Posted by Tom Fornelli
It's not only Senior Day in Columbia, Missouri this afternoon, it's also "Nobody Wants To Play Defense Day." Both Missouri and Kansas State are doing just about anything they want with the ball in the first half, as the two teams have combined for 462 yards of total offense and 35 points in the first half, taking turns on long drive after long drive.
Still, there was one huge play at the end of the first half that may go a long way in deciding the victor of this game, as it seems is one defensive stop is all it's going to take. Kansas State drove over 70 yards in the final minutes of the half before facing a first and goal at about the half-yard line. Quarterback Chase Coffman then fumbled the snap and it was recovered by Missouri, who ran one play and then went to the locker room for halftime.
It's somewhat fitting that the first defensive stop came on a play in which the defense did nothing but fall on a football.
Blaine Gabbert is doing it all for Missouri, completing 11-of-13 passes for 98 yards and a score, and also rushing for 70 yards on 9 carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run. On the Kansas State side of the ball, the Wildcats may have discovered a star at quarterback. Collin Klein had a huge day against Texas last week, rushing for 127 yards and two touchdowns, and he's doing a lot of the same things today. Klein has shared snaps with Coffman throughout the first half, and has picked up 79 yards on eight carries, continually gashing the Missouri defense for more than ten yards at a time.
It'll be interesting to see if either defense feels like showing up in the second half, though, to be honest, I'm fine with the shootout.