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Columbia Missourian

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Tigers fight back against A&M; Texas road trip continues

By Victoria Guida
October 30, 2011 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

After trailing by 11 points at halftime, Missouri (4-4) pulled ahead and beat then-No. 16 Texas A&M (5-3) in overtime on Saturday in College Station, Texas. The Tigers beat the Aggies 38-31, giving Tiger fans renewed hope about Missouri's chances of making it to a bowl game this season.

A big win

The Missouri-Texas A&M game pitted the best rushing game in the conference against the best rushing defense in the conference. Texas A&M's defensive numbers are inflated because sacks are counted as negative rushing yardage in the NCAA instead of negative passing yardage, as it is in the NFL. And Missouri's rushing yardage is inflated by running back Henry Josey's 263-yard performance against Western Illinois.

But when the dust settled, Missouri came out victorious. After giving up four turnovers last week against Oklahoma State, quarterback James Franklin turned it around, as noted by The Associated Press, with two passing touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. This included a particularly notable run where he broke multiple tackles to make it to the end zone.

The win was Missouri's first against a ranked team on the road since 1997.

Still no announcement

After rumors circulated that Missouri would officially announce its intent to join the Southeastern Conference on Monday, no such event occurred. Earlier in the week, the SEC's website announced Missouri had joined the conference — a draft article that was accidentally posted — according to The Associated Press. For now, the wait continues.

"These are not decisions that can just be made at the press of a button," Chancellor Brady Deaton told the Kansas City Star.

Next up: Baylor

Missouri's defense will continue to face tough offensive opponents in the coming weeks. The Tigers will face the Baylor Bears (4-3) on Saturday in Waco, Texas.

Baylor faced No. 3 Oklahoma State (8-0) last week, losing 59-24. The Bears were losing 49-3 at the end of the third quarter but rallied in the fourth to score 21 points.

Missouri and Baylor last met in 2009 in Columbia, when the Bears beat the Tigers 40-32.