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Final: Missouri 40, Texas A&M 26

Saturday, November 10, 2007 | 12:28 p.m. CST; updated 10:58 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

At the start of the fourth quarter, A&M squandered a scoring chance after a time-consuming drive. A&M kicker Matt Szymanski missed a 36-yard field goal.

The Tigers responded with an eight-play, 81-yard drive. A&M safety Alton Dixon helped out MU by getting a 15-yard personal foul penalty and getting ejected from the game. Tailback Jimmy Jackson scored a 6-yard touchdown.

But the Aggies hung around. On a key third-and-6 conversion, A&M quarterback Stephen McGee found tight end Martellus Bennett across the middle. Bennett then spun out of safety Del Howard's tackle and ran 42 yards for a touchdown.

On the ensuing drive, the Tigers secured the victory. They finished off the Aggies on an 11-play, 82-yard drive and then defensive tackle Lorenzo Williams sacked McGee in the end zone for a safety.

MU recovered A&M's onside kick and then ran out the clock.

Third quarter: Missouri 24, Texas A&M 19

After dominating the third quarter, Texas A&M is back in the game. They trail 24-19.

The Aggies took the opening kickoff and scored. The Tigers got unlucky when a deflected pass was tipped directly to A&M running back Mike Goodson, who ran 43 yards into the red zone. Four plays later, A&M running back Jorvorskie Lane ran it in for a touchdown from 2 yards.

On the ensuing drive, A&M strong safety Alton Dixon forced a fumble, hitting quarterback Chase Daniel on a blitz and recovering it himself. The call was upheld after a challenge.

The Aggies drove to MU's 3-yard line, but linebacker Sean Weatherspoon brought down Goodson for a 5-yard loss, forcing a 22-yard field goal.

MU stalled on its next drive. The crowd booed after it looked like an A&M defender was interfering with wide receiver Danario Alexander on a long pass. But no flag was thrown, and the Aggies got the ball back.

Halftime: Missouri 24, Texas A&M 9

With another play from speedy Jeremy Maclin, Missouri leads Texas A&M 24-9 at halftime.

At the start of the second quarter, tailback Tony Temple looked like the right ankle he sprained against Nebraska is fully healed. He demonstrated his speed on a 19-yard swing pass and his agility on a 5-yard run where it seemed three defenders would drag him down in the backfield. Chase Coffman capped off the Tigers' longest drive of the season (17 plays, 87 yards) with a 5-yard touchdown pass.

The Aggies answered by stretching MU's defense. A 60-yard pass from quarterback Stephen McGee to Kerry Franks set up a 6-yard touchdown to tight end Martellus Bennett.

After MU kicker Jeff Wolfert made a 32-yard field goal, safety William Moore intercepted McGee on a long pass attempted after a fake end-around. Two plays later, quarterback Chase Daniel found Maclin, who was wide open on the right side. With a block from receiver Will Franklin, Maclin streaked down the sideline to score an 82-yard touchdown. It was the longest throw of Daniel's career.

First quarter: Missouri 7, Texas A&M 2

After striking early, sloppy play kept Missouri from building on its lead against Texas A&M.

The high-powered MU offense needed only five plays to take a 7-0 lead, scoring on tailback Tony Temple's 44-yard dash off tackle. It was the Tigers' longest run of the season.

After both teams were stopped, special teams cost the Tigers again, after they got a punt blocked against Colorado last week. Long snapper Steven Blair made a errant snap, and punter Adam Crossett ran the ball down in the end zone and knocked it out for a safety.

Other mistakes cost the Tigers. Safety William Moore dropped a potential interception, but otherwise, they kept the Aggies' rushing attack in check.


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