Missouri's running game pulls them back into the game

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Just when it looked like Texas could pack this one away, the Missouri running game has pushed the Tigers back in the game.

The Tigers' offensive line started exerting some push at the start of the second quarter. And the running between the tackles of Derrick Washington and freshman Kendial Lawrence were the biggest reason for the Tigers' 81-yard TD drive.

Missouri gashed Texas for 53 of those yards on a scoring drive capped by an 11-yard TD pass from Blaine Gabbert to Wes Kemp that sliced Texas' lead to 21-7 late in the second quarter.

But the biggest reason was the running game against Texas' biggest defensive strength. The Longhorns lead the nation allowing 35.8 rushing yards per game.

Missouri got more than that on the ground on the last drive, mashing them back in the game.