Missouri pulls away for 40-26 win over Aggies

For the third consecutive week, Texas A&M faced a Top 10 ranked team and for the third week the Aggies came up short. Texas A&M got within 12 yards of taking the lead early in the fourth quarter before No 6 Missouri pulled away to win 40-26. Chase Daniels passed for 353 yards and 3 TDs and Tony Temple rushed for 140 yards to lead the Tigers.

For the third consecutive week, Texas A&M faced a Top 10 ranked team and for the third week the Aggies came up short. Texas A&M got within 12 yards of taking the lead early in the fourth quarter before No 6 Missouri pulled away to win 40-26. Chase Daniels passed for 353 yards and 3 TDs and Tony Temple rushed for 140 yards to lead the Tigers.

Missouri received the opening kickoff and it took the Tigers just 5 plays to get on the scoreboard. Missouri running back Tony Temple motored 44 yards for a touchdown. The extra point by Jeff Wolfert gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead at 13:29 in first quarter.

After an Aggie punt, the next Missouri possession ended with a safety when an attempted punt was fumbled and downed in the end zone.The safety made the score 7-2 at 9:22 in the first quarter.

Chase Daniel leads
Chase Daniel passes for 353 yards and 3 TDs to lead the Tigers. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

Late in the first quarter and into the second, Missouri mounted a 17-play, 83-yard drive, consuming almost seven minutes of clock. The Tigers scored on a 5-yard pass from Chase Daniel to Chase Coffman. Wolfert's extra point extended the Tiger lead to 14-2 at 11:24 in the second quarter.

On the ensuing Aggie possession, Stephen McGee connected with Kerry Franks for a 60-yard pass completion. McGee then tossed a 6-yard touchdown pass to tight end Martellus Bennett. The extra point by Matt Szymanki cut the Tiger lead to 14-9 at 9:53 in the second quarter.

After an exchange of punts, Missouri drove to the Aggie 14-yard line before having to settle for a 32-yard Jeff Wolfert field goal to give the Tigers a 17-9 lead at with 3:31 left in the first half.

The next Aggie drive ended when a long pass attempt by Stephen McGee intended for Kerry Franks was intercepted by Tiger defensive back William Moore at the Missouri 17-yard line. It took Missouri just two plays to score when Chase Daniel connected with Jeremy Maclin for an 82-yard touchdown. Wolfert's extra point gave Missouri a 24-9 halftime lead.

Texas A&M took the opening kickoff of the second half and drove 75 yards in 6 plays, with Jorvorskie Lane scoring on a 2-yard run. Szymanki's extra point reduced the Tiger lead to 24-16 at 12:35 in the third quarter.

The Aggies came up with a turnover when safety Alton Dixon sacked Tiger quarterback Chase Daniel, forcing a fumble, and Dixon recovered the fumble at the Aggie 43-yard line. The Aggies drove to the Missouri 2-yard line before having to settle for a 22-yard Szymanski field goal to pull within five of the Tigers 24-19 at 3:39 in the third quarter.

After A&M forced a Missouri punt, the Aggies drove to within 12 yards of taking the lead, but the drive stalled and Matt Szymanski missed a 36-yard field goal attempt. Missouri took over and drove 80 yards in 8 plays, with Jimmy Jackson scoring on a 6-yard run, and the Tigers opened up a 31-19 lead with nine minutes left in the game.

The Aggies responded quickly, scoring on a 42-yard pass completion from Stephen McGee to Martellus Bennett. Szymanki's extra point again reduced the Tiger lead to five, 31-26, with 7:56 left in the game.

Stephen McGee gives his all
Stephen McGee passed for 247 yards to keep the Ags in the game, but this safety in the fourth quarter ended Aggie hopes. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

This was as close the the Aggies would come as Missouri drove 80 yards in 11 plays and Chase Daniel tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin, putting the game out of reach 38-26 at 3:41 in the fourth quarter. On the ensuing Aggie possession, Stephen McGee was sacked in the end zone for a safety to give the Tigers a 40-26 lead. Missouri ran out the clock to claim the win.

For the game, Missouri led Texas A&M in total yards, 555 to 380, and in first downs, 32 to 17.

For Missouri, Chase Daniel completed 27 of 35 passes for 353 yards and 3 TDs. Jeremy Maclin caught 5 passes for 146 yards and 2 TDs. Nine other players had receptions for the Tigers. Tony Temple rushed for 140 yards and 1 TD on 22 carries.

For Texas A&M, Stephen McGee completed 18 of 28 passes for 247 yards and 2 TDs with one interceptuion and rushed for 251 yards 12 carries. Martellus Bennett caught 4 passes for 63 yards and 2 TDs. Mike Goodson rushed for 58 yards on 15 carries and caught 5 passes for 67 yards. Jorvorskie Lane rushed for 50 yards and 1 TD on 12 carries.

Missouri (8-1, 4-1) will now play for the Big 12 North title when they play No 4 Kansas next Saturday..

After facing Top 10 opponents for the last three weeks, Texas A&M (6-4, 3-4) finally gets and open week as they prepare to host Texas in the annual day-after-Thanksgiving rivalry.

Watch for indepth Aggie Websider analysis of the Missouri game and previews of the Texas game.

 



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