Sooners Defeat Tigers
Saturday, October 13th 2007, 9:24 pm
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) -- Chris Brown ran for three second-half touchdowns, Curtis Lofton returned a fumble for a touchdown and No. 6 Oklahoma knocked No. 11 Missouri from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 41-31 victory Saturday night.
Chris Brown put the Sooners ahead to stay with his 1-yard touchdown run with 12:26 remaining, and Lofton scooped up a botched handoff and returned it 15 yards for a score 46 seconds later as Oklahoma kept the Tigers from entering the national title
The Sooners' Brown, who finished with 67 yards on 13 carries, sealed the win
with a 23-yard TD run with 2:39 remaining.
Missouri had lost 16 straight games in Norman dating back to 1966, but put up fight in this one.
Quarterback Chase Daniel, who ranks third in the nation in total offense with a 380-yard average, was more of a setup man for the Tigers after throwing for a career-high 401 yards the previous week in a 41-6 win against Nebraska. He delivered key blocks on both touchdown runs by NCAA all-purpose yardage leader Jeremy Maclin, and then pitched the ball to Jimmy Jackson on a 4-yard option run that put Missouri up 24-23 late in the third quarter.
After that, Chris Brown and Oklahoma's running game, which had totaled only 40 yards in the first three quarters, took over.