Sunday, November 4, 2007

Coffman, Mizzou rout CU

Tigers' tight end snares three TDs



David Zalubowski/AP Photo

Missouri defensive lineman Tommy Chavis, right, knocks the ball out of the hands of Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins. Mizzou ripped CU, 55-10, Saturday in Boulder, Colo.

— Chase Coffman turned No. 9 Missouri's trip to Colorado into his own personal pro tryout, displaying the talent that has NFL scouts drooling over the 6-foot-6, 245-pound touchdown machine.

The junior tight end caught three of Chase Daniel's five TD passes as the Tigers trounced the Buffaloes, 55-10, on Saturday night for their first victory in Boulder since 1997.

His three TDs gave Coffman 19 for his three-year career, surpassing the school record of 18 set by wide receiver Justin Gage from 1999-2002.

It started with a 25-yarder, a pass he caught over the middle and zigzagged his way through a half dozen defenders.

On his second score, he hurdled free safety Ryan Walters at the five-yard line before bullying his way into the end zone to make it 38-10.

"I've been doing it because I'm getting tired of people diving at my knees," Coffman said. "This time, it just happened to work, and I landed and just kept going."

Coffman has attempted the hurdle in scrimmages, but this was the first time it worked in a game.

Following Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins' third turnover, Coffman showed soft hands and superb concentration in pulling in a five-yarder that made it 48-10.

It was also a historic night for Jeremy Maclin, who gained 187 all-purpose yards to break the single-season school record at Missouri, which is off to an 8-1 start for the first time since 1969.

"It's huge," said Daniel, who completed 26 of 44 passes for 421 yards. "Oklahoma lost here. They gave Florida State all they wanted here. It was good to come out here and win a game, the first time since '97. We've been breaking down barriers, and that was one of them.

"It's the next step to the Big 12 championship."

At 4-1, the Tigers stayed right behind Big 12 North leader Kansas, which is unbeaten in league play and faces Missouri Nov. 24 at Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium.

No. 5 Oklahoma 42, Texas A&M; 14

Norman, Okla. - Jermaine Gresham matched a school record by catching four of Sam Bradford's five touchdown passes and took sole possession of first place in the Big 12 South.

Gresham, a sophomore tight end, equaled the record for TD receptions in a game set by Trent Smith in 2001 against Kansas on a 13-yard pass by Bradford in the front corner of the end zone late in the third quarter. That put Oklahoma up 35-0 on its way to another rout of the Aggies in Norman.

Texas Tech 38, Baylor 7

Waco, Texas - A routine day for Graham Harrell and Texas Tech: a big passing game and another victory over Baylor.

Harrell was 37-of-46 for 433 yards and three touchdowns, eclipsing the 4,000-yard passing mark for the second season in a row, and Texas Tech notched its 12th consecutive victory over the Bears.


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