The sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies made almost as many mistakes as No. 13 Missouri. The Tigers, however, paid the bigger price.
Bynum's 39-yard field goal with 1:30 to play, his third of the game, capped a game of big mistakes and rallied Texas A&M to a 17-14 victory over Missouri Saturday.
The Aggies (10-1, 7-0 Big 12) beat Missouri (7-3, 5-2) for the fifth consecutive time and extended their winning streak to 10 games, clinching at least a tie for the Big 12 South title.
"This was one of those games where the team that made the critical mistakes is the team that loses," Missouri coach Larry Smith said. "Our guys are feeling anger, severe anger."
Both sides made enough mistakes to lose the game but the Tigers made the last one, and it led to the go-ahead points for A&M.
"I knew today would be a chore for us," A&M coach R.C. Slocum said. "It's hard for a team to go without a break for 10 straight Saturdays. It just showed the character of this football team."
The Aggies now get their first open date to prepare for their Nov. 27 game against Texas. Missouri will face No. 2 Kansas State in its finale.
With the score 14-14, Missouri's Randy Potter fumbled a punt and Toya Jones recovered at the Missouri 30, setting up Bynum's kick.
Potter also allowed an A&M punt to roll to the Missouri 2. That helped the Aggies get good field position for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.
"I just messed up twice today," Potter said. "I thought I could get the first one (punt) on the bounce and I messed up. Othe other one, I just dropped the ball."
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Earlier in the fourth quarter, A&M safety Brandon Jennings inadvertently helped the Tigers tie the game. He intercepted a pass by Corby Jones but then fumbled. Missouri's Jeff Hellerstedt recovered at the A&M 27, giving the Tigers a 33-yard gain out of the play.
Facing fourth down at the Aggies 9, Jones hit Dwayne Blakley as he crossed the goal line. The extra point by Brian Long tied it 14-14 with 7:02 left in the game.
Jennings also had in interception in the third quarter that was nullified by a defensive holding penalty, but the Aggies didn't allow any points on the drive because Brian Long missed a 26-yard field goal.
The Aggies took a 14-7 lead with 13:52 left in the game on a 1-yard run by quarterback Randy McCown.
"Our defense didn't play as well as we would like, but our offense did a tremendous job," McCown said. "They pounded Missouri. You could tell at the end they were tired."
The Tigers got one more chance but couldn't pull it out. The game ended as Brad Hammerich's 56-yard field goal attempt fell short.
"That last drive, we showed we can do it," Jones said. "We just can't cap it off. I'm never surprised about our offensive line. They can blow anybody off the ball. We have a big one next week against Kansas State. We have to bounce back and get it done against them."
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