Getting closer to victory

With hands raised, MU fans yell and cheer as an MU win seems more and more imminent.

Tigers going wild

Fans cheer jubilantly after MU scored a touchdown to take the lead over OU, making the score 26 to 21.

All tied up

With the score tied at 7, MU fans cheer on the Tiger football team during the first quarter of the Homecoming game against Oklahoma.

Smith's post-pick dash

Sophomore defensive end Aldon Smith runs the ball downfield after intercepting a pass in the first quarter against Oklahoma on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

SLIDESHOW: For some 'GameDay' fans, a 3 a.m. wakeup call

The day began early for many Missouri fans. Francis Quadrangle opened at 3:30 a.m. for people wanting to get in the best possible position for the ESPN "College GameDay" broadcast from in front of the Columns.

Taking a dive

Senior safety Jarrell Harrison dives to tackle Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Boyles during the 1st quarter of the Homecoming game on Saturday at Faurot Field.

Taking it on foot

Junior quarterback Blaine Gabbert runs the ball during the first quarter against Oklahoma.

Post-tackle celebration

Missouri linebacker Will Ebner celebrates a tackle in the second quarter of Saturday's game against Oklahoma.

Sooners converge on Jackson

Junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson tries to stay up as he is tackled by two Oklahoma defenders during the second half on Saturday.

Get your hands up

Senior safety Jasper Simmons raises his hands to pump up the crowd as the Tigers take the field before the game Saturday.

MU receiver Jerrell Jackson vs. Oklahoma

Missouri wide receiver Jerrell Jackson muscles through a pair of Oklahoma defenders for extra yards after a third quarter reception.

Columbia's Rob and Joy Millard support their son, Trey, a freshman at Oklahoma

Rob and Joy Millard, parents of Oklahoma freshman fullback Trey Millard, pose in front their house during their tailgating party at their Columbia home before the Missouri's game against Oklahoma on Saturday. Rob Millard said that he had probably been to more tailgates than games in the past, but now that his son plays for the Sooners he goes to Oklahoma for every game.

Excitment of tailgating

Amanda Moreland, 21, and Ryan Williams, 21, hug after participating in an M-I-Z cheer while tailgating before the MU Homecoming game Saturday.

Tiger-tailed tailgater

With a tiger tail tucked into the back of his shorts, Mike Sokolaski serves a plate of food to tailgaters before the MU vs. Oklahoma football game Saturday.

Police monitor homecoming

With multiple car accidents in the area, the police presence seemed ubiquitous near Faurot Field prior to the homecoming game Saturday night.

Tailgate tree climbing

Madison Cunnignham, 8, climbs a tree near her family's tailgate outside Faurot Field before the MU vs. Oklahoma game.

Parade winds down Sixth

The Homecoming Parade on Saturday makes its way down Sixth Street.

'Tiger Walk' high-fives

MU defensive lineman Brayden Burnett high-fives fans during the team's "Tiger Walk" from the Missouri Athletic Training Complex to Faurot Field before the MU Homecoming game.

Aaron Hobson

Aaron Hobson, 22, was shot and killed Saturday in Columbia.

Abhi Sivasailam

Abhi Sivasailam is a guest columnist for the Missourian.