65 1 35 0

Missouri PASSING Cmp-Att-Int Yds TD Long Sack

Gabbert, Blaine 17-25-1 208 2 51 2

RECEIVING No. Yds TD Lg Quarles, Aubrey 9 133 1 26 Hilburn, Adrian 3 69 1 35 Thomas, Daniel 2 28 0 16 Wilson, Braden 1 5 0 5 Totals... 15 235 2 35

RECEIVING No. Yds TD Lg Egnew, Michael 5 55 0 25 Moe, T.J. 5 36 2 25 Jackson, Jerrell 4 45 0 20 Woodland, Rolandis 1 51 0 51 Kemp, Wes 1 17 0 17 Moore, De'Vion 1 4 0 4 Totals... 17 208 2 51

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