(Saturday, November 26th)
Final Score: Missouri 24, Kansas 10
Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - James Franklin threw a pair of second-half touchdowns to help lift Missouri to a 24-10 win over the Kansas Jayhawks in the annual Border Showdown at Arrowhead Stadium.
Franklin turned things around after throwing three first-half interceptions, two of which led to points for Kansas. Kendial Lawrence ran for 63 yards and a TD for the Tigers (7-5, 5-4 Big 12), who rallied for a huge comeback win over Texas Tech last week to become bowl eligible.
The game marked the last meeting between these two teams as Big 12 Conference foes. With the win, the Tigers broke the series tie (56-55-9) in the nation's second-most played rivalry behind only Minnesota-Wisconsin.
The Jayhawks (2-10, 0-9) now face a long offseason after closing out their schedule with 10 straight losses and going winless in conference play. Jordan Webb had a brutal day under center, completing only 9-of-20 passes for 60 yards and two interceptions.
KU grabbed a 3-0 lead on a 33-yard field goal by Ron Doherty early in the second quarter. Jayhawks defensive back Greg Brown set up the score with an interception of Franklin, which he returned to the Missouri 15.
Franklin was intercepted again on Missouri's very next possession, and this time KU defensive back Bradley McDougald returned it 57 yards for a touchdown and a 10-0 Jayhawks' lead.
The Tigers got on the board with a 23-yard field goal from Trey Barrow at the 5:15 mark of the second quarter, capping a 12-play, 59-yard drive.
Early in the third quarter, Missouri took over at the Kansas 14 after Doherty fumbled a snap on a punt attempt, setting up an eventual two-yard touchdown run by the Tigers' Lawrence.
MU began to take control from there. Franklin gave the Tigers a 17-10 lead with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Wes Kemp at the 5:34 mark of the third quarter. Franklin tacked on a 53-yard scoring strike to Marcus Lucas on the first play of the fourth quarter to put Missouri in front by two touchdowns. The Jayhawks' final two drives ended in a fumble and an interception.
KU's only points came courtesy of its defense, as the offense converted just 3-of-16 third downs and finished with just 137 total yards.
11/26 19:27:17 ET