Blaine Gabbert-led Missouri knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma last October. And in that upset, the Tigers set the tone right off the bat with an 85-yard kick return touchdown on the game's very first play. Well, this year's James Franklin-led Tigers provided more early magic in Saturday's visit to Norman, jumping out to a 14-3 lead with six minutes left in the first quarter. But this time around, the Sooners responded with a devastating counterpunch.
The nation's top-ranked team flipped an early deficit into a commanding third-quarter lead with 28 unanswered points. Per usual, Oklahoma (3-0) relied on the lethal pitch-and-catch duo of Landry Jones and Ryan Broyles. OU's receiving corps is actually highly depleted at the moment without Kenny Stills (injury) and Trey Franks (suspension), but as long as Jones has No. 85 out wide, the Sooner offense is in pretty good shape. Jones, who finished with 448 yards passing, hit his favorite target 13 times for 154 yards and three touchdowns. The chemistry here is truly a sight to behold. A good case can be made for Oklahoma State's combination of Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, but it's hard to imagine a more unstoppable college combo. Fortunately, we'll get to see these two tandems face off on the field in December. Bedlam!
The other story of the game for Oklahoma was walk-on running back Dominique Whaley. How this dude isn't on full scholarship is beyond me. Whaley ran for 68 yards and a touchdown and also caught five passes for 82 more yards. That's 150 yards of pure walk-on. Beautiful.
On the Missouri side, sophomore quarterback accumulated James Franklin 291 yards and a touchdown through the air, as well as 103 yards and two more scores on the ground. Although he struggled with accuracy at times in this game, this kid's doing a mighty fine job replacing Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in this year's NFL draft. Eleven touchdowns in his first four starts -- not too shabby. At 2-2, Missouri still has plenty of promise with No. 1 behind center. (