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December 19, 2012
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Missouri Tigers vs. Aggies

Nathan Smith


For their last game of the season, Missouri had to travel to Texas to face the highly ranked Aggies from Texas A&M. The Aggies are led by freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who is in the race to win the Heisman. Missouri had to win the game in order to be able to advance to a bowl game. Texas A&M was 10-1 before the game, and they were already in a bowl game; the Aggies were ranked eighth before the game.

Texas A&M scored first in the game at 12:47. It was a one-yard touchdown rush by Christine Michael to give the Aggies a quick 7-0 lead. Ben Malena added to the lead with his own touchdown rush of two yards. Before the end of the first quarter, Michael rushed for his second touchdown of the game. This one was a 38-yarder, and it put the Aggies up 21-0 with still a lot of game left to play.

Less than three minutes into the second quarter, Texas A&M continued their offensive dominance. Manziel threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope. About five minutes later, he threw another touchdown pass, this one to Mike Evans to make the score 35-0. With 3:33 left in the half, Uzoma Nwachukwu caught an eight-yard pass from Manziel to put the Aggies up by six touchdowns before the Tigers could even score. Missouri managed to score right before the half on a four-yard rush by Kendial Lawrence.

Missouri was down by 35 at halftime, and they were hoping for an amazing comeback to keep their bowl hopes alive. At 10:43 in the third quarter, Mizzou pulled three points closer on a field goal by Andrew Baggett. Manziel answered right back with a touchdown rush of 18 yards for his fourth touchdown of the game; the score was then 49-10. Texas A&M’s kicker Taylor Bertolet kicked a 50-yard field goal to add to the lead. At 2:29, L’Damien Washington caught a pass and ran to the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown pass from back-up Corbin Berkstresser. The score at the end of the third quarter was 52-16 after a missed extra point.

Berkstresser got another touchdown on a one-yard rush to make the score 52-23. Manziel got his fifth touchdown of the game on a one-yard rushing touchdown to add to his stats and hopefully help him win the Heisman. At 7:15, Berkstresser threw another touchdown pass. This touchdown was a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham; there were no more scoring plays in the game. The final score was 59-29, and the Tigers did not get enough wins to make it to a bowl.

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