No. 23 Oklahoma 13, Missouri 9
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ Jerald Moore caught a 72-yard touchdown pass from Eric Moore with 6:20 to play Saturday as No. 23 Oklahoma escaped with a 13-9 victory over Missouri.
Former walk-on Mark Norris kicked three field goals for Missouri, which almost bagged its first victory over a ranked opponent in nearly three years. But after Norris missed a 41-yard attempt with 7:15 to play that would have padded a 9-7 lead, Oklahoma needed only three plays to produce the game-winner.
On third-and-4 from the Oklahoma 28, Jerald Moore caught a swing pass and outran several defenders down the sideline for his second touchdown of the day. He also scored on a 41-yard run in the second quarter.
Jerald Moore ran for 117 yards on 26 carries, his fourth 100-yard day of the year and third in a row. Last week he had 219 yards and scored on carries of 60 and 72 yards in a loss to Kansas.
Oklahoma (5-2-1, 2-2 Big Eight) has a 12-game winning streak against Missouri and has won 24 of 26. This one was nothing like recent mismatches _ Oklahoma won by an average of 47-15 the previous six meetings _ even though it assured Missouri (2-6, 0-4) of its 12th consecutive losing season.
The Sooners had to make a last stand after Eric Moore fumbled on a rollout and Brian Cracraft recovered for Missouri at the Oklahoma 21 with 4:18 to go. The Tigers went nowhere, though, and Brandon Corso’s pass on fourth-and-11 to Eddie Brooks fell short.
Norris hit a 36-yard field goal in the first quarter and a 28-yarder on the first play of the second quarter. His 39-yarder, set up when Oklahoma punter Brian Lewis couldn’t handle a low snap and was tackled for a 16-yard loss, put Missouri ahead 9-7 with 7:35 left in the third quarter.
Norris, who earned a scholarship this spring, made it six in a row before ending up wide right on his 41-yard try with 7:15 to go.
Oklahoma had 6 yards total offense and no first downs in the first quarter and Missouri led 6-0 after Norris’ second field goal, on the first play of the second quarter.
The second field goal was set up when DeMontie Cross partially blocked a punt that ended up traveling 11 yards to the Oklahoma 47.
Jerald Moore, who had three carries for 4 yards in the first quarter, broke loose for a 41-yard run that put the Sooners ahead 7-6 with 8:28 left in the half. But Missouri stopped him on 4th-and-inches from the 3 with 5:43 remaining.
Two days after pleading guilty to misdemeanor assault charges, wide receiver Rahsetnu Jenkins made a quiet season debut for Missouri. He played on special teams and wide receiver, but dropped the only pass thrown to him.