The Missouri Tigers shocked the Texas Longhorns at home in the Zou with a 17-5 much needed victory.
The Tigers came out of the gate quickly playing an up tempo game only to fumble deep in the Longhorns end. However, Tiger QB James Franklin led the offense on two touchdown drives as he and Lawrence scored on runs, while Trey Barrow kicked a field goal, and the Tiger defense did the rest holding the vaunted Longhorn rushing game in check for the rest of the day.
There was a big loss for Missouri as star running back Henry Josey was carted off the field with a leg injury.
Franklin was 18 of 26 for 186 yards and had 33 yards rushing and 1 TD. Kendial Lawrence had his first 100 yard rushing day running for 106 yards on 18 carries and 1 TD.
Texas also lost it's starting tailback as Fozzy Whitaker left early in the game with a knee injury.
Following Missouri's 17-5 win over Texas, Coach Pinkel talked about the victory.
"At 4-5, our backs were against the wall," said Coach Pinkel. "We played a great football team, and our defense played tremendously well today."
"I was real proud of our football team," continued Coach Pinkel, as he talked about how the play of his defense changed his approach to the game, especially in the fourth quarter. "Our defense did a really good job. Our defense continued to go out there and played really, really well. When that happens, that changes how we're going to play offense. We're going to be more conservative. It's going to be a field position game, and we're going to make sure that we try to utilize as much time as we can."
With two games remaining on the schedule, Coach Pinkel hopes his team takes their play from this game and continues to win.
"There's a lot out there now," said Coach Pinkel, talking about the rest of the season. "This really is a little shining light here. It's my job as a head coach to make sure that we take advantage of this."
This is Gary Pinkel's first win over Texas to improve the Missouri record to 5-5 on the season.