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Posted on: October 29, 2011 4:01 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2011 4:02 pm

QUICK HITS: Missouri 38 Texas A&M 31 OT

Posted by Tom Fornelli

MISSOURI WON. We don't know how either of these two teams will fare in the SEC once they get there, but if today was any indication, at least the games these schools play against each other will be exciting. Missouri came back from an 11-point deficit at halftime -- I know! Texas A&M blowing a second half lead, crazy! -- to take a 31-28 lead late in the fourth quarter. However, Texas A&M was able to tie the game up with a field goal, and then things got really interesting.

Ryan Tannehill had the ball knocked loose while dropping back to pass in the final minute with A&M at midfield. Missouri recovered the fumble but would miss a 46-yard field goal as time expired to force overtime. In that overtime James Franklin hit Marcus Lucas for a touchdown, and A&M's ensuing possession ended with a batted pass on fourth down. In the end a huge win for Missouri.

WHY MISSOURI WON. You can't really tell by looking at the score and the 31 points that Texas A&M put up, but this win belongs to the Missouri defense. It shut the Aggies down in the second half, allowing James Franklin and the Missouri offense to get back into the game and eventually take the lead in the fourth quarter.

WHEN MISSOURI WON. It wasn't official until Ryan Tannehill's pass on 4th and 5 in overtime was tipped at the line of scrimmage and fell to the ground incomplete a few seconds later.

WHAT MISSOURI WON. This was the first signature win of Missouri's season. It was also only the second win the Tigers picked up in conference play this season, ending a losing streak. It also improves Missouri's record to 4-4 on the year, putting Gary Pinkel's team in good position to qualify for a bowl game.

WHAT TEXAS A&M LOST. The Aggies didn't have much chance of winning the Big 12 coming into today's game, but this loss wipes it out completely. Even more problematic is that now all three of A&M's losses on the season have come in games in which the Aggies began the second half with a double-digit lead. I'm not sure what happens at halftime that causes the Aggies offense to disappear at times in the third quarter, but Mike Sherman and company need to fix it.
Posted on: September 3, 2011 3:36 pm
Edited on: September 3, 2011 3:37 pm

QUICK HITS: Missouri 17 Miami (OH) 6

Posted by Tom Fornelli

MISSOURI WON. It wasn't pretty, and it was a lot closer than most Missouri fans were expecting, but the Tigers got off to a 1-0 start thanks to a 17-6 win over Miami (OH) on Saturday morning in Columbia. All eyes were on quarterback James Franklin as he made his first start, and it was an uneven performance to say the least, as Miller finished the game with 129 yards passing, 1 touchdown and an interception. He also picked up 72 yards and a score with his legs.

WHY MISSOURI WON. Missouri's offense did what it could to keep the Redhawks in the game, but the defense made sure to keep the Redhawks off the board. It wasn't a dominant performance by the Missouri defense, but we were reminded why this team only gave up 15 points a game last season. Yes, Miami had some nice drives, but when the Mizzou defense needed a stop, it made one. In fact, Miami's only points came after a Franklin interception gave the Redhawks the ball at the Missouri 14.

WHEN MISSOURI WON. When James Franklin hit Marcus Lucas for a 10-yard touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter to give Missouri a 17-6 lead, it was over. There was just no reason to believe that the Redhawks could manage 11 points in one guarter when it barely managed to get 6 through the first three.

WHAT MISSOURI WON. A game that it should have. I'm not sure how confident Missouri can be in its passing offense going into next week's game against Arizona State on the road. Franklin may have completed 65% of his passes but the overwhelming majority of his 17 completions came on screens and short passes. Any attempt more than 7 yards looked incredibly shaky and the Tigers will face a better defense next week.

WHY MIAMI (OH) LOST. The Redhawks shot themselves in the foot a few times too many. A nice drive early in the game resulted in a missed field goal, and then the team's best drive of the game ended when Zac Dysert was picked off by E.J. Gaines at the goal line. While the defense can be happy with its performance, a team like Miami just can't afford to leave that many points on the board against an opponent like Missouri.

WHAT MIAMI (OH) LOST. Not much, honestly. The Redhawks weren't expected to win this game anyway, and they might have gained some respect keeping it as close as they did.
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