Danario Alexander (81) stiff arms Kansas cornerback Justin Thornton (46) during the first half. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
Nov. 28, 2009
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri tackled Todd Reesing for a safety with 2:39 remaining and Grant Ressel hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Tigers a 41-39 win over Kansas on Saturday in another wild Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
These rivals put on a show in last year and somehow topped it, trading big plays, scores and momentum seemingly with every snap.
Missouri (8-4, 4-4) had 553 total yards, but needed a safety and Ressel's fourth field goal of the game to beat its biggest rival and potentially end coach Mark Mangino's eight-year stint at Kansas (5-7, 1-7) with a seven-game losing streak.
Missouri's Blaine Gabbert threw for 303 yards and a score, and ran for 94 more yards in the 118th Border Showdown, boosting Missouri's chances of getting into a bigger bowl.
Reesing threw for a school-record 498 yards and four touchdowns - two to Kerry Meier - in his final collegiate game and Kansas had 547 total yards, but it may not be enough to save Mangino's job.
Mangino is under investigation by the university for allegations of harsh treatment of players.
Kansas' Dezmon Briscoe had 14 catches for 242 yards in what may be his final game - the NFL could be next - but lost two fumbles that led directly to Missouri touchdowns.
Like last season, when they won 40-37, the Jayhawks were in position to win.
Jacob Branstetter hit a 39-yard field goal with 5:10 left to put Kansas up 39-36, then the Jayhawks forced Missouri into a punt.
Starting the drive at its own 3, Kansas opted to pass instead of milking clock. After two failed passes, Brian Coulter and Aldon Smith converged on Reesing in the end zone for a safety to cut Kansas' lead to 39-38. Worse yet, the Jayhawks ran just 14 seconds off the clock, giving Missouri plenty of time to move into position for the winning score.
The Tigers did just that, getting a 27-yard run from Washington to set up Ressel's attempt. He split the uprights and, after a brief delay for a penalty on Kansas, the Tigers rushed the field for one of their wildest wins against their biggest rival.
Most of the action took place in the second half.
Trailing 21-13, Missouri marched down the field on its opening drive of the second half for Washington's 14-yard touchdown run up the middle. Kansas answered with a 2-yard pass from Reesing to Meier after Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon was called for running into the center on a made field goal.
Missouri's turn, Jerrell Jackson got the right corner on an end-around and scored on a 37-yard run. The Tigers needed just 55 seconds to score again, following Briscoe's second fumble with Alexander's catch-and-run 68-yard touchdown. Ressel's third field goal, from 37 yards, put Missouri up 36-28 early in the fourth quarter.
Kansas and Briscoe weren't done. Streaking up the sideline, Briscoe pulled down a long pass from Reesing, wobbled safety Jasper Simmons' knees near the 20, then went in for a 74-yard touchdown. Reesing hit Meier for the 2-point conversion, tying the game at 36-all.
Kansas got the ball back, starting inside its 1, and drove down for Branstetter's field goal to set up the final flurry.
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