MU Upsets Number 1 Ranked Sooners
COLUMBIA - The 11th-ranked Missouri Tigers upset the nation's top-ranked team Saturday night 36-27 in a close contest marked by strong defense and spectacular big plays. The game aired nationally and was the feature of ESPN's College GameDay program live from Columbia. Homecoming fans sold out the stadium to watch the win in the rain.
Late Saturday night, football fans filled the streets of downtown Columbia celebrating the win. KOMU 8 reporters on the scene report thousands of people on the street, along with a strong police show of force to keep order. Police blocked some downtown street in the minutes after the game to restrict traffic flowing into downtown.
Highlighting the game, Jerrell Jackson spun free from a knot of tacklers on a 38-yard reception for the go-ahead score, sparking a 16-point fourth quarter that helped No. 18 Missouri upend the top team in the BCS standings with a 36-27 victory over error-prone Oklahoma on Saturday night.
The third-ranked Sooners (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) committed three costly turnovers, out of character considering they had only five giveaways the first six games. Two of the turnovers led to 10 points and the other squelched a drive deep in Missouri territory, and the Sooners also missed a chip-shot field goal.
An 86-yard scoring return Gahn McGaffie on the opening kickoff added to that edge as the Tigers (7-0, 3-0) ended a seven-game losing streak in a lopsided series dating to 1998, and beat the Sooners for only the second time in the last 21 meetings overall.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)
Here is video of Tiger fans storming the field.