Monday, Nov. 12, 2007
Missouri wins game but loses star safety
By MIKE DeARMOND
The Kansas City Star
COLUMBIA | Chase Daniel completed his first dozen passes as No. 13 Missouri rolled to two first-quarter touchdowns. But the rest of the day the Tigers played no better than on even terms with now 1-8 Iowa State.
And though Missouri won 42-28, the team suffered a huge loss when safety Pig Brown was lost for the season.
Brown left Saturdays game in the fourth quarter with a torn Achilles tendon and will require surgery. MU officials said Brown, a senior, would not return this season, even for a bowl game.
Missouri did move to 7-1 overall, 3-1 in the Big 12 Conference and likely into serious consideration for a spot in the national top 10.
But Saturday's victory came harder than most expected it would, as Iowa State controlled a lopsided time of possession, keeping the ball away from the MU offense.
Daniel didnt have an incompletion until only four seconds remained in a first quarter and that came when Daniel intentionally threw one away against good coverage.
But Daniel also threw a pass that resulted in an Iowa State touchdown in the second quarter.
Trying to hit tight end Martin Rucker on the right side, Daniel threw high. It deflected off Ruckers hands and the Cyclones Devin McDowell intercepted at the MU 25 and ran in for the touchdown.
Missouri led only 20-14 at the half before a disappointing crowd of 53,386.
Six seconds into the third quarter, however, MU defensive end Stryker Sulak sacked quarterback Bret Meyer, forcing a fumble into the end zone. There MUs Lorenzo Williams fell on it for a touchdown, and protected its two-TD cushion from there.