Kansas wins shootout over No. 12 Missouri, 40-37

November 30, 2008|By From Sun news services

Todd Reesing threw a touchdown pass to Kerry Meier with 27 seconds left to give Kansas a 40-37 win over No. 12 Missouri yesterday in Kansas City, Mo.

The Tigers will still play for the Big 12 title, but they'll do so coming off a hard-fought loss to their border rivals.

The Jayhawks (7-5, 4-4) led by 16 early in the third quarter, let Missouri (9-3, 5-3) back in it, then traded touchdowns with the Tigers in the fourth quarter before Reesing hit Meier.

Reesing finished 37-for-51 for 375 yards with two interceptions, throwing two touchdown passes to Meier and one each to Dezmon Briscoe and Dexton Fields.

Missouri's Chase Daniel had 391 total yards and threw for four touchdowns, but also had two interceptions, a fumble and was sacked for a safety in the second quarter. Jermey Maclin had nine catches for 123 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Chase Coffman caught two touchdown passes for the Tigers.

Missouri struggled early, then found its rhythm in the second half, getting within a field goal after a pair of touchdown passes by Daniel.

Then the fireworks started.

Daniel hit Coffman for his second touchdown, a 6-yarder with just under seven minutes left that put Missouri up 30-26. Reesing answered 3 1/2 minutes later with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Meier to put the Jayhawks back up.

Missouri got the ball back with 1:50 left, then quickly marched down the field for a 6-yard touchdown run by Derrick Washington that made it 37-33. The Tigers left too much time on the clock, though, and Kansas moved 67 yards for the 26-yard touchdown from Reesing to Meier.

Missouri still wasn't done, marching quickly into Kansas' side of the field to set up a 54-yard field-goal attempt by Jeff Wolfert. Kansas partially blocked the kick at the buzzer, finally ending one of the wildest games in the 117-game history of the Border Showdown.

"Our injury list, a roll of toilet paper wouldn't be enough," Kansas coach Mark Mangino said. "We've got guys that played today that could barely walk a week ago. It's the guttiest performance I've ever been associated with as a coach. Our kids heard all week long we didn't have a chance. Never tell KU they don't have a chance."

No. 1 Alabama 36, Auburn 0: : Glen Coffee rushed for 144 yards and a touchdown and the host Crimson Tide (12-0, 8-0 Southeastern Conference) broke a six-year Iron Bowl losing streak by beating their bitter rival, the Tigers (5-7, 2-6), by the biggest margin in the series in 46 years. The dominant win set the stage for Alabama to face No. 2 Florida in the league championship game with a berth in the Bowl Championship Series national title game on the line. The loss left Auburn shut out of a bowl game for the first time in nine years.

No. 5 Southern California 38, Notre Dame 3: : Mark Sanchez passed for 267 yards and two touchdowns and the host Trojans (10-1) relied on their hard-hitting defense to dominate the Fighting Irish (6-6). Notre Dame didn't get a first down until the last play of the third quarter on a 15-yard run by James Aldridge. With No. 17 Oregon State's loss to No. 19 Oregon, USC (7-1 Pacific-10) needs only to beat crosstown rival UCLA (4-7, 3-5) next weekend to win its seventh straight conference title. Notre Dame is bowl-eligible, but the Irish's 15 losses the past two seasons are the most in any two-year span in school history. :

No. 7 Texas Tech 35, Baylor 28: : Graham Harrell capped a 21-point rally with a touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter and the host Red Raiders (11-1, 7-1 Big 12) kept alive their faint hopes for a Big 12 South title with a victory over the Bears. Oklahoma won last night to create a three-way tie for the Big 12 South with Texas and Texas Tech, leaving it to today's BCS standings to determine which team will play the Tigers in Kansas City, Mo. The Red Raiders have little hope of coming out on top in that scenario. Texas Tech won 11 games in a season for the third time in the program's 84 years. The Bears scored on their opening possession of the second half with Jacoby Jones capping a 78-yard drive on a 1-yard touchdown run to make it 28-14. Texas Tech took control from there. The Red Raiders got a 1-yard scoring run by Shannon Woods, a 3-yard touchdown run by Baron Batch and a Harrell's 4-yard touchdown pass to Detron Lewis to go up 35-28.

No. 16 Cincinnati 30, Syracuse 10: : With the Big East championship in hand, the Bearcats (10-2, 6-1 league) turned its final home game into a ho-hum win that matched a school record. Tony Pike threw a pair of touchdown passes, and Cincinnati's defense had its way in a rout of the Orange (3-9, 1-6). The Bearcats clinched the spot when West Virginia lost at Pittsburgh on Friday.

No. 19 Oregon 65, No. 17 Oregon State 38: : Jeremiah Masoli threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns and the visiting Ducks (9-3, 7-2 Pac-10) all but crushed the hopes of the Beavers (8-4, 7-2) of going to the Rose Bowl for the first time since the 1964 season. The loss ended the Beavers' eight-game winning streak at Reser Stadium.

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