COLUMBIA, Missouri (Ticker) -- Quarterback Brad Smith rushed
for 136 yards and three touchdowns as Missouri coasted to a
45-22 Big 12 Conference victory over Texas A&M.
By beating the Aggies for just the second time in eight
meetings, Missouri (7-3, 3-3) remained alive for the Big 12
North Division title. The Tigers holds a tiebreaker edge over
Nebraska and visits Kansas State next week.
Smith committed four turnovers in last week's 21-16 loss at
Colorado but quickly bounced back as Missouri built a 16-0
advantage in the first 5:36. Smith opened the scoring with a
seven-yard scamper and added TD runs of 19 and nine yards.
Zack Abron added 141 yards for his fourth 100-yard effort of the
season. He also had a two-yard run for his 39th career
touchdown that broke the school record set by quarterback Corby
Jones from 1995-98.
The game never was close as the Tigers took a 22-6 lead into the
locker room and scored 23 points in the second half. Smith's
final TD made it 31-9 and Damien Nash added TD runs of 14 and
nine yards in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
Coming off a 77-0 loss at Oklahoma that was the worst in school
history, the Aggies (4-7, 2-5) are assured of their first losing
season since 1982. They also will complete coach Dennis
Franchione's first season by going winless on the road for the
first time since 1982.
Dustin Long replaced a struggling Reggie McNeal and completed
21-of-27 passes for 241 yards for the Aggies.