COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert threw two second-half touchdown passes and Derrick Washington scored the go-ahead TD late in the fourth quarter, helping No. 25 Missouri rally from a dud start to beat Bowling Green 27-20 in its home opener Saturday night.
Washington had 120 yards on 23 carries for the Tigers, who jumped into the rankings after an impressive opening victory over Illinois and needed a strong finish for any hope of staying there. Missouri (2-0) trailed 13-0 in the second quarter and 20-6 midway in the third before awakening.
Tyler Sheehan was 29 for 46 for 206 yards and a touchdown, and Willie Geter had 99 yards on 20 carries with a 1-yard scoring run for Bowling Green, which capitalized on a pair of fumbles for two first-half field goals before fading. Bowling Green, a Missouri nemesis from the Mid-American Conference, is 3-2 against the Tigers.