First half live blog: Missouri vs. Iowa State - KMOV.com

First half live blog: Missouri vs. Iowa State

Second quarter: Iowa State 17, Missouri 10

0:00—Missouri takes a knee to end the half as a chorus of boos rains down from the crowd. Yikes.

0:26—Arnaud scrambled outside the pocket and fired a bomb into the end zone that was caught by Darius Darks for a huge ISU touchdown. It's now 17-10 ISU...and they get the ball to start the second half. Things aren't looking to hot for Missouri right now.

Just as an aside, Missouri seemingly has struggled when quarterbacks evade the initial pass rush and can create outside the pocket. Those broken plays have led to a lot of big gains for opponents this year.

0:59—Jerrell Jackson fumbles after picking up what would have been a third-down conversion. Iowa State will take over at their own 34 yard line.

Yeah, this hasn't been the prettiest quarter of offense for Missouri. And Iowa State will receive the kick to start the second half, so if the Cyclones can pull some points out of the final minute of the half it could go a long way in this game.

2:30—A 20-yard completeion from Gabbert to Alexander wakes the crowd back up. This half has been pretty boring offensively, to say the least.

3:22—After marching down the field thanks to a couple of third down conversions, Iowa State nails a field goal to tie the game 10-10.

9:09—Missouri goes for it on fourth and four from the ISU 29 and can't convert. Gabbert threw a tunnel screen to Washington, who was bumped by Danario Alexander (who was blocked into Washington by an ISU defender) and dropped the pass.

9:54–Derrick Washington could drive a SUV through some of the holes he's getting right now. But that's not to take anything away from him, either. He's running the ball very well so far—breaking tackles, hitting holes, etc.

13:21—Missouri tries a zone read with Gabbert taking off to run on a third and six. Gabbert lost six yards on the play and Missouri will now have to punt, so all the momentum they may have gained on ISU turnover on downs was lost.

14:51—Arnaud's pass goes behind his receiver and falls incomplete to force a fourth and three. The Cyclones then set up for a 53-yard field goal and promptly ran a fake. It was pretty obvious that ISU was faking—especially to Will Ebner, who made the stop to force a turnover on downs.

First quarter: Missouri 10, Iowa State 7

0:00—the first quarter ends with Iowa State facing a third and four at the Missouri 36.

1:18 Missouri elects to kick a field goal on fourth and goal at the two to go up 10-7.

6:00—Danario Alexander just broke Jeremy Maclin's single-season record for receving yards. He now has 1,273. The old mark was 1,260 set by Jeremy Maclin last year.

7:11—ISU scores on a halfback pass by Alexander Robinson to tie the game up 7-7. The key to ISU's touchdown drive was a third-and-10 conversion after it looked like Missouri had ISU pinned in their own zone. The drive went nine plays for 73 yards and took 2:15.

Missouri's "bend but don't break" defensive strategy worked very well against Kansas State last week, as the team limited KSU to four field goals and no touchdowns. If that last drive by ISU is any indication, Missouri's defense could be prone to bending and breaking today—especially if it allows first downs on third and long.

9:01—Arnaud just came up limping after one of his passes was batted down at the line. Keep an eye on that—if he's banged up, ISU is in big, big trouble.

9:31—Well, it only took five and a half minutes to get the first booth-reviewed play of the game. I understand that college football referees want to ge the call right, but when it's overdone (like with the review of Washington's touchdown) it takes away from the flow of a game.

Great blocking on both passes and runs keyed a four-yard Derrick Washington touchdown run for Missouri. Gabbert had a lot of time and good passing lanes on that drive while Washington, De'Vion Moore, and Jerrell Jackson had great lanes to run through. The six-play, 55-yard drive lasted 2:14 as Missouri goes up 7-0.

11:45—Kevin Rutland picks off a Austen Arnaud pass on third and long. Missouri will take over at their own 45.

Getting ISU into passing downs (third and long) could be a huge key for Missouri today.

13:03—The drive got off to a promising start when Blaine Gabbert hit rarely-used tight end Michael Egnew for a first down, but Missouri's first possession stalled on a drop by Jerrell Jackson and a loss of six on a rush by Derrick Washington. After a Jake Harry punt, Iowa State will take over at their own 31.

15:00—Missouri wins the coin toss and will receive the kick from USC...er, Iowa State.

Senior day ceremony

Tough for Jared Perry. He had to be brought on to the field for the senior day ceremonies on a cart after suffering a season-ending knee injury last week at Kansas State.

Huge ovations from the crowd went out to senior captains Danario Alexander, Jaron Baston, Kurtis Gregory, and, of course, Sean Weatherspoon.

14:00 before gametime

The band is running through its pregame routine with the student section/east side of Faurot well less than 50 percent full. Everybody figured the crowd would be sparse, but it's still a bit of a shock to see entire sections essentially empty this close to kickoff.

50:00 before kickoff

We're under an hour away from kickoff here in Columbia on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon. Fans are starting to file in, but it will be suprising if there are over 60,000 in attendance as many students have already gone home for Thanksgiving break.

Iowa State is bowl-eligible for the first time since 2005—a pretty impressive feat for first-year coach Paul Rhodes. However, ISU has overachieved a bit this year (see the eight turnovers Nebraska had in a loss to ISU Oct. 24) so the fac that the team is bowl eligible shouldn't strike fear into the hearts of Missouri.

If Missouri can find a way to play as well on both sides of the ball as the team did against Kansas State last week, they'll cruise to a win. However, Missouri hasn't played well at home against a D-I opponent since Sept. 13 against Bowling Green. Given that it's senior day, this afternoon probably would be a good time for Missouri to put together a complete game and send off its seniors with a win.

Be sure to stay updated with KMOV.com's live blog of the game throughout the afternoon.

 

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