To both better prepare for football season and to better illustrate our nerd-dom, over the next few weeks, RMN will be using EA Sports' NCAA Football 09 to predict the 2008 football season for Mizzou and the rest of the Big 12. The games are run without human involvement under game-predicted conditions and six-minute quarters. This installment previews Mizzou's home date with Oklahoma State.
First half explosion leads to blowout of Oklahoma State
COLUMBIA, MO. - After a series of close calls with Illinois, Nevada and Nebraska, No. 3 Missouri put together its most complete effort of the season, throttling Oklahoma State, 66-6, at Faurot Field.
Missouri (6-0, 2-0) rode a 45-point first half and six total touchdowns from Chase Daniel to the easy victory. Oklahoma State (2-4, 0-2) managed no offensive points and committed four turnovers.
The teams played a turnover-riddled first quarter, as the third turnover of the quarter, an intercepted screen pass by Tommy Chavis, set up the game's first score. Daniel found Andrew Jones on for a one-yard TD three plays later for an early 7-0 Missouri lead.
On the following OSU drive, Zac Robinson threw his third pick of the first quarter, this time to William Moore, setting up a 41-yard field goal from Jeff Wolfert. Mizzou added two more touchdowns to enter the second quarter with a 24-0 lead.
Oklahoma State finally got on the board when a Daniel screen pass near Mizzou's goalline was picked and returned for a touchdown by Andre Sexton. A failed two-point conversion made the score 24-6, but the margin wouldn't remain at 18 for long.
Jared Perry took the following kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. After an OSU punt on the next possession, Perry scored his third touchdown of the day, this time on an 11-yard pass from Daniel. A 54-yard touchdown strike from Daniel to Danario Alexander capped Mizzou's first half scoring at 45 points.
Daniel added another touchdown pass and a touchdown run in the third quarter before Gary Pinkel turned to his second unit.
The game helped highlight the future of Mizzou football, with Jones and Wes Kemp scoring touchdowns and an interception from Zaviar Gooden.
With week 7 losses by No. 1 Georgia and No. 2 LSU, Mizzou's victory sets up a battle of undefeateds next week in Austin. Both Texas and Missouri enter next week's game ranked at No. 1, with Texas topping the Coaches Poll and Missouri atop the AP Poll.
Scoring, stats, and Big 12 results after the jump.
MU - Jones 1 pass from Daniel (Wolfert kick)
MU - FG Wolfert 41
MU - Perry 6 pass from Daniel (Wolfert kick)
MU - Washington 1 run (Wolfert kick)
OSU - Sexton 2 interception return (Conversion failed)
MU - Perry 95 kickoff return (Wolfert kick)
MU - Perry 11 pass from Daniel (Wolfert kick)
MU - Alexander 54 pass from Daniel (Wolfert kick)
MU - Kemp 12 pass from Daniel (Wolfert kick)
MU - Daniel 2 run (Wolfert kick)
MU - Thomas 2 pass from Patton (Wolfert kick)
Total yards: MU 589, OSU 255
Passing yards: MU 443, OSU 159
Rushing yards: MU 126, OSU 96
First downs: MU 25, OSU 11
Turnovers: OSU 4, MU 3
Possession: MU 13:32, OSU 9:19
|MU - Daniel||22||34||317||5||1||185.6|
|MU - Patton||11||11||126||1||0||226.2|
|OSU - Robinson||14||29||159||0||4||66.7|
|MU - Washington||9||53||1|
|MU - Daniel||9||31||1|
|MU - Jackson||5||25||0|
|MU - Patton||2||1||0|
|MU - Alexander||2||11||0|
|MU - Thomas||1||5||0|
|OSU - Toston||18||58||0|
|OSU - Robinson||9||33||0|
|OSU - Toben||1||5||0|
|Mizzou (Rec/Yards/TD)||OSU (Rec/Yards/TD)|
WEEK 7 RESULTS
(No. 4) Texas 20, (No. 7) Oklahoma 17 - 'Horns win sets up battle of Top 5 teams with Mizzou in Austin next week
(No. 17) Texas Tech 49, Nebraska 17 - Raider D surrenders only 267 yards
Kansas State 30, Texas A&M 27 - EA buys into the Jucos, as the 'Cats open up 6-0
(No. 6) Kansas 49, (No. 24) Colorado 21 - KU cruises after jumping to 21-0 first quarter lead; Cody Hawkins doesn't play
Iowa State 31, Baylor 19 - Arnaud's 3 TD passes put Baylor squarely in Big 12 basement
MISSOURI 2-0 (6-0)
Kansas 2-0 (6-0)
Kansas State 2-0 (6-0)
Iowa State 1-1 (4-2)
Colorado 0-2 (4-2)
Nebraska 0-2 (2-4)
Texas 2-0 (6-0)
Texas Tech 1-1 (5-1)
Oklahoma 1-1 (4-2)
Texas A&M 1-1 (4-2)
Oklahoma State 0-2 (2-4)
Baylor 0-2 (1-5)