The Missouri Tigers (2-2) looked like they were on the way to a second straight win over the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners (3-0). For about 6 minutes anyway.
But after Missouri quarterback James Franklin's 45-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington gave Missouri a 14-3 lead in the first quarter, the Sooners showed why voters believe they are the best team in the land, reeling off 28 straight points en route to a 31-14 lead after 3 quarters. The Tigers scored 2 fourth quarter touchdowns, but it was not enough.
After a rough start that included an early interception, the talented duo of Oklahoma quarterback and receiver Ryan Broyles hooked up for 3 scores, connecting from 24-, 4-, and 4-yards out, respectively. Despite 2 interceptions, Jones looked Heisman-esque, completing 35 of 48 passes for 448 yards. Broyles finished with a dazzling 13 catches for 154 yards. Walk-on running back Dominique Whaley also did his part, averaging more than 4 yards on his 16 carries.
Given the two offenses that were involved, the shootout nature of the game should not have been a surprise. Both offenses gained well over 500 yards with Oklahoma winning the first downs battle, 32-24.
In a losing effort, Missouri's Henry Josey continued his impressive play at running back, carrying 14 times for 133 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown dash. James Franklin gave the Tigers a chance to win with his third straight interception-less game, but he only completed half of his 32 passing attempts.
There will be room for what-ifs for the Tigers, as they did leave several points on the field. Kicker Grant Ressel continued his confusing inaccuracy, missing 2 field goals.
Missouri will try again for their first conference win on October 8 at Kansas State after the upcoming bye week.