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THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: A rare win over Texas; SEC fallout

Sunday, November 13, 2011 | 5:03 p.m. CST; updated 9:32 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 13, 2011

Within a week after Missouri officially announced that it will be joining the SEC next season, football coach Gary Pinkel got his first career win against Texas (6-3).

A rare win over Texas

The Missouri football team didn't seem distracted by the news of heading to the SEC; it beat then-No. 21 Texas 17-5 on Saturday. The Tiger defense dominated the Longhorns, not allowing a touchdown.

It was Gary Pinkel's first win against Texas and Missouri's first against Texas since 1997.

Texas' Longhorn Network shot some pre- and post-game shows on Faurot Field; the network did not broadcast the game. The Longhorn Network and uneven revenue sharing are large factors that Missouri and three other school have chosen to leave the Big 12.

The Tigers are now 5-5 and one win away from becoming bowl-eligible.

Unfortunately for Missouri, it will have to play the rest of the season without running back Henry Josey. Josey tore his patellar tendon and suffered tears to his MCL and ACL in his left knee in the second half of Saturday's win. Josey was a big part of Missouri's offense; he ran for 1,168 yards and nine touchdowns in 10 games this season.

Fallout from the SEC announcement

After Missouri officially announced that it will be joining the SEC, coaches at KU expressed their feelings about the two schools continuing their storied rivalry. Football coach Turner Gill said he thinks the rivalry belongs in the Big 12, and basketball coach Bill Self said Kansas has no obligation to continue playing Missouri.

Missouri and Kansas have played each other in football 109 times, and every season since 1919. It is possible that their game in Kansas City on Nov. 26 could be their last meeting for awhile.

Next season, Missouri will start new rivalries with schools in the SEC East division, such as Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

In addition to seeing new opponents, Tiger fans will also have to adjust to a new TV schedule. The SEC televises its big games on CBS and some other games on ESPN. Lower level games end up on channels such as Comcast Sports South and Fox Sports South, which aren't currently available in mid-Missouri.

Next up: Texas Tech

Missouri finishes the season against Texas Tech (5-5) and Kansas (2-8).

On Saturday, Missouri hosts Texas Tech in its final home game of the season. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on ABC.

Texas Tech has lost three consecutive games, including a 66-6 thumping at the hands of No. 2 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Although they haven't played well in recent weeks, the Red Raiders have one of the biggest wins the season. Texas Tech is the only team to beat Oklahoma this season, winning 41-38 on Oct. 22. It was the first home loss for Oklahoma since 2005.

Missouri is 5-3 all-time against Texas Tech. Last season, the Red Raiders beat the Tigers 24-17.


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