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Missouri falls to Texas in 2017 Texas Bowl

The Tigers were outclassed by their former Big XII rivals.

NCAA Football: Texas Bowl-Texas vs Missouri Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

The SEC started the 2017 bowl season with a tally in the loss column.

On Wednesday night, the Missouri Tigers fell to the Texas Longhorns in the 2017 Texas Bowl. The matchup, a renewal of a rivalry from when both were in the Big XII, was fairly lopsided. Texas won 33-16 over Mizzou in a game in which the Tigers never led.

Funny enough, the MVP of the game was Texas punter Michael Dickson. Dickson amassed a ridiculous 452 yards on 11 punts, for an average of 41.1 yards. He had two 50+ yard punts including a 58-yarder, and 10 of the 11 punts landed inside the 20. The field position game was too much for Mizzou to handle, as they couldn’t do much with what they were given.

Missouri quarterback Drew Lock went 18-of-34 for 269 yards in the game. Lock’s lone touchdown of the night came on a deep ball to Johnathon Johnson, who hauled in a 79-yard touchdown to start the second half. Lock’s name came up later in the game, but in an interesting way. Lock had done a TD celebration following the long bomb to Johnson, to which Texas coach Tom Herman responded by appearing to do it on his own, too.

So ends a season for Mizzou, in which the Tigers weren’t even supposed to be bowling. It’s hard to be swallowing too many bitter pills here, but things obviously didn’t end as well as they’d have liked. Nevertheless, onto the next one.