UNC Falls To Missouri In Independence Bowl

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) -- James Franklin ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Missouri easily beat North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl on Monday night.

Missouri (8-5) won its final football game as a member of the Big 12, finishing the season on a four-game winning streak for the first time since 1965. The Tigers will join the Southeastern Conference next season.

Franklin rushed for 142 yards and threw for 132, leading Missouri to an Independence Bowl-record 31 first-half points. Kendial Lawrence added 108 rushing yards for the Tigers, who gained 337 yards on the ground.

North Carolina (7-6) fell in interim coach Everett Withers' final game on the sideline. The Tar Heels lost five of their final seven after starting the season with a 5-1 record.

Bryn Renner threw for 317 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for UNC.


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  • by Billy on Dec 27, 2011 at 01:09 PM
    i love reading all these jealous bitter comments!!!!! got one question for the piRATe fans!!! where were your boys playn their bowl game at this year???? yeah thats what i thought!!!!! NUFF SAID!!!!!!!
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      by Josephus Jr on Dec 27, 2011 at 04:14 PM in reply to Billy
      Pirates are home watching TV & Drinking Kool Aid.Resting up.Will play in A Biggie Bowl next year. Get a life.UNC & NC State are real losers.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 29, 2011 at 08:03 PM in reply to Billy
      Enjoy the upcoming bowl ban, scholarship reductions, along with the ruined reputation of the UNC-CHeat athletic program. You probably don't care about the academic folks at Chapel Hill that are highly upset and embarrased, do you? You know nothing of and do not acre about the academics at CHeater Hill and just care for cheering the sissy blue athletics, huh? ps: try to stop being such a poorly educated drama queen that uses far too many exclamation points. (It makes you look even more foolish than you likely already are).
  • by Grammar GOD on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:27 AM
    LOSE IS SPELLED WITH ONE O NOT TWO!!!
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      by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 11:03 AM in reply to Grammar GOD
      I ONLY USED ONE O IN LOSE, MAYBE YOU NEED TO PRAY TO THE READING GOD, LOL
  • by rapper Location: wilson on Dec 27, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    What else did you expect ? The dominant,well prepared,enthusiastic team usually does win.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:43 AM
    These comments were going to be here win or lose. Somebody had to lose and it was UNC this time. You all are so jealous of UNC so this is what we get. Its OK, us UNC fans know the truth and are actually flattered by your jealous comments. By the way, how many national championship has your school won this year? LOL, GO HEELS!!
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      by Eric on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:10 AM in reply to
      Anonymouse, you sound pitiful, the holes got whooped, will continue to get whooped. The "Carolina Way' has been discovered, let's just hope the NCAA comes down harsh on the cheating program. Now go get ready and clean up, now get out of the basement and go help your mom. or no meatloaf for you!
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        by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 12:00 PM in reply to Eric
        Pitiful? Really? I think you need to read again.
  • by Chuck Location: Greenville on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:37 AM
    One of the best nights of my life.It was enjoyable watching UNC get bashed by Missouri.Hope UNC AD Bubba Cunningham enjoyed the game. NC State will get their dose of medicine tonight. LOL,Can't hardly wait.
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      by Jimmy on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Chuck
      thanks Chuck for picking the pack to lose, so far this year, every time you have picked the Pack to lose, they have been victorious. So thanks once again for proving to all what a moron you are!
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        by Chuck on Dec 27, 2011 at 01:56 PM in reply to Jimmy
        Wolf pack sucks.Sorry coach & stupid AD. They will get beat tonight.Count on it!!! By the way.You,Not me are the moron.Only a moron thinks state is a good team. I am sitting around the house drinking purple Kool Aid & Laughing at you fools.
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          by Chuck on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:47 PM in reply to Chuck
          Ok,So i was wrong.The good NC State showed up.
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      by Jimmy on Dec 27, 2011 at 08:33 PM in reply to Chuck
      Chuck, lol, you are the best, way to pick wolfpack to lose, another win for the pack! Any other teams win 8 games in the state of NC? wait for it , wait for it, nope, GO PACK!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    ABC
  • by REAL TIME on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:02 AM
    oh ya the so miss coach got beat by UAB, im sure he will be ok.
  • by Beat down Location: ENC on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:56 AM
    Did everyone enjoy the beating UNC took yesterday? Hey....they needed an AD from Conf. USA, and a coach from Conf. USA to turn things around? And tarhole fans love bashing ECU and conference USA? Made the beating yesterday sa weet!
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      by tarheel on Dec 27, 2011 at 10:36 AM in reply to Beat down
      where is ezu playing
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        by JKL on Dec 27, 2011 at 06:21 PM in reply to tarheel
        The Bowling Ball! HA HA HA!!! BLAAAAARRRGGGHHHHHH!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    UNC has a great coach coming in this year,the AD made a great coaching change.
  • by Roy on Dec 27, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    And some wonder why the interim coach was not hired, he looked like a deer caught in headlights.
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