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TOP 10 SPORTS MOMENTS OF 2013: No. 1 – Missouri football beats Texas A&M, wins SEC East

By Matthew Fairburn
December 31, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST
After beating Texas A&M on Nov. 30, Missouri offensive lineman Evan Boehm celebrates.

COLUMBIA — The stage was set for Missouri's regular season finale against Texas A&M.

The Tigers would welcome reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel to Memorial Stadium. A win for Missouri would ensure a trip to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference Championship and give the Tigers a chance to win their first conference championship since 1969.

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The sellout home crowd was dressed in black. The game was broadcast on ESPN. Some were calling it the biggest game played on Faurot Field in half a century.

It lived up to the billing. Missouri frustrated Manziel throughout the night. He was held to under 200 yards passing and was responsible for a lone touchdown. Still, Missouri found itself tied 21-21 late in the fourth quarter.

That's when Henry Josey found an opening. The running back who had undergone 17 months of rehab to recover from a knee injury looked like the same old Henry Josey. He sprinted 57 yards for a touchdown that sent the crowd into hysteria.

After once more stopping Manziel, Missouri claimed a 28-21 victory over the Aggies. Fans stormed the field.

Missouri was SEC East champion a year after going 5-7. And, Gary Pinkel had win No. 101, which tied him with Don Faurot atop Missouri's all-time wins list.

"We’ll always be the first Mizzou team to win an SEC East Championship no matter how you slice it," senior wide receiver L'Damian Washington said. "That’s sweet. In your life, you always want to go down in history. No matter what, you want to be a part of history. When it happens, it’s sweet."