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Top Moments of the 2010s: Winning for Gary Pinkel

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There’s no question the 2015 football season was a rocky one. But after Gary Pinkel announced his retirement, the Tigers got one last win for their football coach.

BYU v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

This moment isn’t about a great event from a great season. This is a more human moment. A moment when the culmination of Gary Pinkel’s Head Coaching career came into balance.

The 2015 season at Missouri was one rocked with disappointment. The team finished 5-7, they struggled to score points, their starting quarterback was kicked off the team, later reinstated, then kicked off again. Freshman Drew Lock was forced to step in early and struggled to move a lethargic offense. Meanwhile, the defense was playing out of its mind in order to keep the team in games.

Missouri’s defense finished the season ranked 3rd in SP+, behind just Georgia and Alabama.

The week before the game was a bit of an odd week and here’s about how things went:

The game wasn’t pretty, but Missouri did win.

From Bill’s post-game recap:

1. The story book has, at worst, a good ending.

The postgame coverage following Missouri’s 20-16 win over BYU was awesome. The SEC Network simply stood back and watched as Gary Pinkel’s players surrounded him, danced around him, coaxed a little dance out of him, and headed back toward the locker room. There were grins and a few tears.

That this happened at Arrowhead Stadium, the site of Pinkel’s greatest moment about eight years ago, was poetic.

If this was Gary Pinkel’s last win, that’s a pretty awesome ending. Obviously we hope for another win or two (or three). And with the improvement Missouri has shown in recent weeks, the Tigers will have a fighting chance at that. But that’s the ceiling. The floor is now settling for last night as Pinkel’s last wonderful moment, his “Faurot carried off after beating Kansas.” I’ll take it.

BYU v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images
BYU v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images
BYU v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images
Brigham Young at Missouri Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service via Getty Images
BYU v Missouri Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images