COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Fourth-stringer Brian Luke threw for 239
yards and two touchdowns, helping Kansas end a 13-game Big 12 road
losing streak with a 31-14 victory over staggering Missouri on
Clark Green had 118 yards on 32 carries and a touchdown as
Kansas (4-7, 2-6 Big 12) snapped a four-game losing streak and
finished its season by winning for only the second time in the last
nine games. The Jayhawks beat Missouri for the second straight
year, tying the nation's second-oldest series at 52-52-9.
Missouri (4-6, 2-5) had entered the game with an outside shot at
advancing to the Big 12 championship game and staying alive for a
bowl, but got its offense got untracked too late with a pair of
fourth-quarter touchdown catches by Sean Coffey. The Tigers have
lost five in a row with one game remaining next week at Iowa State,
which will be looking to wrap up the North Division title that
Missouri was favored to win.
Missouri has blown three double-digit leads this season,
squandering a 21-0 lead two weeks ago in a 35-24 loss to Kansas
State. This time the Tigers couldn't recover from a 21-0
Last year, Kansas' 35-14 victory over Missouri in Lawrence,
Kan., ended the Tigers' 4-0 season-opening run. This year, the
Jayhawks beat Kansas State and Missouri for the first time since
Luke, a junior, got his first career start after injuries to the
three quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart. He was at his
best in the first half, going 14-for-17 for 128 yards.
Kansas bottled up Missouri quarterback Brad Smith, a preseason
Heisman Trophy hopeful, for the second straight year until the
fourth quarter, sacking him six times. Smith was 15-for-40 for 262
yards, most of it after the game was out of reach, and had minus-41
yards rushing on 13 carries, a year after the Jayhawks held him to
95 total yards.
Coffey's receptions of 34 and 11 yards gave him a school-record
10 touchdown catches this season, but Missouri was held to minus-6
yards rushing on 27 attempts.
Green scored on a 12-yard run in the first quarter, Brandon
Rideau caught an 8-yard scoring pass early in the second quarter,
and his 24-yard reception set up a 1-yard run by Austine Nwabuisi
for a 21-0 lead with 3:42 left in the half. Rideau had eight
catches for 100 yards.
Missouri didn't make it into Kansas territory until 1:18
remaining in the first half, but Adam Crossett missed on a 46-yard
field goal after a 16-yard sack by McMillan.
James Kinney, a senior linebacker, had 10 tackles for Missouri
and has 416 for his career, breaking the previous school mark of
415 set by DeMontie Cross from 1994-96.