Football seizes 34-27 victory in College Station

Nick Yahl and Nick Jordan brings you the highlights from College Station in Missouri football’s thrilling victory over Texas A&M.

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By Jacob Seus, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 15-

Saturday night the Tigers traveled into College Station to steal a victory from the No. 24 ranked Texas A&M Aggies. The win puts them one step closer in their path to return to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game.

The Aggies were coming off an upset against the Auburn Tigers, who were ranked No. 4 at the time, and had a whirlwind of momentum going into Saturday’s contest.

The night couldn’t have started better for Mizzou. The Tigers quickly stopped the A&M offense to start the game and Maty Mauk and company got to work. Mauk drove the Tigers to the 50 and two defensive pass interference calls put the offense in the red zone. Mizzou suffered false start penalties and settled for a 38-yard field goal as the rain began to come down.

Texas A&M came right back though, returning the ensuing kickoff to the Mizzou 30. The Tiger defense stood tall earning a three-and-out, but the Aggies tied the game with a 40-yard field goal.

The Tiger defense looked great in the first half, especially thanks to the play of RS senior Markus Golden. After an Aggies three and out, things were looking good for Mizzou until the Tigers committed a crucial penalty when they got caught roughing the kicker, giving A&M a first down in Mizzou territory. Two plays later Josh Reynolds caught a touchdown pass from Kyle Allen to put the Aggies up 10-3.

Mizzou looked to answer and after driving deep into Aggie territory, an offensive pass interference call on Bud Sasser in the end zone sent Mizzou back to the 15 yard line. The Tigers settled for another field goal and trailed 10-6 with 4:30 remaining in second quarter.

The two teams went back and forth to finish the half and Mizzou’s defense was playing toe to toe with the Aggies. With less than two minutes to go in the half, Mauk looked to give Mizzou the lead, but instead threw an interception deep in Aggie territory.

In response, Mizzou’s defense forced the Aggies to fourth down. However, Allen threw a great pass down to Mizzou’s 20-yard line with seven seconds left in the half. This produce a field goal and put A&M up 13-6 at the break.

The Tiger offense looked motivated as they started the second half. A long drive resulted in a touchdown pass from Mauk to Darius White. A&M came right back on the next drive with another Reynolds touchdown, this one for 56 yards. The Tigers would answer yet again with Russell Hansborough running for a 49-yard touchdown to even the score once again at 20.

The first three possessions of the second half all resulted in touchdowns for both sides. Mizzou defense broke that streak when it stopped the Aggie offense. Following that, Mizzou had a drive to remember when Mauk eluded several Aggie defenders to get a pass off to White, who managed a remarkable one-handed catch to keep the drive going.

Three plays later, it was Hansborough once again breaking multiple tackles to run 45 yards to give Mizzou its second lead of the game and his second touchdown of the evening.

Mizzou would take a two-touchdown lead when true freshman Ish Whitter scored for the first time this season. The Tigers took advantage of a tired and hurting A&M defense with their run game—outrunning the Aggies 135 to 104 yards. Mizzou took a 34-20 lead into the fourth after finishing the quarter with three unanswered touchdowns.

The high-powered second half would continue right off the bat in the fourth quarter. Texas A&M drove, and a pass interference call led them to the red zone. Allen completed a touchdown pass to Malcome Kennedy to cut the deficit in half. A game, which appeared to be controlled by the Tigers, was now a one-possession game with over ten minutes to play.

The Aggies came up with a huge stop when they were finally able to control the Tiger run game, holding Mizzou to a field goal attempt. The 50-yard try from Andrew Baggett banged off the right upright giving Texas A&M the ball back with under five to play. Allen and the Aggie offense drove right down on the Tigers.

Mizzou’s defense refused to let up though, stopping the Aggies three straight times inside the red zone. When Texas A&M faced a huge fourth and one on the three yard line, the Tigers stopped the pass and got the turnover.

Missouri pushed for a few more first downs to finish off the victory. The Tigers defeated Texas A&M 34-27. This was Mizzou’s second victory against a ranked opponent this season.

Hansborough ran for two touchdowns and 199 yards total, averaging almost ten yards a carry. The Tigers will stay on the road when they take on the Tennessee Volunteers next Saturday in Knoxville as they continue their quest back to Atlanta.