Game Notes: Oklahoma 41, Missouri 31

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
OCTOBER 13, 2007

• With the 41-31 win over Missouri, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops improved his record against ranked opponents to 27-10. Stoops is now 9-0 against ranked teams at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.

• Sophomore TE Jermaine Gresham's second quarter TD catch was his sixth of the season and seventh of his career. He is now tied with teammate Joe Jon Finley for seventh on OU's all-time TE touchdown list.

• Senior DB D.J. Wolfe's first quarter interception of Chase Daniel was the sixth pick of his career and third this season. Wolfe recorded two INTs against Colorado on Sept. 29.

• With seven catches against the Tigers, junior WR Juaquin Iglesias has 102 for his career. He becomes the 12th Sooner with more than 100 career catches all-time and the eighth under Bob Stoops.

• Junior DB Reggie Smith's interception of Chase Daniel in the third quarter was his second in as many games and his seventh career INT.

• As a team, Oklahoma picked off the Tigers three times. It marked the second time this season for the Sooner defenders to get three interceptions in a game. OU also intercepted three North Texas passes in the season opener.

• Freshman DL Gerald McCoy recorded his first career sack against the Tigers. As a team, the Sooners sacked Daniel three times on Saturday night and upped their season total to 25.

• RS sophomore Auston English was all over the place against Missouri, recording nine tackles, two tackles for loss, one and a half sacks, two passes broken up and a quarterback hurry.

• The 2007 Sooners have recorded four defensive touchdowns (2 FR, 2 INT), the most for an OU squad since the 2001 team finished the season with five defensive TDs. Only three teams in OU history have recorded five defensive scores, the 1956 and 2000 national championship teams and the 2001 team.

• Senior LB Lewis Baker recorded a career-best 11 stops against Missouri. His previous best was nine tackles against the Tigers in 2006.

• RS freshman QB Sam Bradford's 266 passing yards marked the third highest total by a Sooner quarterback against Missouri.

• Bradford finished with 24 completions on 34 attempts, both career highs.

• Sophomore RB Chris Brown's three touchdown performance against the Tigers was the first three TD game of his career. He scored two touchdowns on two occasions in 2006 (Texas Tech, Oklahoma State).

• After recording no receptions in five games as a freshman in 2006 and his first four games this season, Brown has three catches in 2007, including two for 17 yards against Missouri.

• Junior LB Curtis Lofton notched a career-high 18 tackles against Missouri, the most stops by a Sooner since Lance Mitchell recorded 19 at Missouri in 2002.

• Lofton's fourth quarter fumble recovery touchdown was his second defensive TD of the season. He also returned an interception for a score against North Texas in the season opener.

85,041 - Saturday's attendance at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the 53rd straight sellout under Bob Stoops. Saturday's crowd was the third-largest in OU history.

51 - Bob Stoops recorded his 51st home win as the Sooners' head coach. Stoops owns a career record of 51-2 at Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, a winning percentage of .962.

29 - Curtis Lofton's fourth quarter fumble recovery was the 29th defensive touchdown under Bob Stoops and the Sooners' fourth in 2007.

15.93 - On the season, the Sooners have 15 INTs and are averaging 15.93 yards per return. Reggie Smith and D.J. Wolfe each returned an interception for 15 yards against the Tigers.

15 - With Saturday's win, OU extended its home winning streak to 15 straight, the eighth-longest in school history.

6 - Touchdowns by sophomore TE Jermaine Gresham in seven games this season. That total ties Trent Smith (2001) for most TDs by a tight end in a single season.

5:1 - Sam Bradford's touchdown to interception ratio through the first seven games (20 TDs - 4 INTs).

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• Adam Crossett's 40.5 average on four punts was his second-best mark of the season, behind only last week's 46-yard average (on two punts) against Nebraska.

• The Tigers held Oklahoma's running attack to just 118 yards on 33 carries. They entered the game averaging 216.2 yards per game on 40.5 carries per game...

• Mizzou out-gained Oklahoma by a 418-384 margin, including 361 passing yards to OU's 266.

• TE Chase Coffman had a career-high nine catches for 95 yards to break his previous best of eight set in the 2005 Independence Bowl vs. South Carolina. His 99 yards in that 2005 I-Bowl are the career-best in that category.

1st Quarter
• Junior TB Jimmy Jackson got the first start of his career tonight, subbing for the injured Tony Temple, who did not make the trip due to a sprained ankle suffered last Saturday against Nebraska...

• Mizzou took the opening kick and made 1 first down before having to punt, but got the ball back after just one play when DE Stryker Sulak stripped Juaquin Iglesias after a reception, with DB Darnell Terrell recovering on the OU 38-yardline.  It was the 13th turnover forced by Mizzou's defense this year (6 fumbles, 7 INTs)...

• WR Jeremy Maclin gave the Tigers a 6-0 lead at the 10:12 mark as he scored on a 5-yard end around.  He was sprung by a great block by LT Tyler Luellen to clear the path.  It was Maclin's team-leading 7th TD of the season - his 2nd rushing to go with his 3 receiving TDs and 2 punt return TDs entering the game...

• Mizzou's TD drive took 6 plays, covering 38 yards and took 2:57 off the clock.  The TD after the turnover upped Mizzou's totals this year to 47 points scored off of 13 opponent turnovers.  Coming into tonight's game MU's foes have scored 28 points off of 7 Tiger turnovers...

• Oklahoma responded with a TD drive to tie the score at 7-apiece.  It marked the 1st offensive TD allowed in the 1st quarter this season by Mizzou's defense.  The only other TD scored by opponents in the 1st quarter so far came on a blocked punt covered for a TD in the opener by Illinois...

• After Oklahoma got an interception on MU's ensuing possession, the Tiger defense held the Sooners to a field goal.  On the following kickoff, Mizzou's Jeremy Maclin returned the ball 56-yards to the OU 44-yardline.  That was MU's longest kickoff return since Shirdonya Mitchell returned one 89 yards at Texas Tech in 2002...

2nd Quarter
• Mizzou came into the game leading the nation ranked 1st in 3rd down efficiency, converting at 59%, but the Tigers misfired on their 1st 4 3rd down tries of the night before connecting on the first one...

• After OU drove for a TD to push out to a 17-7 lead, senior NOSE Lorenzo Williams (Midwest City, Okla., native) recorded a big QB sack late in the quarter that helped snuff out a Sooner drive, and give the ball back to MU's offense.  The sack upped Williams' total to 15.5 for his career, which moves him into a tie for 7th place on the Mizzou career list, along with C.J. Mosley (2002-04) and Xzavie Jackson (2003-06)...

• Mizzou's offense responded with a huge drive right before half, driving 9 plays, going 85-yards down to OU 2-yardline, before having to settle for a 19-yard Jeff Wolfert FG that made it 17-10 at halftime.  Mizzou's offense had been held to a total of 84 yards prior to the drive...

• The last drive by MU evened out the statistics a bit, as OU held a slight edge in total yards at halftime, 202-169, including 188-to-154 in passing yards.  Mizzou, despite rushing for only 15 yards on 11 carries, outrushed the Sooners by one yards, with OU gaining 14 net yards on 13 tries...

• Mizzou's 17-10 halftime deficit broke a string of 8 straight games in which MU held a lead at half.  It marked the first time that MU has trailed at half since game #10 last season at Nebraska, when Nebraska held a 27-6 halftime lead...

• Maclin, who came into the game as the nation's leader in all-purpose yardage (214.0 ypg), had 137 all-purpose yards in the 1st half alone, including 79 on 2 kickoff returns, 39 on 2 receptions and 19 on 2 rushes...

• Mizzou ended the half by making 4 of its last 5 3rd down tries on offense, to end the half 4-of-9 overall...

3rd Quarter
• Oklahoma made it 9 points off of 2 Tiger turnovers, when they intercepted Maclin to end MU's 1st offensive possession in the half, and then drove 56 yards in 9 plays to take a 23-10 lead at the 9:30 mark (the extra point was no good)...

• Maclin got his 2nd rushing TD of the night on MU's ensuing possession to cut the deficit to 23-17 at the 4:41 mark, when he sped around left end on an end around for 10 yards and the score...

• Mizzou got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff as OU's Juaquin Iglesias fumbled on the return.  LB Connell Davis recovered the fumble at the OU 46-yardline, marking the 2nd fumble recovery on a kickoff this year by Davis (his other came in the opener against Illinois)...

• Mizzou capitalized by driving 8 plays for a TD to take a 24-23 lead with 1:30 left.  TB Jimmy Jackson, who made his 1st career start tonight, went over right tackle for 4 yards to regain the lead for the Tigers.  It was the 1st TD of the season for Jackson and the 4th of his career...

• The quarter ended with the Tigers holding a 24-23 lead... Mizzou held a 319-275 advantage in total offense, including a 250-235 edge in the passing game. The Tigers held Oklahoma to just 40 yards on 20 carries (2.0 avg) through 45 minutes of play...

4th Quarter
• Curtis Lofton's fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first for a Mizzou opponent since Kansas State's Zach Diles had a 46-yard return for a TD last year in Columbia.

• That fumble was Mizzou's third of the game, which equaled the three TO's - also a fumble and two interceptions - by the Tigers against Western Michigan on Sept. 16 in Columbia.

• Mackey Award candidate Martin Rucker hauled in his third TD reception of the season in the 4th quarter. He finished with six catches for 35 yards.



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