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Jonesboro, Ark. — The 21st ranked University of Missouri Tigers Saturday defeated the Arkansas State University Red Wolves 27-20 in a highly physical game at the newly remodeled Centennial Stadium in Jonesboro.
The Red Wolves, in fact, led 17-10 at half time. The ASU defense had held the Mizzou defense back during most of the first half. However, the Mizzou offense came back in the third quarter, and the Tigers defense kept the Red Wolves from coming back in the fourth quarter.
Midway through the first quarter Mizzou managed to get a field goal.
With 12:18 left in the second quarter, a 45-yard interception by ASU was followed by a pass to the end zone. An ASU field goal and a Mizzou touchdown followed.
Then, with seconds left in the first half, a pass by ASU yielded another touchdown. Score: 17-10 ASU.
Following three and outs by both sides for most of the third quarter, a six-play 62-yard drive by the Tigers concluded with a 32-yard pass from quarterback Matty Mauk to Wesley Leftwich for a touchdown with 5:25 left in the quarter to tie the score at 17-17. Not long after that a six-play 65-yard drive concluded with a 21-yard pass to Sean Culin to make the score 24-17.
An ASU field goal early in the fourth quarter brought the score to 24-20.
A Mizzou field goal with 7:10 left in the game made the score 27-20. Following that, a sack and an interception kept the Red Wolves from scoring again. Final Score Missouri 27, ASU 20.
Missouri next plays the Connecticut Huskies at home. The Huskies defeated Villanova 20-15 last week and Saturday defeated Army 22-17. After Connecticut the Tigers travel to Kentucky to meet the Wildcats.
Arkansas State next hosts the Missouri State University Bears. The Bears last week lost 63-7 at Memphis and Saturday beat Chadron State 21-13 in Springfield.
Elsewhere this week the 18th ranked Arkansas Razorbacks lost 16-12 in an upset at Little Rock to the Toledo Rockets, and the sixth ranked Auburn Tigers, led by former ASU Head Coach Gus Malzahn, defeated the Jacksonville Gamecocks 27-20 in overtime.