No. 5 Missouri Beats No. 21 Texas A&M, Wins SEC East Title


Alex Farkas and Chris Turner bring you the highlights of No. 5 Missouri’s triumph over Johnny Manziel and No. 21 Texas A&M.

By Jacob Kornhauser, 23 Sports

Saturday, Nov. 30—

On a wild night in Columbia, Mo., the No. 5Missouri Tigers took care of business by beating No. 21 Texas A&M at home. With the big 28-21 win at Faurot Field, Missouri improved to 11-1 on the season and will play Auburn in the SEC Championship in Atlanta next Saturday.

Texas A&M struck first when Tra Carson burst through the Missouri defense and rumbled 29 yards for the opening touchdown. That opening score silenced the Missouri crowd momentarily, but the Tigers fought back.

After stalling for most of the half on offense, quarterback James Franklin dropped back to pass and delivered a beautiful strike to Dorial Green-Beckham for a game-tying 38-yard touchdown with 5:16 left in the half. The catch was Green-Beckham’s ninth touchdown of the season.

Letting the Aggies offense drive on them again, the Tigers gave up a touchdown on the following possession. This time it was Hesiman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel rolling out and hitting receiver Derel Walker for a 39-yard touchdown. The score came just 1:10 after the Tigers’ tying score and gave the Aggies a 14-7 lead.

The first half was dominated by the Aggies, who had several big plays including a couple of big runs by Brandon Williams and Trey Williams.

Missouri came out of the break firing on all cylinders offensively. Driving down the field on their first drive, the Tigers set themselves up for first and goal from the two-yard line. From there, running back Marcus Murphy punched it in for a two-yard score to tie the score at 14-14 with 12:15 remaining in the third quarter.

After stopping the Aggies, the Tigers got the ball back and picked up where they left off on the first drive of the second half. Set up on the five-yard line, Franklin found L’Damian Washington in the back corner of the end zone for a go-ahead touchdown. Initially, the play was ruled incomplete, but upon further review, officials reversed the call and ruled that Washington had control throughout the catch.

Missouri quickly got the ball back, but failed to make Texas A&M pay and was forced to give the ball back to the Aggies. Early in the fourth quarter, the Aggie running game continued to gash the Missouri defense. Texas A&M’s drive culminated in a Ben Malena 7-yard touchdown run that tied the score at 21-21.

Going back and forth for most of the fourth quarter, it was the Tigers’ ball on their own 43-yard line. As the ball was snapped, Henry Josey was handed the ball and he burst through the middle and sliced through the Aggie defense for a gigantic 57-yard touchdown run. The score put the Tigers up 28-21 and Faurot Field erupted in jubilation.

The Aggies still had a chance to tie the game as the received the ball with 3:34 left in the game. After getting stopped for a loss on first down, Texas A&M never recovered. Head coach Kevin Sumlin used a questionable timeout before punting to the Tigers with just over two minutes to play.

On second down, Franklin rolled out in an unconventional play call and floated a pass into the arms of tight end Eric Waters. Swiftly, Waters ran past the first down line and the game was all but over.

Russell Hansbrough added another first down run before the Tigers lined up in victory formation. As Missouri took a knee and time expired, the home crowd stormed the field to celebrate the team’s 11-1 season.

Missouri is now focused on the Auburn Tigers in the SEC Championship game. The game that will be played in Atlanta will be at 3 p.m.