Sept. 25, 2009
While they may have not started as well as they wanted tonight, the Tigers got stronger as the game went on and eventually polished off Nevada 31-21. Gabbert put up big numbers against the Wolf Pack: 25 of 39 passing for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Alexander had his second-consecutive multiple-touchdown game and caught for a total of 169 yards. Nevada continued to be plagued by turnovers, the most costly of which occurred on a ...
The Tigers took advantage of Nevada's fumble and marched all the way down the field for another touchdown. Gabbert threw to Perry for the four-yard score and the Missouri lead is extended to 28-13. The sophomore quarterback has thrown for 364 yards and three touchdowns on the evening.
With Nevada threatening to score a touchdown, Wolf Pack running back Luke Lippincott had the ball poked away and the Tigers dodged a bullet with the fumble recovery. Gabbert and the Tigers will start with the ball deep in their own territory.
Well that was quick. Two plays into the ensuing Tiger drive, Gabbert hooked up with Alexander for another Tiger touchdown. The wideout's second TD catch of the night was good for 74 yards and, after another failed two-point conversation, Missouri has an 18-13 lead. After a first half dominated by defense, the second half may become the shootout many thought this game would be.
We might be in for a seesaw second half. Nevada ran the kickoff 50-plus yards and continued to march all the way to the end zone for the score. Wolf Pack junior quarterback Colin Kaepernick's 11-yard run gives Nevada a 13-12 lead after a failed two-point conversion. The Tigers will get the ball at their 20-yard line in search of regaining the lead.
Despite struggling to get into an offensive rhythm, Missouri has kept the Nevada offense in check with a furious pass rush and has a 12-7 lead heading into the locker room at half. The Wolf Pack's poor game management didn't help their cause in trying to score on a final first half drive. After recovering a Tiger fumble deep in Missouri territory, Nevada was hampered by a penalty and the fact it had no timeouts ...
It took nearly the entire first half, but Missouri has made it into the end zone. Senior wide receiver Danario Alexander caught a pass for the 31-yard score but the two-point conversion failed, so Missouri is up 12-7 on Nevada. The Wolf Pack have the ball with two minutes left until halftime.
Missouri answered the Nevada score with one of its own--another Ressel field goal. The Tiger drive stalled with Gabbert unable to connect with senior wide receiver Jared Perry in the corner of the end zone. Now behind 7-6, the Tigers must find a way to slow down the Wolf Pack offense.
They used all three time outs but Nevada eventually made it into the Tiger end zone to take a 7-3 lead. The Wolf Pack took the ground route on its way to the score, effectively rushing the ball through the Missouri line. With less than five minutes left in the first quarter, the Tigers will look to get back in the lead.
The Tigers seemed to be out of luck when their first offensive drive resulted in a three-and-out. But when Nevada muffed the Missouri punt, the Tigers had new life and took advantage. Missouri drove down inside the Wolf Pack ten-yard line before redshirt sophomore kicker Grant Ressel booted a field goal to give the Tigers the lead.