Oklahoma St vs. Missouri game capsule - KMOV.com

Oklahoma St vs. Missouri game capsule

No. 17 Oklahoma State (5-0) at No. 3 Missouri (5-0), 7 p.m. CDT (ESPN2)

Line: Missouri by 14.

Series Record: Missouri leads 28-20.

Last meeting: 2005, Missouri 38-31.

What's at Stake

Oklahoma State is seeking only its second 6-0 start since 1945 and first win over Top 5 school since beating Oklahoma in 2002. Missouri can't afford to look ahead to next week's showdown at No. 5 Texas. A 6-0 start would match 2006, but the last time before that was 1973.

Key Matchups

Oklahoma State surrenders 196 passing yards per game and is likely to be stretched by prolific pass attack averaging 375 yards and featuring multiple threats. Balance provided by tailback Derrick Washington (500 yards, nation-leading 13 touchdowns) increases difficulty factor. Missouri defense that held Nebraska below 30 points for first time all season in 52-17 rout will be tested by Oklahoma State ground game that's second in nation at 315 yards.

Players to watch

Oklahoma State: WR Dez Bryant has 27 receptions and nine touchdowns, and is among national leaders with 178.4 all-purpose yards. RB Kendall Hunter has 708 yards, 7.0 per carry, and 8 TDs.

Missouri: TE Chase Coffman needs 54 yards to jump from 5th to 2nd on career yards receiving list. WR-KR Jeremy Maclin has scored seven touchdowns (5 receiving, 1 rushing, 1 kickoff return) and averaging 186.8 all-purpose yards, best in Big 12. ... PK Jeff Wolfert was wide left on 59-yard FG attempt at end of half last week, his first missed kick of any kind in three Big 12 seasons.

Facts & Figures

The Cowboys are third in nation with 52-point average, 1 point behind Missouri for second, and are coming off four straight 50-point efforts for first time in school history. ... Of last seven meetings, all but one have been decided by 7 or fewer points. Oklahoma State is 2-2 in last 4 meetings in Columbia. ... Oklahoma State leads nation with 27.3-yard punt return average. ... Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was 4-0 vs. Missouri as Cowboys QB from 1986-89 but is 0-1 as coach with 38-31 loss in 2005 at home. ... Missouri QB Chase Daniel has completed 76 percent of his passes, Oklahoma State's Zac Robinson is right behind at 72 percent. ... Oklahoma State has won four of last five on road. ... Oklahoma State seeking first 2-0 Big 12 start since 2004.

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