Missouri's running game isn't a major factor in the Tigers offense, merely a complement to their passing game. But one of the key stats in Saturday's upset was the Tigers outrushed the Sooners 178-110.
A telling sequence was Missouri was up by one possession when the Tigers had runs of 39, 19 and 15 yards to set up the Tigers insurance touchdown with 6:36 to play.
Missouri's DeVion Moore (73 yards) and Henry Josey (64 yards) both rushed for more yards than freshman Roy Finch (59 yards) who was OU's leading rusher.
FOURTH QUARTER TROUBLES CONTINUE
Oklahoma has been outscored 77-30 in the fourth quarter this season. But this time it proved to be the difference in the outcome. The Sooners regained the lead 21-20 late in the third quarter but the Tigers dominated the fourth quarter, 16-6, to hand OU its first loss.
Since a loss to USC in the 2004 national title game, the Sooners are 22-18 away from Norman in neutral site and road games.
Year: Road, Neutral, Total
2005: 1-2, 2-2, 3-4
2006: 4-1, 1-2, 5-3
2007: 2-2, 2-1, 4-3
2008: 5-0 1-2, 6-2
2009: 1-3, 1-2, 2-5
2010: 1-1, 1-0, 2-1
Totals: 14-9, 8-9, 22-18
When the Sooners clawed to within 36-27 with 6:06 to play OU coach Bob Stoops elected to go for a 2-point conversion which failed when Ryan Broyles nearly made a remarkable catch on a tipped pass before the ball hit the ground.
Most coaches would kick the extra point in that situation to keep it a one possession game. After the 2-point attempt failed, OU was forced to attempt an onsides kick which failed due to two Sooner penalties.
Oklahoma spent four timeouts, two in each half, because of alignment issues. It proved costly late in the game when OU, trailing by two possessions, had to use its final timeout with 5:18 left in the game.
OU's first timeout in the second half was used late in the third quarter when Missouri, facing a first-and-20, lined up four wide receivers on one side, one receiver on the other. The other timeout was used when OU had a first-and-goal at the Missouri 2-yard line.
SOONERS IN RARE CATCH-UP ROLE
For the first time all season the Sooners trailed after a quarter. OU's only deficit all season before Saturday's game was when Cincinnati led 3-0 in the early stages a month ago.
TIGERS' DEFENSE STEPS UP
Missouri has the best red zone defense in the country, giving up touchdowns on only five of 18 red zone possessions. OU scored three times in the red zone but also had two turnovers inside the 20.
In the second half, the Tigers defense stiffened, limiting the Sooners to 112 total yards. OU's second-half possessions included four punts, a turnover a missed field goal and two touchdowns, one set up by Mossis Madu's 75-yard kickoff return.
BROYLES PLAYS WITH INJURY
Broyles suffered a sprained left ankle midweek in practice and had the ankle re-taped in the first half. He was still productive, hauling in eight catches for 110 yards, including a 31-yard reception on a deep middle route on OU's second touchdown drive.
With Dejuan Miller suffering a season-ending knee injury earlier in the week, Kenny Stills, Cameron Kenney, Trey Franks and Brandon Caleb alternated at wide receiver.
MISSOURI'S OTHER RECEIVER
The Sooners did a good job against Missouri's two leading receivers, limiting T.J. Moe and Michael Egnew to 34 yards on 10 catches but Jerrell Jackson stepped up for nine catches for 139 yards.
OU had only five turnovers the first six games but had three costly turnovers against Missouri. Madu lost a fumble in the first half. Landry Jones had two interceptions.
Jones' first interception was returned 58 yards by Aldon Smith which set up a 28-yard Missouri touchdown drive that gave the Tigers a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter. Jones' other interception was when a ball was tipped early in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a field goal.
FINCH USED IN NEW SCHEME
The Sooners used freshman Roy Finch at running back, moving DeMarco Murray to the slot as a wide receiver on its fourth series of the game. Even though the drive ended with a Jones interception the new-look wrinkle was so effective the Sooners used it on another series.
WINCHESTER ANOTHER FUMBLE RECOVERY
Deep snapper James Winchester was credited with his third fumble recovery in four games on a muffed punt. Winchester's fumble recovery against Missouri set up OU's first touchdown drive after the Sooners went three-and-out on their opening possession.
Winchester's recovery in the waning minutes sealed a win over Texas. Winchester also was credited with the game-saving fumble recovery against Cincinnati, although James Hanna actually recovered the muffed punt.