Following the Missouri Tigers 38-31 OT win that saw them come back from a 28-17 halftime deficit, Mizzou now prepares for another trip back to Texas to face the Baylor Bears. Missouri (4-4 overall, 2-3 in Big 12 Conference play) continues a stretch of four straight games against teams the state of Texas, and Saturday’s game is the back end of the road trip, against the Bears (4-3, 1-3).
The Tigers ran for 284 yards against an Aggie defense which came into the game ranked 5th nationally against the run, allowing just 79.86 yards per game on the ground. The Big 12’s leading rusher, sophomore TB Henry Josey, finished with 162 yards on just 20 carries while QB James Franklin had 97 yards and 2 rushing scores of his own to go with 2 more TDs in the air and 198 passing yards.
Mizzou’s defense was touched for 28 1st-half points by A&M, but only allowed one field goal after halftime. This week they made not have the opportunity to come back if they leave the Bears with those opportunities.
Baylor is one of the most dangerous offensive teams in the nation, led by the trio of skill position players in QB Robert Griffin III, WR Kendall Wright and RB Terrance Ganaway, the Bears enter Saturday’s game as the nation’s 3rd-ranked offense, averaging 560.00 yards per game. Despite a 59-24 loss at Oklahoma State last Saturday, the Bears still piled up 622 yards of total offense, but mistakes haunted them all game.
Each of Baylor’s first eight possessions in the game ended in Oklahoma State territory, yet they still trailed 49-3 because of three lost fumbles (including one at the OSU 1-yardline), two interceptions (including one at the OSU 5-yardline) and two which ended on downs (including one on the OSU 1-yardline). The Bears ended the game by scoring TDs on its final three possessions.
Kickoff for the game is set for 6 p.m. (central time) in Waco, Texas, with the game being televised on FOX Sports Net.