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FINAL: Oklahoma 38, Missouri 17

Saturday, December 1, 2007 | 8:00 p.m. CST; updated 12:50 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

At the start of the fourth quarter, Missouri failed to score a touchdown on another trip inside the red zone. Kicker Jeff Wolfert made a 32-yard field goal.

Oklahoma extended its lead with another touchdown. Quarterback Sam Bradford hit tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 29-yard gain to get into the red zone. Tight end Brody Eldridge dropped a sure touchdown pass, but another tight end came through for the Sooners. Joe Jon Finley caught a 4-yard score on third-and-goal.

The Tiger could not answer. They went three-and-out after three consecutive incompletions from quarterback Chase Daniel.

Oklahoma scored again after a costly MU penalty. On third-and-5, cornerback Darnell Terrell was called for pass interference on a long pass to receiver Malcolm Kelly. Then the Sooners started to milk the clock by running the ball. Kicker Garrett Hartley made a 26-yard field goal.

The Tigers again went three-and-out on their next drive.

Third quarter: Oklahoma 28, Missouri 14

Oklahoma was forced to punt on its opening drive. Quarterback Sam Bradford threw two errant passes intended for receiver Malcolm Kelly.

The Tigers took over at their own 7-yard line and drove within field goal range. Then the Sooners started to pressure quarterback Chase Daniel. Defensive end Jeremy Beal sacked him for a 10-yard loss to the Sooners’ 35-yard line. After a 5-yard penalty and 2-yard scramble by Daniel, linebacker Curtis Lofton dragged down Daniel by his ankles for another sack. Daniel and Lofton were jawing nose-to-nose after the play, and officials had to separate them.

Keyed by two big plays, the Sooners scored a touchdown on the next drive. Bradford hit wide-open receiver Manuel Johnson for a 17-yard pass on third down. Cornerback Darnell Terrell was flagged 15 yards for a late hit on Johnson. Then running back Allen Patrick busted up the middle for a 40-yard gain, knocking down Terrell with a stiff arm. Three plays later, Patrick ran it in for a 4-yard score.

Then the Tigers made their first major mistake. A pass from Daniel went off tight end Martin Rucker’s hands. Lofton intercepted it and returned it to MU’s 6-yard line. Two plays later, tight end Jermaine Gresham caught a 5-yard touchdown.

Halftime: Missouri 14, Oklahoma 14

The Sooners opened the quarter with a touchdown. Tailback Chris Brown ran in untouched on a counter play off left tackle for a 3-yard score.

On the ensuing drive, quarterback Chase Daniel did his best impression of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, the Heisman Trophy frontrunner who has scored 22 rushing touchdowns this season. Daniel picked up 20 yards on a quarterback draw on third-and-1 from the Oklahoma 35-yard line. He tried it again on first-and-goal from the 9. It looked like he got in the end zone. But the ball was marked at the 1, and the play wasn’t reviewed. The Sooners forced an 18-yard Jeff Wolfert field goal after stuffing tailback Jimmy Jackson and Daniel on another draw.

Safety William Moore stopped the Sooners’ next drive. Quarterback Sam Bradford floated a ball to tight end Jermaine Gresham. Moore crushed the tight end, knocking the ball free on the sideline.

The Sooners took advantage of a short field after forcing a punt on three straight incomplete passes from Daniel. Bradford converted a key third down on a slant to wide reicever Malcolm Kelly. Then the Sooners kept the ball on the ground, culminating in Brown's 2-yard touchdown, his second of the quarter.

But the Tigers answered. Wide receiver Danario Alexander had a 19-yard run. After a 13-yard pass to tight end Martin Rucker, 15 yards were tacked on for a Sooners' face mask penalty. Will Franklin made a key reception on third-and-10.

Chase Daniel scored on a drive and Maclin threw a pass to Martin Rucker for the two-point conversion.

First quarter: Missouri 3, Oklahoma 0

While Missouri took some time to get their offense going, Oklahoma killed itself with penalties.

Neither offense went anywhere at the start of the game. The Tigers won the toss and elected to receive, but went three-and-out. Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin dropped a pass. After Chase Daniel threw a lateral to him, wide receiver Tommy Saunders was looking to throw downfield but was swarmed, losing 10 yards.

On their first drive, the Sooners went backwards as well after picking up one first down. Facing third-and-13, Oklahoma picked up two 5-yard penalties (delay of game and a false start).

The Tigers picked up only one first down on their next drive, converting a third down. But linebacker Curtis Lofton leveled Daniel on a keeper on the next third down, forcing a punt. Safety William Moore was injured during the return, but quickly re-entered the game.

Another penalty stalled Oklahoma’s next drive. Right tackle Trent Williams picked up a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness. The Sooners went three-and-out.

But the Tigers scored on their next drive with the Sooners helping them out with another penalty. Cornerback Dominique Franks was flagged for pass interference on tight end Martin Rucker on third-and-4 from the OU 47-yard line. The Tigers got to the 9, but could not get into the end zone. Kicker Jeff Wolfert made a 28-yard field goal.

Quarterback Sam Bradford struck on the next drive, finding wide receiver Malcolm Kelly for a 47-yard gain.


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