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Bacher found Rasheed Ward for a 46-yard touchdown pass on the first drive of the second half. Villarreal's extra point bounced off the right upright to leave the score at 16-10 Northwestern.
Maclin, who leads the NCAA in all-purpose yards, tied it 10-all with his 75-yard punt return for a touchdown just before halftime. He bolted through the first wave of defenders before getting a good block and zooming past punter Stefan Demos, who had an angle on him but tripped.
It was the first punt return TD this season for Maclin.
Things started rough for Daniel when his pass was tipped and intercepted by Brian Peters on Missouri's first drive. Northwestern took advantage of that mistake when Bacher found a wide-open Eric Peterman streaking down the middle of the field for a 35-yard touchdown to put the Wildcats up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
Northwestern got a 21-yard field goal by Villarreal to make it 10-3 in the second.
Daniel's second interception came on an ill-advised throw under heavy pressure from David Arnold in the second quarter. Defensive end Corey Wootton, 6-foot-7, made a diving grab just before the ball would have hit the turf.
Northwestern came away empty, though, when Villarreal's 47-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left.
Wootton, who also had a sack, appeared to injure his right leg with about four minutes remaining and did not return.
Missouri's first points came on a 31-yard field goal by Wolfert early in the second quarter.
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