(Saturday, November 27th)
Final Score: (15) Missouri 35, Kansas 7
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - De'Vion Moore carried 10 times for 38 yards and two touchdowns and Kendial Lawrence ran for 75 yards and a score on 10 totes, as 15th-ranked Missouri knocked off Kansas, 35-7, in the Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
Blaine Gabbert completed 16-of-26 passes for 179 yards, but was intercepted twice for the Tigers (10-2, 6-2 Big 12), who reached the 10-win plateau for only the fourth time in school history.
T.J. Moe made five catches for 83 yards and ran for a touchdown for Missouri, which tied for the Big 12 North division title with Nebraska. The Tigers, though, were shut out of the conference championship game due to their loss to the Cornhuskers on October 30.
"I am certainly proud of our football team," Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said. "A 10-win season and co-champions of the North, with 40 wins that our seniors have right now and this has not been an easy year. You all remember back in July and August we had some disciplinary issues, we went through a lot of injuries, a lot of things happened. If you don't have a lot of great people around you, great coaches and players and great seniors, you're not going to overcome that stuff. So that makes this real special and I can't tell you how proud I am of my football team and coaches for all their hard work."
Jordan Webb struggled, completing only 7-of-20 throws for 45 yards with two interceptions for the Jayhawks (3-9, 1-7), who finished their season by losing three straight and seven of their last eight.
James Sims carried 21 times for 82 yards and the only Kansas touchdown.
"I think that we improved," Kansas head coach Turner Gill said at the end of his first season leading the program. "Our guys improved every single day and every single week and we just need to continue to move forward from that. They were tuned in with the coaching staff. I liked the way they came to work on Sundays and Tuesdays. Their eyes were focused on us and they wanted information. We have a great staff and we will get this thing turned around and be in great shape at the University of Kansas."
Missouri wasted no time getting on the board, moving 69 yards on 10 plays on the game's first possession to take the lead on Moore's three-yard scoring run up the middle just 3:11 into the contest.
Following a Kansas punt, the Tigers took over at the Jayhawks 36 and cashed in six plays later when Moe scooted around left end and dived into the pylon to finish off a two-yard TD run to make it 14-0 just under eight minutes in.
After Kansas turned the ball over downs, Missouri took only four plays to find the end zone again. Henry Josey carried three times for 28 yards before Lawrence scooted 31 yards down the left sideline for a score to make it 21-0 just 87 seconds into the second quarter.
"I still felt confident going into the half down 21-0 that we could come back and win the game," Gill said. "Our guys responded with an interception and came back and scored, but again, offensively, we weren't able to make enough plays. I need to give credit to Missouri's defense, they are a very good defensive football team."
Bradley McDougald picked off Gabbert 3 1/2 minutes into the third quarter and brought it back three yards to the Tigers 46, which put the Jayhawks in position to author their only scoring drive of the day.
Kansas ran on 11 of 13 plays to cover the distance, the last three yards by Sims that trimmed the lead to 21-7 with 5:42 to go in the period. He carried seven times on the drive, including on five of the final six plays.
However, Missouri answered right back, moving 73 yards on 11 plays to push the lead back to 21 with 47 ticks to go in the quarter on Gabbert's one-yard scoring surge. Moe had a 37-yard catch to the Jayhawks 15 to highlight the drive.
The Tigers put the finishing touches on the victory with Moore's five-yard scoring scamper with just under three minutes to play.
1960, 2007 and 2008 are the only other 10-win seasons in Missouri history...The Tigers lead the all-time series, 56-54-9...The only other rivalry that has been played more often is Minnesota-Wisconsin...Josey finished with 49 yards on seven carries while Gabbert accumulated 31 yards on 11 rushes...Mizzou tight end Michael Egnew made five catches for 35 yards and has 83 grabs on the season, good for the fifth best single-season total in school history...He is one behind Martin Rucker for fourth place on the all- time list...Moe has 77 receptions, which is good for eight-best on the single- season list...He has 894 receiving yards, the tenth-best single-season total in program history and needs 27 yards to pass Justin Gage for ninth place. Sims TD was his ninth on the ground this year, the most for a Kansas freshman since June Henley's 13 in 1993...Deshaun Sands added 35 yards on six tries on the ground for Kansas while seven different Jayhawks made one reception each...Kansas wore all white uniforms and white helmets for the first time since 1978...The Jayhawks recorded a season-high four sacks.
11/27 18:35:01 ET