(Saturday, October 24th)
Final Score: (3) Texas 41, Missouri 7
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy had an efficient night, completing 26-of-31 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, leading third-ranked Texas to a 41-7 rout of Missouri.
McCoy, who injured his thumb during last week's 16-13 win over Oklahoma, was intercepted once, but connected on his first 11 passes, extending into the second quarter.
"Colt has had a very tough year and he's been sick, he's been hurt," said Texas coach Mack Brown. "We've got the Colt of old back now, so we're ready to make this stretch run. Next week's game with Oklahoma State is in the same spot as the Texas Tech game last year, so the kids understand what's at stake now."
It was last year when the Longhorns were unbeaten going into the Texas Tech contest, but then lost, 39-33, ultimately dashing their national title hopes.
Jordan Shipley had seven receptions for 108 yards and two scores for the Longhorns (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), who beat the Tigers for the 15th time in the last 16 meetings.
Malcolm Williams recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for Texas, which dominated by outgaining Missouri, 400-173, in total yardage.
Blaine Gabbert connected on 8-of-16 passes for 84 yards with a score for the Tigers (4-3, 0-3), who have dropped their last three games, all by at least 15 points. Gabbert hurt his ankle and was replaced in the third quarter.
Shipley caught an eight-yard TD pass just 3:36 into the game, and it became 14-0 six minutes later when Foswhitt Whittaker scored on an 11-yard run to the left side as he dove for the pylon.
McCoy's 34-yard TD strike to John Chiles made it 21-0 in the final minute of the opening quarter before Jared Perry finally put the Tigers on the board with an 11-yard scoring reception from Gabbert.
Texas came right back and marched from its own 13 to the end zone, as McCoy capped the drive with a 13-yard pass to Shipley with 1:49 left in the half.
"Most games we have a drawing board whenever the defense comes to the sideline and we'll draw up adjustments if we need a change to stop them," said Missouri linebacker Will Ebner. "But, we did not draw up something on the board one time, so it's just that we were beating ourselves. We were not communicating well enough on the coverages. On most of their scores, we've got one side of the field running one coverage, and the other side running another coverage. We just got to communicate better."
Williams came up with the ball in the end zone following the blocked punt with 45 seconds left in the half, and the 35-7 lead proved too much for the Tigers.
After Hunter Lawrence's 39-yard field goal late in the third, Missouri pulled Gabbert in favor of Jimmy Costello, who finished completing 3-of-6 passes for 25 yards, but was picked off twice.
Lawrence's 44-yard boot in the fourth capped the scoring.
Texas has outscored Missouri 70-10 in the first half of their last two meetings...Missouri came into the game averaging 405 yards per contest...With a 39-7 career record, McCoy tied Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 39-6) for second place on the NCAA all-time list for career victories...McCoy has 99 TD passes for his career...The official attendance of 71,004 was the largest crowd at Memorial Stadium since the reconfiguration in 1995.
10/25 00:41:42 ET