September 16, 2006

Temple bounces back in big way

ALBUQUERQUE, NM--For the better part of three quarters, the Missouri offense had been bottled up by the New Mexico Lobos. Mizzou squandered three consecutive Lobo turnovers and was clinging to a 13-7 lead in the third quarter.

Finally, the Tigers seemed ready to break through as Tony Temple spearheaded a drive deep in New Mexico territory. On third and three from the Lobo 11, Chase Daniel handed the ball off to Temple for the third time in four plays. Temple burst forward for the first down and then watched helplessly as the ball flew forward into the end zone. New Mexico recovered and stayed within a score at 13-7.

"You've just got to flush it," Temple said after the game. "When bad things happen, you've got to flush it and you've got to move on."

Fortunately for the Tigers, Temple was able to do just that. After the Lobos closed to within a field goal at 13-10, Missouri got the ball back with just a few second remaining in the fourth quarter. After a pass to Chase Coffman for nine yards, Temple ran twice for 21 yards. Those carries kick started a drive on which Missouri would take a 20-10 lead and the Lobos never got within a single score again.

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