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From the University of Missouri

TIGERS TAME LONGHORNS, CLAIM 17-5 WIN

Mizzou is coming off a resounding 17-5 win over #21 Texas last Saturday in Columbia. The Tiger defense suffocated the Longhorns – who entered the game as the Big 12's leading rushing unit – and held them to just 76 yards on the ground (they averaged 246.38 per game coming in, ranking 11th nationally), and just 247 yards total (well below their season average coming in of 437.13 yards per game).

After the Longhorns converted a Tiger fumble into a 3-0 lead early in the game, Mizzou dug in and forged a 14-3 halftime lead thanks to TD runs by QB James Franklin and TB Kendial Lawrence.

Those were the only touchdowns scored all day, as Mizzou turned a blocked punt into a 3rd quarter field goal, while the Longhorns also got free for a blocked punt in the 3rd, and theirs went for a safety to account for the final score. Mizzou held Texas without a touchdown for the first time in the MU-UT series since 1916 (a 3-0 MU win), and it was the first time since 2004 that Texas did not score a touchdown in any game.

 

MIZZOU DEFENSE NOTCHES AMAZING ONE-GAME TURNAROUND TO KEY WIN OVER TEXAS

• – Mizzou allowed just 247 yards on the day – a season low for the Longhorn offense, which came into the game averaging 437.13 yards per game (ranked 32nd coming in). What's more is that effort came just seven days after the Tigers got touched for 697 yards of offense at Baylor in a 42-39 loss. That's exactly 430 yards less of offense Mizzou gave up from one week to the next!…

• – Texas came into the game leading the Big 12 Conference, and ranking 11th nationally in rushing, averaging 246.38 yards per game. In the two weeks prior to Saturday, Texas ran for a combined 880 yards and 11 touchdowns against Texas Tech and Kansas. The Tiger defense held the Longhorns to a mere 76 yards rushing – UT's 2nd-lowest rushing total of the season, and a whopping 364 yards below what they had averaged over the previous two games…

• – Texas got 78 yards on its first series of the game, when it drove for a field goal and a 3-0 lead. That drive took 12 plays, for an average of 6.5 yards per snap. The rest of the game saw Texas muster just 169 more yards of offense on 53 snaps, meaning Mizzou allowed only an average of 3.2 yards per play after the opening drive…

• – Texas came into the game ranked 28th in the nation in scoring offense, with a per-game average of 34.38 points. Mizzou held them out of the endzone for the first time in series history since a 3-0 Tiger win in 1916, and it was the first time overall for Texas to go without a touchdown since the 2004 season…

 

Offensive Player of the Week

Kendial Lawrence (TB) – Jr., 5-9, 190, Rockwall, Texas

· Lawrence took over for an injured Henry Josey and ran for a career-high 106 yards and 1 touchdown to help lead Mizzou to a 17-5 upset win over the #21 Texas Longhorns in Columbia. Texas entered the game with the nation's 9th-ranked rushing defense, allowing just 94.88 yards per game…

· Lawrence carried a career-high 18 times in the game, and his 35-yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter staked the Tigers to a 14-3 lead. He also caught a pass for a 20-yard gain on the day…

· Lawrence's previous game high rushing total was a 96-yard outing in 2010 at Texas Tech. He now has 301 yards rushing and 3 TDs on the year…

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Jacquies Smith (DE) – Sr., 6-4, 255, Dallas, Texas

· Smith had only 3 tackles, but he was his disruptive self as he continues to make a push for all-conference honors, as he contributed to Mizzou's huge defensive effort with 2.0 TFLs and 1 QB sack, plus a forced fumble and a pass break up…

· Smith got a sack and forced fumble to end one Texas drive, and later nearly got another in the 4th quarter, but the Longhorn QB was ruled to have started his arm coming forward before the ball came out…

· Despite missing 2 games earlier this year due to injury, Smith stands 6th in the Big 12 with his 1.13 tackles for loss average (9.0 TFLs in all for 39 yards). He's also currently 5th in the Big 12 in QB sacks despite his earlier time out (0.63 per game average). In 8 games, he's got 5.0 sacks for 26 yards…

· Smith leads the Big 12 in forced fumbles, with an average of 0.50 per game, and his 4 total forced fumbles is tied for most in the league this season…

 

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