10th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl

Missouri 43, West Virginia 31

10th annual buffalo wild wings bowl
December 26, 1998

Attendance: 36,147

Stadium: Arizona Stadium

Offensive Player of the Game: Marc Bulger, West Virginia

Defensive Player of the Game: Jeff Marriott, Missouri

Head Coaches: Larry Smith, Missouri - Don Nehlen, West Virginia

Weather: Partly cloudy, 62 degrees

Television: ESPN

Payout Per Team: $750, 000

Missouri relied on the Joneses to win its first bowl game since 1981.

Corby Jones rushed for three touchdowns and Julian Jones intercepted a pass and blocked a punt for a safety as the Tigers survived a furious second-half rally to beat West Virginia 34–31 in the 10th Annual Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl.

Missouri staked itself to leads of 24–3 and 31–10 before weathering the Mountaineers’ comeback behind strong special teams play and the rushing of Devin West and Corby Jones. West, the no. 5 rusher in Division I-A entering the game, finished with 125 yards on 31 attempts, while Jones posted 51 yards rushing and 130 yards through the air.

The Tigers took a 7–0 lead when Jeff Marriott blocked a field-goal attempt and Carlos Posey scooped the ball near the sidelines and raced untouched for the score. C. Jones had two touchdown runs in the first half and J. Jones blocked a punt through the end zone for a safety to give Missouri a 24–3 halftime lead.

West Virginia quarterback Marc Bulger threw four second-half touchdowns passes, including a nine-yard toss to Amos Zereoue that cut Missouri’s lead to 31–24 with 10:27 to play.

But C. Jones led a 14-play, 76-yard drive that consumed 6:43 before stalling at the one-yard line to set up an 18-yard field goal by Brian Long. Bulger quickly led the Mountaineers down the field and threw a one-yard touchdown pass to David Saunders to pull WVU to within 34–31 with 2:11 to play.

But Missouri’s Dwayne Blakley recovered the onsides kick and the Tigers ran out the clock.

Mizzou, after appearing in their first bowl game in 13 years the previous season, won a postseason game for the first time since the 1981 Tangerine Bowl.

Bulger finished with a school record 429 yards passing and Shawn Foreman set an Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl record with 11 receptions for 189 yards.

Quarter Scores

Scoring
1
2
3
4
F
West Virginia
0
3
14
14
31
Missouri
14
10
7
3
34

Yardstick

WVU
MU
27
First Downs
21
26-39
Rushes-Yards
53-197
452
Passing Yards
130
35-51-2
Passes
8-12-0
73
Return Yards
184
2-25.5
Punts
5-32.6
0-0
Fumbles-Lost
3-1
6-60
Penalties-Yards
4-29

Individual Statistics

Rushing
WVU
Amos Zereoue 22-32, Pat Greene 1-12, David Saunders 1-0, Marc Bulger 2-(-5).
MU
Devin West 31-125, Corby Jones 18-51, John Dausman 1-9, Kent Layman 1-8, Robert West 2-4.
Passing
WVU
Marc Bulger 34-50-2-429, David Saunders 1-1-0-23.
MU
Corby Jones 8-12-0-130.
Receiving
WVU
Shawn Foreman 11-189, David Saunders 8-95, Anthony Becht 6-87, Pat Greene 4-39, Amos Zereoue 2-9, Antonio Brown 2-5, Anthony Green 1-20, Khori Ivy 1-8.
MU
John Dausman 3-44, Kareem Wise 2-27, Eddie Brooks 1-25, Kent Layman 1-23, Dwayne Blakley 1-11.