November 25, 2006

Tigers take frustration out on KU

Missouri's players and coaches spent much of the week saying they didn't need extra motivation to play Kansas. It was a big game and they knew it, but three straight losses to the Jayhawks had done nothing to make this weekend's regular season finale any more important than any other Border Showdown. The emotion and the celebration on Faurot Field after the Tigers' 42-17 win said otherwise.

"It's never just another game when it's Kansas. Never," Dedrick Harrington said after beating Kansas for the first time. "The last couple years, we're not happy with that."

The Tigers celebrated their first win over the Jayhawks since 2002 by banging the Indian War Drum and parading the trophy for beating Kansas around the stands. Xzavie Jackson even turned the drum to expose the Jayhawk logo and gave it a swift kick.

"We take it personal," said Tony Temple. "Me being from Kansas City, I don't want to hear that stuff all year."

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