A grand for Lawrence
Kendial Lawrence needed 62 yards to reach 1,000 for the season. He got 87, plus a touchdown, surpassing the milestone in the third quarter. Lawrence was happy for himself and others.
“The offensive line is a great group of guys who have been through a lot,” Lawrence said. “So getting that 1,000 yards means a lot.”
Lawrence becomes the 13th player and 10th running back to record a 1,000-yard rushing season for MU.
• Texas A&M busted out white helmets at a home game for the first time since the mid-1970s. But it’s the second time this season. The Crimson Tide wore them two weeks earlier when they won at Alabama.
• Gary Pinkel said the team knew Wednesday that James Franklin wouldn’t play because of concussion symptoms.
“You could tell the way he was, the sunshine, the light in practice and the sound we did to simulate their stadium, you could just see that it wasn’t good,” Pinkel said. “We knew pretty much all along.”
Franklin missed three games this year and parts of others, dealing with head, shoulder and knee injuries.
“I’ve never seen a quarterback go through what he’s gone through in one year,” Pinkel said. “It’s disappointing to us because he’s a great player.”
• In the final game of his freshman season, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham got his first start. With four receptions and a touchdown, Green-Beckham finished the year with 29 receptions and a team-high five receiving touchdowns.
• Missouri finished 5-7, eliminating any chance of playing in a bowl game. But there was a possibility after this weekend of not having enough teams — 70 — qualifying for a bowl game with a 6-6 record. If that were the case, by the end of next week, 5-7 teams are selected to fill the lineup. Missouri would have been in the pool of teams considered.
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