Run and Shoot: Using Maclin's Speed, Missouri leads

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Using Maclin's Speed, Missouri leads

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin showed why he's one of the top freshmen in the country by showing off his blazing speed against Texas A&M. The Tigers lead 24-9 at halftime.

After MU safety William Moore picked off A&M quarterback Stephen McGee, MU quarterback Chase Daniel found Maclin wide open on the right side of the field. MU wide receiver Will Franklin blocked the only defender Maclin needed to beat, and Maclin streaked down the sideline to score an 82-yard touchdown. It was the longest pass of Daniel's career.

For A&M to regain momentum and have any chance to come back, it will have to take the opening drive and score, going for it on fourth down if necessary.

The Aggies also need to continue to stretch the field and take shots down the field, even though McGee has one interception. That's the only way they will keep the Tigers honest and score enough points to keep up with them. They also need to stop making stupid penalties, such as false starts. They got seven for 44 yards in the first half.

If the Tigers can continue to hold the Aggies and control the clock by running the ball effectively, they should be able to hold the lead and get the victory. Except for one sack, Daniel has had plenty of time to find holes in the Aggies' pass defense and continue his Heisman Trophy campaign.

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