COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert's numbers have plummeted the last two weeks while he's been hobbled by a sprained right ankle. So have Missouri's fortunes, with losses to Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
The sophomore quarterback has heard plenty of speculation that a break would do him, and the Tigers, good in the long run. But even if he's far from 100 percent there's no way Gabbert's missing Saturday night's Big 12 test against No. 3 Texas.
Missouri (4-2, 0-2 Big 12) needs Gabbert against the Longhorns (6-0, 4-0), who lead the nation with a 42-point average. Texas has taken 15 of the last 16 from the Tigers, including a rout last season in Austin.