Alexander leads Missouri football to victory

Saturday, November 14, 2009 | 4:45 p.m. CST; updated 9:14 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 14, 2009
Senior Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander runs for a long score after a third-quarter reception Saturday against Kansas State.

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Danario Alexander has frequently been asked this season about what it’s like to have a good statistical day when his team loses. His response has been consistent, that his statistics don’t matter if the team loses.

Alexander got to enjoy his statistics Saturday. He had:

  • 10 catches
  • 200 receiving yards
  • three receiving touchdowns

Missouri beat Kansas State 38-12.

Alexander’s performance came one week after he had 213 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a loss to Baylor.

“That’s the best feeling ever,” he said. “To come out and win while you’re doing good, that’s the best feeling you could ever have.”

Missouri took a 17-6 lead into halftime Saturday. The Tigers had not scored a second-half touchdown in their first five Big 12 games this season.

The beginning of the second half seemed to promise more of the same.

The first three possessions of the second half favored Kansas State:

  • The Wildcats got the ball first and kicked a field goal.
  • Missouri got the ball and couldn’t get a first down, quickly punting.
  • Kansas State got the ball and kicked another field goal.

Alexander scored his third touchdown of the game soon after. The ensuing kickoff went for a touchback. On the first play from scrimmage, quarterback Blaine Gabbert found Alexander over the middle. Alexander turned and ran to his left toward the sideline.  Despite Kansas State defenders angling to catch him, he was too fast, running all the way to the end zone.

“It took a weight off our shoulders,” Alexander said. “To finally come out and get a touchdown in the second half, once that happened, the offense just kept rolling.”

Missouri running back Derrick Washington scored two more Tiger second-half touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

“We turned it on,” Washington said. “That first drive we could have did a lot better things, but we didn’t move the ball at all. But we knew what we was capable of doing, moving the ball all game. After that, we went out the next couple drives and put it on them.”

It was Kansas State that couldn’t get into the end zone Saturday. 

The Wildcats:

  • held the ball for 38:19
  • Didn't score a touchdown
  • Scored on four field goals

Kansas State had good field position at times, starting four drives from beyond its own 40-yard line.

“If we weren’t holding them to field goals, it was definitely a different game,” linebacker Andrew Gachkar said. “That says about our defense today that it didn’t matter where the ball was on the field.”

The win gives Missouri bowl eligibility, but with six wins it could only go to a bowl if all teams with seven or more wins had already been invited to one. With one more win, a bowl with Big 12 affiliation could take Missouri with no stipulations.


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