The following article was originally printed in volume 72, issue 16, page 1 of The Maneater. It has been reprinted here as it appeared in the paper in 2005. It is not to be seen as a current news article.
Tigers prevail in overtime battle
The Tigers came from behind to beat Iowa State 27-24 in overtime.
By Josh Mosley, Staff Writer
To many, Saturday’s game was a severe case of deja vu, reminding spectators of the lst game of the 2004 season.
The same two teams, Iowa State and MU, competed in a must-win situation that needed extra frames to settle the result. And in a game that featured lengthy scoring runs from both teams, the result, again, was a three-point Tigers victory.
“We’re so proud of our team,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “We’re constantly talking about what it takes to win a game in the fourth quarter in terms of toughness, focus and perseverance.”
The Tigers defense kicked off the scoring after converting two straight third downs. Defensive back Will Moore stepped in front of a pass from Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer and sprinted 62 yards for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.
“We always say before we go out there that we need a spark, and I ended up being that spark,” Moore said.
It was the first defensive touchdown by MU since defensive lineman Phil Pitts returned an interception for a touchdown in last year’s home opener. Defensive end Xzavie Jackson continued the trend, storming a recovered fumble 16 yards to stretch the Tigers lead to 14-0.
“It’s always encouraging to see defensive linemen get to the quarterback,” said senior defensive end Brian Smith, who contributed a sack. “If you rush the quarterback well, good thing will happen for you.”
Despite the two-touchdown lead, the Tiger offense couldn’t capitalize. MU recorded a season-low 318 yards of total yardage in the win and did not record a touchdown until the fourth quarter. The drought provided Iowa State ample time to core 24 unanswered points while holding the ball for more than 38 minutes of the possible 60 minutes in regulation.
“Things were not looking good,” Pinkel said.
The first of two Adam Crossett field goals cut the lead to seven in five minutes left in regulation. Crossett pushed a 28-yard kick wide right late in the first half and had to put that miss out of sight and out of time.
“I was worried about keeping my head down and putting it through. As a kicker you need a short memory,” Crossett said.
The Tigers forced Iowa State to punt for the first time since early in the second half to set up a tying drive. Freshman quarterback Chase Daniel came into the game for Brad Smith, who was taken out midway through the fourth quarter.
Daniel took the reigns for MU’s final drive, going 87 yards in 11 plays to set up the Tigers’ first offensive touchdown to wide receiver Sean Coffey with 20 seconds left in regulation to tie the game.
“He’s a good passer and he threw the ball to where only I could catch it,” Coffey said.
Daniel finished completed 16-of-23 passes for 185 yards leading the Tigers into overtime.
The Tigers’ defense stood firm in overtime as cornerback Marcus King deflected a pass in the corner of the end zone to save a touchdown. Iowa State kicker Bret Culbertson missed a 43-yard field goal on fourth down to give MU the ball back for the eventual game winning field goal by Corssett, who compared it to his game winning field goal against the Cyclones last year.
“There was no doubt in my mind that it was in,” he said. “Last year it was overtime but we have to make the stop after the score. This one it was make it and go home. We wanted to go home.”