(Saturday, September 20th)
Final Score: (5) Missouri 42, Buffalo 21
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel had two touchdown passes and broke two records as fifth-ranked Missouri earned a 42-21 win over the Buffalo Bulls at Faurot Field.
Daniel went 36-for-43 with 439 yards while Derrick Washington added two scores on 18 carries for 89 yards for the Tigers (4-0). Jeremy Maclin led the receiving corps with 14 catches for 168 yards and had a rushing touchdown, while Chase Coffman added 10 receptions for 84 yards and a score and Danario Alexander had a touchdown catch.
"He made some outstanding plays today, and got some great protection and the receivers made some great catches," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel about Daniel. "He brings his A-game every time he plays. He's smart about what he does. He's like a coach out there; he knows the offense so well. He always keeps his focus."
Daniel's eight-yard pass to Andrew Jones in the third quarter served as his 16th consecutive completion, breaking a school-record 15 consecutive completions previously held by Kent Kiefer against Texas-Christian University in 1990. His nine-yard pass to Maclin later in the third marked his 20th consecutive completion and set a new Big 12 record. The previous Big 12 record was 18 and set by Seneca Wallace of Iowa State in 2001 and again by Sam Bradford of Oklahoma in 2007. He fell three completions shy of the NCAA record of 23 in a row shared by Tennessee's Tee Martin (1998) and Cal's Aaron Rodgers (2004) when he and Maclin missed on a fourth-and-1 midway through the third quarter.
Drew Willy went 22-for-40 for 237 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, while Ernest Jackson had four catches for 55 yards and two scores and also added a kickoff return for a touchdown for the Bulls (2-2), who failed to follow on last week's last-second win against Temple.
"We talked about great effort, and they did that," said Buffalo coach Turner Gill. "We talked about playing physically, and they played physically. We didn't do the third thing, and that was execution. We didn't do the execution part very well. We did have some good things, it wasn't totally negative, but Missouri was the best team today."
The Tigers struck on their first possession of the game. Starting the drive at midfield, Daniel hooked up with Maclin for 20 yards. Five plays later, Washington punched the ball in from six yards out for a 7-0 lead a bit over three minutes in.
After stopping Buffalo, Missouri got the ball back at its own two-yard line and marched the length of the field, but stalled at the Buffalo eight-yard line. A 26-yard field goal from Jeff Wolfert capped the 12-play, 90-yard drive that ate up almost seven minutes and made it a 10-0 game.
However, the Bulls quickly answered as Jackson took the kickoff and raced into the end zone from 97 yards out to cut the deficit to 10-7.
The teams then exchanged punts, but Missouri got excellent field position after Peter Fardon shanked a punt that only went 16 yards and the Tigers started with the ball at the Buffalo 23. Two plays later, Maclin punched it in from 16 yards out for a 17-7 lead with 11:53 left in the first half.
Buffalo drove down the field on its next possession and made it a three-point game. The drive appeared to stall when the Bulls lined up for a punt on 4th-and-8, but Missouri was called for a 15-yard roughing the punter call to give the Bulls a fresh set of downs. Facing a 2nd-and-7 at the Missouri 32, Willy and Jackson hooked up on a scoring strike to make it a 17-14 game with 7:30 left in the half.
Missouri fumbled on its next two possessions, but Buffalo was unable to take advantage of the opportunities.
The Tigers closed the half on a 48-yard field goal from Wolfert with no time left to take a 20-14 lead into the second half.
Missouri started the second half with the ball and extended its lead. On a 1st-and-10 at the Bulls' 27, Daniel found Alexander for a touchdown and a 27-14 lead less than three minutes in.
After stopping Buffalo on its ensuing possession, the Tigers got the ball back, but they continued to be plagued by fumbles as on the first play Daniel connected on a pass to Maclin, but Maclin fumbled and Buffalo recovered the ball at its own 45-yard line.
Back-to-back 19-yard receptions to start the drive got the ball to the Missouri 19 and three plays later Willy found Jackson for a three-yard score to make it a 27-21 game with 7:16 left in the third.
After exchanging punts, Missouri found itself with the ball at its own 14, but on the first play of the drive Daniel found Tommy Saunders on a bomb and a 69- yard gain. Three plays later, Washington banged the ball in from three yards out. The two-point conversion failed and Missouri had a 33-21 lead with 1:25 left in the third.
After forcing Buffalo to punt, the Tigers took a comfortable lead on an eight- play, 82-yard drive that was finished on a four-yard touchdown strike from Daniel to Coffman for a 40-21 lead with 9:41 left.
Buffalo then gave Missouri two points as an errant snap went out of the end zone for a safety and a 42-21 lead with 7:37 left in the game.
This was the first meeting between these two schools...Naaman Roosevelt led the Buffalo receivers with nine catches for 87 yards...Missouri has next week off and next plays in Nebraska on October 4...Buffalo plays at Central Michigan next Saturday...On the season, Daniel has 1,412 yards with 12 touchdowns and just one interception...Missouri totaled 590 yards in the game compared to 286 for Buffalo.
09/20 20:47:18 ET