Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden started fast, completing 19-of-25 for 216 yards and two touchdowns passing in the first quarter.
And it should have been better, with all six incompletions coming on dropped balls.
After three more completions to open the second quarter, Weeden's first true misfire didn't come until his 28th throw.
OSU receivers eventually shored things up, yet still finished with seven drops.
“We throw to win, so we've got to catch the ball better,” said Cowboys offensive coordinator Todd Monken.
Cowboys receivers dropped five passes last week at Texas, giving them 12 in six quarters. Expect an emphasis – to a point – in practices this week.
“It's like golf,” said receivers coach Doug Meacham, “if you go out and make a big deal about missing three-foot putts, you've got a problem. We're going to be positive about it, work on it, get more catches in practice and just keep going.
“It hasn't been a big deal up until a week ago.”
COWBOYS LOSE ANYIAM LONG-TERM
OSU wide receiver Hubert Anyiam suffered a broken bone in his left foot Saturday and could be lost for the season, the serious blow in a Saturday at Mizzou that left several Cowboys beat up.
Anyiam, a deep threat opposite Justin Blackmon, was OSU's third-leading receiver. He led the Cowboys in yards-per-catch (13.0) entering the game and was injured on a 31-yard grab against the Tigers.
OSU coach Mike Gundy initially said that Anyiam was lost for the season, but hedged somewhat when offered the possibility of returning in a bowl game, perhaps as late as January.
Anyiam, a senior, was having his best season as a Cowboy in a career that has been marred by injuries.
“It breaks your heart,” Gundy said, “because he's worked so hard to come back and be a good player for us.”
Blackmon took a blow to the head and was held out the second half, although Gundy said he could have played.
“He got a ding in the head,” Gundy said. “There was just no reason to put him in when were ahead by two touchdowns. He got dinged and was a little dizzy. It was just a precautionary measure we decided to take.”
Defensive end Cooper Bassett didn't play due to an undisclosed injury and at times during the game, the Cowboys were without cornerback Brodrick Brown, defensive end Richetti Jones and wide receiver Josh Cooper, although all returned.
ANOTHER ROAD STROLL
The Cowboys extended their road winning streak to nine games, tied for second-best nationally among current streaks.
Adding to that impressive stretch: four of those wins came among OSU's last five games.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” said defensive end Jamie Blatnick. “You can look at that and see, those are tough places to play. I like playing on the road.
“I could sit there and say, ‘Oh, it's going to suck.' But there's nothing I can do to change it. So just come out and have fun.”
The Cowboys also ended Mizzou's 10-game home winning streak, the Tigers' longest home streak since 2008 – when OSU also snapped a 10-game MU run on Faurot Field.
KEEPING UP WITH JONES
When Blatnick picked off a pass by Kansas quarterback Joe Webb two weeks ago, teammate Richetti Jones gave him a good ribbing for not scoring.
Blatnick had a chance to return the favor Saturday, as Jones snagged his first-career interception in the fourth quarter against MU quarterback James Franklin but did not make a trip to the end zone.
Blatnick was just happy Jones caught the ball – a pass that Blatnick tipped.
“I batted that ball and it went right at him,” Blatnick said. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, you better catch that.' He was bobbling and clapping and I saw those skillets (for hands) clanging. I was like, ‘C'mon, catch it.'
“I told him, ‘I was this close to coming over there and taking it from you.' But he caught it and made the play. And I was excited.”
WHERE'S THE R-E-S-P-E-C-T?
OSU stands No. 6 in the rankings and No. 4 in the BCS Standings; so clearly, the Cowboys are getting their due.
And yet, national pundits were quick to put OSU on “upset alert” Saturday. And it often takes some time for the TV analysts to get around to talking about one of the nation's top-ranked teams.
“There's so much put into the history of a school,” Gundy said. “Respectfully, you can turn on a national network and there are teams that are maybe .500 and nobody cares who they're playing and they open the national show with them, and not us.
“I'd just as soon lay low as much as we can. I doubt the teams we play feel that way.”
WEEDEN WINS SOME, LOSES ONE
When Weeden tossed an interception to E.J. Gaines in the end zone in the third quarter Saturday, it ended a streak of 194 throws without a pickoff, dating back to OSU's game at Tulsa on Sept. 17.
The Tigers showed a heavy blitz, which Weeden read, but the defenders backed off on the play, crowding the coverage.
“They won,” Weeden said. “Sometimes, you've got to tip your cap. That guy made a great play. I was the least bit worried about it.”
* OSU has now won three straight games in Columbia and four of five against the Tigers. The Cowboys are 9-5 against MU since 1978.
* The Cowboys are 7-0 for just the third time in school history, matching the starts for the 1945 and 2008 teams. OSU is also 4-0 in conference play for just the second time ever, matching the 1940 squad.
* Senior wide receiver Josh Cooper extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 24. He also finished with 44 receiving yards, moving past Rafael Denson into 12th place on the school receiving yards list.
* Receivers Isaiah Anderson and Tracy Moore set career highs for catches. Anderson had five receptions for 34 yards, while Moore had seven grabs for 63 yards.
* Despite missing the second half with a head injury, Blackmon led the Cowboys with eight receptions, one which went for a touchdown.