Scores

Final

(6) Missouri 49

(10-1, 6-1 SEC)

Kansas State 32

(5-6, 3-5 Big 12)

12:30 PM ET, November 17, 2007

Bill Snyder Family Stadium, Manhattan, KS

1 2 3 4 T
#6MIZZ 14 7 14 1449
KSU 9 9 7 732

Top Performers

Passing: C. Daniel (MIZZ) - 284 YDS, 4 TD

Rushing: J. Johnson (KSU) - 22 CAR, 172 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Maclin (MIZZ) - 9 REC, 143 YDS, 2 TD

Maclin sets single-season freshman record for all-purpose yards

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Trotting off the field after a resounding, historic victory, Missouri players were serenaded by a group of shirtless, chest-painted Kansas State fans: "Beat KU! Beat KU! Beat KU!"

In Heisman Chase
Chase Daniel

Missouri QB Chase Daniel has been on fire in November, with 12 touchdowns and just one interception this month. He now has 30 TD passes this season, breaking his own school record of 28, which he set last season.

Nov. stats Totals
Games 3
Comp pct 67.5 81-120
Pass YPG 352.3 1,057
TD-Int 12-1*
* -- school-record 30 passing TDs this season

After weeks of listening to the build up and trying not to look ahead, it was a sweet sound for the Tigers, who can finally shift their attention to next week's showdown with rival Kansas.

Jeremy Maclin scored three touchdowns and had 252 total yards to set the NCAA single-season freshman record for all-purpose yardage, helping Missouri (No. 5 BCS, No. 6 AP) set up one of the biggest college football games this season with a 49-32 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

"A storm is coming," Missouri defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams said. "I don't know who's bringing it, but a storm is coming."

Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Big 12) entered the weekend ranked fifth in the BCS, needing wins over Kansas State and Kansas, No. 3 in the BCS, to remain in the national championship hunt.

The Tigers took care of Kansas State (5-6, 3-5) by winning in Manhattan for the first time since 1989, and are sure to move up in the BCS standings after No. 2 Oregon's loss to Arizona on Thursday night.

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"We're excited about the opportunity," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel said. "That place is going to be wild."

The game next Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo., has been billed as the biggest in the history of the border rivalry.

Kansas easily beat Iowa State, 45-7, but the Tigers almost didn't keep their end of the bargain, struggling offensively and allowing a blocked punt return for a touchdown in a tighter-than-expected first half.

Missouri pulled away early in the third quarter, with Chase Daniel throwing a pair of touchdown passes to turn a 21-18 lead into a rout. The victory secured the second 10-win season in school history -- first since 1960 -- and gave the Tigers six conference wins for the first time since 1969.

More importantly, it kept up Missouri's hopes for the first national title in its 117-year history of playing football.

"I clearly feel after today that we played a team that has a chance, from a talent standpoint, to win the national championship," Kansas State coach Ron Prince said.

Maclin made sure the Tigers still have that a chance.

The redshirt freshman caught an 8-yard TD pass 67 seconds into the game, making a sliding grab in the end zone two plays after William Moore intercepted Josh Freeman's second pass. Maclin followed Brooks Rossman's 18-yard field goal by breaking two tackles and streaking down the sideline for a 99-yard touchdown on the ensuing kickoff.

It was Missouri's first kick return for a touchdown since Ricky Doby scored on a reverse against Oklahoma State in 1982, the nation's longest drought.

Maclin then put the game all but out of reach midway through the third quarter, somehow sneaking up the middle unnoticed for a 44-yard touchdown catch that put Missouri up 35-18. That gave him 2,201 all-purpose yards for the season, 175 more than Terrell Willis of Rutgers had in 1993.

"It feels good -- that's what all that preparation goes toward," said Maclin, who finished with nine catches for 143 yards. "When you do all that stuff, you can go out there and win a game, set you up for big-time games like next week against Kansas."

Kansas State made it tougher than the Tigers would have liked, at least in the first half.

James Johnson ran for 172 yards -- 119 in the first quarter -- and Freeman passed for 243 yards, giving him 3,097 for the season and breaking Michael Bishop's school record set in 1998.

But what kept the Wildcats close was defense. Kansas State allowed one sustained drive and held Missouri, which averaged 514 total yards through nine games, to 145 in the first 30 minutes.

Missouri led 21-18 at halftime, but it wasn't because of the defense: One score came on Maclin's kick return and another, Maclin's 8-yard catch from Daniel, came after an interception at the Kansas State 15 on the third play of the game.

But the Wildcats couldn't sustain the pressure in the second half, allowing four touchdowns in their third straight loss.

"Missouri showed their true stripes," Kansas State linebacker Ian Campbell said. "They weren't going to let a little roll or a little momentum swing take everything away from them. Us not being able to come through and capitalize on some of the things that we had going for us shows the reason that we're not ranked No. 3, 4 or 5 in the country."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIZZ
KSU
1st Downs2720
Total Yards427406
Passing284256
Rushing143150
Penalties3-209-83
3rd Down Conversions4-119-18
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers03
Possession30:0030:00

Passing Leaders

MissouriC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniel28/412846.940
Kansas StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Freeman26/412566.221

Rushing Leaders

MissouriCARYDSAVGTDLG
Temple16754.7222
Jackson5346.8017
Kansas StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Johnson221727.8166
Patton482.004

Receiving Leaders

MissouriRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maclin914315.9244
Saunders5448.8016
Kansas StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson89411.8120
Murphy6467.7013

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIZZKSU
TD13:53Jeremy Maclin 8 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 15 yds, :10
70
FG07:40Brooks Rossman 18 Yd
Drive: 12 plays, 55 yds, 6:13
73
TD07:25Jeremy Maclin 99 Yd Kickoff Return (Jeff Wolfert Kick) 143
TD00:16James Johnson 66 Yd Run (Pat Blocked)
Drive: 2 plays, 69 yds, :37
149
SECOND QUARTERMIZZKSU
TD14:16Ernie Pierce 5 Yd Return Of Blocked Punt (Pat Blocked) 1415
TD10:53Martin Rucker 8 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 9 plays, 81 yds, 3:23
2115
FG00:38Brooks Rossman 22 Yd
Drive: 15 plays, 88 yds, 6:27
2118
THIRD QUARTERMIZZKSU
TD14:01Tony Temple 2 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 77 yds, :59
2818
TD09:20Jeremy Maclin 44 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 8 plays, 93 yds, 2:58
3518
TD02:23Ernie Pierce 20 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 13 yds, 1:24
3525
FOURTH QUARTERMIZZKSU
TD09:34Martin Rucker 1 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 10 plays, 49 yds, 4:00
4225
TD06:25Tony Temple 1 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 43 yds, 2:08
4925
TD02:04Jordy Nelson 13 Yd Pass From Josh Freeman (Brooks Rossman Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 78 yds, 4:21
4932