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No. 21 Texas A&M runs over Missouri, 35-14

No. 21 Texas A&M runs over Missouri, 35-14

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Texas A&M’s running back duo of Isaiah Spiller and Devon Achane combined for 292 rushing yards and three touchdowns to power the 21st-ranked Aggies to a 35-14 victory over Missouri on Saturday.

Spiller rushed 20 times for 168 yards and one touchdown, and Achane added 16 carries for 124 yards and two scores as Texas A&M (5-2, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) avoided a letdown after last week’s upset of Alabama.

Missouri (3-4, 0-3 SEC) has the nation’s worst run defense — allowing 287 rushing yards per game — and it offered little resistance as Spiller ripped off a 48-yard touchdown run and Achane followed with a 20-yard scoring run in the first quarter. The home crowd booed Missouri coach Eli Drinkwitz when he ran out the clock in the first half rather than aggressively trying to cut into the Aggies’ 28-7 lead.

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Zach Calzada completed thirteen of the 25 passes for 148 yard and two touchdowns. Ainias and Smith scored the touchdowns.

Missouri’s Tyler Badie rushed 22 times for 68 yards, including a 32-yard touchdown run in the second quarter in which he dragged defensive back Demani Richardson for the final 5 yards. Badie also caught seven passes for 53 yards.

Connor Bazelak was able to complete 29 out of 43 passes, gaining 230 yards. However, he was intercepted twice.

Texas A&M outgained Missouri 431 yards to 328.

THE TAKEAWAY

Texas A&M: After his star turn last week against Alabama, Calzada just needed to be steady against Missouri. Calzada was able to deliver, especially on the third quarter drive when the Tigers had reduced their deficit by 14 points. Faced with a third-and-15 situation, he held his ground and hit Smith in the middle for 21 yards. For a 35-14 advantage, the Aggies scored another touchdown.

Missouri: The Tigers’ SEC games have followed a familiar pattern, with Missouri not ready to play at kickoff. After the opening quarter, the Aggies led 21-0. Three conference games have seen the Tigers outscored by 63-10 during the quarter. Missouri’s offense leans on running back Badie, but the early deficits have forced them to rely more on a shaky passing game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

After rescuing its season and re-entering the AP Top 25 by stunning Alabama last week, Texas A&M assured itself a longer stay in the poll with a solid victory over Missouri.

Next

Texas A&M: The Aggies return home to face South Carolina next Saturday.

Missouri: Missouri Tigers are off for a week before Vanderbilt visit on Oct. 30.

FoxNews.com

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