Kansas State Vs. Missouri: Tigers Comeback Falls Short, Lose 24-17

The Missouri Tigers scored 14 points in the fourth quarter but fell short in their comeback attempt against the Kansas St. Wildcats. Kansas State got out of the gate early by intercepting MIssouri quarterback James Franklin on the games first play from scrimmage and then marched down the field to go up seven to zero, and then on their next possession kicked a 20-yard field goal to go up 10-0.

That quick lead was enough for Kansas State to hold of Missouri who was playing catchup the entire game. Kansas State was led by quarterback Collin Klein who was only 11-for-16 passing with 112 yards and a pick, but he made his mark on the ground by rushing for 45 yards and had three rushing touchdowns. Running back John Hubert made his mark in the second half by rushing for 104 second half yards to keep the moving the ball and out of MIssouri.

Missouri quarterback James Franklin came alive in the fourth quarter and led the Tigers on two long scoring drive, the first being a 13 plays for 79 yard drive that had two key fourth down conversions with the second one being the scoring play from two yards out by running back Henry Josey. The other drive was all Franklin who provided all 74 yards on the drive by passing for 49 and running for the other 25. On the day Franklin ended up passing for 214 yards with one interception and rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri did have chances to put more points on the board, but field goal kicker Grant Ressel made only one field goal out of three attempts. Ultimately it was the fast start by Kansas State early on in the game that sealed the fate for Missouri as they could not make up the difference.

Kansas State is 5-0 for the first time since 2000.

For more on this game head over to Missouri Tigers blog Rock M Nation or Kansas St. Wildcat blog Bring on the Cats.

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