K-State sees its streak end to Missouri, 41-21

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Missouri fell behind on the first play Saturday before Chase Daniel threw four touchdown passes to lead the No. 24 Tigers to a 41-21 victory over Kansas State, breaking a 13-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

 

Daniel now has a team-record 19 touchdown passes this season, helping Missouri (7-1, 3-1 Big 12) to match its best start since 1969. Kansas State (4-4, 1-3) has lost four of five after starting the season 3-0.

 

The game, played in a driving rain, marked Missouri's first win over Kansas State since a 27-14 victory in Columbia in 1992.

 

Kansas State seemed poised for the upset early. Defensive end Rob Jackson broke around left end on the first play from scrimmage at the Missouri 41 and blindsided Daniel, forcing a fumble that was scooped up by linebacker Zach Diles, who ran 43 yards for the score.

 

After a Jeff Wolfert 30-yard field goal for Missouri, the Wildcats had a chance to go up 14-3 early in the second quarter. But on fourth-and-goal from the 1, James Johnson was stopped for no gain.

 

Missouri then drove 99 yards in 10 plays, scoring on a 14-yard pass from Daniel to tight end Martin Rucker.

 

The Tigers made it 17-7 later in the half. On third-and-1 from the Missouri 48, Daniel threw a short sideline pass to Will Franklin, who spun around a defender on single coverage and ran untouched to the end zone.

 

Daniel was 24-of-31 for 262 yards. He threw touchdown passes to four different receivers in breaking Terry McMillan's record of 18 touchdown throws in a season, set in 1969. Franklin had five catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, and tight end Chase Coffman had six catches for 75 yards and a 14-yard fourth-quarter score. Tony Temple gained 62 yards on nine carries.

 

Kansas State freshman quarterback Josh Freeman, who came in completing just 43.1 percent of his passes, was 5-of-19 for 63 yards, was intercepted twice and lost a fumble. He was also sacked four times, twice by linebacker Marcus Bacon. Johnson carried 19 times for 129 yards and a fourth-quarter 9-yard score, and Leon Patton rushed 18 times for 112 yards and a 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

 

The start of the second half was a disaster for Kansas State as the Wildcats committed turnovers on three of their first four plays from scrimmage, resulting in 17 Missouri points.

 

Freeman was intercepted by Dedrick Harrington at the Missouri 48, and the Tigers eventually scored on a 3-yard pass from Daniel to Tommy Saunders. After the kickoff, Darnell Terrell outmuscled Yamon Figurs for a Freeman pass at the Kansas State 29 and returned it to the 11, setting up a 20-yard field goal by Wolfert.

 

Two plays after that, Missouri's Pig Brown jarred the ball loose from Patton, and David Overstreet picked up the fumble and ran 41 yards for a touchdown.