Missouri is showing that they're capable of playing top-notch football versus the Texas Longhorns, but all thoughts are with the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey. Josey went down midway through the third quarter, as he planted along the left sideline and his knee buckled. Josey's been taken off on a cart and his status is unknown at this point.
After Josey was taken off the field, Missouri punted from their own 11 and had their punt blocked into the back of the endzone. The safety put the Longhorns down 17-5 as one block begets another.
Previously, Missouri's Alex Waters punt block on a Texas punt attempt by Justin Tucker in the third quarter gave the Tigers the ball on the one-yard line. Unable to score on three rushing attempts from the one, Missouri kicker Trey Barrow placed a field goal through the uprights from 18-yards out to give the Tigers a then 17-3 lead over the Longhorns.
The Missouri Tigers might be growing up before our very eyes. When you look up and down the roster, you see a ton of underclassmen across the two-deep. Quarterback James Franklin's a sophomore, tailback Henry Josey's a sophomore and the defense is still in rebuild mode after losing stars like Aldon Smith from last year's unit.
Not making mistakes on offens, being sound on defense and making big plays occasionally on special teams is what makes for winning football.
So far Texas quarterbacks Davis Ash and Case McCoy are just 9-18 passing for 98 yards. The Longhorns rushing attack has been muted for just 60 yards on 25 carries. Foswhitt Whittaker went down with a serious leg injury in the first quarter and 4th-string tailback Jeremy Hills has had to come in and carry the rock.