#15 Mizzou cools off #22 Texas Tech's offense

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For a change, Chase Daniel was a member of the supporting cast for Missouri. The Tigers' most well-rounded effort of the season made it possible.

Missouri's improving defense intercepted Graham Harrell four times, returning one for a score, while throttling the nation's top offense in a 41-10 victory over No. 22 Texas Tech on Saturday.

Texas Tech forced Missouri, minus injured Tony Temple to run the ball, and the Tigers did so with great success. They gained 212 yards on the ground and Daniel had 210 yards passing on only 19 attempts, both season lows.

"We've thrown that many in a quarter before," Daniel said. "It just really shows we're multidimensional, we're not just going to throw it around 50-60 times a game.

"If the running game is going, we're going to stick with it."

Backup tailback Jimmy Jackson had 59 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries. Freshman Derrick Washington added 66 yards on nine carries for Missouri (6-1, 2-1 Big 12), which rebounded from a 10-point loss at Oklahoma last week and is 2-1 during a three-game stretch against ranked opponents.

"A game like that against such a good team, and the damage they can do in seconds, I'm very proud of our team," coach Gary Pinkel said.

Temple missed his second straight game with an ankle injury, adding a bruise to a sprain in practice on Wednesday. Missouri still won for the 13th time in 14 home games.

The scoring total was by far a season low for Texas Tech (6-2, 2-2), which entered the game first in points (50) and yards (582) per game. Missouri scored on its first four possessions of the second half to top its 40-point average, though the game didn't come close to fulfilling expectations of a points-fest featuring two of the most prolific passers in the country.

"We played like a coalition, a banana republic type of deal," coach Mike Leach said. "This little group, that little group might play for a period of time. We never really played together."

Texas Tech entered the rankings last week after a 35-7 victory over Texas A&M. The high point for the Red Raiders Saturday was a 68-yard touchdown pass from Harrell to Edward Britton in the second quarter that cut Missouri's lead to 10-7. Harrell, who entered the game with 31 TD passes and only three interceptions, was 44-for-69 for 397 yards and wasn't helped by several drops.

The attempts were a season high and the yardage was second-lowest of the year and fewest against a major college opponent.

Texas Tech had 388 yards total offense, 101 yards fewer than the previous low against Iowa State.

"Things didn't go our way, we faced a lot of adversity," Harrell said. "Maybe I should have put it on another shoulder, put it in front of them, maybe put it behind them, I don't know."

Texas Tech was stopped in its first four attempts on fourth down against Missouri, which surrendered 41 points against Oklahoma. The Red Raiders finished 3-for-6 on fourth down.

"We knew they were going to go for it on fourth down because of what kind of offense they are," nose tackle Lorenzo Williams said. "We preach three-and-out or a takeaway, so we preached four-and-out or takeaway."

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, who leads the nation in receiving and scoring with 17 touchdowns, had 10 catches for 76 yards to set an NCAA freshman record of 1,320 yards with four games plus a bowl appearance to go. He entered the game needing 22 yards to surpass the mark set by USC's Mike Williams in 2002, but was held out of the end zone for the second straight week.

Missouri kept it on the ground for the most part against a defense designed to stop the passing game. Daniel completed 14 passes, including a 57-yard touchdown to Jeremy Maclin in the fourth quarter.

Texas Tech was shut out in the first quarter for the second straight game, trailing 10-0, although the Red Raiders' defense kept it close. The lone touchdown came on a 38-yard interception return by Stryker Sulak on a ball tipped high in the air, and Missouri had to settle for a 21-yard field goal later in the quarter after a drive that fizzled at the 1.

Texas Tech ended its drought on a TD connection from Harrell to Britton with 6:39 left in the second quarter, but Missouri answered with its first offensive touchdown only 1:39 later on Jackson's 1-yard run for a 17-7 lead.

Jackson, a junior, ran for just 84 yards in the first six games.


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