(Saturday, September 13th)
Final Score: (6) Missouri 69, Nevada 17
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel took the top spot in Missouri passing yardage with a 405-yard performance as the No. 6 Tigers throttled Nevada, 69-17.
Daniel carved the Nevada defense on 23-of-28 passing with four touchdowns, thanks in no small part to another great performance by Jeremy Maclin, who gained 172 yards on six catches, three of them touchdowns.
Daniel had entered the day only 52 yards behind Brad Smith (8,799) for tops in career passing yardage in school history. His 80-yard scoring strike to Maclin in the first quarter vaulted him past Smith. The Heisman Trophy candidate has 9,152 passing yards for his Missouri career.
Chase Coffman had six grabs for 127 yards and a score for Missouri (3-0), which outgained Nevada 651-362, and tied a school record for points scored in a game. Derrick Washington gained 75 yards on eight carries, highlighted by a 59-yard touchdown, for the Tigers.
"As far as our team's concerned, overall, I'm pleased, but there is certainly many things we can improve on," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "When we grade and when we evaluate it's about us attempting to win a championship. That's how we're grading our players is that effort and technique done as good as it can possibly be done in our quest to improve as a football team every week."
Colin Kaepernick completed 17-of-31 passes for 152 yards and one score, and added 71 yards on eight rushes and a touchdown on the ground for Nevada (1-2), which was coming off a 35-19 home loss to another ranked Big 12 opponent, Texas Tech. Marko Mitchell had three catches for 58 yards and a score for the Wolf Pack.
"I don't think that we stopped them once while Chase (Daniel) was in the game and that is just once again a credit to Missouri's offense," said Nevada head coach Chris Ault. "Pass defense is all about putting pressure on the quarterback and we just couldn't get that done today."
Daniel and the Mizzou offense hit the ground running, scoring 38 points in the first half, and the Wolf Pack never recovered. Two big plays punctuated the first quarter. Washington's 59-yard scoring run just 1:11 into the game gave the Tigers an early 7-0 lead. After getting the ball back, Missouri needed just one play to get back in the end zone, an 80-yard hookup from Daniel to Maclin.
The 80-yard score gave Mizzou a 14-0 lead with 12:02 remaining in the first, and pushed Daniel past Smith.
"It means a lot," said Daniel about the record. "That's a big, big thing for me. I'm very honored to be able to do it, there's been a lot of very good quarterbacks that have played here. I'm very honored to be in that class of quarterbacks and hopefully still have a long way to go."
Nevada was able to put together a long scoring drive in response to Maclin's score, and Kaepernick's one-yard touchdown dive briefly cut the deficit to 14-7 with 7:35 left in the first.
Jeff Wolfert's 27-yard field goal gave the Tigers a 10-point lead with 2:28 to play in the first, and Mizzou added another three touchdowns in the second quarter.
Daniel hit Jared Perry for a 27-yard scoring toss to put Missouri up 24-7 just over a minute into the second quarter, but Brett Jaekle's field goal pulled Nevada within 14 points with 5:43 left in the first half.
Washington's two-yard TD run extended the Tigers lead, and a 14-yard scoring pass from Daniel to Maclin gave Mizzou a 38-10 lead with 1:31 left. Nevada was able to score on a last-second bomb, a 42-yard pass from Kaepernick that Marko Mitchell came down with as time expired in the half, but the Wolf Pack still trailed 38-17 at the half.
Daniel and Maclin kicked off the scoring in the second half with a 49-yard bomb down the right sideline, and Missouri led 45-17 with 12:32 remaining in the third quarter. Apparently not content to take a 31-point lead, Mizzou ran a fake field goal on its next possession, and Tommy Saunders' 32-yard TD pass to Coffman pushed the Tigers up 52-17.
A three-yard TD plunge by Chase Patton late in the third quarter and 27-yard interception return for a score by Carl Gettys with 4:54 left in regulation capped the scoring.
Daniel was Smith's backup during his freshman year. Smith compiled his 8,799 passing yards in four seasons as a starter, while Daniel surpassed him early in third season as the No. 1 QB...The Tigers have won nine straight and 17 of 18 at home. The only loss in that stretch was a 26-10 setback in 2006 to No. 19 Oklahoma...This was the first-ever matchup between Mizzou and Nevada. The Tigers will travel to Reno for a September 26, 2009 game...Mizzou is 7-0-1 against current WAC teams, while Nevada is 0-4 all-time against teams in the Big 12.
09/13 19:48:11 ET