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Kansas Closes Strong on No. 23 Missouri

September 28, 2003|From Associated Press

Bill Whittemore and Clark Green each scored two touchdowns and Kansas' defense shut down Brad Smith to lead the Jayhawks past No. 23 Missouri, 35-14, Saturday at Lawrence, Kan.

Whittemore scored on two short runs and led touchdown drives of 72, 50 and 49 yards in the fourth quarter.

The sellout crowd of 50,071 was the largest for Kansas (4-1) for any non-Nebraska game since 1975 and the Jayhawks biggest against Missouri in the 112-year history of the series.

Thousands of fans stormed the field and tore down both goalposts after the game.

Smith, Missouri's sophomore quarterback known for fourth-quarter comebacks, never got going against a hard-charging Kansas defense and passed for only 62 yards. After running for 117 yards in a Missouri victory last year, he had only 33 yards on the ground.

Whittemore completed 14 of 22 passes for 111 yards and picked up 76 more in 16 rushes.

The Tigers (4-1), who were averaging 420 yards a game, managed only 196 against a defense ranked 10th in the Big 12.

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No. 14 Texas 63, Tulane 18 -- Texas' quarterback duo provided plenty of offense as Chance Mock threw three touchdown passes and ran for another and Vince Young also ran and passed for scores in the first half of a victory at Austin, Texas.

Cedric Benson ran for three touchdowns and Roy Williams caught two from Mock in the Longhorns' final tuneup for Big 12 play.

Texas (3-1) plays its first conference game next Saturday against No. 16 Kansas State.

Texas topped 60 points for the second time this season and swamped the Green Wave (3-2).

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No. 17 Pittsburgh 37, Texas A&M 26 -- Rod Rutherford threw five touchdown passes with help from his acrobatic receivers to lead the Panthers (3-1) over the Aggies (2-2) at College Station, Texas.

Rutherford completed 14 of 28 passes for 283 yards with one interception as Pittsburgh rebounded from a loss last week at Toledo.

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