Tom Herman appears to mock Missouri QB Drew Lock in Texas Bowl win

Dr. Saturday

Texas won a bowl game for the first time since 2012 and Tom Herman made sure to celebrate accordingly.

Herman’s first season in Austin was an up-and-down affair, but the Longhorns capped it off on a high note, knocking off Missouri in the Texas Bowl, 33-16, to finish the year at 7-6 after the three previous seasons ended with losing records.

The Longhorns jumped out to a 21-7 halftime lead. Missouri was able to get as close as 21-16 late in the third quarter, but Texas — with a safety, a field goal, and a garbage time touchdown — scored the game’s final 12 points.

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And with the game firmly in hand in the final minutes, Herman appeared to goof on Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, who celebrated after a long touchdown on the second play of the third quarter.

Here’s Lock’s celebration:

(via ESPN)
(via ESPN)

And here’s Herman late in the fourth.

UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger did it, too. Missouri fans weren’t happy about it.

After the game, Lock didn’t seem too upset about it.

Folks will certainly remember that move from Herman (and Texas fans will remember Mizzou’s pregame Horns down gesture). And his sideline actions will likely overshadow an MVP performance from Texas punter Michael Dickson. Yes, you read that correctly. An MVP performance from a punter.

Dickson isn’t any ordinary punter.

UT scored twice in the first quarter but largely struggled on offense otherwise. Dickson punted 11 times on the evening, including on eight consecutive possessions. Of his 11 punts, 10 landed inside the Missouri 20-yard line with eight landing inside the 10-yard line.

Efficiency like that shows why Dickson, a junior, opted to leave Texas early for the NFL draft. And Dickson was a reason why Missouri, which entered the game on a six-game winning streak, finished its season with a loss. The Tigers averaged more than 51 points per game during the streak, but the Longhorns limited Mizzou to just 16 points and forced four turnovers.

Like the Longhorns, the Tigers finished the year 7-6.

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