November 17, 2007

Game At-A-Glance: Missouri 49, K-State 32

Kansas State coach Ron Prince saw his Kansas State Wildcats offer a more inspired performance than in recent weeks, but turnovers, penalties and another kickoff return for a touchdown by the opposition doomed the Wildcats to a 49-32 defeat and dropped the Wildcats to 5-6 on the season and 3-5 in Big 12 play.




GAME AT A GLANCE







































(6) Missouri (10-1, 6-1 Big 12)

49


Kansas State (5-6, 3-5 Big 12)

32


Bill Snyder Family Stadium • Manhattan

Attendance: 48,406

Kickoff time: 11:40 a.m. • End of Game: 3:15 p.m.

Temp: 57 • Wind NE 1 mph • Sunny

STATISTICS


MU


KSU


1st Downs

27


20


Total Yards

427


406


Passing

284


256



Rushing

143


150


Penalties

3-20


9-83


3rd Down Conversions

4-11


9-18


4th Down Conversions

1-2


0-0


Turnovers

0


3


Possession

30:00


30:00


INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

Kansas State
Passing: Freeman 26-41, 256 yds, 2 TD, INT
Rushing: Johnson 22-172, TD
Receiving: Nelson 8-94, TD

Missouri
Passing: Daniel 28-41, 284 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Temple 16-75, 2 TD
Receiving: Maclin 9-143, 2 TD

SCORING SUMMARY


FIRST QUARTER

MU


KSU


MU TD - 13:53 JEREMY MACLIN 8 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
Drive info: 2 plays, 15 yards.

7


0


KSU FG - 7:40 BROOKS ROSSMAN 18 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 55 yards.

7


3


MU TD - 7:25 JEREMY MACLIN 99 YD KO RET (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)

14


3


KSU TD - 0:16 JAMES JOHNSON 66 YD RUN (ROSSMAN KICK BLOCKED)
Drive info: 2 plays, 69 yards.

14


9


SECOND QUARTER

MU


KSU


KSU TD - 14:16 ERNIE PIERCE 5 YD BLOCK PUNT RET (ROSSMAN KICK BLOCKED)

14


15


MU TD - 10:53 MARTIN RUCKER 8 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFORT KICK)
Drive info: 9 plays, 81 yards.

21


15


KSU FG - 0:38 BROOKS ROSSMAN 22 YD FG
Drive info: 15 plays, 88 yards.

21


18


THIRD QUARTER

MU


KSU


MU TD - 14:01 TONY TEMPLE 2 YD RUN (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yards.

28


18


MU TD - 9:20 JEREMY MACLIN 44 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 93 yards.

35


18


KSU TD - 2:23 ERNIE PIERCE 20 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 3 plays, 13 yards.

35


25


FOURTH QUARTER

MU


KSU


MU TD - 9:34 MARTIN RUCKER 1 YD PASS FROM CHASE DANIEL (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 49 yards.

42


25


MU TD - 6:25 TONY TEMPLE 1 YD RUN (JEFF WOLFERT KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 62 yards.

49


25


KSU TD - 2:04 JORDY NELSON 13 YD PASS FROM JOSH FREEMAN (BROOKS ROSSMAN KICK)
Drive info: 13 plays, 78 yards.

49


32












"I'm not disheartened in any way and either is anybody on our team. I've never been more encouraged about where we can go, what we can do. But clearly we're going to have to improve in some areas to win next week and then also in the long term if we want to compete in the division like we want to."
-- Kansas State coach Ron Prince






1,441
Receiving yards by Jordy Nelson, the most in Big 12 history by a senior.


11
Consecutive games in which MU has scored at least 30 points in 2007, the nation's only team to do so.

122
Points given up by K-State in its last two games, the most allowed in consecutive games since it surrendered 122 in 1988.




Play of the game

With 11 combined touchdowns and in most cases at least one key play that set-up each score, this category offers plenty of nominations. We're going with the 66-yard touchdown run by senior running back James Johnson because, man, he showed nothing but heart in his final game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.



Trailing 14-3 in the final minute of the first quarter, the 5-foot-11, 200-pounder took a handoff, went up the gut behind right guard Gerard Spexarth, raced down the middle of the field and skipped past a potential ankle tackle inside the 20 before reaching the end zone.



It was the longest run allowed by Missouri this season.



"Spexarth game around and pulled and I saw nothing but green grass and took off," said Johnson, who finished with 22 carries for a career-high 172 yards and one touchdown. "I just wanted to run and not get caught from behind. Our offensive line did a great job and you've got to give them all the credit."



K-State coach Ron Prince said, "His run was fantastic. He did a really good job. I love the kid. I'm proud of him."



Defining moment

Despite its myriad of mistakes in the first half, K-State trailed by just four points entering the third quarter.



But the Tigers, like so many times before during their magical season, showed why they're just too difficult to stop down the stretch. Heisman candidate Chase Daniel led a pair of scoring drives that encompassed 77 and 93 yards. The first one took less than one minute. The second one required fewer than three minutes.



Both involved NCAA record-setter Jeremy Maclin. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt freshman that scored three touchdowns, finished with a school-record 360 all-purpose yards and whose 2,309 all-purpose yards are the most-ever in college football by a freshman.



Daniel's 36-yard pass to Maclin on the Tigers' opening drive of the third quarter set-up a 2-yard touchdown run by running back Tony Temple.



Missouri 28, K-State 18.



Then on a third-and-17 play on the next drive, Daniel found Maclin for a 44-yard touchdown that made it 35-18.



And the Tigers never looked back.



"Down the stretch it's the same in every game when you watch these guys on tape," Prince said. "Teams hang with them, hang with them, hang with them, then what happened to us has happened to previous opponents."



Injury report

RT Penisini Liu (unspecified) went to the sideline with 3:19 left in the second quarter but returned. … LG Brock Unruh (right foot) was helped to the sideline with 8:45 left in the third quarter and didn't return. … RB Leon Patton (unspecified) went to the sideline in the fourth quarter and didn't return. … C Jordan Bedore (left arm) did not play. … CB Joshua Moore (suspension) did not play. … OLB Antwon Moore (left leg) is out for the season.



Key performers

QB Josh Freeman passed Michael Bishop (1998) for the most passing yards in a season (3,097) and is the first quarterback in school history to reach 3,000 yards in a season. … WR Jordy Nelson has 1,441 receiving yards in 2007 and moved past Oklahoma State's Rashaun Woods (1,367) for the most by a senior in Big 12 history. Nelson has 2,657 yards and moved past Michael Smith (1988-91) for second all-time in school history. Nelson has 19 touchdown catches and moved past a tie with James Terry (2002-03) and into third place on the all-time chart. … RB James Johnson had a career-high 172 rushing yards and finished with 224 all-purpose yards. His 1,035 yards this season are the most since Darren Sproles (1,318) in 2004. … WR Ernie Pierce scored his first two touchdowns of the season, one on a punt block return and the other on a 20-yard reception. … PK Brooks Rossman made both of his field goal attempts and tied Martin Gramatica (1998) for most field goals in a season (22).



Notes

Missouri leads the all-time series 57-31-5 and has won the last two meetings. It won for the first time in Manhattan since a 21-9 win in 1989. … It was the final home game for 22 K-State seniors. … Missouri has won 10 games for the first time in school history. … Missouri scored its most points against K-State since it had 52 in 1988. … The Wildcats are 2-5 on TV this season and 55-47 all-time in 102 TV appearances. The contest was televised nationally by Fox Sports Net. … K-State has allowed a kickoff return for a touchdown in two straight games. K-State has lost three games in 2007 when allowing a kickoff return for a score. … K-State is 1-8 under Prince when it allows 30 or more points. Missouri remains the only team in college football to score at least 30 points in each of its 11 games. … K-State has been outscored 73-45 in the fourth quarter in three straight losses.



Next up

Nov. 24: Kansas State at Fresno State, 2:30 p.m. ESPN

Nov. 24: No. 6 Missouri versus No. 5 Kansas, (at Kansas City, Mo.) TBA



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