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Missouri clinches SEC East by topping Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and No. 5 Missouri wrapped up the SEC East on Saturday, riding a strong second half to a 28-21 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M.

Missouri faces Auburn for the title in a matchup of schools very lightly regarded before the season. Missouri made a six-win improvement from its initial SEC season; No. 4 Auburn is eight wins better than 2012.

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel was held in check for the second straight week, throwing one touchdown and rushing for 21 yards on 11 carries. He was 24 for 35 for 195 yards.

Thousands among a sellout crowd of 62,197 — nearly all clad in black — stormed the field.

Missouri had been 11-44 under Gary Pinkel when trailing at halftime. Pinkel has 101 wins in 13 seasons at Missouri, tied for Don Faurot for most in school history.

Starting from his 34, Josey carried for 4 yards and quarterback James Franklin ran for 5 yards. Josey busted free up the middle on third and 1 against an Aggies defense that came in allowing 221 rushing yards per game.

Gamecocks top Tigers

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw threw for a touchdown and rushed for another to lead South Carolina past No. 6 Clemson 31-17.

"Connor Shaw, ah man, the best quarterback in school history," Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said. "He's probably the difference-maker completely for us."

But the Gamecocks didn't get the help they needed from Texas A&M. Had Missouri lost, South Carolina, which handed the Tigers their lone loss, would have gone to the SEC title game.

Shaw is 26-5 as a starter and ended his career 17-0 at home.

The Tigers had never lost five consecutive games to their rival in a series that began in 1896 — which they still lead 65-42-4. And record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd leaves 0-for-4 against the Gamecocks.

Georgia 41, Ga. Tech 34, 2OT: Todd Gurley ran for 122 yards and three touchdowns, including two scores after regulation, and Georgia rallied after trailing by 20 in the first half. Gurley's 25-yard touchdown run in the second and final overtime gave Georgia its first lead. Hutson Mason, a fourth-year junior, threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns for the visiting Bulldogs in his first start. "We just kept fighting," said Mason, a fourth-year junior who started after senior Aaron Murray's season ended with a knee injury last week. "We came back and we just stuck together." Georgia, has won 12 of 13 in the series under coach Mark Richt, including five straight.

Vanderbilt 23, Wake 21: Carey Spear hit a 38-yard field goal with 39 seconds left for the host Commodores, who have consecutive eight-win seasons for the first time since 1927-28. Their bowl destination is unknown and Vandy seemed untroubled by that. "We are not bowl snobs," coach James Franklin said. "Wherever they tell us to go, we will be happy to go there."

Tennessee 27, Kentucky 14: Joshua Dobbs threw for two touchdowns and ran 40 yards for another as the visiting Vols broke a four-game losing streak. Kentucky finished winless in the league in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1941-42.

Missouri clinches SEC East by topping Texas A&M 11/30/13 [Last modified: Sunday, December 1, 2013 12:08am]
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