What looked like a sure Arizona State win turned into a frantic finish as the Missouri Tigers made up a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter, capped by a touchdown on fourth and goal inside the five. Arizona State took the lead early and hung on for dear life throughout, widening the gap early in the fourth quarter on a Brock Osweiler rushing touchdown. But Missouri was far from down-and out.
What followed was 14 unanswered points to tie the game at 30 with 2:40 to go. James Franklin found L'Damian Washington for 25 yards and the score to cut the Arizona State lead to seven, then found Michael Egnew for a three-yard touchdown on fourth down.
After an Arizona State three-and-out, Missouri took over from inside its own 10-yard-line, quickly moving downfield on a long first down rush by Henry Josey. But the Tigers stalled in Sun Devil territory, setting up a game-winning field goal from 47 yards with just 17 seconds left on the clock. And, of course, Gary Pinkel called a timeout to ice his own kicker ... twice. This actually happened.
Pinkel's strategy worked to perfection as Grant Ressel missed the kick in what was a fitting way for this game to progress.
Arizona State scored first in overtime as Osweiler found Jamal Miles for the touchdown, putting Missouri on the ropes. The Sun Devils' defense held, forcing a fourth and five at the 20 as Missouri struggle to get out of neutral. And with the game on the line, Missouri was unable to come up with another big play as the pass fell incomplete.
You final score in Tempe: Arizona State 37, Missouri 30.
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