Three touchdown passes by senior quarterback Colt McCoy and a blocked punt in the Tiger's end zone leading to a Texas touchdown made it a very disappointing night for the Missouri Tigers (4-3, 0-3) as they were thumped by the #3 Texas Longhorns (7-0, 4-0), 41-7 at Faurot Field.
Missouri never got going in this game as they were down 14-0 before they could get a first down and were down 35-7 at halftime. The Tigers have now lost three in a row for the first time since 2006 when they lost three straight to Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Iowa State.
"Three losses in a row you know, that's tough," Junior Derrick Washington said. "I'm not liking it at all, it hurts."
"What we are doing right now isn't Mizzou and we've got to get back on track," Linebacker Will Ebner said.
Texas took the lead just 3:36 into the game when senior quarterback Colt McCoy fired an 8-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jordan Shipley.
Missouri appeared to get the stop they wanted on the next Longhorn drive when Texas was forced to punt on fourth and one on their 47 yard line. However, Texas faked the punt and Antwan Cobb ran three yards to midfield for the fourth down conversion. Texas would end the drive with an 11-yard touchdown run by Foswhitt Whittaker, giving Texas a 14-0 lead.
"We just got to make sure everyone knows the call. We didn't do a great job communicating," senior Sean Weatherspoon said.
Missouri appeared to get the stop they wanted again on Texas' third drive when McCoy's pass on third and eight went incomplete. The Tigers were whistled for a pass interference penalty, giving Texas a first down. McCoy then fired a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver John Chiles on the next play and Texas was up 21-0.
Missouri's offense also got out to a bad start they were called for a false start penalty before their first offensive play of the game. The Tigers ended up going three and out on the drive which ended with sophomore quarterback Blaine Gabbert getting sacked. The Tigers did not get a first down until about ten minutes into the first quarter when Gabbert threw a 12 yard pass to Danario Alexander.
"We got to get on a roll, team effort. We're just not clicking right now," Gabbert said.
The Tigers finally got on the board with less than six minutes left in the first half when Gabbert threw an 11-yard pass to Jared Perry to cut the lead to 21-7. The drive included a 22-yard run by Kendial Lawrence, which brought Missouri to their 41-yard line, and a 13-yard run into the red zone by Derrick Washington.
All the momentum Missouri gained on their TD drive was quickly taken away by the Texas offense on the following drive as Shipley continued to have a monster game for Texas. McCoy threw a 24-yard pass to Shipley on the first play of the next drive and the drive would end with a 13-yard pass to Shipley as Texas regained their 21 point lead with 1:49 left in the half. Missouri was pinned at their 10-yard line to start the following drive and they seemed content to run the clock out going into halftime. But Curtis Brown blocked the fourth down punt in the Missouri end zone and Malcolm Williams recovered the ball for Texas for a touchdown and Texas went into the locker room up 35-7.
"Huge, Huge. It was giant. We were still pretty much in it and that set the tone for the rest of the game," Punter Jake Harry said.
Missouri never recovered from the blocked punt and Texas added a field goal in each of the quarters in the second half to give them a 41-7 win. The Tigers were shutout in the second half for the second straight game and have only scored three second half points in the last three games combined. Jimmy Costello came in for Gabbert with 3:46 left in the third quarter after Texas took a 38-7 lead. Costello had three complete passes for 25 yards along with two interceptions.
"The first (interception) was just miscommunication between JP and me. Then the second one I tried to force in there a little bit. I tried to get it in there a little quicker then it needed to be," Costello said.
Gabbert ended the game with eight complete passes for 84 yards and a touchdown pass. He was wearing a cast after the game but he said it was for precautionary reasons and he said there is no doubt that he will be ready to play in Colorado next week.
"(The three game losing streak is) just adversity. I'm not going to harp on my ankle or anything like that."
And he knows the Tigers still have a chance in winning the Big 12 North.
"You never want to be 0-3 but the way things have kind of played out, the Big 12 North is still wide open," Gabbert said.
"We just got to bounce back, we got to show a lot of heart, we got to come out there and continue to win, just work hard," Washington said.
If the Tigers are to win the Big 12 North, they might need to win all of their remaining games and it starts at Colorado next Saturday at 12:30 p.m.