Kansas Falls in Final Border Showdown to Missouri, 24-10
Nov. 26, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It was a tale of two halves as Missouri scored 21 second-half points to defeat Kansas 24-10 in the football version of the M&I Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium on Saturday.
With the loss, Kansas dropped to 2-10 overall and 0-9 in Big 12 play, while Missouri improved to 7-5 overall and 5-4 in conference action.
The final Big 12 Conference meeting between the two schools saw the Jayhawks take a 10-3 lead into halftime, but it was all Tigers in the second half. Kansas actually led 10-0 lead in the second quarter before Missouri went on to outscore the Jayhawks 24-0 for the remainder of the game.
Missouri wasted little time in scoring to start the second half. Following a three-and-out on the first offensive possession for KU, a bad snap on the punt gave Missouri the ball on the Jayhawk 14-yard line. Missouri would need three plays to find the end zone for the first time in the ballgame. A two-yard touchdown run by Kendial Lawrence tied the game at 10-10 with 12:44 remaining in the third quarter.
The Tigers added two more scores in the second half on touchdown passes to Wes Kemp and Marcus Lucas of 25 and 53 yards, respectively.
Missouri outgained the Jayhawks 351-137 in total yards of offense. KU sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb had tough day completing only 9-for20 passes for just 60 yards and two interceptions. Sophomore running back James Sims carried the ball 15 times for only 35 yards, while freshman running back Tony Pierson and sophomore wide receiver finished with 33 and 31 yards, respectively.
Missouri quarterback James Franklin finished 14-for-22 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, while also adding 45 yards on the ground. Lawrence finished with a game-high 63 yards rushing on 17 carries.
The Jayhawk defense started out strong as they forced two three-and-outs to begin the game. Franklin struggled early as he only completed one of his first four passes.
On the second offensive possession for the Jayhawks, Webb’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and intercepted by Zaviar Gooden at the Mizzou 45-yard line. The interception put an abrupt halt to the drive as Kansas was driving in Tiger territory.
However, Missouri could not capitalize on the turnover as the Tigers committed two big penalties to end the drive.
Kansas forced a turnover of its own late in the first quarter when sophomore cornerback Tyler Patmon intercepted Franklin on a deep pass. Patmon returned the interception 42 yards deep into Tiger territory. However, Patmon was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after the play to push it back into KU territory.
The Jayhawks did manage to get into Missouri territory, but the drive quickly came to an end and KU was forced to punt.
After one quarter of play both teams combined for only 116 yards of total offense.
With Missouri backed up deep near their own end zone to begin the second quarter, Franklin was picked off again by the Jayhawk defense. This time, junior cornerback Greg Brown recorded the interception and would return it to the 15-yard line, giving KU the ball in the red zone to begin the possession.
Missouri’s defense welcomed the challenge as the Jayhawks only managed a field goal by sophomore kicker Ron Doherty. With 12:31 left until halftime, the Jayhawks led 3-0 in a rare Big 12 defensive battle.
With 10:36 to go in the first half, Kansas found the end zone when Franklin threw his third interception of the game. Senior safety Bradley McDougald intercepted the pass and raced 57 yards down the far sideline to give the Jayhawks a 10-0 lead.
McDougald’s pick-six is the first for a Jayhawk since the 2009 season versus Duke.
Missouri finally got on the scoreboard on a 23-yard field goal by Trey Barrow with 5:15 left in the first half.
The two schools met for the final time in the Border Showdown with Missouri taking the all-time advantage, 56-55-9.