COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione
knew it was risky to tell his players they were going to beat No.
He did it anyway, and the Aggies did just what they were told.
Jorvorskie Lane ran for 127 yards and a touchdown and Texas A&M
handed Missouri its first loss of the season by beating the Tigers
25-19 on Saturday.
Missouri (6-1, 2-1), which entered the day as one of nine
remaining unbeaten teams in Division I-A, were trying to go 7-0 for
the first time in 46 years.
Stephen McGee was 19-for-23 for 183 yards and a touchdown for
the Aggies. A&M beat a ranked opponent at home for the first time
in six tries under Franchione, who told his team before the game he
believed they would come out on top.
"I wanted them to know I was confident in them," Franchione
said. "You know, you can't do that week in and week out. You've
got to pick your times to convey that message when it matters the
"I just think they needed to hear that."
The Aggies (6-1, 2-1 Big 12) snapped a three-game losing streak
to Big 12 opponents at Kyle Field. It was also a validating victory
for Franchione, who was 16-19 in his first three seasons in College
"This is certainly a good win for where we're going and what
we're trying to accomplish," he said.
Chase Daniel completed 21 of 29 for 295 yards, including a
38-yard touchdown pass to Will Franklin in the second quarter, for
Missouri was allowing only 73 yards rushing per game, but the
Aggies ran for 180 and dominated time of possession, 41:30 to
"Any time you lose, it's frustrating," Daniel said. "The good
thing about it is the only guys that really matter are the 80 guys
in the locker room. They're not going to fry us up and eat us in
Freshman Michael Goodson ran for 65 yards and a TD for A&M.
The Tigers fumbled four times in the opening half and the first
one robbed them of a sure touchdown.
On the game's third play, Daniel found Franklin wide open behind
the defense, but as Franklin trotted toward the end zone, freshman
cornerback Jordan Peterson sneaked up and punched the ball loose.
It bounced out of the end zone and after a replay review, officials
gave the ball to the Aggies on a touchback.
Chad Schroeder, A&M's leading receiver and a former high school
quarterback, threw a 40-yard pass to Kerry Franks to give the
Aggies a first-and-goal. The Aggies settled for Layne Neumann's
23-yard field goal, putting the Tigers behind for the first time
Lane's 1-yard touchdown gave Texas A&M a 10-7 lead late in the
The Tigers led 14-10 when Temple fumbled with 7:19 left in the
half. McGee threw a short TD pass to fullback Chris Alexander three
minutes later to put the Aggies back in front.
Jeff Wolfert kicked a 39-yard field goal just before halftime to
make it 17-all.
A&M got the ball to start the second half, but McGee fumbled a
snap and fell on it in the end zone for a Missouri safety that made
McGee went 8-for-8 on A&M's next drive and Goodson scored on a
2-yard run. McGee dived for the 2-point conversion and the Aggies
The Tigers went three-and-out twice and had the ball for only
2:35 of the third quarter. Lane chewed up much of the time with
short, punishing runs.
Missouri drove to the A&M 4 in the fourth quarter, but the
Aggies tackled holder Brad Ekwereku on a fake field-goal try and
Safety Devin Gregg, who was credited with stopping Ekwereku,
said the Aggies recognized the Tigers' formation for the trick play
and knew it was a fake before the snap.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel defended his decision to stick with
"We thought we were in good position to go for it and it didn't
work," Pinkel said. "It's a great decision if it works. We
thought we could get it."
On the Tigers' last possession, Temple took a pitch from Daniel
on fourth down, but was stopped 1 yard shy of a first down with
3:18 to go.
A&M had lost four straight games to ranked opponents, dating to
a 36-20 win over then-No. 15 Oklahoma State in October 2004. The
Aggies' last win over a ranked opponent at Kyle Field was a 30-26
win over then-top-ranked Oklahoma in November 2002.