Saturday, October 16, 2010
Mizzou dominating both sides early
By David Ubben
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- No breaking news here, but teams that convert third downs will score more often than those that don't. Neither team had one in the first quarter, but Missouri converted a pair on its latest scoring drive, a 12-play, 77-yard march to take a 13-0 lead.
Kicker Grant Ressel's first extra-point attempt was blocked.
Missouri converted the first third down with a nice catch by tight end Michael Egnew --his sixth of the day -- on third-and-1.
The Tigers gave themselves another third-and-1 later in the drive and running back Kendial Lawrence ran for four yards.
Missouri has outgained the Aggies 206-102, after a 28-yard completion from Jerrod Johnson to Brandal Jackson.
Johnson scrambled for a 15-yard gain in the first quarter that served as the longest run of the day for Texas A&M. Christine Michael has carried six times for 20 yards.
The Tigers' great start is exactly what they needed to try and snatch a Big 12 road win and move to 6-0. Blaine Gabbert is 18-of-25 for 172 yards and a score.
A&M reached Missouri territory with a lengthy drive highlighted by the Jackson catch, but the Tigers forced a punt with a timely third-down sack on Johnson that moved the Aggies to 2-of-8 on third down. Johnson is 5-of-16 for 67 yards.