LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Jon Cornish scored on a 10-yard run after
Aqib Talib intercepted Brad Smith's ill-timed pitch, helping Kansas
beat Missouri for the third straight year, 13-3 on Saturday.
Smith, on the heels of a record-setting day on which he totaled
480 yards against Nebraska, was held in check by Kansas' nationally
Thousands of Kansas fans stormed the field at the end of the
game and ripped down both goalposts.
The Tigers (5-3 overall, 3-2 Big 12) drove to the Kansas 36 with
about 5 minutes left, but Smith's pass was intercepted at the
1-yard line by Theo Baines and the Jayhawks, behind Clark Green,
ran out the clock.
Kansas (4-4, 1-4) had lost four in a row, but for the third
straight year managed to contain Smith.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior came into the game needing 43
rushing yards to break the all-time rushing record for
quarterbacks. He also needed 147 rushing yards and 104 passing to
become the first Division I-A player to amass 8,000 yards through
the air and 4,000 on the ground.
He wound up with 38 yards rushing and 141 passing, one week
after shredding Nebraska to become the first Division I-A player
with more than 230 yards passing and rushing in a game.
Green had 125 yards on 22 carries and scored Kansas' first TD on
a 1-yard plunge in the second quarter.
Missouri trailed 6-3 and had a first down on the Kansas 49 in
the opening minutes of the fourth quarter when Smith sprinted to
his right on an option play and then pitched to Brad Ekwerekwu.
Talib, as he lowered his helmet and came up to meet Ekwerekwu,
did not appear even to see the ball. But it somehow ended up in his
grasp and Kansas took possession on the Missouri 43.
Three plays took it to the 22, then Cornish reeled off
consecutive runs of 12 and 10 runs for what turned out to be the
The Missouri offense, which totaled 523 yards the previous week
against Nebraska, had only 75 yards in the first half and 180 for
The Tigers got two Kansas turnovers in the first quarter and
took possession on the Jayhawks 38, 45 and 43.
Yet, all they could manage was Adam Crossett's 39-yard field
goal following Jason Swanson's fumble and David Overstreet's
recovery on the 43. On Missouri's first possession following
Darnell Terrell's interception of Swanson's wobbly pass, Crossett
missed a 47-yard attempt.
Swanson, the third quarterback to start this year for the
offensively challenged Jayhawks, hit only 12 of 19 for 90 yards,
and had two interceptions. But he led an eight-play, 49-yard
scoring drive that sent the Jayhawks into halftime with a 6-3 lead.
Green fueled the drive with runs of 9 and 16 yards, and Missouri
contributed an additional 12 yards on a face mask penalty, putting
the ball on the 12.
Swanson's 4-yard gain on a quarterback draw gave Kansas a
first-and-goal from the 1, but the Jayhawks needed three tries into
the middle of the line before Green pushed across. The extra point
was blocked by Scott Wheatley.