Wildcats Fall to No. 20 Missouri, 38-28

Aubrey Quarles, is tackled by Missouri's Kip Edwards, right, and Jasper Simmons, left, during the first half

Nov. 13, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Blaine Gabbert accounted for three touchdown in a strong bounce-back effort and No. 20 Missouri made just as many big plays on defense in a 38-28 victory over error-prone Kansas State in its home finale Saturday.

The Tigers (8-2, 4-2 Big 12) capitalized on three fumble recoveries, two of them huge swing plays, and scored 17 straight points to put away the Wildcats (6-3, 3-4).

Missouri finished 6-0 at home, beat Kansas State for the fifth straight time and won for the sixth straight time in the Tigers' home finale, recovering from consecutive losses to Nebraska and Texas Tech that derailed a 7-0 start.

Kansas State had four turnovers, one of them wasting an opportunity to tie it in the final minute of the half when quarterback Carson Coffman fumbled the center snap at the Missouri 1. Jacquies Smith's fumble recovery preserved Missouri's 21-14 lead and the defensive end scored on a 53-yard fumble return in the third quarter after Aldon Smith leveled Coffman with a sack.

Smith now has three career touchdowns, after scoring last year on an interception return and a touchdown reception.

T.J. Moe caught two touchdown passes from Gabbert, who was 17 of 25 for 208 yards with an interception while running for a season-best 89 yards on 14 carries. The junior completed only 42 percent of his passes with one touchdown the previous two games while frequently overthrowing receivers, and had appeared skittish in the pocket.

Gabbert opened with seven straight completions, including a 25-yard scoring pass to Moe.

Coffman started for Kansas State, but the Wildcats had a lot more success with backup Collin Klein, who had 141 yards rushing on 18 carries.

Klein's running set up two short touchdown runs by Daniel Thomas in the first half.

Missouri led 38-14 before Kansas State scored a pair of late touchdowns on Klein's 35-yard pass to Adrian Hilburn and Coffman's 26-yard throw to Aubrey Quarles.

Gabbert had a big first half, going 11 of 13 for 98 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 70 yards on seven carries, including a 32-yard score.

Wide receiver Wes Kemp had a big peelback block on Gabbert's scoring scramble, leveling Terrance Sweeney. Kemp was among three wide receivers who got carries in the first half, and Jerrell Jackson's 9-yard run made it 14-12 with 4:12 to go in the half.

Thomas, who had 66 yards on 12 carries, scored two touchdowns for the second straight game.