Three weeks in, Missouri's season seemed to be swirling down the tubes.
The Tigers had already lost captain and starting running back Derrick Washington, booted off the team for felony sexual assault.
Now, they were about to lose to San Diego State. In Columbia. Until a single astonishing play saved their season.
Down 24-20 with under a minute left and almost 70 yards to go, quarterback Blaine Gabbert found slot receiver T.J. Moe on a quick out.
But Moe didn't go out of bounds. Instead, he juked one defender. And another, like one of those Buffalo Wild Wings commercials. Then he raced along the sidelines for the game-winning touchdown.
"Big-time players make big-time plays in big-time situations," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "Wow, it was huge."
The Tigers haven't looked back since.
The following week, Missouri routed Miami of Ohio, 51-13. Then blanked Colorado, 26-0.
And last week, blasted Texas A&M in College Station, 30-9, to move to 6-0 and set up Saturday's ESPN GameDay showdown with top-ranked Oklahoma.
And going into the OU game, the Tigers are playing their best football in three years. The defense ranks second nationally in fewest points allowed. The offense is beginning to gel, propelled by the Gabbert-to-Moe connection.
"We have a lot of things going for us," Moe said. "Our defense is playing really well. Our offense is starting to click.
"It's all starting to get rolling, and I think that's a good time to start doing that."
It all starting rolling with what Missouri fans now refer to as the "Moe Miracle."
"We've played in some of those tough games, too," said OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables. "Staying alive, believing, supporting each other, being prepared and ready for those opportunities to make those plays. It really does build your team when you're faced with adversity and you overcome it."
On paper, a come-from-behind, three-point win over San Diego State might not seem like much. In so many ways for Missouri, it was.
"When your backs are against the wall, and you find a way to succeed, that does nothing but help your confidence and attitude in those situations," Venables said. "A play here and a play there can make the difference obviously in a game.
"And certainly a season."