The Zzou: Missouri Game Summaries 2009 Blaine Gabbert Leads the Tigers to Victory The Missouri Tigers opened their 2009 campaign with a 20-10 victory over the Fighting Illini of Illinois in the Arch Rivalry Game. Gabbert was named Player of the Game after completing 21 of his 32 passes for 268 yards and 1 touchdown. Illinois scored their touchdown late, which made the game appear closer than it actually was. While the Fighting Illini did a great job stopping Missouri's running game, they had no answer for the Tigers spread offense and passing attack. Gabbert completed his 21 passes to 6 receivers. The favorite receiver of the day was Jared Perry who had 6 catches for 73 yards. Jerrell Jackson provided the deep threat for the Tigers catching Gabbert's touchdown pass on a 38-yard corner route. While Coach Alexander would've liked a little more production from the running game, 29 carries for 28 yards and 1 touchdown, he was ecstatic about his team's performance on defense. "Juice Williams and Arrelious Benn are two of the most dangerous players in college football and I felt we did a great job containing them all day." Alexander said of Missouri's defensive effort which held Illinois to just 198 yards of total offense. "You've gotta be pleased when the team you're playing only rushes for 16 yards for the game. We're definitely happy with the win, nothing feels better than starting the season with a win over one of your rivals, but I think it's obvious we have a lot to work on, so we'll watch film tomorrow and start getting ready for Bowling Green on Monday." Missouri sacked Williams 4 times on the day, with Jaron Baston and Sean Weatherspoon getting one apiece and Aandrew Gachkar taking him down twice. Trey Hobson, Jacquies Smith, Kevin Rutland, Munir Prince, and Aldon Smith also added tackles for losses. Missouri is now 1-0 on the year and look to make some noise this year in the Big XII.