Tigers Fight Back, Win in Overtime

The Missouri Tigers head to College Station, Texas to take on the Aggies. 23Sports’ Dan Molloy and William Joy have the coverage of Mizzou’s big victory.

Saturday, Oct. 29 –

The Missouri Tigers may have saved their bowl season with this week’s come-from-behind victory against No. 16 Texas A&M.

The Tigers bounced back from a four-turnover, 21-point home loss to No. 3 Oklahoma State to beat their first ranked team on the road since 1997.

Missouri started off right as James Franklin scrambled 20 yards for the first score on a 3rd-and-1, spinning off a defender and carrying two Aggies into the end zone. The score came after the Tigers went for it on a 4th-and-1 on the 40-yard line, an aggressive strategy that MU continued throughout the game.

However, the Aggies would come right back with a methodical 14-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by finding a wide-open Michael Lamothe in the flat. The Tigers came answered though as Franklin stayed sharp, finding an open Eric Waters. Waters avoided a would-be tackler and scampered the remaining 42 yards for the score.

The second quarter was all Aggies as they scored 21 unanswered points. Texas A&M scored on every single drive in the quarter, bringing alive the legendary 12th man. Tannehill scored three straight touchdowns (2 passing , 1 rushing) to make the score 28-14. The Tigers had a small victory as they added a 20-yard field goal by punter Trey Barrow at the end of the half to cut the deficit to 11.

Missouri’s defense came out of halftime motivated, forcing turnovers and preventing the Aggies from getting inside of the Tigers’ 40-yard line. Mizzou’s offense showed some of the missed opportunities from last week against Oklahoma State though as Henrey Josey wasted the Tigers best opportunity to score in the third quarter with a fumble in the red zone.

Missouri came back alive, however, as Randy Ponder picked off a Tannehill pass and set up an eight-yard Franklin scamper to pull the Tigers within four. After an A&M three-and-out, Mizzou looked to Henry Josey to put the Tigers back on top. Josey busted a 43-yard run on the opening play of the drive and capped the drive off with an 11-yard touchdown run.

But the Aggies drove back to tie the game with a 35-yard field goal. Missouri was left with one last shot in regulation. Franklin drove down into the 28 setting up a 45-yard field goal for Trey Barrow. Barrow missed wide right and sent the game overtime.

Mizzou had the ball first in overtime and Franklin came up big. The oft-criticized throwing ability of Franklin threw a perfect touchdown throw to Marcus Lucas on a 3rd-and-7, putting all the pressure of the Aggies.

Texas A&M ran the ball on first and second down, setting up a 3rd-and-1. Mike Sherman faked the fullback handoff and pitched to slot back Ryan Swope, who was stuffed for a 4-yard loss, forcing a 4th-and-5. The 4th down Tannehill pass was batted down, and the Tigers rushed on the field to celebrate their first win on the road this season and the first versus a ranked opponent since 1997.

The Tigers will resume action next weekend against the Baylor Bears at 6 p.m. in Waco, Texas.

– Michael Doudna
23 Sports
Staff Writer