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Gary Pinkel matches Don Faurot for most wins at Mizzou

Updated: 2013-12-01T06:13:32Z

By TOD PALMER

The Kansas City Star

Coach Gary Pinkel improved to 101-62 in 13 seasons with the Tigers, matching Don Faurot for the most wins in program history.

Faurot went 101-79-10 in 19 seasons, and the field at Memorial Stadium is named in his honor, but Pinkel didn’t want to discuss the importance of the moment.

“There’s a time to talk about that, but this is about winning a championship,” Pinkel said. “This is about my players. I’ll 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 Auburn’s upset of No. 1 Alabama on a 100-yard field-goal return after Missouri’s 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.

“They’ve been making some great plays, huh?” Pinkel said. “Hopefully they're going to quit making them.”

•  Missouri senior L’Damian Washington was so certain he’d caught a 5-yard touchdown pass with 6:26 remaining in the third quarter, he was ready to boycott the next play.

“I wasn’t going to get lined up until they challenged the play,” Washington said. “Everybody was lining, but I was like, ‘No, I’m 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.

| Tod Palmer, tpalmer@kcstar.com

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