WACO, Texas (AP) - Chase Daniel was already getting into a
defensive mode, ready to make a tackle if necessary.
With Missouri tied at 28 and only 2½ minutes left against big
underdog Baylor, Daniel thought he had just thrown his third
interception. But Baylor free safety Jordan Lake, already with a
pick, couldn't hold onto another one.
In Daniel's words, "We're just glad to get out of here with a
Yes, the 13th-ranked Tigers (7-2, 3-2 Big 12) were fortunate.
Instead of Lake stopping the drive, Jeff Wolfert kicked a
34-yard field goal on the next play. So, three-touchdown-favored
Missouri held on for a 31-28 victory Saturday over a Baylor squad
looking for a signature victory for first-year coach Art Briles.
It was the Missouri's narrowest winning margin in four seasons
since a 27-24 overtime victory over Iowa State in October 2005.
Robert Griffin, Baylor's standout freshman quarterback, was 26
of 35 for 283 yards and two second-half TDs, and had a 4-yard
keeper for the Bears' only score before halftime.
But Griffin also threw his first interception.