(Saturday, October 9th)
Final Score: (24) Missouri 26, Colorado 0
Columbia, MO (Sports Network) - Blaine Gabbert threw a pair of touchdown passes, as the 24th-ranked Missouri Tigers dominated the Colorado Buffaloes, 26-0, in the Big 12 opener for both schools.
Gabbert completed 17-of-29 passes for 191 yards for the Tigers (5-0, 1-0 Big 12), who were coming off a bye week. James Franklin connected on 3-of-4 passes for 35 yards, a touchdown, and a pick.
Michael Egnew caught six passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns, while Jerrell Jackson hauled in three passes for 51 yards and a score.
"I thought it was a really good team victory. It's nice to see our defense step it up," Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. "As you all know the turnover we had in the second quarter was in about the worst field position you could get. It says an awful lot about them [the defense], and I'm glad we could preserve it [the shut out] at the end too."
Cody Hawkins connected on 16-of-25 passes for 133 yards and an interception for the Buffaloes (3-2, 0-1), who will make the move to the Pac-10 next year. Tyler Hansen completed 15-of-21 passes for 117 yards.
Rodney Stewart led the way on the ground with 91 yards on 18 carries. Scotty McKnight caught five passes for 72 yards.
Missouri started its rout with a safety. A nice punt from Matt Grabner pinned Colorado at its own one-yard line with about eight minutes to play in the first quarter. Hansen was then called for intentional grounding in the end zone to give the Tigers a 2-0 edge.
Following a pair of punts, Missouri put together a six-play, 43-yard drive. Grant Ressel capped the march with a 47-yard field goal for a 5-0 lead with 2:06 remaining.
The Buffaloes had a chance to get on the board early in the second period, but Aric Goodman missed a 40-yard field goal. The Tigers followed with a seven- play, 77-yard drive. Faced with a 4th-and-5 from the 44, Trey Barrow rushed for 26 yards to move the chains. Jackson finished the march with a 30-yard TD catch to make it 12-0 with 10:40 to go.
Colorado had a chance to score after Gabbert fumbled the football. Jalil Brown recovered the ball at the Missouri 13. The Buffaloes lost nine yards over the first three plays prior to a blocked field goal.
The Tigers capitalized with a 15-play, 97-yard drive that lasted 5 1/2 minutes. Gabbert and Egnew hooked up on a 10-yard score to make it a 19-0 game at the half.
Franklin's seven-yard TD pass to Egnew with 9:24 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the lone score of the second half.
"It really started special teams-wise, when we missed the field goal and then had the blocked field goal, so that confined us offensively," Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins said. "We thought our defense played really well. [Starting defensive end Josh] Hartigan did really well, played really hard, and did a nice job. [The defense] gave us a short field a lot in the third [quarter]."
Missouri owns a 41-31-3 series advantage over Colorado, which includes five consecutive victories over the Buffaloes...Gabbert left the game with a hip injury...This marked the 20th anniversary of the infamous Fifth Down Game, which was played in Columbia on October 6, 1990, which helped the Buffaloes win their only national championship...McKnight has now caught a pass in a school-record 41 consecutive games...The Buffs have now lost 13 straight road games.
10/10 00:24:23 ET