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Missouri football team shuts out Iowa State

Saturday, November 20, 2010 | 9:51 p.m. CST; updated 10:52 p.m. CST, Saturday, November 20, 2010
MU tight end Michael Egnew is congratulated by teammates after scoring the only touchdown in the first half against the Iowa State Cyclones on Saturday.

AMES, Iowa — The Missouri defense posted its second shutout of the season and ended Iowa State's season with a 14-0 win Saturday in Ames, Iowa. It was the Tigers first conference road shutout since 1967. 

It was a must-win game for Iowa State (5-7, 3-5), which needed a victory to be bowl eligible.

Iowa State had chances to score. The Cyclones went into a no-huddle offense on their second offensive possession, confusing the Tigers with rapid-fire rushes and screen passes. But quarterback Jerome Tiller's third-down conversion failed, forcing the Cyclones to try a 38-yard field goal that missed wide left.

Missouri got the ball back and drove 80 yards down the field using big-gain receptions by Rolandis Woodland (26 yards) and Michael Egnew (24 yards). The Tigers offense sputtered at the brink of the red zone, but a roughing the passer penalty against Iowa State gave Missouri the ball on the 11-yard line. Then Gabbert lofted a perfectly placed spiral over the Iowa State defense into the hands of falling tight end, Michael Egnew, in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.

Gabbert completed all four of his pass attempts for 65 yards on the drive.

Iowa State went back to its no-huddle offensive set and drove deep into Missouri territory for its first offensive series of the second half. A 39-yard pass from quarterback Jerome Tiller to Jake Tiller moved the ball to the Missouri 9-yard line. It was the longest pass play of the season for Iowa State, but the Cyclones were unable to gain another yard on the drive and missed a 27-yard field goal attempt wide left.

Two plays and a failed third-down conversion later, the Tigers lined up on the 28-yard line to punt on fourth down and two yards to go. With the offensive line nearly spread sideline to sideline, Missouri punter Matt Grabner took the snap and ran up the middle for a gain of 15 yards. 

The Tigers featured freshman quarterback James Franklin in a wildcat formation more frequently against Iowa State. After Gabbert found Egnew for a 16-yard gain, Franklin entered the game and ran for a 10-yard gain on third-and-one late in the third quarter. 

Gabbert opened the fourth quarter with a run for 16 yards up the middle on second down. At the end of the run, Gabbert was swarmed by Iowa State defenders and fumbled, but Missouri's T.J. Moe recovered the ball at the 6-yard line. 

Running back De'Vion Moore took the next two carries and scored from a yard out on his second try. Moore's touchdown and the extra point put Missouri up 14-0.

With less than 10 minutes left in the game, two incomplete passes and a 3-yard run play put Iowa State in a punt formation with the ball on its own 17. Upping the fake punt ante, Cyclones punter Kirby Van Der Kamp threw the ball to Williams on a screen play. The 25-yard gain put some life into the patchy crowd of 41,776 at Jack Trice Stadium.

The steady gains of running back Alexander Robinson continued the Cyclones drive, but Missouri's Kip Edwards broke up the second fourth-down attempt of the drive, this time on a pass thrown by Tiller.

Iowa State went back to the no-huddle offense with less than five minutes left,but it came up short on a fourth-down hook-and-ladder play.


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