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Saturday, November 12, 2011
MU defense pushes Tigers near postseason

By David Ubben



Missouri badly needed a win to keep its streak of bowl games, one dating back to 2004, alive.

With a dominant defensive performance, it got it.

The Tigers moved to 5-5 with two limping Big 12 teams left on its schedule, Texas Tech and Kansas. One more win equals a bowl game.

The Longhorns were dealing with huge injuries to its top two rushers and top receiver, Jaxon Shipley, but the Longhorns mustered just 247 yards of total offense, and after rushing for over 400 yards in consecutive weeks, dipped to 76 yards on the ground.

Texas quarterbacks David Ash and Case McCoy completed less than 50 percent of their passes and the Longhorns were held without a touchdown.

That makes life very easy for a very competent Missouri offense. The Tigers took advantage and suffocated a Texas team that now falls to 6-3, with its two previous losses coming to teams in the BCS top six.

For their efforts, SEC-bound Missouri fans serenaded the Big 12 boardroom kingpin Longhorns with an "S-E-C!" chant, too.

The Tigers may be without Henry Josey, the Big 12's leading rusher for awhile, but Kendial Lawrence hit 106 yards. He may have to deal with a much larger portion of the carries moving forward, but we'll see how severe Josey's injury is.