Missouri vs. Baylor: Live Game Thread - KMOV.com

Missouri vs. Baylor: Live Game Thread

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12:30 - Into the press box. Feeling a little fancy, won't deny it. Nothing out of the ordinary to report so far. Luke Lambert opted for season-ending shoulder surgery this week, so he will be replaced by Will Ebner, who has been struggling with his own injuries lately.

Vegas has the Tigers as a 14.5 point favorite, which you have to think they'll cover.

12:39 - Women's basketball highlights on the big screen. The student section is going wild.

12:49 - Just had a warning over the press box sound system that cheering will not be tolerated. That is going to be my biggest challenge of the day. If the updates suddenly stop coming, I've been thrown head-first into the parking lot. Stay tuned...

12:54 - Kansas State leads Kansas 10-7 at the half. The Wildcats have a very tough stretch run with KU today, Missouri then Nebraska. Kansas will be almost finished if they lose today as they have Nebraska, Texas then the Border Showdown in Kansas City. It's shaping up to be a very interesting finish.

12:59 - Today's pre-game motivational speech is brought to you by Leslie Nielsen.

1:04 - Baylor wins the toss and defers, so Missouri will start with the ball.

1:05 - And we're off...

1:09 - Missouri strikes first. Derrick Washington takes the direct snap and pounds it in off-tackle from the 1. Very efficient drive; no drops, no negative plays. Saw a couple two-back sets, which was very successful last week in Boulder.

1:10 - Kicker Tanner Mills is back after missing the Colorado game through suspension.

1:21 - Baylor line up to go for it on 4th-and-2 from the 5, but after a Missouri timeout, they send out the kicker. 7-3 Tigers.

1:27 - Baylor offense has only scored 27 points in the last four games, so one has to think if Missouri can get up by a few touchdowns, the Bears will struggle to come back.

1:34 - Maybe I spoke too soon... QB Nick Florence keeps it on the option and runs in from 8 yards out, however the PAT is blocked by Andrew Gachkar. What has been a fairly anemic offense has looked pretty efficient so far today. 9-7 Baylor.

1:39 - Tigers driving. Danario Alexander already has five catches on the day. He and Jared Perry have 101 catches this season, the rest of the team just 69. When they leave, someone will have to step up and be Blaine Gabbert's go-to-guy or it could be a long year.

1:48 - I could get used to this press box gig. Was just given the 1st quarter "Quickie Statistics" during the turnaround. I've got a small tree's worth of papers with every kind of stat you can imagine. I'm not sure if it makes my life easier or harder...

1:51 - Grant Ressel puts the Tigers up 10-9 with a 33-yard field goal. Ressel has only missed one kick all year and that was in the monsoon against Nebraska. Where does Pinkel find these kickers?

1:55 - Big three-and-out for the Tiger defense. Is it just me or does anyone else take a very deep breath every time Carl Gettis returns a punt? Just call fair catch!

1:59 - You'd think the Baylor defense would figure out that it's pretty much Danario or nothing. The receiver has 10 catches and I'd say eight of them were on that same bubble screen.

2:01 - Baylor does get a stop and Ressel nails a 46-yard field goal, tying his career long. Missouri up 13-9.

2:08 - SPOOOOOOOOOON!!! The linebacker breaks through the line and drags down Florence and forces a fumble. However after review the QB was ruled down, so it remains Baylor ball. It's still 3rd-and-forever though and Mizzou gets the stop.

2:15 - There he is again. Gabbert finds his favorite target over the middle and after bouncing off a tackler, Alexander takes it 84 yards to pay-dirt. That's a career long play for both quarterback and receiver. 20-9 Tigers.

2:17 - Alexander is making a habit of these long touchdowns runs. He's not built that thick but he somehow just absorbs hits. He doesn't show up on the scouts lists of top receivers in college, but he's 6'5", fast, has great hands and a ridiculous vertical. What else could you want?

2:25 - Nick Florence finds his receiver in the corner of the end-zone for six. Missouri gave Baylor 30 yards in penalties on that drive and let them convert on a 3rd-and-19. Not sound defense. Tigers still up 20-16 with 1:09 left in the half.

2:34 - It'll be reviewed, but Gabbert just threw a dart to Wes Kemp by the side of the end-zone with a second left. Fantastic drive by the sophomore QB; didn't try to do too much, just threw to the open receiver (expect that one pass to Alexander in quadruple coverage, but we'll just ignore that). The play does stand so Mizzou will go into the half with a 27-16 lead.

2:47 - I'm busting out my army of statisticians and bringing you some half-time stats:

Blaine Gabbert is 21-27 for 322 yards and two TDs. His career high was 414 yards at Nevada, which he has a very good chance of topping.

Baylor QB Nick Florence is also having a good day, going 21-26 for 202 yards and a score.

Not much going on on the ground for either team, with just 21 yards rushing on 21 attempts combined. The Bears have -4(!) net yards.

Danario Alexander has 11 grabs for 171 yards and a TD. At half-time. Stud.

Jared Perry's also having a good day with 87 yards on 4 catches.

We're moving over to a new page for the second half.

 

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