Tigers sophomore QB getting seasoned for senior day

Associated Press - November 20, 2009 2:14 AM ET

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Blaine Gabbert is coming off 1 of his best games, even if he occasionally threw to the wrong guy. That's a good sign for Missouri heading into the finale of what has been a most disappointing home schedule.

Gabbert threw three touchdown passes to Danario Alexander in a 38-12 victory at Kansas State last week. He didn't see a wide-open Jared Perry on 1 of them, forcing Alexander to beat double coverage, and knew it when he walked off the field.

Missouri (6-4, 2-4 Big 12) has lost three in a row at home entering Saturday's game against Iowa State (6-5, 3-4), costing the Tigers a shot at a third straight North title and leaving them angling for bowl position on senior day.

Iowa State is bowl eligible for the first time since 2005.

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