While the Missouri Tigers will have plenty of opportunity to celebrate their 17-5 victory over the No. 16 ranked Texas Longhorns, the mood in the Tigers locker room will be somewhat down as the Big 12's leading rusher Henry Josey had to be carted off of the field after injuring his knee on a run play in the third quarter.
Even Texas coach Mack Brown came across the field to check on Josey.
While Josey's loss will be huge in the future success of the Missouri Tigers 2011 campaign, its good to know that they'll have someone who can step into his place. Kendial Lawrence performed admirably in Josey's stead, rushing for 106 yards, 18 carries and a touchdown in the second quarter. James Franklin also scored in the second quarter, from two yards out, that helped the Tigers push the lead to 14-3.
The Tigers defense might ultimately get the game ball from head coach Gary Pinkel, as the Longhorns were only able to muster 76 rushing yards on the day. Longhorns' tailback Foswhitt Whittaker went down in the first quarter with a serious leg injury as well, and did not return. Turnovers and a lack of rhythm on offense did the Longhorns in, as they failed to put a touchdown up on the board.
The Tigers have now crept back to .500 at 5-5, and are now one win from being bowl-eligible. Texas falls to 6-3.