Coach Gary Pinkel improved to 101-62 in 13 seasons with the Tigers, matching Don Faurot for the most wins in program history.
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Faurot went 101-79-10 in 19 seasons, and the field at Memorial Stadium is named in his honor, but Pinkel didnt want to discuss the importance of the moment.
Theres a time to talk about that, but this is about winning a championship, Pinkel said. This is about my players. Ill be able to talk about that honor later.
Pinkel will have a chance to break the record next Saturday in the SEC championship game against Auburn.
Pinkel found out about Auburns upset of No. 1 Alabama on a 100-yard field-goal return after Missouris victory.
I found out on the field after it was over, Pinkel said. I had no idea they had won. My son Jeff, who lives in Sedalia, he told me there was a big return at the end of the game or something? A field goal return for an unbelievable play.
Theyve been making some great plays, huh? Pinkel said. Hopefully they're going to quit making them.
• Missouri senior LDamian Washington was so certain hed caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter, he was ready to boycott the next play.
I wasnt going to get lined up until they challenged the play, Washington said. Everybody was lining, but I was like, No, Im not fitting to line up. I knew I caught that ball. Luckily, they challenged it, but I knew it was a catch the whole time.
Washington, who made a rolling catch on a fade in the back of the end zone to give the Tigers its first lead at 21-14 immediately protested when the pass was originally ruled incomplete. It was later overturned after a review.
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