October 21, 2006

Tiger notebook: The streak is no more

The Streak is Over

The Missouri win over Kansas State marked the end of one of the most notable streaks in the program's history. Since November of 1992, K-State had beaten Missouri 13 times in a row.

"We've had a chip on our shoulder the last couple of years," said wide receiver William Franklin. "We just wanted to go out here and get that over with, put that behind us."

Players and coaches downplayed the streak all week long, but afterward, they could finally talk about it.

"When I took this job, there was some inherent barriers. There's been a lot of them," said head coach Gary Pinkel. "I contributed to this, certainly as a head coach, for the last five years. But this is another barrier that we finally got through and I'm glad that that's over with."

Smith's status unknown

The Tigers played the final quarter-and-a-half without defensive end Brian Smith, the school's all-time sack leader. Smith suffered a hip injury on David Overstreet's fumble return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

He was helped from the field and went to the locker room. With about two minutes left, Smith left the locker room on crutches and got in a car to go to the hospital for X-rays.

"He's got a hip injury right now," Pinkel said. "I don't know the extent of it."

Pinkel said other than the Smith injury, the Tigers came out of the game relatively healthy.

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