Longhorns upset Missouri 33-16 in Texas Bowl, finish season strong

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 28, 2017

It will be the 24th time that the former Big 12 foes meet on the gridiron.

Texas will face Missouri in the aptly named Texas Bowl on Wednesday in a battle of two programs hoping a win can give them momentum going into 2018.

5 Overtime periods have been played by Texas this season. The Longhorns lost to Arkansas 31-7 in the game on December 29, 2014, in Texas' most recent bowl appearance. Adam Amin (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (analyst) and Molly McGrath (sideline) will call the action.

How can you tune in to the 2017 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl between Texas and Missouri? Missouri finally started playing better but still came away with losses against Kentucky and Georgia.

The game will be played at Houston's NRG Stadium, home of the Houston Texans. Missouri and Texas were members of the Big 12 together from 1996 through 2011.

Because a Mizzou team that had won six in a row and seemed to have every emotional incentive - and advantage - against a depleted Texas team that had been the essence of mediocrity (6-6), a Mizzou team whose Marcell Frazier had said "we're treating it like the national championship", instead played casually and clumsily against what turned out to be a highly motivated Texas team. The Longhorns have won 15 of the last 17 meetings dating back to 1931. Two plays later, a bad snap rolled out of the end zone for a Texas safety. That left the Longhorns with a bowl record of 27-24-2.

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This year's bowl marks the eighth time Texas has played a bowl game in Houston. In addition to the Texas Bowl, the Longhorns have played 22 times in the Cotton Bowl, six times in the Bluebonnet Bowl, four times in the Sun Bowl and three times in the Alamo Bowl. Arkansas defeated Texas 31-7 in the 2014 game, LSU defeated Texas Tech 56-27 in the 2015 game and Texas A&M lost to Kansas State 33-28 in the 2016 game.

After the Tigers cut Texas' lead to 14-7 and were on the move, Ish Witter fumbled for the first time this season. He is 6-6 thus far at UT and 28-10 overall as a head coach.

The Missouri Tigers can become just the second team from a Power 5 Conference to win eight straight games, after starting a season 1-5.

For the third time in three seasons as a head coach, Herman's program will appear in a bowl game.

In his first year at UH, Herman led the Cougars to a 13-1 record and a win in the Peach Bowl during his first season. In its first six games of the season, Missouri gave up an average of 42.2 points and 498.7 yards.

53 Previous bowl appearances by Texas, including one in the Texas Bowl. The Longhorns defeated the Tigers 40-27 in the Cotton Bowl on January 1, 1946. They've also played the Owls there in 2006 and 2010. Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 41-31 in the Cotton Bowl on January 3, 2014, and lost to West Virginia 26-11 on September 3, 2016.

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