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Number one and one away

Mizzou football sits atop the BCS and one win away from the national title game

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  • Story by Chris Blose
  • Photo by Shane Epping
  • Published: Nov. 26, 2007
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Just as so many other second-ranked teams have fallen this year, Kansas couldn't avoid "the curse of No. 2" or the Tigers' steady attack.

When Mizzou Tiger fans say “We’re number one” right now, they’re not just using the exaggerated boast common in sports lingo. They are being literal.

Mizzou earned the Big 12 North title and the No. 1 spot in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings with the victory over previously unbeaten Kansas, 36-28, Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium. It’s a ranking 47 years in the making; the last time the Tigers held that spot in any poll was 1960.

Against Kansas, Chase Daniel was 40 for 49 passing and threw for 361 yards and three touchdowns. On the flipside, the Tiger defense grabbed two rare interceptions on KU quarterback Todd Reesing. Reesing and the Jayhawks threatened late, but defensive lineman Lorenzo Williams ended that threat by sacking him for a safety with 12 seconds left in the game.

Last week, Coach Gary Pinkel promised that everyone would remember the 2007 Mizzou-Kansas game. His team delivered on that promise. 

Now Mizzou has 11 wins for the first time ever and prepares to face Oklahoma, the team that handed the Tigers their only loss of the season, in the Big 12 Championship game Saturday, Dec. 1. They’re No. 1, and they’re one win away from the national title game.

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