Things were loking like it might be the Missouri Tigers night as they jumped out to a 7-0 lead against the Sooners early in the first quarter and built a 14-3 lead with 6:00 minutes left in it. However, the Sooners had other ideas and made the adjustments which slowed down the Tigers offense until the 4th quarter, while fidning their stride against the Mizzou defense on their way to a 38-28 victory.
Despite putting up over 500 yards of offense, the Tigers were down 31-14 until six minutes left in the game when they were able to put two scoring drives to make the final score look better.
Coach Pinkel addressed the loss after the game.
"First of all, give Oklahoma credit," said Coach Pinkel, following his team's 38-28 loss at Oklahoma. "They're a real good football team. I think we could've played better. Give them credit. They're really, really good. I think they're a top-five team in the country. They might be the best team in the nation. Time will tell about all of that. But, I think we could've played better. That's my job, and I'm disappointed."
While quarterback James Franklin passed for 291 yards with 1 touchdown, and ran for over 100 yards and a TD, the lack of scoring obthered Pinkel.
"We had the ball inside their thirty, with no points, twice," lamented Coach Pinkel.
"I thought James Franklin did a lot of good things," said Coach Pinkel. "He played against a great defensive football team, in just his fourth start. I think he did a lot of good things, and I think he'll get better."
Tailback Henry Josey had another 100 yard game finishing with 133 yards on 14 carries and one score.
"It's exciting to know you've got a break-away guy like that," exclaimed Coach Pinkel, referring to TB Henry Josey. "My gosh! Just any time he touches the ball, something can happen!"
Despite their early success the Tigers seemed to lose focus on what was workingfor them, while Oklahoma made adjustments that helped themselves take momentum and control of the game.
The usually automatic Grant Ressel was off as he missed two 46 yard field goals on the niht that would have made the score closer.
The lose drops Missouri to 2-2 on the early season.
"We got a chance to be a good football team," said Coach Pinkel. "And, we've got to work harder, and I've got to coach better."