Missouri Tigers set to tangle with Oklahoma State

   The Missouri Tigers (4-1 overall, 0-1 in Big 12 Conference play) look to rebound from their first defeat of the 2009 season, as they head to Stillwater, Okla., where they'll take on the 16th-ranked Oklahoma State Cowboys (4-1, 1-0). The game at OSU's Boone Pickens Stadium is set for an 8:15 p.m. (central time) kickoff, with the action being televised live on ESPN2.
   Oddly enough, this will be the first Saturday game for Missouri in just under a full month, as the Tigers (ranked 24th in this week's USA Today Coaches' Top-25 poll, but unranked in the Associated Press poll) last played on a Saturday way back on Sept. 19th, when it cruised to a 52-12 home win over Furman.
   Since that Saturday affair, Mizzou played on a Friday at Nevada (a 31-21 win on Sept. 25th), had a bye week (Oct. 3rd), and were off this past Saturday (Oct. 10th), following its Thursday home game against Nebraska (a 27-12 loss on Oct. 8th).
   Mizzou is looking to bounce back from its tough loss at the hands of the Cornhuskers last Thursday, as the Tigers held a 12-0 lead after three quarters of play, only to see Nebraska score 27 points in the 4th-quarter (including 20 points in a span of just 3:22 to turn a 12-0 deficit into a 20-12 lead) to rally for the win.
   Oklahoma State is coming off a hardfought 36-31 win at improved Texas A&M last Saturday that saw the Cowboys overcome a 15-14 halftime deficit. OSU QB Zac Robinson threw for 279 yards and 2 long TDs (27, 51 yds.) and also ran for a score to lead the way, while Beau Johnson had 2 short TD runs and Keith Toston churned out 130 rushing yards in the winning effort.

KICKOFF: 8:15 p.m. CT.

STADIUM: Boone Pickens Stadium (60,218 - Football Pro surface). Opened in 1920. OSU is 260-169-17 there alltime (3-1 in 2009), while MU is 11-11 there alltime, and has won 4 straight there since its last loss in Stillwater in 1992.

RADIO: Tiger Network. Mike Kelly (play-by-play), John Kadlec (color), Chris Gervino (sidelines), Mark Mills (engineer). Carried on over 50 stations across the Midwest, and on the Internet at mutigers.com.
   The MU broadcast will also air on Sirius Satellite Radio (channel 122).

TV: ESPN. Ron Franklin (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (color), Bob Goodrich (producer).

RANKINGS (AP/Coaches):
   MU - RV [31st] / 24th.
   OSU - 16th / 14th

SERIES: Mizzou leads, 28-21, and is 5-2 vs. OSU in Big 12 play. Six of the seven games since 1996 have been decided by one score, including 3 overtime affairs.

   MU: Gary Pinkel (Kent, '75), 63-42 at MU (9th year) and 136-79-3 overall (19th year). Pinkel is 2-2 vs. Oklahoma State and is 1-1 vs. Mike Gundy.
   OSU: Mike Gundy (Oklahoma State, '90), 31-24 at OSU and overall (5th year). Gundy is 1-1 vs. Mizzou and Gary Pinkel.