On Homecoming night, Mizzou football proved to be too much for the No. 1 team in the nation.
College football is celebrating its 150th anniversary, and to celebrate, Mizzou football is posting polls for five days on Twitter on the top games of each decade.
Last week, fans voted on the best game of the 2010s. Between wins against Oklahoma in 2010, Georgia in 2013, Texas A&M in 2013 and Oklahoma State in 2013, fans decided it was the Big 12 win over No. 1 Oklahoma that tops all.
The poll ended Wednesday afternoon.
For the poll on Twitter, Down Go The Sooners received 52 percent of votes, while Josey! Footrace! Hello TD picked up 24 percent. Third place was 20. 10. Cotton Bowl Title with 15 percent of votes, and Colt 45 at UGA received nine percent of votes.
It’s tough to vote against the win against Oklahoma, even if it was at the beginning of the decade.
The day started with a record turnout for “College GameDay”, where the Tigers brought 18,000 fans to Francis Quadrangle the morning of Saturday, Oct 23. It was Homecoming.
The game started out with a touchdown.
Gahn McGaffie took a bounce off the kickoff 86 yards for a 7-0 lead 14 seconds in to the ball game.
Oklahoma and Mizzou went back and forth in the first half and the Sooners actually had the lead heading into the fourth quarter. But then, the Tigers took over.
Behind 21-20, quarterback Blaine Gabbert hit wide receiver Jerrell Jackson across the middle, where he bounced off a hard hit and circled for a 38-yard TD. That marked the score 26-21 for the Tigers.
Zavier Gooden grabbed an interception on the next play, and the Tigers went up 29-21.
Finally, freshman James Franklin checked into the game with the Tigers inside the 5, and the young QB powered his way up the middle for a score to go up two TDs.
The fans stormed the field as the No. 11 Tigers took down the No. 1 Sooners. It was coach Gary Pinkel’s first win over Oklahoma.
Mizzou finished No. 18 in the coaches and the Associated Press poll, and wrapped up the regular season No. 12 in the BCS.
But for that one night, Mizzou took down what was the best team in the nation, and 10 seasons later, it remains the best game to the fans.
As for the rest of the poll, Henry Josey’s TD against Texas A&M sent the Tigers to the SEC championship game in just its second season in the conference. The Georgia win set the nation on notice that the Tigers were a real contender that season. And the year was capped off by an entertaining Cotton Bowl victory over Oklahoma State.