THE WEEK IN MISSOURI FOOTBALL: Regular season ends with victory over Kansas

Sunday, November 27, 2011 | 6:34 p.m. CST; updated 5:42 p.m. CST, Monday, December 12, 2011

Missouri beat Kansas 24-10 on Saturday in what could be the final football game between the two rival schools. The win gave Missouri a 7-5 season record.

The end of a rivalry?

With Missouri leaving the Big 12 for the Southeastern Conference next season, fans of Missouri and Kansas knew that Saturday's game could be the final Border Showdown, at least for the foreseeable future.

Although Missouri officials and coaches have expressed interest in continuing the rivalry, Kansas officials and coaches have not shown the same interest.

"I think the rivalry for Kansas and Missouri would be something that belongs in the Big 12 conference," former Kansas coach Turner Gill said. Gill was fired Sunday after two losing seasons at Kansas.

There are plenty of schools across the country that play out-of-conference rivalry games on a yearly basis. Several SEC schools play out-of-conference rivalry games every season, with some routinely playing those games in late November. South Carolina, Georgia and Florida all played nonconference rivalry games Saturday.

Third straight win for Missouri

In front of a small crowd, Missouri rallied from a slow start to beat Kansas 24-10 in its final regular season game Saturday.

Missouri played poorly in the first half, falling behind 10-0 before quarterback James Franklin got the offense going.

Coming into the game, there was a dispute as to which team led the all-time series between the two rivals. Missouri claimed to lead the series by one game; Kansas claimed that it was tied. However, it's indisputable that Missouri now leads the all-time series (either by one game or two).

The win was the third straight for Missouri, which will go to a bowl game this winter with a 7-5 record. 

Up next: bowl season

Depending on how some games next weekend shake out, Missouri might be headed to a bowl that does not usually include Big 12 teams.

Possible bowl destinations for the Tigers include Houston (Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas), New York (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), San Francisco (Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl) and Dallas (TicketCity Bowl), among others.

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Harold Sutton November 28, 2011 | 9:14 a.m.

Well, Kansas started it and for now Missouri has finished it.

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Michael Williams November 28, 2011 | 11:15 a.m.

Meineke Car Care Bowl, New Era Pinstripe Bowl, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl and TicketCity Bowl

Ugh. What ugly names for bowls.

Sugar, Cotton, Rose, Gator, Orange......they MEANT something.


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Jimmy Bearfield November 28, 2011 | 12:02 p.m.

The Border Showdown = The Toilet Bowl.

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Ellis Smith November 28, 2011 | 1:02 p.m.


Those trade names attached to bowl games mean sponsorship. Sponsorship means dollars. Dollars mean NCAA Division I athletics, because that's what Division I athletics is all about! There are no loyalties: teams will change conferences faster than their coaching staffs change their underwear. It's Tuesday, we must be in the SEC.

Fatback Division, that is; the really tough football contenders are mostly found in the Hawg Jowl Division.

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Michael Williams November 28, 2011 | 2:59 p.m.

Ellis and hawg jowls:

The day we have the Scrapple Bowl or Souse Bowl is the day I quit watching all together.

Of course, the Souse Bowl could mean multiple things, one of which goes right along with college activities.

PS: The Summer Breeze Bowl wouldn't sit well, either. And I've gotten confused a few times when I saw the Trojans were playing; I worried about their mascot and was glad to see the centurion and horse. Coulda been lots worse.

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Ellis Smith November 28, 2011 | 3:43 p.m.

@ Michael:

Excluding Nebraska, which has only just joined, Purdue is the only Big 10 football team not to win a season championship since WWII (Indiana has won one). But under a rule the Big 10 had years ago where no team could go to the Rose Bowl two years in a row, Purdue did appear in the Rose Bowl and beat USC! (That HAD to be a few years back.) Shown on network TV at the end of the game was a sign that said "Lubricate the Trojans!"

Ya got to love those aggie/engineering schools like Purdue. I worked with one of their graduates, and his wife, also a Purdue graduate, was a member of the Purdue Independent Girls Society (PIGS). She was actually rather attractive.

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frank christian November 28, 2011 | 4:43 p.m.

Purdue had A Golden Girl before Mizzou had a bunch of them. I thought there were 12 of ours, when checking, however tryouts were said to be for 30 spots.

Purdue's Golden Girl and her mother were arrested for shoplifting shortly after she left school.

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mike mentor November 28, 2011 | 5:00 p.m.

South Carolina vs USC in a bowl sponsored by Jiffy Lube ?

Advertisers tread carefully !

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Ellis Smith November 28, 2011 | 6:55 p.m.

@ Frank:

Well, that wouldn't have been the last case of celebrity shoplifting.

Purdue's current president is a lady whose last name is Cordova; the previous president, 2000-2007, was Martin Jischke, who at one time was chancellor at MS&T. Martin was very good at scrounging money out of sources other than the legislature.

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frank christian November 28, 2011 | 8:08 p.m.

Ellis - You wrote to me a few days ago, "I'm not familiar with the fish you've named." ("Grits and Grunts"). I've been quite proud of myself since. I, personally, have never (in my short presence around here) heard anyone write anything, on any subject to you that you were not able to respond to specifically then expand with additional information. Have I set some sort of a record, or are you keeping track?

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Ellis Smith November 28, 2011 | 11:53 p.m.

@ Frank:

I gave up keeping track of things for Lent and haven't yet reinstated the practice. :)

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Michael Williams November 29, 2011 | 8:02 a.m.

mike mentor and the Jiffy Lube Bowl: Took me a second, but I finally remembered SC's mascot name.

And laffed.

A lot.

If I was an advertiser, I'd take the phosphorescent approach...a much prettier halftime show under black lights.

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