Saturday, October 20, 2007

No. 15 Missouri blows out No. 22 Texas Tech, 41-10

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Chase Daniel threw for 210 yards and a touchdown and No. 15 Missouri intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score in a 41-10 victory over No. 22 Texas Tech on Saturday.

Backup tailback Jimmy Jackson had 59 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries for Missouri, filling in for Tony Temple, sidelined a second straight game by a sprained ankle.

Freshman Derrick Washington added 66 yards on nine carries for Missouri (6-1, 2-1 Big 12), which rebounded from a 10-point loss at Oklahoma last week and is 2-1 during a three-game stretch against ranked opponents.

Missouri has won 13 of its last 14 at home.

The scoring total was by far a season low for Texas Tech (6-2, 2-2), which entered the game first in points (50) and yards (582) per game. Missouri scored on its first four possessions of the second half to top its 40-point average in a game that didn't come close to fulfilling expectations of a back-and-forth pointfest between two of the most prolific passers in the country.

Texas Tech entered the rankings last week after a 35-7 victory over Texas A&M. The high point for the Red Raiders Saturday was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Harrell to Edward Britton in the second quarter that cut Missouri's lead to 10-7. Harrell, who entered the game with 31 TD passes and only three interceptions, was 44-for-69 for 397 yards.

He completed 83 percent of his passes the previous two weeks, going 66-for-80 for seven touchdowns with one interception. The attempts was a season high and the yardage is second-lowest of the year and fewest against a major college opponent.

Jackson, a junior, ran for just 84 yards in the first six games.

Texas Tech was stopped in its first four attempts on fourth down against Missouri, which surrendered 41 points against Oklahoma. The Red Raiders finished 3-for-6 on fourth down, all of the conversions coming after Missouri established control.

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, who leads the nation in receiving and scoring with 17 touchdowns, had 10 catches for 76 yards to set an NCAA freshman record of 1,320 yards with four games plus a bowl appearance to go. He entered the game needing 22 yards to surpass the mark set by USC's Mike Williams in 2002, but was held out of the end zone for the second straight week.

Missouri kept it on the ground for the most part against a defense designed to stop the passing game. Daniel was 14-for-19, a season low by 15 attempts, adding a 57-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in the fourth quarter.

Texas Tech was shut out in the first quarter for the second straight game, trailing 10-0, although the Red Raiders' defense kept it close. The lone touchdown came on a 38-yard interception return by Stryker Sulak on a ball tipped high in the air, and Missouri had to settle for a 21-yard field goal later in the quarter after a drive that fizzled at the 1.

Texas Tech ended its drought on a TD connection from Harrell to Britton with 6:39 left in the second quarter, but Missouri answered with its first offensive touchdown only 1:39 later on Jackson's 1-yard run for a 17-7 lead.

Missouri's Cornelius Brown intercepted Harrell late in the first half, but fumbled into the arms of Texas Tech wide receiver Danny Amendola to give the Red Raiders another chance. Alex Trlicka's 45-yard field goal narrowed it to 17-10 with 22 seconds to go.

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