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Missouri Tigers 21, Arkansas Razorbacks 14: Maty Mauk Heats Up in the Fourth, Missouri Wins SEC East

The Tigers capped off a game-tying drive with a remarkable two-point conversion call by Coach Gary Pinkel and were on their way to the SEC Championship Game for the second straight year.

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By the fourth quarter of this game, Arkansas hadn't allowed a touchdown in 11 quarters. That ended quickly, though, as Missouri's Maty Mauk mounted a charge from his 2-yard line that went 10 plays and featured a 44-yard bomb to Jimmie Hunt. The Tigers capped that off with a remarkable two-point conversion call by Coach Gary Pinkel and were on their way to the SEC Championship for the second straight year.

This game had huge implications for the SEC East title race that had seemed impossible to give away over the last few weeks. A Missouri win and they would be in, while a loss would propel the Georgia Bulldogs to the Georgia Dome to compete for the SEC title. Fortunately for those in Missouri, the former happened, as the Tigers scored a flurry of points in the fourth and were able to hold off Arkansas down the stretch.

Coming into the game, Arkansas had run through the SEC gauntlet of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU, winning the latter of those two games. Regarded as arguably the hottest team in the country as they waltzed into Columbia to face the Tigers, the Razorbacks stood up to that hype.

Bret Bielema's team opened the game with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Williams after Missouri opened with a three-and-out, and the then-hot Brandon Allen continued his early success, finding Keon Hatcher for a 12-yarder in the second quarter to extend Arkansas' lead to 14-3.

With 2:08 left in the first half, Missouri advanced the ball swiftly, as Maty Mauk kept the drive alive on a 13-yard scramble and the Tigers closed out the half with a 50-yard field goal.

In the 2nd half, Allen's injured back seemed to digress each and every possession. Mauk, on the other hand, continued to throw darts to his receivers.

Going uptempo to open the send half, Missouri drove 73 yards on 16 plays but a field goal attempt to shrink the lead was blocked by the Hogs. And then, after committing another turnover in the third, Missouri found themselves at the aforementioned 2-yard line in hopes to make it to the Georgia Dome. After scoring on that drive, and another possession later in the fourth quarter, they did.