Mizzou football falls to Longhorns in Texas Bowl
HOUSTON - Missouri (7-6) cooled down from its hot finish to the regular season by losing to the University of Texas (7-6) in the Texas Bowl, 33-16.
Turnovers played a key factor in the loss for the Tigers. The team finished the game with three fumbles and an interception, while the Longhorns had zero. Two of those turnovers resulted in two touchdowns by the Texas defense.
"You can't walk away from an evenly matched game and be minus four in the turnover margin," Tigers Head Coach Barry Odom said.
Tigers quarterback Drew Lock threw 18/34 for 269 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Lock also had the largest scoring play of the game: a 79 yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Johnathon Johnson.
This was the Tigers first game without former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel, who left the team after accepting a head coaching position at the University of Central Florida.
The Longhorns were the first .500 or better team Missouri faced since they lost to Georgia, 53-28, on October 14.
The loss is the first for Missouri in its last seven games. The Tigers became just the 14th team in college football history to start a season 1-5 and qualify for a bowl game.
"I wanted more than anything to get those guys a win and I couldn't do it," Odom said.
Texas punter Michael Dickson was the Texas Bowl MVP, becoming just the second punter in history to be named MVP of a bowl game. Dickson finished the game with 452 yards and 10/11 punts were placed inside the Tigers 15-yard line.