KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP)—James Franklin rebounded from three early interceptions to toss two second-half touchdown passes, and Missouri rallied for a 24-10 victory over Kansas on Saturday in what could be the final edition of the 120-year-old Border War rivalry.
The Tigers (7-5, 5-4 Big 12) head to the SEC next season, and Kansas has said it has no intention of playing Missouri out of conference.
Missouri improved its bowl prospects by winning its third straight game to finish the regular season, doing so with coach Gary Pinkel back on the sideline. He was suspended for last week’s come-from-behind win overTexas Tech following a drunken-driving arrest.
On the other sideline was Turner Gill, who may have coached his final game for Kansas (2-10, 0-9).
Gill is just 5-19 in two seasons in charge, and 10 straight losses to finish this season—many in lopsided fashion—may have sealed his fate. Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger has said he will decide soon about Gill, who has three years and $6 million left on his contract.
There was a meager crowd of 47,059 on hand at Arrowhead Stadium to see what could be the finale of a series that began in 1891, and is second in games played only to Wisconsin-Minnesota among major college football rivalries. Those who were left on a cold, dreary afternoon—mostly clad in black and gold— began chanting “SEC! SEC!” in the closing minutes.
Jordan Webb finished with 60 yards passing and two interceptions for the Jayhawks (2-10), who managed only 137 yards of total offense. James Sims carried 15 times for 35 yards.
phot0 – Missouri quarterback James Franklin