In what could be the last meeting between these two hated rivals, the Missouri Tigers will hold the final bragging rights over the Kansas Jayhawks football team after Mizzou’s 24-10 victory Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium.
Missouri turned the tide in the third quarter, holding KU to a three and out to start the second half. The punt snap was high as punter Ron Doherty fell on the loose ball, turning the ball over to Mizzou at the KU 14. Three straight runs by Kendial Lawrence tied the game at 10-10.
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On Mizzou’s next possession, Franklin led a nine play, 93 yard drive capped by a 25 yard TD catch from Wes Kemp that was overturned after being ruled out of bounds. Franklin hit Jarrell Jackson on a 22 yarder earlier in the drive. That was Mizzou’s longest scoring drive of the year.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, Franklin faked a sprint to the outside, stopped and found Marcus Lucas wide open for a 53 yard touchdown opening up a 24-10 lead.
Mizzou took over at the KU 13 after a fumbled kickoff return was recovered by Donovan Bonner, but Trey Barrow missed his short field goal attempt.
KU was held to just 79 yards of total yards through three quarters.
The fast start to the second half was a dramatic turn around from the first half Even though Kansas gained only 60 yards of total offense in the first half, and just ten in the second quarter, the Jayhawks opened a 10-0 lead thanks to three James Franklin turnovers. Bradley McDougal took Franklin’s third pick of the half 57 yards for a TD stunning the Tigers early. Trey Barrow’s 23 yard field goal got Mizzou on the board with just over five minutes to go in the first half and gave the Tigers something to build on.
Mizzou outgained Kansas 351-137. Union MO. native Jordan Webb was just 9 of 20 for 60 yards and two picks.
Franklin finished strong going 14-22 with two second half TDs to help the Tigers finish the regular season with a three game winning streak to finish at 7-5.
Mizzou will now wait until December 4th to see if the reach their seventh straight bowl game.