Another star born for Missouri

September, 4, 2010
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Missouri's offense struggled for the first half, scoring just three points, but T.J. Moe was one of the bright spots, catching four passes for 37 yards.

The sophomore, who had two catches all last season, has added nine more catches -- including his first career touchdown -- in the second half as Missouri has taken a 17-13 lead with a pair of touchdown passes by Blaine Gabbert.

Word out of camp was Moe had become one of Gabbert's top targets for all of preseason camp. His debut couldn't have done more to prove that.

Michael Egnew caught his eighth pass of the game for the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter. But Moe set up the score after turning a short pass into a 26-yard gain inside the Illini 15.

Moe has 13 receptions for 97 yards.

Three years ago, in the 2007 version of this game, Jeremy Maclin burst on the scene with two touchdowns, one from Chase Daniel and another on a punt return that showcased his speed.

A star was born that day. Last year was Gabbert's turn to introduce himself to Missouri fans, engineering a 37-9 win.

Based on Moe's performance, the Tigers have found another star.

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