Pat Blottiaux kicked two field goals and ninth-ranked Colorado overcame a cold drizzle and Missouri, 6-0, in a Big Eight Conference opener Thursday night.
Colorado (5-0) extended its unbeaten streak to 23 games against Big Eight teams and also made it 12 consecutive victories on the road against conference opponents. Although the Buffaloes' first game at Missouri since the infamous fifth-down game of 1990 produced an eighth consecutive victory over the Tigers (1-4), it didn't come easily.
The first-ever night game at Missouri was played in a steady rain, gusting winds and 46-degree temperature. The Buffaloes committed four turnovers and were far off their season average of 36 points.
Colorado quarterback Kordell Stewart had two passes intercepted, one in the end zone, and the Buffaloes also failed on a fourth and one at the Missouri 21 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Stewart completed 24 of 45 passes for 335 yards, with Charles Johnson catching 11 passes for 167 yards and Michael Westbrook catching eight for 129.
In the first half, the Buffaloes lost two fumbles and Blottiaux missed two field-goal attempts, hitting the right upright on a 48-yarder and missing from 32 yards, before making a 52-yarder with 1:10 left.
Missouri, which has lost nine of its last 10, was held to 187 yards. Darryl Major gave the Tigers a scoring chance when he intercepted Stewart's pass and returned it 24 yards to the Colorado 33 with 4:06 remaining. But quarterback Phil Johnson fumbled the snap on the next play and Greg Biekert recovered.