COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)—Colorado got a taste of the despair Missouri was feeling a week ago.
Chase Daniel matched his school record with five touchdown passes and the No. 16 Tigers’ beleaguered defense handed the Buffaloes their first shutout since 1988, bouncing back from a blowout loss to top-ranked Texas with a 58-0 rout on Saturday night.
“I think we had something to prove to ourselves,” Daniel said. “That we could bounce back and get everything going, get everything right.”
Jeremy Maclin caught two touchdown passes for Missouri (6-2, 2-2 Big 12), and Chase Coffman set a career record for receptions by a Division I tight end.
The Tigers pounded the Buffaloes (4-4, 2-2) in their homecoming game one week after fading from the national title picture with a 56-31 loss at Texas. The Tigers had lost two straight, also falling at home against Oklahoma State, after a 5-0 start in which they trailed for a grand total of 13 seconds.
“Those two weeks,” defensive tackle Jaron Baston said, “felt like two years.”
Coach Gary Pinkel said players responded to a challenge to hone their focus. Instead of peering at the road ahead that could lead to a repeat berth in the Big 12 championship game, with Missouri in the softer portion of its schedule, he demanded his team concentrate only on Colorado.
“Our whole thing was to forget about everything in the world except what we had to do to get our team focused,” Pinkel said. “That’s what we did. We prepared like that, we played like that.”
Missouri led 34-0 at the half, a huge turnaround for a team that trailed Texas 35-0 late in the first half last week. Daniel completed his first 14 passes and was 31-for-37 for 302 yards with one interception against a defense that nursed a one-point lead for the final 25 minutes last week in a 14-13 victory over Kansas State.
“We got blistered,” coach Dan Hawkins said. “They’re a good team, and we got outcoached and outplayed in a big way.”
Colorado absorbed its second straight rout at the hands of Missouri, also losing 55-10 last year in Boulder, Colo., and was shut out for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Nebraska on Nov. 12, 1988. The 243-game streak was the third-longest in the nation.
Missouri posted its first Big 12 shutout since a 48-0 victory over Kansas on Nov. 22, 1986, with Colorado driving inside the Missouri 9 before time ran out. Pinkel put the starters back in at the end.
“Coming off two losses like that, we knew we couldn’t keep that up,” defensive end Stryker Sulak said. “We had to change our attitude and I think that’s what happened.”
Colorado didn’t go for a cheap score, preferring a touchdown or nothing. Hawkins also passed up a field-goal attempt in the third quarter.
“You’re not going to go, ‘Hey, we didn’t get shut out.’ We never do that,” Hawkins said.
The Buffaloes have lost four of five, allowed a season high for points and had zero success with either of Hawkins’ rotating quarterbacks against a defense that surrendered 56 points a week ago. Missouri’s defense, ranked 100th in the country, recorded its first shutout since beating Ball State 48-0 on Sept. 18, 2004.
Colorado is not a high-scoring team, totaling 14 points each of the previous three games.
Missouri jumped ahead by two touchdowns after its first seven plays, meeting no resistance on a 56-yard, four-play opening drive and then capitalizing on Colorado’s awful opening possession, which netted minus-17 yards before punter Tom Sauzo fumbled the snap and was tackled at the 5.
The Tigers, known for their quick strike capability, also controlled the clock in the first half with consecutive touchdown drives of 13 and 15 plays lasting 5:10 and 4:57.
Freshman Tyler Hansen got his first career start ahead of Cody Hawkins and fumbled a shotgun snap on his first play to put Colorado in an immediate hole. He was held to 30 yards on 16 carries, a week after his 86 rushing yards helped beat Kansas State.
Coffman, the son of former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Paul Coffman, caught seven passes for 50 yards and has 220 career receptions. He broke the mark of 217 receptions by Ibn Green of Louisville from 1996-99, and extended a school record with his 25th career touchdown on a spectacular one-handed grab in the back of the end zone for a 3-yard score in the first half.
Maclin caught 11 passes for 134 yards, scoring from 3 and 30 yards, and added 41 yards on two punt returns.