A juke and a block provided enough real estate for T.J. Moe to turn a short pass into a 68 yard game-winning touchdown with just 51 seconds left on the clock. The play gave Missouri a 27-24 lead, which they would never relinquish, en route to a 3-0 record.
Despite being a strong favorite, a win seemed unlikely in the fourth quarter after San Diego St. running back Ronnie Hillman sprinted 93 yards for a touchdown to give the Aztecs a 21-20 lead. Back-to-back interceptions by Mizzou quarterback Blaine Gabbert didn't help the cause, but somehow, Missouri's defense came up strong and held the Aztecs to a field goal, which gave Gabbert one more chance to right the wrong of the previous two possessions. That's when the incredible happened, as T.J. Moe used a Jerrell Jackson block to take it to the house, capping off a two play, 88 yard, 31 second drive to help the resilient Tigers stay undefeated.
Hillman did all he could on this day, rushing for an astounding 228 yards and two touchdowns. If the numbers couldn't get more eerie, both teams had 440 total yards, with Mizzou having 351 of those come from the air. The Tigers avoided losing to a non-conference opponent, a feat they have held since 2005, when Hank Basket and New Mexico pulled off the win.
Mizzou switches gears next week, as they face Miami (OH) of the MAC. The Redhawks are 2-1 this season, but with the resurgent Tigers once again having home field advantage, look for Missouri to be favorites behind a rejuvenated home crowd.