Oklahoma football team rallies to dump Missouri Tigers 38-28

Sunday, September 25, 2011
Oklahoma running back Brennan Clay, left, loses his shoe as he is tackled by two Missouri defenders in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones threw for 448 yards, including three touchdowns to Ryan Broyles, to lead top-ranked Oklahoma back from a rare home deficit to beat Missouri 38-28 on Saturday night.

With two starting receivers out of the lineup, Broyles had to play up to his usual All-American standard without proven sidekicks. Kenny Stills, who caught the go-ahead touchdown in a win at then-No. 5 Florida State last week, was out with a head injury and Trey Franks is suspended indefinitely.

The Tigers (2-2, 0-1 Big 12) pounced early to take a 14-3 first-quarter lead, breaking a streak of 20 straight home games in which Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) never trailed. It didn't last long, though.

The Sooners roared back with 28 consecutive points to avenge a loss in Columbia last year when they were first in the BCS standings and move their home winning streak to 38 consecutive games.

Missouri also had a hot start in last season's upset, returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown, but then was able to close strong with 16 consecutive fourth-quarter points for a 36-27 win.

The Sooners were able to prevent any late heroics by the Tigers this time.

Henry Josey took an option pitch and raced 47 yards down the left sideline for a score to make it 31-21 with 6:44 left in the game, and it could have been closer if not for a pair of missed 46-yard field goals by Jackson High School graduate Grant Ressel -- who also missed a potential game-winner in the Tigers' overtime loss at Arizona State two weeks ago.

The Sooners eliminated any drama by answering immediately with a 62-yard scoring drive, capped by Broyles' twisting 4-yard grab in the back of the end zone. Broyles finished with 13 receptions for 154 yards, helping Jones to his fifth career 400-yard passing game.

Broyles, who had 110 yards receiving despite playing with two injured ankles in last year's game, did much of the damage.

He got Oklahoma's rally started by scoring from 25 yards out on a throw that initially went through his arms. Broyles was able to cradle it along his leg and then secure it long enough before falling out of bounds that the touchdown call was upheld on review.

He followed that three drives later with a 4-yard TD catch in the right side of the end zone, and the Sooners never looked back.

Dominique Whaley added 150 yards -- 82 on five catches and 68 on 16 rushes -- and Jaz Reynolds contributed a career-high 93 yards receiving on five catches.

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