Missouri's defense breaks the game open

The Tigers' defense got one big fumble to end the first half and keep Kansas State off the board.

In the third quarter, it forced another one in a big way to put Missouri on it.

Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith stormed through Kansas State's offensive line and got a free shot on Kansas State quarterback Carson Coffman's blind side, forcing a fumble that Missouri's other end, Jacquies Smith, scooped up and carried 53 yards for a score that put Missouri up 28-14 midway through the second quarter.

Coffman was down momentarily and had to be helped off the field after a review confirmed the fumble and return.

Smith recovered the fumble at the end of the first half, and if Kansas State loses this game, it'll head back to Manhattan with nightmares of the fumbled snap at the end of the first half and its failure to keep Aldon Smith out of the backfield.

Kansas State has already proved it's not a team built to come from behind, but the Wildcats will be forced to throw the ball down the stretch more than it wants to. If the offensive line doesn't play much better, that could mean more hits from both Smiths.