Sunday, October 28, 2007

No. 13 Missouri downs Iowa State, 42-28

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Lorenzo Williams recovered a fumble in the end zone at the start of the second half, giving No. 13 Missouri breathing room and momentum in a 42-28 victory over stubborn Iowa State on Saturday.

Jimmy Jackson, Tony Temple, Martin Rucker and Jeremy Maclin each scored for the Tigers (7-1, 3-1 Big 12), who had been four-touchdown favorites against the downtrodden Cyclones (1-8, 0-5). Missouri, which entered the game seventh in the nation in total offense at 518 yards per game, was held to a season-low 366 yards.

Backup Alexander Robinson had 149 yards on 21 carries with a 37-yard scoring run for Iowa State, his first career 100-yard game, and Devin McDowell had a 25-yard interception return. The Cyclones had 389 yards total offense and played their second straight Top 25 opponent tough after holding down No. 4 Oklahoma in a 17-7 loss last week.

Chase Daniel was 28-of-37 for 250 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Missouri.

Missouri's play at the end of the half and right after the break was instrumental in winning for the 14th time in its last 15 home games. Iowa State's Bret Meyer scored on a 1-yard run with 24 seconds left in the half to cut the deficit to 17-14, and Missouri got downfield fast enough for Jeff Wolfert's 48-yard field goal on the final play.

Stryker Sulak stripped Meyer on a sack inside the 5 on the third play of the second half. Williams fell on the ball in the end zone and Missouri converted a 2-point conversion for a 28-14 cushion.

Iowa State scored on its next drive on a 1-yard pass from Meyer to Marquis Hamilton before Missouri put the game away on Rucker's 10-yard reception and Maclin's 17-yard run on a reverse, the latter coming early in the fourth quarter to make it 42-21.

Meyer became the second quarterback in Big 12 history to pass for 9,000 yards and Todd Blythe caught six passes for 54 yards to become the school's career reception leader. Blythe has 168 career catches, four more than Lane Danielson from 2000-03.

Daniel was 11-for-11 for 103 yards on Missouri's first two drives, both ending in touchdown runs by Jackson and Temple, for a 14-0 lead with 6:52 to go in the first quarter. Missouri didn't face a third down until its 18th play, and Daniel also tied a school record with 15 straight completions set by Kent Kiefer in 1990, counting the end of last week's victory over Texas Tech, before throwing the ball away on the next-to-last play of the first quarter.

Missouri had dominated before McDowell's 25-yard interception return on a ball off Rucker's hands midway through the second quarter.