Aggies fall, 30-9, to No 21 Missouri

Blaine Gabbert passed for 361 yards and 3 TDs to lead undefeated No. 21 Missouri to a 30-9 Big 12 win over Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon. Missouri jumped out to a 23-0 lead early in the third quarter before an ineffective Aggie offense was able to produce any points.

Blaine Gabbert passed for 361 yards and 3 TDs to lead undefeated No. 21 Missouri to a 30-9 Big 12 win over Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon.

After a series of punts to open the game, Missouri drove 58 yards in 6 plays, with Blaine Gabbert tossing a 5-yard touchdown pass to Wes Kemp. The extra point attempt by Grant Ressel was blocked by the Aggies to give Missouri a 6-0 lead with 5:28 left in teh first quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Missouri mounted a 12-play, 77-yard drive with Gabbert completing 24-yard pass to Wes Kemp before Kendial Lawrence scored on a 2-yard run. Ressel's extra point was good, giving Missouri a 13-0 lead midway through the second quarter.

After the Aggies failed to convert on a fourth-down attempt from the Missouri 38-yard line, Missouri drove to the Aggie 3-yard line before having to settle for a 21-yard field goal, which gave the Tigers a 16-0 halftime lead.

The Aggies generated little offense in the first half, having to punt on six of its seven possessions, and turning the ball over on downs the other possession, and never getting closer than the Missouri 27-yard line.

Missouri took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 76 yards in 6 plays, with Gabbert again found Kemp for a touchdown, this from 10 yards out. Ressel's extra point extended Missouri's lead to 23-0 at the 7:25 mark in the third quarter.

Texas A&M finally got some offense going on their first possession of the second half, driving 64 yards in 12 plays, but were only able to produce a 24-yard Randy Bullock field goal for their efforts, cutting the Tiger lead to 23-3 with 2:32 left in the third quarter.

Missouri responded by marching 56 yards in 6 plays, with Gabbert throwing a 20-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Moe. The extra point by Ressell gave Missouri a commanding 30-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Early in the fourth quarter, Texas A&M mounted their only touchdown drive of the game, driving 82 yards in 7 plays, and Jerrod Johnson found Jeff Fuller for a 26-yard touchdown pass. The Aggies attempted a two-point conversion but Jerrod Johnson's pass fell incomplete, leaving the score 30-9 with 8:37 left in the fourth quarter.

After forcing a Missouri punt, the Aggies drove to the Missouri 13-yard line before on a 4th-and-10 Jerrod Johnson was unable to connect with Ryan Tannehill.

Missouri ran out the clock to leave Kyle Field with a 30-9 Big 12 win on the road over Texas A&M.

Considering the lopsided score, statistically this game was much closer. Both Texas A&M and Missouri finished with 22 first downs. Missouri edged the Aggies in total yards, 417 to 379. Neither team had a turnover.

For Missouri, Blaine Gabbert complete 31 of 47 passes for 361 yards and 3 TDs. T.J. Moe caught 6 passes for 110 yards and 1 TD. Wes Kemp caught 10 passes for 89 yards and 2 TDs. Kendial Lawrence rushed for 44 yards and 1 TD on 11 carries.

For Texas A&M, Jerrod Johnson completed 27 of 48 passes for 322 yards and 1 TD, but suffered 9 sacks in the game. Christine Michael caught 4 passes for 94 yards and rushed for 52 yards on 14 carries. Jeff Fuller caught 5 passes for 63 yards and 1 TD.

Missouri remains undefeated with a 6-0 record, certain to move into the Top 20.

The Aggies, meanwhile lose their third game in a row, and fall to 3-3. The Aggies will now need to regroup before going on the road to face Kansas next Saturday.

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