Recap: Texas A&M vs. Missouri
College Station, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Russell Hansbrough rushed for a career-high 199 yards and two touchdowns, as the Missouri Tigers used a third-quarter surge to take down the Texas A&M Aggies, 34-27, in an SEC clash at Kyle Field.
Hansbrough did his damage on 20 carries for Missouri (8-2, 5-1 SEC), which continues to control its own destiny in the SEC Eastern Division. Maty Mauk completed 23-of-40 passes for 252 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Marcus Murphy tallied 113 all-purpose yards. Jimmie Hunt (five receptions, 85 yards), Bud Sasser (six receptions, 83 yards) and Darius White (six receptions, 55 yards, TD) were also impressive out wide.
For Texas A&M (7-4, 3-4), Kyle Allen threw for 237 yards on 24-of-35 passing with three touchdowns and an interception. Josh Reynolds was Allen's primary target, hauling in five passes for 125 yards and two scores.
The teams exchanged field goals in the first half, with Andrew Baggett kicking a 38-yarder for Missouri and Josh Lambo knocking through a 40-yarder for Texas A&M.
The Aggies took their first lead of the game at the 9:40 mark of the second quarter when Allen hooked up with Reynolds on a 24-yard touchdown.
Baggett converted a 35-yard field goal five minutes later to make it 10-6.
With Missouri driving in Texas A&M territory late in the second quarter, Mauk was intercepted by Armani Watts, who returned it near midfield. Five plays later Lambo added a 31-yard field goal as time expired in the half to give the Aggies a seven-point lead, 13-6.
The Tigers opened the second half on an eight-play, 77-yard drive, culminating in a game-tying 16-yard touchdown pass from Mauk to White.
The Aggies answered just over a minute later, as Allen hooked up with Reynolds on another scoring strike, this time from 56 yards away.
Missouri took control of the game by scoring a trio of touchdowns to close out the third quarter. Hansbrough ripped off a pair of long touchdown runs - one from 49 yards out the other a 45-yarder. At the tail end of the frame Ish Witter scored on a 16-yard run, as the visitors took a 34-20 lead.
Texas A&M made it a one-possession game early in the fourth quarter when Allen connected with Malcome Kennedy on a 4-yard touchdown pass.
With the Aggies knocking on the door of the Tigers' end zone inside of three minutes to play, the Missouri defense forced a turnover on downs, as the Aggies failed on 3rd- and 4th-and-1 from the Missouri 2-yard line.
The Tigers ran out the clock from there, converting a crucial 3rd-and-1 to prevent giving the ball back to the Aggies.
Missouri beat the Aggies at their own game, outgaining one of the nation's most potent offenses, 587-341.Game Notes