San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Chase Daniel overcame a poor individual effort and a missed game-winning field goal on the last play of regulation to hit Jeremy Maclin for a seven-yard score on the first possession of overtime, lifting the Missouri Tigers over Northwestern, 30-23, in the Alamo Bowl.
Jeff Wolfert hit a 44-yard field goal attempt wide right that would have given Missouri (10-4) the win as time expired in regulation. Maclin started the overtime with an 11-yard run around the right side. Three plays later, he hauled in the pass from Daniel despite bobbling it briefly, and the Tigers had a 30-23 advantage after the extra point.
Northwestern (9-4) had its shot at the end zone, but the Missouri defense, which was gashed for 304 passing yards, came up with the big play when it was needed most. Sean Weatherspoon, who finished with 18 tackles, came up with a sack and jarred the ball loose from quarterback C.J. Bacher on 3rd-and-9 from the eight-yard-line. The fumble forced a fourth-down play from the 31, and Bacher threw one up for grabs in the end zone on the game's final play, resulting in a game-ending interception.
Daniel was picked off three times and looked confused on several errant throws en route to a 200-yard, two-touchdown performance, completing 27-of-44 passes.
Maclin and Danario Alexander caught a TD pass each, while Maclin also helped brighten an otherwise disappointing first half. He returned a punt 75 yards for a score with a minute left before the intermission, tying the game at 10-10. Wolfert finished 3-of-4 on field goal attempts for Missouri.
Bacher finished 27-of-43 for 304 yards with three TD passes and a pick for Northwestern, which was seeking its first bowl game victory since 1949 after finishing fourth in the Big Ten with a 5-3 mark.
Eric Peterman, Rasheed Ward and Ross Lane caught the touchdowns for the Wildcats, while Tyrell Sutton ran for 114 yards on 29 carries in the loss.