21 November 2011

Mizzou vs Texas Tech Recap/Senior Day

4th quarter comeback for final Big 12 home win
by Mizzou Matt
COLUMBIA, MO- For the final time in their college careers, 27 Missouri seniors took to Faurot Field. For the final time in front of a home crowd, those 27 seniors would try to bring home a win. And that's exactly what they accomplished, in exhilarating fashion.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders came to Columbia for the final regularly scheduled meeting as Big 12 opponents riding a three game losing streak. After being outscored by opponents 159-33 over their three losses, the Raiders came out with something to prove. Quarterback Seth Doege aired it out for 315 yards and a TD, with one interception as Tech jumped to an early 14-0 lead in the first.

Mizzou would answer in the second with a ten points, but Texas Tech would add a field goal of their own to carry a 17-10 lead going into halftime. Sophomore quarterback James Franklin scored the first touchdown for Missouri, a 5-yd rush. Franklin finished the night with a career-high 152 yards rushing as the Tigers looked to their "rushing by committee" to step up in the absence of the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey. James would find the endzone on the ground again in the 4th for the go-ahead score.

Franklin added 172 yards passing and 2 TDs to his player-of-the-game performance.

Texas Tech threatened late, going 69 yards in 10 plays, until Doege was picked off by Michael Sam after a deflection at the Mizzou 4 yard line with only :32 seconds to play. Franklin took a knee three times to close out and secure the win for the Tigers (6-5, 4-4), their first back-to-back wins on the year. Mizzou moves to bowl eligible with the win. Tech (5-6, 2-6) remains searching for their bowl eligibility with the loss.

The Tigers have the chance to win their third straight game this year as they close out their regular season against Kansas in Arrowhead. The game will be the 120th and possibly last installment of the Border War, the second-longest running rivalry in NCAA FBS, and oldest rivalry west of the Mississippi River. Missouri leads the series 56-54-9.
The student section, affectionately known as the Tiger's Lair, paid homage to the departing group of student athletes with "THANK YOU SENIORS", followed by the senior numbers painted on their chests. To the seniors, thank you for your time at the University of Missouri. While you may leave Mizzou, Mizzou will never leave you! Best of luck to you in your future endeavors!
DE Jaquise Smith
WR Wes Kemp
OL John Birdwell
TE/LS Beau Brinkley
OL Quinn Brown
WR Terry Dennis
DL Brendan Donaldson
LB Will Ebner
TE Michael Egnew
OL Elvis Fisher
WR Brandon Gerau
DT Dominique Hamilton
CB Trey Hobson
OL Dan Hoch
WR Jerrell Jackson
FS Kenji Jackson
TE Andrew Jones
LB Tony Randolph
DL Corey Suchoff
QB Jimmy Costello
LB Luke Lambert
TB De'Vion moore
OL Marvin Norman
OL Jayson Palmgren
DT Terrell Resonno
K/PK Grant Ressel
OL Austin Wuebbles

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