LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- First Kansas showed its archrival who had
the better team. Then the Jayhawks went about showing Missouri who
had more class.
On one of the few plays he eluded the Kansas defense, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith crosses the goal line.
As thousands of fans stormed the field Saturday and began
tearing down the goalposts following a 35-14 victory over the
No. 23 Tigers, Kansas players all made a point to stay clear.
Last year at Missouri, after the Tigers won 36-12 victory in the
oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi, the Missouri players had
helped their fans rip down the goalposts, planting the seeds for
revenge this season.
"We came into this game saying we weren't going to tear down
any goalposts because that's showing no class," said running back
Clark Green, who scored two touchdowns. "We thought what they did
last year was disrespectful."
In the unlikely event that any of their players had forgotten
that humiliation, Kansas coaches taped a photograph of Missouri
players hopping onto the crossbars to everyone's locker stall.
"We definitely talked about the goalposts," said quarterback
Bill Whittemore, who also scored two touchdowns and outplayed
Missouri counterpart Brad Smith.
"We felt like it would be more classy if we just let our fans
take care of that."
Whittemore scored on two short runs and engineered
fourth-quarter drives of 72, 50 and 49 yards for the Jayhawks
The sellout crowd of 50,071 was the largest for Kansas for any
non-Nebraska game since 1975 and the Jayhawks' biggest ever at home
Smith, known for his fourth-quarter comebacks, never got
untracked against a hard-charging Kansas defense and passed for
only 62 yards. After running for 117 yards in Missouri's victory
last year, he had only 33 yards on the ground.
"They just played good defense. That's all I can say," Smith
said. "It's all of our fault. We just have to point the finger at
Whittemore was 14-of-22 for 111 yards and picked up 76 more on
"We're just going out there and having a good time,"
The Tigers, who were averaging 420 yards a game, managed only
196 against a defense ranked 10th in the Big 12. Zack Abron, with
112 yards on 17 carries, was the only threat the Tigers could
"I feel awful," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "And I feel
bad for our fans. Obviously, I got outcoached today. I'm
responsible for it."
Kansas went into halftime with a 13-7 lead despite a series of
errors, starting with a missed extra point by Johnny Beck after
Whittemore's 1-yard run gave the Jayhawks their first touchdown.
Smith, who scored on a 4-yard run in the first quarter, put the
Tigers on top 14-13 with a 13-play, 72-yard drive in the third,
capped by a 9-yard scoring pass to Darius Outlaw.
Then Kansas, which had taken a 13-7 lead on Green's 4-yard
touchdown run in the second quarter, took charge.
Whittemore rushed for 32 yards on a 72-yard drive capped by
Green's 6-yard TD run just a few seconds into the fourth to make it
21-14. Then, Whittemore took the Jayhawks on a 50-yard drive
following Brock Harvey's 20-yard punt and scored on a 4-yard run.
In the final minutes, John Randle got loose on a 25-yard run and
then scored on a 3-yard burst, going untouched through the weary
Charles Gordon took Missouri's first punt 61 yards to the 14 and
Whittemore a few minutes later bulled into the end zone from the 1.
Abron had gains of 15 and 19 yards on Missouri's 69-yard
touchdown drive in the first quarter, aided by a 15-yard penalty
when Nick Reid hit Smith out of bounds. Smith scored on a 4-yard