Nov 30, 2013; Columbia, MO, USA; Missouri Tigers running back Henry Josey (20), who scored the game-winning 57-yard rushing TD. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA Today Sports.

No. 5 Mizzou headed to SEC Championship game

No. 5 Missouri defeated No. 21 Texas A&M 28-21 to punch a ticket to the SEC Championship game against No. 4 Auburn.  Missouri improved to 11-1 (7-1 SEC), and Texas A&M fell to 8-4 (4-4 SEC).

The Texas A&M Aggies scored first on a Tra Carson 29-yard rushing touchdown at 6:34 in the first quarter.  The first quarter would end with the Aggies up 7-0.  It was a slow start to an otherwise exciting game.

To begin the second quarter, the Missouri Tigers were forced to punt, but recovered a fumble by De’Vante Harris.  Texas A&M’s defense remained impenetrable, and forced a second consecutive three and out for the Tigers.  After the Aggies put together a decent drive, they punted the ball to Missouri’s six-yard line.  Missouri QB James Franklin marched down the field, and connected on a 38-yard TD pass to WR Dorial Green-Beckham to even the score at seven.  On the Aggies’ next possession, Johnny Manziel matched Franklin with a four play, 75-yard drive .  The drive ended on a 32-yard TD pass by Manziel to WR Derel Walker to put the Aggies ahead 14-7.  The second quarter ended after a missed field goal attempt by Missouri.

Missouri scored on its first two possessions to begin the third quarter.  During Mizzou’s first drive, Franklin connected on a 35-yard pass to WR L’Damian Washington making it first and goal at the two-yard line.  RB Marcus Murphy capped the drive with a two-yard TD run to tie the game at 14.  Missouri got the ball back after an impressive 31-yard punt return by Murphy.  Franklin then completed four of five passes including an impressive five-yard TD pass to Washington to put the Tigers ahead 21-14.

To begin the fourth quarter, Missouri punter Christian Brinser pinned A&M on their own two-yard line.  In the ensuing 98-yard TD drive, Manziel completed four of five passes, and RB Trey Williams rushed for 47 yards on three carries to bring Texas A&M to Missouri’s seven-yard line.  RB Ben Malena punched the ball into the endzone on a seven-yard rush to tie the game at 21-21.

After Texas A&M’s tremendous drive, both teams would get the ball back twice without scoring.  At 4:47, Missouri began their game-winning drive at their own 34-yard line.  The drive only lasted three plays because RB Henry Josey broke through for a 57-yard TD rush with 3:34 left in the game.  The touchdown put the Tigers ahead 28-21, and after a three and out for the Aggies, victory formation ensued.

Missouri’s top performers: QB James Franklin completed 18 of 28 for 233 yards and 2 TDs.  Franklin also rushed for 80 yards on 18 carries.  RB Henry Josey had 13 carries for 96 yards and a touchdown.  WR L’Damian Washington had six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown.  WR Dorial Green-Beckham had seven receptions for 93 yards and a tounchdown.

Texas A&M’s top performers: QB Johnny Manziel completed 24 of 35 passes for 195 yards and a TD.  RB Brandon Williams had six carries for 57 yards.  RB Trey Williams had six carries for 48 yards, and RBs Tra Carson and Ben Malena each had a rushing TD.  WR Travis Labhart had seven receptions for 81 yards.


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