No comeback for the Jayhawks
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Kansas put together a late rally but didn't have enough to hang with Missouri.
After adding late field goal to put the finishing touches on affairs, Missouri took care of Kansas 36-28. Kansas finally got its offense revved up in the fourth quarter and Todd Reesing started throwing the ball to his own team, but Chase Daniel and the Missouri offense kept the Jayhawks off the field long enough to ice the game. Missouri placed emphatic punctuation on the game by forcing a safety with 12 seconds remaining.
Reesing and the Jayhawks fall to 11-1 and out of Big 12 Championship contention, leaving Missouri as Big 12 North Division champions and a probable No. 1 in the BCS Standings.
Player of the game: Chase Daniel. The Missouri quarterback was the difference-maker in this one. He threw for 40-of-50 passing with 361 yards and three touchdowns, cementing his case for Heisman candidacy. The Kansas defense has looked stout all season, but Daniel and Co. tore the unit apart.
The hidden key to tonight's Missouri triumph could be the Tigers' run game. Tony Temple established himself with long runs early and often as the Kansas linebackers paid a bit too much attention to Missouri's weapons in the passing game. Temple finished the game with 103 yards on 16 carries - a rare successful evening against a staunch Kansas run defense.
The play(s) of the game were two missed field goals by Kansas kicker Scott Webb. Both came in the first half, but would have changed the complexion of the game if they would've found their way through the uprights.
The fairytale run ends at Arrowhead Stadium for 11-1 Kansas but continues for 11-1 Missouri. The Tigers will move on to face Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship in San Antonio next weekend. Kansas will wait to see which bowl takes them - most likely the Cotton Bowl, unless the BCS picture changes substantially.