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Missouri holds down Texas A&M, sets up Tiger fight in SEC Championship

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Henry Josey‘s 57-yard touchdown right up the middle of Texas A&M’s defense in the fourth quarter may as well have gone for another 678 miles to Atlanta. The No. 5 Missouri Tigers (11-1, 7-1 SEC) will play for the SEC Championship Game in their second year in the conference. Not too many people saw that coming, especially since the Tigers had a rough go in their rookie season in the new conference. After dispatching of No. 21 Texas A&M (8-4, 4-4 SEC) Saturday night in Columbia with a 28-21 victory, Missouri wrapped up the SEC East Division to keep South Carolina from sneaking in to Atlanta.

Missouri appeared to have seized control of the momentum in the game in the third quarter. A short touchdown run by Marcus Murphy finished off a 75-yard drive to tie the game at 14-14 early in the second half. The fast start was essential for Missouri after a sluggish first half against an Aggies defense that played one of their finest halves of the year. Missouri’s defense then started to lock down on Johnny Manziel and the Aggies offense, and they kept Texas A&M off the scoreboard in the third quarter. Missouri had another score in them though.

Midway through the third quarter James Franklin tossed a five-yard pass to L’Damian Washington to give the Tigers the first lead of the night, 21-14. But they could not keep Manziel and Texas A&M’s offense down for long. In the fourth quarter the Aggies drove the length of the field with a 98-yard drive ending with a seven-yard run by Ben Malena to tie the game at 21-21. But Missouri still had a big play left in them. It came on a run right up the heart of the Texas A&M defense by Josey late in the fourth quarter. A 57-yard run by Josey gave Missouri a late 28-21 lead. After that, Texas A&M’s offense was flustered trying to make a play happen that just would not develop. The Missouri defense held strong and regained possession to allow the offense to run the clock out.

Missouri will now represent the SEC East in the SEC Championship Game next weekend in Atlanta. They will face Auburn, who stunned Alabama in a fantastic finish in the Iron Bowl to clinch the SEC West. Missouri will be playing in their first conference championship game since playing in the 2008 Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma. Missouri did not play in a bowl game last season, and now they get to play for the SEC Championship. That is quite the turnaround by Gary Pinkell‘s team.

Texas A&M’s season is certainly not done. The Aggies finish in fourth place in the SEC West behind Auburn, Alabama and LSU, but still figure to receive an attractive bowl match-up. Manziel could also still receive an invite to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation, although his performance down the stretch has lacked top plays.

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18 Responses to “Missouri holds down Texas A&M, sets up Tiger fight in SEC Championship”
  1. totallysirius says: Nov 30, 2013 11:07 PM

    Johnny who?

  2. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 30, 2013 11:08 PM

    Great win for Mizzou… Hat’s off to the Tigers and Gary Pinkel for a great turnaround season. Good luck in the SEC CG.

    I thought the Aggie D played one of its better games but the offense got shut down for the second week in a row. I think the thumb injury is affecting Manziel because his accuracy has been bad the last few weeks. But credit to that Tiger D. They kept Mike Evans in check and kept Manziel from breaking any big runs. Also I think the biggest reason for their defensive success is their secondary kept all the Aggie receivers except Labhart from being productive.

    I’m wondering what bowl we’re looking forward to at 8-4… Chick Fil A or Gator is my guess.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:12 PM

    Congrats Mizz! In case anyone is wondering it’s Johnny Pigskin.

  4. keltictim says: Nov 30, 2013 11:14 PM

    What a roller coaster of emotion for a gamecock. First we put our cleats on the throat of clemson only to have that elation destroyed my Missouri. Oh well just one more reason to strongly dislike lil johnny football. God I hope he’s the second coming of Brady Quinn come draft night.

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Nov 30, 2013 11:17 PM

    Unfortunately, I think the last two weeks have cost Mike Evans the Bilitnekof as well…

  6. imaduffer says: Nov 30, 2013 11:29 PM

    A&M might want to move back to the BigXII because they sure don’t belong in the SEC.

  7. bgkytiger says: Nov 30, 2013 11:29 PM

    Does anyone notice Lou Holtz has it out for mizzou? I think he is still butt hurt about dropping a 3 td lead to us in a bowl game about 9 years ago.

  8. cubano76 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:37 PM

    Great game !

  9. Deb says: Nov 30, 2013 11:42 PM

    Nothing can ease the pain of seeing my Tide lose such a crucial Iron Bowl in such bizarre fashion. But as a Mizzou grad, I am so proud and happy for the Tigers!!!

    Now I’m anxious to see how the polls shake out tomorrow. Would love to root for Missouri in the SEC Championship. But I want an SEC team to compete in the title game. If Auburn has a chance to do that …

    Waiting on you, BCS rankings.

  10. kcrobert10 says: Nov 30, 2013 11:42 PM

    Huge win. M-i-z-z-o-u

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 1, 2013 12:34 AM

    I wouldn’t call this a rivalry game, but today has to be one of the best rivalry weekends I can remember.

    OSU v Mich was epic, UGA v GTech to OT, the Civil War was awesome, and the Iron Bowl was… well probably the best Iron Bowl ever, maybe the best rivalry game ever. God I miss A&M v UT this weekend though….

  12. greggatx says: Dec 1, 2013 2:07 AM

    8to80 your aggies ran off for what they though was greener pasture. Maybe sometime in the future we’ll see that rivalry again. Hook’em Horns!

  13. halbert53 says: Dec 1, 2013 2:52 AM

    Manziel will be in New York since he is a past Heisman winner regardless of how he does in the voting this year, which won’t be anything to write home about.

  14. thraiderskin says: Dec 1, 2013 9:47 AM

    Greggatx… pretty sure your longhorns got greedy and forced the Aggies to do what only made sense, take thier ball and leave. I’m happy the Aggies have had success, because UT is selfish and they’re getting theirs.

  15. kansas531 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:47 AM

    To iamaduffer: A&M is fine in the SEC, they were middle of the pack in the Big 12 and are middle of the pack in the SEC. At least in the SEC they can be guaranteed 3 or 4 wins against the SEC cupcakes at the bottom and are not expected to schedule any decent teams as non-conference opponents. They left the Big12 to collect more money so let them suffer. Oh, did I forget, last year the Big12 teams collected more money per team than the SEC. That is why there are Aggies jokes in Texas.

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 1, 2013 11:33 AM

    kansas,

    texas lost to Ole Miss, one of those SEC West cupcakes. When the big 12 bellwether
    program is destroyed in Austin by a “cupcake” SEC school, what do you think the rest of the Deloss boutique conference would do?

    Answer; Nothing but crickets.

    Painfully, since the Tide will not be in the National Championship game, last year was last year. Tell you what, have baylor play Alabama this year in a BCS bowl.

    Texas A&M AND Missouri are great additions to the SEC and we thank you for your
    TV markets and your high school recruits in every sport. Guess what the SEC presence will only get stronger as with A&M enlarging their stadium and LSU opening the season in Houston against Wisconsin.

    Enjoy your TEN team conference when the super conferences come pillaging.

    RTR

  17. tgaustin says: Dec 1, 2013 12:14 PM

    Amos, Amos, Amos,

    I was wondering when you were gonna come out of your double wide. Let me learn you with some facts about the great state of Texas and the city of Austin.

    You like to rip Deloss Dodds every chance you get…but why? Because he’s arguably one of the greatest AD’s in college athletics? Or is because he made the school too much $$$? Or is because he cared too much about his University? Every time you post one of your moronic posts about the Longhorn nation, we just smile and laugh. Your ignorance is so bliss that’s it’s funny.

    Another thing for you to chew on, considering you still have teeth. Do you know what Alabama’s all time record is against Texas??? You don’t, well let me help you.

    1-7-1 is Alabama vs Texas all time. How about the SEC vs Texas??? Let me help you again…Texas is 189-92-10. You still there Amos??

    And as for recruiting, you know absolutely nothing about the state of Texas and our Highschool football. Let me help you again. Every college in America recruits the great state of Texas…nothing new here…always been that way.

    So, do us all a favor and just keep your ignorant, rambling jack-ass of a mouth shut! Your stupid “Roll Turd” remarks are laughable. BTW, you catch that Auburn/Bama game last night?? Shame it had to end that way…War Eagle! Roll Turd Roll!

  18. amosalanzostagg says: Dec 1, 2013 12:47 PM

    tgaustin,

    Good to see you. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Deloss is a mere AD, nothing more. Steve Patterson is the AD now, I’m sure you read about it. It was in all the newspapers including the Austin American
    Statesman.

    As to the Auburn Alabama game, we lost. Simple, direct and to the point. Saban is human after all.

    I was able to watch the game before going to the ND/Stanford game with tyhe kids and their families. Spent Thanksgiving with the family at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay since I’m selling the home in Palo Alto for estate planning purposes. Too many memories with my late wife. I’ve kept my parents home in Alabama, it will
    always be home.

    Texas has always been recruited, like you said, always will be. Like Florida, California and Ohio.

    I continue to thank God for what he has blessed me with. I realize that the University of Texas will always be the University of Texas, doing less with more. I have also decided to have a home built in the Woodlands, that way I can be close to
    the kids and two of the grandsons who be going to college in Texas.

    Alabama will survive one loss and continue to thrive as long as Saban decides to coach there.

    Other than that, may you have only the best of the Holidays.

    RTR

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