Missouri’s defense not only slowed down Oklahoma in the first half, but stopped them completely in the second during the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.
The Tigers stopped the BCS No. 1 team from scoring in three trips to the red zone (inside the opposing 20-yard line), then held Oklahoma to 101 yards in the second half of a 36-27 victory, their first over the Sooners since 1998. Missouri forced three turnovers, which was a season high for the Sooners.
Meanwhile, the Missouri offense came to life with the help of Jerrell Jackson’s 139 yards on nine catches and a near-perfect fourth quarter for quarterback Blaine Gabbert (8-for-9, 95 yards). The Tigers, trailing by one after three quarters, bounced back with 16 straight points.
The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.