BOULDER - Colorado rallied gamely in the second half on Saturday, but it didn't matter. The script fashioned in recent seasons by Missouri went unaltered: The Tigers still have the Buffaloes' number.
This year, that number was 33-3 at halftime.
After blowing past the Buffs by a combined score of 113-10 in their past two meetings, the Tigers endured a three-point second half but let their efficient early work carry them to a 36-17 Big 12 Conference victory at Folsom Field.
Mizzou, the defending North Division champion, won its first conference game (1-3) and improved to 5-3 overall.
With four games remaining, CU slumped to 1-3 in the league and 2-6 overall, further damaging the Buffs' chances of earning the six victories required to reach postseason play.
"The tangible is that (now) you have to win out to go to a bowl game," said coach Dan Hawkins, who has reached the postseason once in going on four years at CU. "The intangible is that people always talk about sports building your character, and I think that's part of it....MORE