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Missouri 34, Texas A&M 27: 3 things we learned from Mizzou's big road win

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers still in control of the SEC East

Somehow, someway, the Missouri Tigers still lead the SEC East Division and with two games remaining (at Tennessee, vs. Arkansas) they still can weave their way back to Atlanta for the 2014 SEC Championship Game. This despite the deplorable efforts versus Georgia and Indiana earlier in the season. The Bulldogs completed their SEC schedule with a sound beating of the Auburn Tigers -- last year's SEC Champions -- so they will have to play the waiting game. As our own Brandon Larrabee points out, this is deja vu of last year.

Russell Hansbrough is still really good

The Missouri Tigers rushing attack was supposed to be as fearsome as it was a year ago. And as it's turned out, that's been exactly the case. And they're led by Russell Hansbrough, who had yet another terrific performance against the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday night. With a packed house watching, Hansbrough scampered for 199 yards on 20 carries, which would net him an average of almost 10.0 yards every time he touched the ball. A&M had no answer for him all night, and contributed two late touchdowns to put Mizzou ahead for good.

Maty Mauk, still a work in progress, is on the up and up

Although he hasn't faired well in previous outings, Maty Mauk followed up what was a good performance against Kentucky two weeks ago with another good one on Saturday night in College Station. Mauk completed 23-of-40 attempted passes, and was dynamite on his short throws and intermediate throws as well. Though his yards per attempt was just 6.3, and although he did throw an interception, Mauk was still good enough for Missouri to keep the lead intact late. Should he continue to trend upward, good things will be in Mizzou's future.