Mizzou pulls out emotional win against Texas Tech

Missouri defensive lineman Michael Sam intercepts a pass in the final minute to clinch the victory for Missouri over Texas Tech.

Photos by Andrew Wamboldt

Needing to win one of its last two games in order to become bowl eligible, it didn’t look like the Missouri Tigers was going to be able to do it. Then with 32 seconds left in the game, Dominique Hamilton tipped a Texas Tech pass that Micheal Sam caught at the Tigers 10 yard-line to ensure a victory.

On Senior Day, and without Coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers managed a 31-27 win over Texas Tech to increase their record to 6-5, officially bowl eligible.

Pinkel was suspended from the game as part of disciplinary action taken after he was arrested on Wednesday for DWI. Pinkel pleaded guilty to the charges. Defensive coordinator Dave Steckel was named interim coach.

Quarterback James Franklin had 172 passing yards, including two touchdowns and no interceptions. He accumulated 152 rushing yards with two more touchdowns.

In the absence of tailback Henry Josey the running game was picked up by Kendial Lawrence, with 95 yards, and De’Vion Moore, with 83 yards.

Senior Luke Lambert led the defense with 13 tackles.

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