Missouri football team falls to Oklahoma

Saturday, September 24, 2011 | 10:55 p.m. CDT; updated 6:29 p.m. CDT, Thursday, September 29, 2011

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma wasn't going to let it happen again.

A year after Missouri upset the top-ranked Sooners in Columbia, the Tigers could not maintain an early double-digit advantage and lost 38-28 to Oklahoma, which is again ranked No. 1 in the country.

The Tigers (2-2) led 14-3 nine minutes into the game after quarterback James Franklin ran for one touchdown and threw another to receiver L'Damian Washington. But Oklahoma (3-0) responded, scoring 28 consecutive points and subduing any fears that Missouri might produce another upset.

Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones threw for 448 yards and three touchdowns, all to receiver Ryan Broyles, who ended with 145 yards.

For Missouri, Franklin finished with 291 passing yards and 90 rushing yards, and receiver T.J. Moe had 119 yards. Henry Josey led all runners with 133 yards.

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Jeff Wolfe September 25, 2011 | 1:45 p.m.

Tiger players and coaches should be encouraged by possible small improvements in short yardage running success. Also in tighter coverage of opponents exceptional receivers and passing, even though much improvement is still needed particularly in awareness of ball arrival. Also better energy from lineman though a few lineman are still clearly overweight and need more endurance and mobility. I wonder if quarterback or option backs could threaten the line of scrimmage and beyond more often on roll outs or option style running/passing?, wouldn't this utilize Josey's talent better? I wonder if at least one player, hopefully more, can become quick consistent sack threats. I was a NCAA Div. I soccer coach, it seems the kicking problems are related to slight ball orientation on placement and less than precise stepping off of the approach to placement point, maybe even rushing the placement a little, these are easily correctable. Congratulations to starting the game with an attitude that will help win a lot of games in the future, hope this energy can be turned up throughout the game when needed. My 20 years as a college coach and 2/1 win ratio tell me that Missouri will continue to improve fast and could be the best team in the conference soon. I also see potential for several other teams in the conference continuing to improve. Because so many teams are improving and even minor injuries can have an effect, at this point any team in the conference can still lose 4 games including Oklahoma. Congratulations to Missouri players and coaches for improvements and best wishes for athletic and academic championship attitudes/efforts

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