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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Missouri falls to No. 1 Oklahoma; Big 12 shows life

Sunday, September 25, 2011 | 6:12 p.m. CDT; updated 9:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011

The Missouri Tigers jumped out to a 14-3 lead on the road against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners early in the first quarter Saturday. Shortly after, the Sooners showed why they are one of the top teams in the nation, scoring 28 unanswered points; Oklahoma eventually won 38-28.

There were some bright spots for the Tigers in the game. Running back Henry Josey rushed for 133 yards on 14 carries — an average of 9.5 yards per rushing attempt. Missouri had no turnovers in the game while Oklahoma surrendered two.

Pac-12 not expanding; will Missouri stay in Big 12?

Late Tuesday night, Pac-12 chancellors and presidents decided against expanding the conference. Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State and Texas Tech were contemplating leaving the Big 12 for the Pac-12.

The Pac-12 expanded from 10 to 12 teams last year, taking Utah from the Mountain West Conference and Colorado from the Big 12.

Missouri also had been discussed as potentially leaving the Big 12. Reports from the Kansas City Star had Missouri being a possible addition to the SEC . However, with the Pac-12 not expanding, and the Big 12 looking more stable, the possibility of Missouri leaving is uncertain. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the SEC has not offered an invitation to Missouri, but if Missouri is looking to leave the Big 12, the SEC would consider making the conference switch possible.

Texas A&M and the SEC have announced the Aggies will be leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC effective July 1..

Up next: Kansas State (Oct. 8)

The Missouri football team has a bye next week. The Tigers return to the field next against the Wildcats of Kansas State. The game is Saturday, Oct. 8, in Manhattan, Kan.

The Wildcats (3-0) are coming off a 28-24 win against the Miami Hurricanes on the road. They will be hosting the Baylor Bears on Saturday before their game against Missouri.

Kansas State has not beaten Missouri since 2005, when they beat the Tigers 36-28 in Manhattan.


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