NCAA Game Summary - Missouri at Baylor|
(Saturday, November 1st)
Final Score: (14) Missouri 31, Baylor 28
Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Jeff Wolfert kicked a 34-yard field goal with 2:31
left in the fourth quarter as 14th-ranked Missouri avoided the upset and edged
Baylor, 31-28, in Big 12 play at Floyd Casey Stadium.
Heisman Trophy hopeful Chase Daniel completed 30-of-38 passes for 318 yards
with three touchdowns and two interceptions for Missouri (7-2, 3-2 Big 12),
which has won two straight games after dropping the previous two.
"I wouldn't say that was a great team effort that we gave out there today, but
we got it done on the road against a great team," Daniel said. "You have to
give them all of the credit in the world. Coach (Art) Briles had them ready to
play and that quarterback is something else. They were able to make big plays
at big times, but so were we. We were able to make a couple more, and that
helped us win."
Derrick Washington led the Missouri ground attack with 97 yards on 14 carries,
while Jimmy Jackson added a rushing score. Chase Coffman caught 10 passes for
75 yards with a pair of touchdowns, while Tommy Saunders had seven grabs for
109 yards in the win for the Tigers.
Robert Griffin turned in a solid performance, completing 26-of-35 for 283
yards with two touchdowns and a pick for Baylor (3-6, 1-4), losers of three
straight and five of its last six. Griffin also ran for a score.
"Every game is important, whether it is a ranked team or not," Griffin said.
"For us to come out and beat Missouri, a team that was like us a couple years
ago, that would have showed people that we are turning things around. Even in
the loss, and I don't believe in moral victories, we showed people that we are
coming to play everyday."
Jay Finley had 73 yards on the ground, while Ray Sims chipped in with a TD run
for the Bears.
With Missouri holding a 21-7 lead after one half of play, the Bears were not
about to go quietly. Starting on from its own 31, Baylor used a steady dose of
the ground game behind Griffin to get near midfield. Then staring at a 4th-
and-1, Griffin ripped off 34 yards, taking in all the way down to the Missouri
14-yard-line. Four plays later Sims hammered in from two yards out to make it
a 21-14 game.
After Missouri went three-and-out on its ensuing possession, Baylor was able
to tie the game after mounting a 12-play, 66-yard drive. Griffin hit Thomas
White for a 14-yard pass on a key 4th-and-1 play from the Bears 43. That led
to a 16-yard touchdown strike from Griffin to Brad Taylor with 3:39 left in
The game then went back-and-forth with Daniel connecting with Coffman for the
second time of the afternoon, this time for a 13-yard TD strike to put the
Tigers up by a 28-21 margin, but the lead wouldn't last.
On the ensuing drive, Griffin hooked up with Finley for a 36-yard score to re-
tie the contest with 9:54 left in the fourth. However, Missouri wouldn't be
denied the win from the upset-minded Bears.
After Baylor was forced to punt, Derek Epperson's 41-yard effort pinned
Missouri back to its own 10 with 6 1/2 minutes remaining. Daniel completed a
pass of 19 yards, then scrambled for 15 more to move the offense near
midfield. The visitors would eventually pick up three more first downs to get
to the Bears 15, but the drive stalled and Wolfert came on and drilled a 34-
yarder to make it 31-28.
The Bears got the ball back on their own 21, and after two marginal gains,
Griffin was picked off by Brock Christopher. Missouri then ran out the clock
to end the game.
Daniel got Missouri off to a great start when the senior signal-caller hit
Coffman with a three-yard touchdown pass on the Tigers' first possession of
the contest. Starting on their own 35, the visitors quickly got the ball into
Baylor territory at the 38. Then facing a 3rd-and-6 from the 20, Daniel hooked
up with Saunders for 17 yards, taking it to the three and followed that by
finding Coffman in the end zone for the score.
Baylor was unable to answer on its first try on the offensive side of the ball
and the Tigers went back to the attack. From its own 20, Missouri need only
six plays and 1:29 to cover the 80 yards. Daniel capped the drive by tossing a
19-yard strike to Saunders to make it a 14-0 game with 6:50 left in the
The Bears were able to close the gap with 9:45 left in the half when Griffin
scored on a four-yard run, putting the finishing touches on a 13-play, 80-yard
drive to get Baylor within seven.
However with 1:26 left in the opening half, Missouri stretched its lead to
21-7. Daniel, who completed 6-of-7 passes on the 93-yard drive, marched the
offense down to the Baylor five, and two plays later Jackson kept it on the
ground for a two-yard score. The Tigers would take the 14-point advantage into
Missouri will host Kansas State on November 8, while Baylor will play at
Texas...Missouri is now 10-2 versus Baylor in the all-time series and has won
all seven meetings since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996.
11/01 20:47:36 ET