COLUMBIA -- Texas’ first offensive play Saturday was a 31-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Jordan Shipley.
The Longhorns were just getting started.
Texas’ offense continued to move at will in the first half in route to a 41-7 blowout win over Missouri on Homecoming.
It didn’t take long for Texas to take a lead it would never relinquish in front of 71,004 fans at Memorial Stadium. The crowd was a Missouri record since the stadium was remodeled in 1995.
"We had remarkable fans," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "The stadium was awesome. Everything we've asked them to do, they do. And I have my team play the way it was. So not very good."
The first drive of the game began with the 31-yard pass to Shipley and ended with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Shipley.
Missouri couldn’t respond. The Tigers were called for a false start before their first offensive play. A third-down sack meant Missouri couldn’t convert a first down on its first drive.
Texas took advantage. The Longhorns converted a 10-play, 62-yard touchdown drive to go up 14-0. Foswhitt Whittaker had an 11-yard touchdown run.
The Longhorns went ahead 21-0 on a 34-yard touchdown pass to John Chiles from McCoy, the lead they would hold at the end of the first quarter. McCoy didn't throw an incomplete pass in the first quarter, passing for 106 yards and two touchdowns on nine attempts.
Missouri put together its first threatening drive of the game during the second quarter. The Tigers ran the ball seven times on a 12-play touchdown drive. Freshman Kendial Lawrence began the drive with a 40-yard run and the drive ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jared Perry from Blaine Gabbert. With 5:47 to go in the first half, Missouri was trailing 21-7.
The Longhorns rebuilt their lead before halftime. McCoy completed another touchdown pass to Shipley to put Texas ahead 28-7 with 1:49 to go in the half. On the ensuing kickoff, Lawrence took the ball out of the end zone and was able to return it to the Missouri 10-yard line. The drive quickly stalled, forcing Missouri to punt from its own five-yard line.
Texas’s Curtis Brown blocked the punt, and Malcolm Williams recovered the ball for a touchdown. Texas led 35-7 at halftime.
"That pretty much set the tone for the rest of the game," Missouri punter Jake Harry said.
It didn’t get any better for Missouri in the second half. The Tigers failed to score the rest of the game, and Texas made a field goal in the third quarter to extend its lead to 38-7. With 3:46 to go in the third quarter, a hobbling Gabbert was replaced with Jimmy Costello.
Texas kicker Hunter Lawrence made another field goal in the fourth quarter to give the Longhorns their final lead, while only a small fraction of the sold-out crowd remained at the stadium.
Texas had 400 yards of total offense compared to 173 yards for Missouri. Missouri linebacker Will Ebner said the defense's struggles showed on the team's drawing board, which offers defensive players a chance to provide input for adjustments.
"We did not draw up something on the board one time," Ebner said. "So it's just that we were beating ourselves. We were not communicating well enough on coverages. Most of their scores were, we've got one side of the field running one coverage and the other side running another coverage."
Harry had to punt eight times after Missouri drives stalled. Texas punters Justin Tucker and John Gold were needed a total of just three times.
Gabbert was eight-for-16 passing for 84 yards and one touchdown. McCoy was 26-for-31 with 269 yards and three touchdowns.
"I can't be more disappointed," Pinkel said. "It's a pivotal point in the season. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. The sense of urgency has got to be here."