The Missouri Tigers saw their six-game winning streak come to an end Wednesday night with a 33-16 loss to Texas in the Texas Bowl. (University of Missouri)

By Spencer Gleason

It had been nearly five weeks since the Missouri Tigers last played a game and the long layoff proved to be a factor in their Texas Bowl appearance on Wednesday night in Houston.

Mistakes and penalties played a big role in the Tigers’ 33-16 loss to Texas, bringing an end to their six=game winning streak.

Just one-and-a-half minutes into the game Missouri had committed three penalties for 40 yards. The miscues helped bump the Longhorns 75 yards for an early touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Missouri continued to unravel as the miscues added up in their first bowl game in three years. The Tigers were tagged for eight penalties for 71 yards, had three turnovers and allowed a safety in falling to the Longhorns.

The Tigers finish the year with a 7-6 record, their first winning season since 2014, after beginning the season by losing five of their first six games.

Texas (7-6) built a 21-7 lead in the first half. It was the first time Missouri had been behind after two quarters since Oct. 14 against Georgia – Missouri’s last loss.

The Longhorns’ defense kept the Tigers at bay through the first two quarters. Seven of Missouri’s 10 first-half drives went for naught. They had five three-and-outs and fumbled twice. The Longhorns recovered both fumbles, returning one for a touchdown. It was Texas’ FBS leading eighth non-offensive touchdown this season.

Missouri’s offense showed moments of their high-potency. Quarterback Drew Lock and wide receiver Jonathan Johnson connected on the first play in the second half for a 79-yard touchdown. A botched extra-point kept the Longhorns ahead 21-13.

The Tigers were never able to sync back up, as Longhorns’ punter Michael Dickson continued to pin the Tigers inside their own 20-yard line. Ten of his 11 punts held Missouri inside their own 20 and eight of those were inside the 10-yard line - four punts were inside the five.

The long field kept Missouri from connecting on explosive plays. Lock finished the game going 18-for-34, for 269 yard with the one touchdown and one interception.

Texas’ sixth ranked rushing defense held the Tigers to 121 yards on the ground. Freshman Larry Roundtree III led the Tigers with 74 rushing yards. Senior Ish Witter had 54 rushing yards and one touchdown, but committed a costly fumble that led to a touchdown for Texas.

In the absence of former offensive coordinator Josh Heupel – who left the team to take over as the head coach at Central Florida - tight end coach Joe Jon Finley called Missouri’s offensive plays. The one-time all-conference tight end for the Oklahoma Sooners joined Odom’s staff prior to the 2016 season and it was the first time in his career in charge of the offense.

The Tigers fell to 0-2 in the Texas Bowl. They lost against Navy in the 2009 Texas Bowl, 35-13. Missouri won their last bowl game – the 2014 Citrus Bowl – over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl.