Struggling Aggies mauled by Tigers

Tigers quarterback Brad Smith and the potent Missouri offense proved too much to handle for a struggling Texas A&M team, as the Aggies were defeated 45-22 on a cold day in Columbia, MO.

Texas A&M (4-7, 2-5 Big 12) made things interesting in the second half when junior Dustin Long entered the game at quarterback in place of sophomore starter Reggie McNeal, who finished the day with 79 yards through the air and 44 rushing yards. But the young Aggies were unable to overcome a quick start by the Tigers. Missouri (7-3, 3-3 Big 12) lead 16-0 by the end of the first quarter.

Texas A&M head coach Dennis Franchione lifted McNeal after halftime and replaced him with Long for the final two quarters of the game. The change ignited the Aggie offense, but in the end it was not enough to counter Missouri's strong offense. Long passed for an impressive 242 yards on the day, despite playing only two quarters.

Missouri's quick-footed Smith led the Missouri charge, rushing for 135 yards and averaging 8.4 yards per carry. Smith provided a balanced attack, passing for an additional 85 yards. Zack Abron racked up 140 yards on the ground for Missouri, leading the way on the ground.

Texas A&M's Terrence Murphy had 8 receptions for 154 yards. Sophomore kicker Todd Pegram went 3-for-3 on field goals, a 42-yarder his longest of the day.

Long put forth a strong effort, showing some unexpected glitz during the fourth quarter on a pitch to A-back Jason Carter. The former quarterback then launched a solid pass downfield to receiver Terrence Murphy for a 44-yard gain.

A&M faces arch-rival University of Texas for the final game of the season on November 28 in College Station.


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