(Monday, December 29th)
Final Score: (25) Missouri 30, (22) Northwestern 23 (OT)
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel overcame a poor individual effort and a missed game-winning field goal on the last play of regulation to hit Jeremy Maclin for a seven-yard score on the first possession of overtime, lifting 25th-ranked Missouri over No. 22 Northwestern, 30-23, in the Alamo Bowl.
Jeff Wolfert missed a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right that would have given Missouri (10-4) the win as time expired in regulation. Maclin started the overtime with an 11-yard run around the right side. Three plays later, he hauled in the pass from Daniel despite bobbling it briefly, and the Tigers had a 30-23 advantage after the extra point.
Northwestern (9-4) had its shot at the end zone, but the Missouri defense, which was gashed for 304 passing yards, came up with the big play when it was needed most. Sean Weatherspoon, who finished with 12 1/2 tackles, combined with William Moore to come up with a sack that jarred the ball loose from quarterback C.J. Bacher on 3rd-and-9 from the eight-yard line. The fumble forced a fourth-down play from the 31, and Bacher threw one up for grabs in the end zone on the game's final play, resulting in a game-ending interception.
Daniel was picked off three times and looked confused on several errant throws en route to a 200-yard, two-touchdown performance, completing 27-of-44 passes.
Maclin and Danario Alexander caught a TD pass each, while Maclin also helped brighten an otherwise disappointing first half. He returned a punt 75 yards for a score with a minute left before the intermission, tying the game at 10-10. Wolfert finished 3-of-4 on field goal attempts for Missouri.
Missouri was appearing in a bowl game for the fourth straight year and was expected to contend for a national title this season. Back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and Texas, though, put an end to that talk -- and a later loss against Kansas to close out the regular season quashed any chances of a BCS bowl. They did earn a spot in the Big 12 title game by winning the rather weak North Division, but a meeting with powerhouse Oklahoma resulted in a 62-21 beating.
Bacher finished 27-of-43 for 304 yards with three TD passes and a pick for Northwestern, which was seeking its first bowl game victory since 1949 after finishing fourth in the Big Ten with a 5-3 mark.
Eric Peterman, Rasheed Ward and Ross Lane caught the touchdowns for the Wildcats, while Tyrell Sutton ran for 114 yards on 29 carries in the loss.
Daniel was intercepted off a tipped ball on the game's first series and the Wildcats capitalized in six plays with Bacher hitting Peterman in stride on a go-route for a 35-yard TD 5 1/2 minutes into the contest.
Wolfert split the uprights from 31 yards for a 7-3 game 11 seconds into the second quarter and Amado Villarreal countered with a 21-yard boot later in the quarter.
Maclin was able to give the Tigers a boost before halftime, though, returning a punt 75 yards after finding a seam up the middle of the field to tie the game at 10.
Northwestern opened the second half with a scoring drive after Bacher aired it out down the right sideline to a streaking Ward for a 46-yard TD and a 16-10 lead following a missed extra point that would later prove fatal.
The Missouri offense finally got on track for a 12-play drive, taking the ensuing possession 63 yards for a score. Daniel found Alexander over the middle for an 11-yard TD that capped the trek and gave the Tigers a 17-16 lead with just under five minutes left in the third.
The momentum seemed to be swinging in the Tigers' direction as Brock Christopher stepped in front of a Bacher pass and took it back to the Wildcat 30 -- allowing Wolfert to kick a 43-yard field goal.
However, Daniel tossed a pick of his own deep in Tigers' territory and the Wildcats needed just three plays to score as Bacher hit Lane for a 23-yard TD at the back edge of the end zone to regain the lead, 23-20, with 31 seconds left in the frame.
Neither team could get anything going in the fourth until a 37-yard Wolfert field goal evened things up at 23 with 2:49 left in regulation. The Missouri defense forced a quick three-and-out and Daniel was able to move the offense 40 yards in 1:32 but Wolfert pushed the potential game-winner out to the right as time expired.
Missouri and Northwestern had split their eight previous meetings, the most recent of which took place in 1987...Missouri's Chase Coffman led the receiving corps with seven grabs for 67 yards...Maclin also finished with seven catches but for 39 yards and ran for 43 more on five carries...Ward led all receivers with 101 yards on seven catches while Peterman also made seven grabs but for 83 yards...Lane finished with five receptions for 77 yards...Northwestern had just 72 net yards rushing to Missouri's 111...Daniel ran for 29 yards while Derrick Washington led the way with 44 yards on 15 carries...The Wildcats won the time of possession battle 35:20-24:40.
12/30 02:42:08 ET