Vowed to reporters he and his teammates would be watching film of the Sooners during the plane ride home on their cell phones.
â€œWe have to start thinking about Oklahoma because they are a great football team," said Gabbert, who refused to bask in Missouriâ€™s most impressive win in three years.
"We have to get an extra edge on those guys."
The 6-0 Tigers appear to be a serious football team. And they are serious about next weekendâ€™s primetime showdown vs. the Sooners in Columbia.
Consider the Sooners â€” who destroyed Iowa State 52-0 a few hours later Saturday at Owen Field â€” serious about next weekendâ€™s game, too.
Said linebacker Travis Lewis: â€œMissouri is going to be a tough challenge. Iâ€™m excited. ... They got us circled. Weâ€™ve got them circled. I know they were talking a little trash, that they had us circled before the season even started. That they wanted to play us.
â€œThey need to get some film in. Because weâ€™re coming to Missouri.â€
The No. 19 Tigers sure looked ready during a 30-9 dismantling of Texas A&M.
â€œTo go down there and win like that, 30-9, is impressive,â€ said Sooner coach Bob Stoops. â€œIâ€™m sure it has our attention already. I didnâ€™t know the score. Thatâ€™s a strong win. Theyâ€™re playing well.â€
Spearheading Missouriâ€™s surprise start has been a surprisingly stingy defense thatâ€™s allowed only 65 points all season, the fewest the Tigers have allowed through six games since 1973.
Offensively, Gabbert also seems to have regained his touch, completing 31 of 47 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns against the Aggies.
â€œItâ€™s gonna be a great matchup,â€ said OU quarterback Landry Jones. â€œThe tradition lately between us has been pretty good. Their defense is really good. Their offense does similar stuff that we do, up-tempo stuff.
â€œItâ€™s gonna be a really big challenge for us.â€
OU is going to be a big challenge for Missouri, too.
Coming off the Texas win and the off week, the Sooners delivered their most complete performance since Week 2 against Florida State.
Jones was near flawless, completing 30 of 34 passes to break the school record for completion percentage. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles continued their record-setting ways. And the defense pitched its first shutout of the season against an offense that had been averaging almost four touchdowns a game. â€œI feel weâ€™re getting better,â€ Stoops said. â€œOur whole deal is to build on today, get better and improve.
â€œWeâ€™re going up to play a 6-0 team, and theyâ€™re not handing anything out right now.â€
The Sooners have handed it to Missouri this decade, going 7-0 against the Tigers in the Stoops era. Twice, OU embarrassed the Tigers in the Big 12 Championship, winning 38-17 when they were ranked No. 1 in 2007, then blasting them 62-21 in 2008.
The Tigers havenâ€™t forgotten those games. And this time, they say theyâ€™ll be ready.
â€œI hope theyâ€™re ready,â€ Lewis said. â€œBecause weâ€™re coming.â€