On Senior Day, some of Missouri's sophomores pitched in to make sure that the Tigers reached bowl eligibility for the seventh straight season. After trailing for nearly the entire game, sophomore QB James Franklin scored from 9 yards out with 2:22 remaining in the game to give the Tigers their first lead of the day. On the day, Franklin ran for 152 yards and 2 TDs on 20 carries, and completed 13 of 20 pass attempts for 172 yards and 2 more TDs through the air. One of those TD passes was completed to sophomore Marcus Lucas, who led Missouri in receiving on the day with 4 receptions for 68 yards.
"I'm just so happy for these seniors," gushed acting head coach Dave Steckel, following the win. "James Franklin, you know, I never get to watch the offense play. And, I got to watch him play a little bit today. What I saw is what I see him do in practice all of the time to my defense."
Senior TE Michael Egnew made the other TD reception. And, another senior came up big at the end, when Dominique Hamilton recorded his second pass break-up of the season, batting a Seth Doege pass attempt into the air that was intercepted inside the 5-yard line by sophomore DE Michael Sam. That squelched a Red Raider comeback attempt in the game's final seconds, and sent Missouri's senior class out victorious in their final game at Faurot Field.
Missouri rushed for 318 yards on 49 carries, an average of 6.5 yards/carry. On the day, the Tigers outgained Texas Tech 490-457 in total yardage.
Missouri erased a 27-17 deficit heading into the fourth quarter by scoring 14 points unanswered in the final stanza.
Sophomore E.J. Gaines registered 2 more pass break-ups against Texas Tech, giving him 16 PBUs on the season, which establishes a new single-season school record.
Missouri's final regular-season game is next Saturday, when the Tigers travel to Arrowhead to play Kansas.