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Dec. 26, 2011

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First Quarter

  • Mizzou head coach Gary Pinkel enters today's game with a 3-4 record all-time in bowl games at Missouri, while MU looks to improve on its all-time bowl record of 12-16...
  • This is the seventh straight bowl game for Missouri, a program record that began with the Independence Bowl back in 2005.
  • Missouri won the toss and elected to defer to the second half. North Carolina opted to receive, while Mizzou chose to defend the south end zone...
  • The Tar Heels came down and scored on their opening drive, finding the end zone with 12:12 left in the opening quarter. The UNC drive totaled 51 yards in six plays and took 2:48...
  • This is just the third time this season that Missouri has allowed an opponent touchdown on their opening drive of the game. Both Kansas State and Texas Tech found the end zone on their opening drive against Missouri...
  • Mizzou has trailed 7-0 in each of their last four bowl games. They found themselves down in the 2005 Independence Bowl against South Carolina, at the 2008 Alamo Bowl against Northwestern and at last year's Insight Bowl against Iowa. Missouri is 2-1 in those games, defeating South Carolina and Northwestern while falling to the Hawkeyes...
  • The Tigers answered back with a little trickery, as WR T.J. Moe completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to WR Wes Kemp to even the score at 7-7. QB James Franklin threw a backwards pass to Moe behind the line of scrimmage, who found a streaking Kemp wide open down the field. Missouri scored in five plays, totaling 58 yards in 2:06...
  • For Moe, that was his second completion of the season, as a similar play against Oklahoma State back on Oct. 22 went for 31 yards as he hit QB James Franklin for the completion...
  • Moe's last touchdown pass came as a senior at Fort Zumwalt West High School, where he threw for 31 touchdowns and rushed for 30 in his final season...
  • Missouri's last non-QB touchdown pass came back in 2009 at Colorado. Holder Forrest Shock completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to DE Jacquies Smith on a fake field goal to put Mizzou up 33-0 late in the first half...
  • Other non-QB touchdown passes in recent history for Missouri have come from WR Tommy Saunders, who completed a 10-yard TD pass to TE Martin Rucker on a fake field goal against Nebraska in 2007, and back at the 2006 Sun Bowl, when TE Chase Coffman hit Saunders for a 29-yard score...
  • After forcing the first punt of the day on UNC's second possession, MU drove down the field and scored to take a 14-7 lead late in the first quarter. A two-yard keeper by Franklin capped off a 10 play, 80-yard scoring drive that took 3:56...
  • The Tigers converted three third downs on the possession, getting a 25-yard completion to Egnew, a 26-yard run on a sweep from TB De'Vion Moore and a 16-yard completion to WR L'Damian Washington to convert those third downs...
  • Missouri's 14 first quarter points ties a Mizzou bowl game record for most points scored in the first quarter of a bowl game. The Tigers also scored 14 points in the 1998 Insight Bowl...
  • It's the fifth time this year that Missouri has scored at least 14 points in the first quarter, having done so against Western Illinois, Oklahoma, Iowa State and Texas A&M. MU is 3-1 in those contests...
Second Quarter
  • With their first drive of the second quarter, Missouri extended their lead to 17-7 with a 10 play, 81 yard drive that was capped off by a 31-yard field goal by Trey Barrow...
  • The first turnover of the game came with 9:12 left in the first half, as LB Andrew Wilson forced a Tar Heel fumble that was recovered by DE Jacquies Smith, giving Mizzou the ball at the UNC 40 yard line. It was Wilson's first forced fumble of the year and the first recovery for Smith this year...
  • On the first play after the fumble, TB Kendial Lawrence broke off a 14 yard rush off the right side to give Missouri 114 yards rushing in the first half. North Carolina came into the game allowing just 106 yards rushing per game on the year, ranked 14th-best in the nation...
  • Missouri made it four scores in four possessions, as Franklin hit WR Jerrell Jackson in the back of the end zone from eight yards out, extending their lead to 24-7. The drive took seven plays and covered 40 yards in 3:59...
  • It was the first time Missouri scored a touchdown off a turnover since the victory over Texas A&M on Oct. 29...
  • It's the second time this season that MU has scored in each of their first four possessions, as they accomplished the feat against Iowa State on Homecoming...
  • The Tigers immediately got the ball back on the next play, as Zaviar Gooden intercepted a pass off the back of UNC WR Dwight Jones on a wild play. DB Kenronte Walker delivered the initial hit to break up the pass, and after DB Trey Hobson collided with Jones to keep the ball in the air, Gooden snatched the ball off Jones' back for his second interception of the season...
  • Missouri turned the interception into seven more points, as Lawrence scampered into the end zone from eight yards out to finish off a seven play, 59 yard drive that took 3:02 to put the Tigers up 31-7...
  • The last time Missouri scored two touchdowns off turnovers came against Iowa State on Oct. 15. The Tigers forced three Cyclone turnovers and scored 14 points...
  • Missouri's 31 first half points set a new program record for most points scored in any half of a bowl game...
  • MU's 31 points are also an Independence Bowl record for most points scored in either half in the history of the game...
  • North Carolina closed the half with a 20-yard field goal, cutting the Missouri lead to 31-10 at the break and ending the 31-straight points scored by the Tigers...
  • The Tigers outrushed the Tar Heels by a 192-to-13 margin in the opening half...
Third Quarter
  • Missouri's first turnover of the game came on the opening drive of the third quarter, as Franklin's pass was deflected as he released the ball and was intercepted by Zach Brown at the UNC 17 yard line...
  • Mizzou's first punt of the night came on their second possession of the third, more than halfway through the quarter...
  • UNC cut the lead to 31-17 with a 44-yard strike from QB Bryn Renner to WR Jheranie Boyd with 4:22 left in the third quarter...
  • On the ensuing kickoff, Moe faked a lateral and took the return 49 yards to the UNC 34 yard line, marking the longest kickoff return by any Tiger this season...
  • Mizzou took advantage of the excellent field position with a five play, 34 yard scoring drive that was capped off with a two yard run up the middle by Franklin for his second score of the game to make it 38-17 Mizzou...
  • The first sack of the game came at the hands of DT Sheldon Richardson, who brought down the UNC quarterback late in the third quarter. Richardson has 2.5 sacks on the year...
Fourth Quarter/Post Game
  • UNC drove down to the MU 31 yard line on their opening possession of the quarter but turned the ball over on downs, giving the ball back to Mizzou...
  • Barrow hit his second field goal of the game, a 26-yarder, to make push Mizzou's lead to 41-17 with 6:22 left in the game, capping off a drive that went 11 plays, 61 yards in 4:35...
  • North Carolina made it 41-24 with a 17-yard completion from Renner to Erik Highsmith with 4:08 left in the game...
  • On 3rd-and-4 on Missouri's following possession, backup QB Jimmy Costello found senior TE Andrew Jones for four yards and the first down, giving Jones his first reception of the year...
  • On the final drive, Lawrence surpassed 100 yards rushing for the game, marking just the second time in Independence Bowl history that a team had two or more 100-yard rushers...
  • Missouri entered the contest ranked 93rd in the nation in third down conversions, but went 10-for-14 in the game...
  • The 41 points scored by Missouri is the most-ever by a MU team in a bowl game...
  • Mizzou finished the game with 337 yards rushing as a team, setting a new Independence Bowl record...
  • Missouri averaged 7.3 yards per carry, setting a new Independence Bowl record. The previous record was 6.4 by Arkansas against Mizzou in the 2003 Independence Bowl...
  • MU ties the Independence Bowl record for most first downs in a game with 27, also held by Oklahoma (1999) and Auburn (1996)...
  • The victory marks the first time since 1965 that Mizzou has won their final four games to end a season...
  • Head coach Gary Pinkel is now 4-4 all-time in bowl games at Missouri, while MU is now 13-16 all-time...
  • Sophomore QB James Franklin was named Offensive MVP, while sophomore LB Andrew Wilson was named Defensive MVP...
  • 2011 marks the first time since 2003 that a Missouri team had more rushing yards (3172) than passing yards (3010). In 2003, Missouri had 3129 rushing yards to 2063 passing yards...
  • Franklin finished the year with 3846 yards of total offense, the fourth-most in a single season at Mizzou...
  • Missouri has had just three 3000 yard rushing seasons in the last 30 years. Along with this year and 2003, Missouri also surpassed 3000 yards in 1997 (3213)...
  • This is the first season in Missouri football history that a Tiger team has thrown for over 3000 yards and rushed for over 3000 yards in the same year.