December 6, 2008

Tiger Notebook: Night of few answers

KANSAS CITY--The questions were few. The answers were fewer. The Arrowhead Stadium scoreboard made just about the only necessary statement: Oklahoma 62, Missouri 21.

The last couple of times the Tigers had faced Oklahoma, Mizzou came out of the game wondering if they could have turned around the result by avoiding one or two mistakes. There was little ability to spin this one that direction.

"We just weren't able to win the games. I'm not going to look back to past Oklahoma games," Chase Daniel said. "This one hurts the worst. Senior year, you're not able to get it done."

Daniel in particular took fault for this one. He turned the ball over twice in the first half, turning a 10-point deficit into a 31-point hole.

"Too many turnovers on my part," he said. "You can't turn the ball over and beat a team like this."

All of that may avoid the real issue, which is the complete dominance of Oklahoma. The Sooners put up 60 points for a fifth straight game. Only one team has been beaten by fewer than 20 points by Oklahoma in that stretch.

"One of the best offenses I've ever seen," Gary Pinkel said. "I'm not going to compare teams, I don't think that's my role. But they're one of the best I've seen and I've been doing this a long time."

In the end, the Tigers were left with their fourth loss of the season, the second by a blowout result.

"Just the lopsidedness of it," Daniel said when asked what hurt the most. "It's disappointing, but we've got to get back and win ten games."

The Tigers will hold an official bowl announcement ceremony around 6 p.m. on Sunday evening at Mizzou Arena. It is assumed the Tigers will be headed to San Antonio to face the Northwestern Wildcats in the Alamo Bowl.

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