Columbia, MO – The Missouri Tigers improve their record on the season to 7-1 as they down the Iowa State Cyclones 42-28 before 53,386 fans Saturday afternoon at Faurot Field in Columbia.
Iowa State kicked off, with the Tigers starting out from their own 40. It took on 2:28 for Missouri to score on its first possession as Jimmy Jackson ran it in from 1 yard out to cap an 8-play, 60-yard opening drive. Jeff Wolfert’s extra point made it Missouri 7, Iowa State 0.
Missouri held on the Cyclones’ first posession, got the ball back, and scored again. This time it was Tony Temple, returning from an injury that kept him out for the last two games, scoring on a 7-yard run to put the finishing touches on an 11-play, 79-yard drive. Wolfert’s PAT made it Missouri 14, Iowa State 0. That’s how the 1st quarter ended.
Iowa State scored its first points of the afternoon with just under 10 minutes to play in the 2nd quarter. Devin McDowell picked off a Chase Daniel pass at the 25 yard line and ran it in for the major. Bret Culbertson’s conversion narrowed the Missouri lead to 14-7.
The Tigers got back 3 of those points in hurry. On Mizzou’s next possession, Chase Daniel marched the team down the field, with Wolfert connecting on a 36-yard field goal attempt to cap a 7-play, 39-yard drive, making it Mizzou 17, Iowa State 7.
The Cyclones crept closer in the final minute of the half as Bret Meyer ran it in from the 1 yard line to cap a 12-play, 68-yard drive. Culbertson’s point after made it Missouri 17, Iowa State 14.
Although that Iowa State score came with on :24 left in the half, it was not to be the final scoring drive of the 2nd quarter. Mizzou drove 30-yards in 3 plays to put Jeff Wolfert in position to make a 48-yard field goal as the half came to a close with Mizzou on top 20-14.
Mizzou started the 2nd half kicking off to Iowa State, but a fumble forced by Stryker Sulak less than a minute into the half was recovered in the end zone by Lorenzo Williams. The Tigers opted for the 2-point conversion, which was successful as Daniel passed to Will Franklin in the end zone to put Missouri in front 28-14.
Iowa State came storming back, going down the field to score a converted touchdown to put the Cycones to within 7. It was a 12-play, 89-yard drive that ended when Marquis Hamilton caught a 1-yard TD pass from Bret Meyer, with Culbertson’s extra point making it Missouri 28, Iowa State 21.
Mizzou got that back on the next series of downs, as the Tigers drove down the field, with Martin Rucker running it in from 10 yards out to cap a 9-play, 69-yard drive. Wolfert’s PAT made it Mizzou 35, Iowa State 21. That was the score as the teams headed intothe final quarter.
Jeremy Maclin put the game on ice with under 12 minutes to play as he ran it in from 17 yards out to cap an 8-play, 64-yard drive. Wolfert’s extra point made it 42-21 for Mizzou.
Down, but now out, Iowa State made a solid effort to get back into the game. On 4th down and 1 from the Mizzou 37, Alexander Robinson ran the ball all the way to the Missosuri end zone to cap a 7-play, 70-yard scoring drive. The Culbertson extra point made it Missouri 42, Iowa State 28. And, that was how it ended.
On the day, the two teams were close in terms of offensive yards as Mizzou gained 389 yards, compared to 366 for Iowa State. ISU’s Alexander Robinson was the leading rusher, with 149 net yards in 21 carries, including a touchdown. Mizzou’s Tony Temple rushed 8 times for 40 net yards and a touchdown. Jimmy Jackson ran for 32 yards and a touchdown in 7 attempts. Jeremy Maclin ran 5 times for 26 net yards and a touchdown. In the air, Chase Daniel completed 28 of 37 passes with 1 interception. That included a touchdown pass to Martin Rucker, who caught 7 passes for 66 yards. Maclin caught 7 passes for 65 yards.
Tiger safety Pig Brown was taken from the field in the 4th quarter with an injury to his Achilled tendon. The severity of the injury is not known.
The Tigers take on another Big 12 North rival next Saturday when they play the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder.