12:37 PM ET, September 13, 2008
Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Missouri wants to score on every possession. Against Nevada, the No. 6 Tigers almost did.
Chase Daniel threw for 405 yards to set the school career passing record and Missouri scored on its first 10 possessions in a 69-17 win Saturday over Nevada.
• Derrick Washington ran 59 yards for a touchdown on the game's fourth play from scrimmage and it was all Missouri from there as the Tigers rolled to 3-0 for the third straight season.
• Chase Daniel completed 23 of 28 passes for 405 yards and four TDs as the Tigers rolled up 621 yards. Daniel became the all-time leading passer in school history in the first quarter, passing Brad Smith.
• The 69 points tied a school record set in a 69-21 win over Kansas in 1969.
• Missouri has now won nine straight home games and 17 of the past 18 at home.
-- ESPN research
"We want to score every time we touch the ball," Daniel, a Heisman finalist a year ago, said. "We know that's probably not going to happen."
It almost did. Daniel threw for four TDs and was 23-for-28 to take Missouri (3-0) to seven touchdowns and a field goal before exiting in the third quarter. His backups, Chase Patton and Blaine Gabbert, led two more scoring drives before Missouri was finally forced to punt late in the fourth quarter.
By the time Daniel was done, he had shattered predecessor Brad Smith's record. He has 9,153 yards passing. Smith finished with 8,799 yards in four seasons as a starter.
He still holds the school record for total offense with 13,088 yards, a record Daniel has an outside chance at.
The Tigers gained 651 yards and averaged 10 yards per play. The 69 points tied a team record set against Kansas in 1969, and they've scored 173 points in three games.
Nevada (1-2) fell for the second straight time to a Big 12 opponent after losing to Texas Tech a week ago.
"Pass defense is all about putting pressure on the quarterback and we just couldn't get that done today," Nevada coach Chris Ault said.
Missouri also scored on a fake field goal and an interception return in the second half, after Daniel had already put the game out of reach.
"He loves to play," Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "He can't wait for game day."
When games go like this, how could he?
Missouri led 14-0 2:58 into the game on Washington's 59-yard run and Maclin's 80-yard catch-and-run -- which moved Daniel into first place on the career list.
"Catching Chase's record-breaking pass -- it's a special moment," Maclin said.
Big Two In Big 12
No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 6 Missouri have been impressive this season, especially when it comes to offense. Both teams have scored at least 52 points in every game this season and Saturday was no exception.
|Missouri Points||Oklahoma Points|
Pinkel said Daniel appears improved even over his breakout 2007 season.
"You look at him -- it looks like he's playing better," Pinkel said. "Certainly he has raised the bar to the highest level."
Nevada scored on a 1-yard run by quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the first quarter, a 31-yard field goal by Brett Jaekle in the second and on a 42-yard pass from Kaepernick to Marko Mitchell on the final play of the first half that cut the deficit to 38-17.
But after gaining 237 yards of offense in the first half, the Wolf Pack managed just 125 in the second.
Kaepernick was 17-for-31 for 152 yards and led Nevada with 71 yards rushing on eight carries.
Washington led Missouri with 80 yards rushing on eight carries. He has scored two touchdowns in all three games.
The Missouri offense has been essentially unstoppable with Daniel at quarterback over the past two games. Daniel played just a quarter and a half in leading Missouri to five straight touchdowns in last week's 52-3 win over Southeast Missouri. Combined with Saturday's effort, the Tigers have scored on the past 13 possessions with Daniel at the helm -- 12 touchdowns and a field goal.
During those games he was 39-for-45 for 650 yards, seven touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 259.33.
For the season, Daniel has completed 72 percent of his passes for 973 yards, 10 touchdowns and one interception.
In addition to Daniel's career passing record, several other Missouri team marks were tied or broken. The three quarterbacks combined for a record 519 yards. Jeff Wolfert's nine extra points were a record. Maclin's three receiving touchdowns tied a team record, as did the team's five touchdown passes. ... Coffman, who normally wears No. 45, wore 25 to honor Aaron O'Neal, a Missouri linebacker who died shortly after a practice in July 2005.
Top 25 Overview
It was over when... Chase Daniel and Jeremy Maclin ran out to the huddle for Mizzou's first possession.
Gameball goes to... Daniel, who threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns for the Tigers.
Stat of the game... 10: The Tigers scored on their first 10 possessions against Nevada.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-19||6-10|
|4th Down Conversions||2-4||1-1|
|TD||13:49||Derrick Washington 59 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||0||7|
|TD||12:02||Jeremy Maclin 80 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||0||14|
|TD||07:35||Colin Kaepernick 1 Yd Run (Brett Jaekle Kick)||7||14|
|FG||02:28||Jeff Wolfert 27 Yd||7||17|
|TD||13:56||Jared Perry 27 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||7||24|
|FG||05:43||Brett Jaekle 31 Yd||10||24|
|TD||03:45||Derrick Washington 2 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||10||31|
|TD||01:31||Jeremy Maclin 14 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||10||38|
|TD||00:00||Marko Mitchell 42 Yd Pass From Colin Kaepernick (Brett Jaekle Kick)||17||38|
|TD||12:32||Jeremy Maclin 49 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||17||45|
|TD||08:13||Chase Coffman 32 Yd Pass From Tommy Saunders (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||17||52|
|TD||02:55||Chase Patton 3 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||17||59|
|FG||14:57||Jeff Wolfert 24 Yd||17||62|
|TD||04:54||Jeff Gettys 27 Yd Interception Return (Jeff Wolfert Kick)||17||69|