Scores

Final

Buffalo 21

(2-2, 0-2 away)

(5) Missouri 42

(4-0, 4-0 home)

2:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, MO

1 2 3 4 T
BUFF 7 7 7 021
#5MIZZ 10 10 13 942

Top Performers

Passing: C. Daniel (MIZZ) - 439 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Washington (MIZZ) - 18 CAR, 89 YDS, 2 TD

Receiving: J. Maclin (MIZZ) - 14 REC, 168 YDS

Daniel throws for 439 yards, sets Big 12 mark as No. 5 Mizzou rolls

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Chase Daniel was close to perfect in an otherwise sloppy final tuneup for No. 5 Missouri.

Daniel passed for a career-high 439 yards and set a Big 12 record with 20 consecutive completions, helping the Tigers overcome a rash of errors in a 42-21 victory over Buffalo on Saturday.

Fast Facts

• Chase Daniel completed 36-of-43 passes for a career-high 439 yards and two TDs as fifth-ranked Missouri overcame a slow start to double up Buffalo.

• At one point Daniel completed a school-record 20 consecutive passes and has only 13 incompletions over his last three games.

• The Tigers turned the ball over three times in Buffalo territory and failed to score more than 50 points for the first time this season but won for the 10th straight time at home.

• Ernest Jackson caught two TDs and had a kick return for a TD for all of Buffalo's points.

-- ESPN Research

"He made some outstanding plays," coach Gary Pinkel said. "That guy brings his 'A' game every time he plays."

The Tigers (4-0) lost three fumbles in Buffalo territory and special teams mistakes led to two of the Bulls' touchdowns, keeping the game close well into the second half against a 33 1/2-point underdog.

Missouri, which had two turnovers in the first three games, fell short of 50 points for the first time this season in a game that drew sellout attendance of 65,556.

"You look at everything we have done to this game and there's been no adversity at all," Daniel said. "We're not going to go through the season without adversity, and we were able to face it today."

Derrick Washington scored on a pair of short runs in the Tigers' final game before beginning Big 12 play at Nebraska on Oct. 4. Washington has nine touchdowns in his first year as starting tailback, and at least two each game.

Ernest Jackson scored all three touchdowns for Buffalo (2-2), on a 97-yard kickoff return and receptions of 32 and 3 yards from Drew Willy. The Bulls, coached by former Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill, trailed by only three late in the first half and by six midway through the third quarter before Missouri pulled away.

"Our belief level was high because we are a Division I school just like any other team," Jackson said. "We don't look down upon ourselves at all."

Gill was 15-1 against Missouri in 16 years as a player and assistant coach at Nebraska.

"I'm so familiar with everything here, nothing really fazes me," Gill said. "I just tried to describe to the players what it was going to be like so they could be like I am, somewhat comfortable, and just realize it's just another football game and another football field."

Missouri entered the game leading the nation with 57 points per game and scored on 15 straight possessions led by Daniel, 13 touchdowns and two field goals, over two games before coming up empty on three second-quarter drives. One ended with Jake Harry's ninth punt of the season and the other two ended on lost fumbles after receptions by Chase Coffman at the Buffalo 38 and Jared Perry at the Buffalo 12.

That made a huge disparity in total yards, with Missouri at 590 and Buffalo at 286, less meaningful.

"We probably overdid the adversity," Pinkel said. "Obviously I didn't do a very good job because I like to think I'm a pretty good coach and I have a well-coached team, and we didn't look that way out there today."

Daniel was 36-for-43 for two touchdowns, and fell three completions shy of the NCAA record of 23 in a row shared by Tennessee's Tee Martin (1998) and Cal's Aaron Rodgers (2004) when he and Jeremy Maclin missed connections on fourth-and-1 midway through the third quarter. The previous Big 12 record was 18 straight shared by Iowa State's Seneca Wallace (2001) and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford (2007), and Daniel had shared the previous school record of 15 in a row with Kent Kiefer (1990), setting it over two games in 2007.

Daniel topped his previous career best of 421 passing yards at Colorado last season and also became the fifth Big 12 quarterback to top 10,000 career yards in total offense. His 83.7 completion percentage is the best in school history for a minimum 30 passes.

Jeff Wolfert hit two field goals, including a 48-yarder, before missing wide left on a 53-yard attempt in the fourth quarter for his first miss in seven attempts this season.

Missouri lost two fumbles, gave up the kickoff return TD and had a roughing the kicker penalty to keep alive Buffalo's other scoring drive in a mistake-filled first half. The Tigers led 20-14, their first challenge since trailing Illinois 13-10 early in a 52-42 opening victory.

Jackson was untouched on the kickoff return late in the first quarter, the first in two seasons for a school averaging 20.6 yards, and the first against Missouri since 1999. Brian Coulter was whistled for running into punter Peter Fardon, keeping alive a Buffalo drive capped by Willy's 32-yard touchdown pass to Jackson in the second quarter.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BUFF
MIZZ
1st Downs1829
Total Yards286590
Passing237439
Rushing49151
Penalties4-302-20
3rd Down Conversions4-174-8
4th Down Conversions2-30-1
Turnovers23
Possession33:3926:21

Passing Leaders

BuffaloC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Willy22/402375.921
MissouriC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Daniel36/4343910.220

Rushing Leaders

BuffaloCARYDSAVGTDLG
Henry16603.8013
Thermilus12231.907
MissouriCARYDSAVGTDLG
Washington18894.9211
Maclin22512.5116

Receiving Leaders

BuffaloRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roosevelt9879.7019
Jackson45513.8232
MissouriRECYDSAVGTDLG
Maclin1416812.0036
Saunders49624.0069

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFFMIZZ
TD11:47Derrick Washington 6 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick) 07
FG01:56Jeff Wolfert 26 Yd 010
TD01:42Ernest Jackson 97 Yd Kickoff Return (A.J. Principe Kick) 710
SECOND QUARTERBUFFMIZZ
TD11:53Jeremy Maclin 16 Yd Run (Jeff Wolfert Kick) 717
TD07:30Ernest Jackson 32 Yd Pass From Drew Willy (A.J. Principe Kick) 1417
FG00:00Jeff Wolfert 48 Yd 1420
THIRD QUARTERBUFFMIZZ
TD12:13Danario Alexander 27 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick) 1427
TD07:16Ernest Jackson 3 Yd Pass From Drew Willy (A.J. Principe Kick) 2127
TD01:25Derrick Washington 3 Yd Run (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2133
FOURTH QUARTERBUFFMIZZ
TD09:41Chase Coffman 4 Yd Pass From Chase Daniel (Jeff Wolfert Kick) 2140
SF07:37Ball Through End Zone 2142