COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Allen Webb threw two
touchdown passes and Darren Sproles ran for two scores, helping
Kansas State rally from an early 21-point deficit to beat Missouri
35-24 on Saturday.
Kansas State (4-5, 2-4 Big 12) scored 21 points in the fourth
quarter against the Big 12's best defense to win its 12th straight
against the Tigers (4-5, 2-4).
Antoine Polite's 20-yard touchdown catch from Webb with 9:39 to
go put Kansas State ahead for good at 28-24. Three plays later,
Brandon Archer intercepted Brad Smith's tipped pass and returned it
25 yards for an 11-point cushion.
Sproles finished with 160 yards on 20 carries, including a
74-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that cut Missouri's lead
The Wildcats still need victories in their final two games to
become bowl eligible for a 12th straight year.
Smith threw two touchdown passes to Sean Coffey for Missouri,
which has lost four in a row and blew its third double-digit lead
of the season. The Tigers led Troy State 14-0 and Oklahoma State
17-0 before losing.
Webb, who has started three games, stepped in Saturday after
Dylan Meier was 4-for-16 for 37 yards. Webb was 6-for-8 for 111
yards and added 52 yards on 12 carries.
Missouri built a 21-0 second-quarter lead and led 21-7 at
halftime despite an error-plagued start. The Tigers lost fumbles on
two of their first three possessions, and also had an interception.
Kansas State was held to 15 yards in the first quarter and
didn't have a first down until midway through the second quarter.
The initial first down came on the Wildcats' only successful
possession of the half, capped by Sproles' 18-yard touchdown run
with 5:33 left.
Missouri running back Damien Nash didn't start after sitting out
last week due a disciplinary suspension, but had 118 yards on 12
carries. That included a 66-yard run that set up Joe Tantarelli's
24-yard field goal for a 24-21 lead with 13:08 left.
Smith set a school career record with 41 touchdown passes, two
more than Jeff Handy totaled from 1991-94. He finished 15-of-34 for
205 yards and ran for 58 yards on 14 carries.