Columbia, Mo. In the final Big 12 meeting, Gary Pinkel got the best of Texas.
Missouri’s coach didn’t seem all that euphoric about ending the school’s six-game losing streak in the series and knocking off the only conference school he hadn’t beaten heading into next year’s move to the SEC.
For one thing, the Tigers likely lost the conference’s leading rusher for the rest of the year. Also, they’re only .500.
“I don’t think off that field, ‘Gosh, I finally beat Texas!’” Pinkel said after Missouri’s 17-5 upset of the No. 21 Longhorns on Saturday. “I don’t do that.
“This game, I don’t care who it is, this gives us a chance to have a really good season and accomplish some goals.”
Kendial Lawrence topped 100 yards with a touchdown in relief of Henry Josey and a defense burned for 697 yards at Baylor a week earlier kept No. 21 Texas out of the end zone for the first time since 2004. Missouri won for only the second time in the last 17 times in the series.
“I’m really disappointed offensively,” said Texas coach Mack Brown, who refused to lean on injuries as an excuse.
“Even though they piled up today more than I think I’ve ever seen at one position, we still have to do our best to win the game,” the coach added.
Pinkel said Josey was undergoing an MRI exam but didn’t expect positive news. Coming off four straight games with 125 or more rushing yards, Josey was held to 19 yards on 11 carries.
Before Josey was carted off in the third quarter Brown came across the field to check on the sophomore from Angleton, Texas. Josey also missed the last nine minutes of the first half after an apparent helmet-to-helmet hit.
Missouri upset a ranked team for the second time this season after beating Texas A&M on Oct. 29.
The Tigers finish against Texas Tech, whipped 66-6 by Oklahoma State on Saturday, and Kansas in search of a seventh straight bowl bid.
James Franklin completed his first 10 passes and ran for a 2-yard touchdown for the Tigers (5-5, 3-4), who beat Texas for the first time since 1997.
Lawrence had 106 yards on 18 carries with a 35-yard score in the second quarter.