Knowing they needed a big game to keep pace with the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks, who exploded offensively against the Nebraska Cornhuskers with their 76-39 win, the Missouri Tigers came out made a statement of their own winning in Boulder Colorado for the first time since 1997, a 55-10 win.
The Tigers started the game playing sloppy. Trying to get Will Franklin involved early, Chase Daniels first pass tipped off the fingers of Franklin and was intercepted by George Hypolite and CU took over at the Mizzou 11. 3 plays later they were in for the score and a 7-0 lead. It wouldn’t take long for Franklin to get involved.
On the very next possession, the Tigers took over at their 28, but a a false start penalty set them back an extra five yards. You sort of got the feeling that the proverbial snowball was starting to roll down the hill, until Chase Daniel hooked up with Will Franklin down the right sideline for a big 72 yard gain. Three plays later, Daniel found Martin Rucker and the game was tied at 7-7.
Trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, Chase Daniel hit Jeremy Maclin over the middle for 46 yards and other score giving the Tigers a 14-10 lead and from there it didn’t stop. The offensive stats are impressive.
After that first interception, Chase Daniel was 26-44 for 421 yards, five touchdowns. Will Franklin had two catches for 109 yards. Jeremy Maclin, six catches 108 yards with a touchdown. Chase Coffman, was the go to guy in the red zone, five catches, three of them for touchdowns.
Mizzou, 8-1 on the year, remains a game behind undefeated KU.