No. 11 Missouri Gets 36-27 Upset Win Over No. 1 Oklahoma

October 24, 2010 – By Scott

The No. 1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners had a lot riding on their game Saturday as they traveled to play No. 11 Missouri. They had just got this ranking last weekend and were looking to make a statement to the voters. This matchup provided a perfect opportunity to do so as they faced a ranked opponent.

But the Sooners stay at the top will be short-lived as the Tigers knocked off Oklahoma 36-27.

The Sooners, who had committed only 5 turnovers in their first six games, were hindered by 3 against the Tigers. One of them stopped a potential scoring drive that occurred deep in Missouri’s territory and the other two led to 10 points.

Not only did the turnovers hurt, but the Oklahoma defense fell apart in the final quarter in which they allowed 16 points by the Tigers. The three scores in the final quarter all happened in just over six minutes. With 12:43 left to go and Missouri trailing 21-20, Jerrell Jackson got the scoring spree started as he hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass from Blaine Gabbert. A two-point conversion failed and the Tigers led 26-21.

Missouri would then get a 23-yard field goal from Grant Ressel, his third of the game, to put the Tigers up by 8. Then with 6:36 left to play, James Franklin scampered in from 3 yards out to seal the deal for Missouri. Oklahoma would try to field a comeback but could manage only one touchdown in the final 6 minutes.

The Sooners now became the third team in three weeks to be knocked out of the top spot after following Alabama and Ohio State after their road losses. This helped clear the way for Oklahoma to take the top spot in the 2010 BCS rankings which came out last weekend. But now the BCS will have a new look after the Sooners’ loss and it is likely that Oregon will move into the No.1 spot.

The Sooners did enough offensively to get the win, but their defensive meltdown in the final quarter led to the loss. They racked up 402 yards of total offense, but most of these yards came through the air. Landry Jones passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns, but his 2 interceptions were crucial.

Missouri racked up 486 yards of total offense in the win and were led by Gabbert who passed for 308 yards and one touchdown.

Despite the win, the Tigers will not have long to celebrate as they travel to play Nebraska next weekend.

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