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Reactions To Mizzou's 36-27 Upset Over No. 1 Oklahoma

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The Missouri Tigers finally know how to win the big game. Mizzou beat the Oklahoma Sooners 36-27 on Saturday night in Columbia, MO. The Sooners were the No. 1 team in the country but that will change next week.

Here are a few thoughts on the game:

Mizzou's defense is for real. This was their first huge test and they did very, very well. The Sooners offense at one point was 0-for-3 in the red zone. Their defense is so opportunistic and just very sound overall. They do a good job of capitalizing.

T.J. Moe shut down. Moe had just three catches but Jerrell Jackson helped fill his absence catching eight balls for 139 yards and a touchdown.

Blaine Gabbert looks solid. Gabbert had perhaps the best game of his career last week in a blowout of Texas A&M. He again looked sharp throwing for 308 yards and completing 30-of-42 passes.

Here are links from around the web on the game:

OU notebook: Missouri wins battle of running games | NewsOK.com
Missouri has the best red zone defense in the country, giving up touchdowns on only five of 18 red zone possessions. OU scored three times in the red zone but also had two turnovers inside the 20.

Oklahoma Sooners vs. Missouri Tigers - Recap - October 23, 2010 - ESPN
Missouri is 7-0 for the first time since 1960 when the school ended 11-0 and finished No. 5 after beating Navy in the Orange Bowl. This one was especially satisfying, coming against a school that whipped them the last three meetings, including ending the Tigers' one-week stay at No. 1 with a 38-17 victory in the 2007 Big 12 championship game and hammering them again 62-21 in the 2008 conference title game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Homecoming tailgating gets fans revved for game - Columbia Missourian
Fans were getting excited Saturday afternoon for the evening MU Homecoming game against Oklahoma.

PHOTO GALLERY: First half highlights from Missouri vs. Oklahoma - Columbia Missourian
Missouri built a 17-14 lead in the first half against Oklahoma.

No. 3 Oklahoma Vs. No. 18 Missouri: Missouri Pulls 36-27 Upset On Homecoming - SBNation.com
Oklahoma had the ball, down nine, with no timeouts in hand and a fourth down mere feet from their own end zone. Clearly, the play was ... to punt? Indeed, Oklahoma chose to kick away in that situation, and it made a nearly impossible comeback one that the Sooners declined to even attempt. Granted, there hadn't been much done in the first three downs of the series, but if any Sooner diehards need a hook to begin a postgame tirade, Bob Stoops definitely gave them one with that punt.

Instant analysis: Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27 - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Stat of the game: Missouri's 178 rushing yards. Without those, the Tigers would have been one-dimensional as they were in past games against the Sooners and likely have faced a different fate.

Schooner eclipse: MU ends losing streak to OU and knocks Sooners from No. 1 spot in BCS - KansasCity.com
Down 21-20, Missouri won for for the first time in eight games against Oklahoma by outscoring the Sooners 16-6 in the final quarter. Oklahoma tried to extend the game by tossing the football around as time ran out. But that only delayed the crowd of Missouri students and alumni from rushing out of the stands at Memorial Stadium and onto the field, celebrating the biggest victory of the 10 years Gary Pinkel has coached at Missouri.