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November 20, 2012
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Missouri vs. Tennessee

Nathan Smith

      The Missouri Tigers traveled to Tennessee to take on the Volunteers. Coming off of a close game loss, Mizzou was hoping to get back on track with a big win to even their record to 5-5 and get their second conference win this season. Tennessee was also 4-5 coming into the game, and they were hoping to beat the SEC newcomer and give them a better record. With both teams needing two more wins to be eligible to compete in a bowl game, they knew that this game was crucial.

     Tennessee scored first in the game with 4:08 left in the first quarter. It was a 5-yard rush by Cordarrelle Patterson that gave the Volunteers the lead first. Missouri was hoping to answer right back with a touchdown of their own, and it did not take long. On the ensuing kickoff, Missouri return man Jimmie Hunt returned the ball 87 yards to tie the game up at seven points apiece.

     The second quarter was all Volunteers; they scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run by A.J. Johnson with just over five minutes off the clock in the quarter. With 4:10 left in the half, Mychal Rivera caught a 21-yard pass from Tyler Bray that gave the Volunteers a 14 point lead with the time running down to halftime. Missouri was looking for a big second half so that they could make a comeback and win their fifth game of the year.

     Early in the third quarter, Missouri pulled within one touchdown on a long rushing touchdown. Kendial Lawrence had a 77-yard touchdown run on the first play of their drive. A couple possessions later, Tennessee also scored a touchdown to put them back up by 14. Bray threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Alton Howard to make the score 28-14. With 4:12 left in the third quarter, Lawrence rushed for his second touchdown of the game; this touchdown was a one-yard rush to put Mizzou within seven points. Entering the last quarter, Missouri knew they needed a big quarter in order to win the game.

     It came down to the wire, and it was becoming very crazy for both teams. At 5:32, the Tiger offense got across the line of scrimmage, but was then penalized and was forced to punt. Luckily, they held the Volunteers to a three-and-out and they got the ball back with 4:53 seconds left, plenty of time for the Tigers to drive 70+ yards down field and tie the game up. On 4th and 12, Franklin threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, with only 43 seconds left. Tennessee did not score again and the Tigers forced the game into overtime.

     Tennessee elected to play defense first in overtime and the Tigers scored on a 24-yard pass from Franklin to Hunt to give them the lead, but Tennessee answered right back. Bray tied the game up with another passing touchdown; it was an 8-yard pass to Rajion Neal to force the game into a second OT with the score being 35-35.

     Because the Tigers had the ball first in the first overtime, the Volunteers would have first possession in the second. They scored a touchdown on a 5-yard run by Tyler Drummer that meant Missouri would have to get a touchdown to tie. Missouri managed to tie the game up at 42 points apiece on an amazing catch by Marcus Lucas thrown by Franklin.

     Missouri had the ball first in the third overtime. Green-Beckham caught his second touchdown pass of the game to put them up by seven, but the two-point conversion was failed. This forced the Volunteers to score a touchdown, which they managed to do. It was a 13-yard touchdown pass from Bray to Justin Hunter; they also failed to make the two-point conversion, and the game was forced into a fourth overtime.

    The Tigers held the Volunteers for the first time in overtime, and that meant that all they would need was a field goal. Andrew Baggett kicked a 35-yard field goal to win the game to give Missouri the win. After this exhausting game, Missouri has Senior Night next week against the Syracuse Orange who are also 5-5.

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