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Hearts of Gold

Bout against Tennessee marks last home game for seniors, Gary Pinkel

Evan Boehm, right, and Connor McGovern carry Coach Pinkel off the field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Seniors Evan Boehm, right, and Connor McGovern carry head coach Gary Pinkel off the field one last time. Photo by Shane Epping.

Acrowd of 59,575 fans braved the coldest home game of the Gary Pinkel era to witness a defensive struggle as both teams combined for just two touchdowns. Tennessee’s Jalen Hurd ran for 151 yards, and Aaron Medley kicked four field goals to lead Tennessee to a 19-8 win over Mizzou at Memorial Stadium. Saturday's game was the final home game for head coach Gary Pinkel, who announced that he plans to resign following the 2015 season due to health concerns. He finished his career with a 67-27 (.713) record at Faurot Field. The Tigers head to Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday for the regular-season finale against the Razorbacks. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Central Standard Time in a game that will air nationally on CBS.

Emily Bach and a couple of her friends take advantage of a make-shift fireplace made by unknown tailgaters to stay warm before kickoff at Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Emily Bach and friends take advantage of a makeshift fireplace to stay warm before kickoff at Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Red, white and blue fireworks shoot off from the North endzone at the conclusion of the National Anthem at Faurot Field prior to the game against Tennessee Satruday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Red, white and blue fireworks shoot off from the north end zone at the conclusion of the National Anthem at Faurot Field prior to the game against Tennessee Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Pinkel hugging Hansbrough

Head coach Gary Pinkel says farewell to running back Russell Hansbrough and 20 other seniors before Saturday's game. The athletes being honored on Seniors Night included: PK Andrew Baggett (Lee's Summit, Missouri), QB Corbin Berkstresser (Lee's Summit, Missouri), C Evan Boehm (Lee's Summit, Missouri), LB Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Oklahoma), FS Cortland Browning (Tyler, Texas), OL Taylor Chappell (Canadian, Texas), CB Kenya Dennis (Captain from Leland, Mississippi), TE Clayton Echard (Eureka, Missouri), LB Clarence Green (Clute, Texas), OL Mitch Hall (Russellville, Arkansas), TB Russell Hansbrough (Arlington, Texas), OL Jordan Hill (Lee's Summit, Missouri), TB Tyler Hunt (Huntsville, Missouri), WR Wesley Leftwich (Columbia, Missouri), OL Connor McGovern (Fargo, North Dakota), CB DeAndre McKenzie (Lee's Summit, Missouri), OL Brad McNulty (Allen, Texas), OL Nick Monaghan (Darien, Illinois), FS Ian Simon (Mansfield, Texas), TB Andrew Stevens (St. Louis, Missouri), DB Trei Walton (Northville, Michigan). Photo by Shane Epping.

Evan Boehm (77), a senior team captain and center for the Tigers, hugs Head Coach Gary Pinkel before he takes the field prior to the game against Tennessee Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Evan Boehm (77), a senior team captain and center for the Tigers, hugs head coach Gary Pinkel before he takes the field. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Coach Pinkel prepares to put on his signature Mizzou visor one last time at Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

Coach Pinkel prepares to put on his signature Mizzou visor one last time at Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman the Tiger gives the front section of Tiger's Lair a pre-game shower in the 25-degree temperatures as gold fireworks shoot off from the North endzone of Faurot Field Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Truman the Tiger gives the front section of Tiger's Lair a pre-game shower in the 25-degree weather as gold fireworks shoot off from the north end zone. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Fans hold a sign that says "Pinkel for President."

Fans propose a new presidential candidate for the upcoming 2016 election. Photo by Shane Epping.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock (3) hands the ball off to Russell Hansborough (32), a senior tailback, as the Tigers attempt to run the ball downfield in the first half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock (3) hands the ball off to Russell Hansbrough (32), a senior tailback, as the Tigers attempt to run the ball downfield in the first half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Sophomore Emily Bathe can't believe that Truman took her right-handed glove on such a blistery evening. He gave it back. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sophomore Emily Bathe can't believe that Truman took her right-hand glove on such a blustery evening. He gave it back. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sophomore defensive back Anthony Sherrils gets a tackle early in the game on Tennessee's running back Jalen Hurd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sophomore defensive back Anthony Sherrils gets a tackle early in the game on Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Nathalie Hill, a junior, giggles at her mom, Carin Hill as she holds up her "Pinkel Power, #1 Fan" sign, hoping to get on the video board during the game against Tennessee Saturday evening. Carin wishes Head Coach Gary Pinkel well in his health, commending him for giving the Tigers a wonderful 15 years. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Nathalie Hill, a junior, giggles at her mom, Carin Hill, as she holds up her "Pinkel Power, #1 Fan" sign, hoping to get on the video board during the game against Tennessee. Carin wishes head coach Gary Pinkel well in his health, commending him for giving the Tigers a wonderful 15 years. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

The field is painted with the message #ThanksGP

A social media shoutout to Gary Pinkel is visible in the northeast corner of Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tributes to Coach Pinkel peppered the stands on his night as Mizzou's head coach at home. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tributes to Coach Pinkel pepper the stands on his last night as Mizzou's head coach at home. Photo by Shane Epping.

Fans show their support for GP with a lymphoma ribbon. Photo by Shane Epping.

Fans show their support for GP with a lymphoma ribbon. Photo by Shane Epping.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs rushes eight yards for a touchdown before dropping the ball to put the Vols ahead 16-0 shortly before halftime. Photo by Shane Epping.

Quarterback Joshua Dobbs rushes eight yards for a touchdown before dropping the ball to put the Vols ahead 16-0 shortly before halftime. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman waves Ol' Glory when a US veteran is honored on the field during a timeout. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman waves Old Glory as a U.S. military veteran is honored on the field during a timeout. Photo by Shane Epping.

John Graves, left, John Graves, Jr, and Terrian Ray bundle up in the frigid conditions. Photo by Shane Epping.

John Graves, left, John Graves Jr. and Terrian Ray bundle up in the frigid conditions. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior twirler Halie Paige Hart entertains the crowd one last time at Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior twirler Halie Paige Hart entertains the crowd one last time at Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

A member of Marching Mizzou keeps his eyes on the music while playing the sousaphone during halftime. Photo by Shane Epping.

A member of Marching Mizzou keeps his eyes on the music while playing the sousaphone during halftime. Photo by Shane Epping.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock (3) runs the ball after the snap during the beginning of the second half of the game against the Tennessee Volunteers Satruday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock (3) runs the ball after the snap during the beginning of the second half. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Sophomore defensive lineman Charles Harris brings down Tennessee's running back Jalen Hurd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sophomore defensive lineman Charles Harris brings down Tennessee running back Jalen Hurd. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich catches a pass from quarterback Drew Lock for a 44-yard gain. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich catches a pass from quarterback Drew Lock for a 44-yard gain. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior offensive lineman Mitch Hall picks up freshman Cam Hilton after Hilton ran for a touchdown that was overturned upon review by the officials. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior offensive lineman Mitch Hall picks up freshman Cam Hilton after Hilton ran for a touchdown that was overturned upon review by the officials. Photo by Shane Epping.

Jason Reese (10), a tight end for the Tigers, celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Drew Lock (3) near the end of the first half of the game against Tennessee Saturday evening at Faurot Field. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Jason Reese (10), a tight end for the Tigers, celebrates a touchdown with quarterback Drew Lock (3) near the end of the first half. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Sophomore tightend Jason Reese scores a 2-point conversion to put Mizzou on the scoreboard, 19-8, in the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Sophomore tight end Jason Reese scores a 2-point conversion to put Mizzou on the scoreboard, 19-8, in the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

A racoon finds a warm place to rest on the head of a Tennessee Vols fan. Photo by Shane Epping.

A racoon finds a warm place to rest on the head of a Tennessee Vols fan. Photo by Shane Epping.

Golden Girls show their support for Gary Pinkel with shirts reading GGs "LOVE" GP. Photo by Shane Epping.

Golden Girls show their support for Gary Pinkel with shirts reading "GGs love GP." Photo by Shane Epping.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock threw for 135 yards and ran for another 11 and a touchdown. Photo by Shane Epping.

Freshman quarterback Drew Lock threw for 135 yards and ran for another 11 and a touchdown. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior running back Tyler Hunt rushes for a 2-yard gain to get a first down in the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior running back Tyler Hunt rushes for a 2-yard gain to get a first down in the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior defensive back Kenya Dennis lowers his head as the Tigers struggle for a win against Tennessee. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior defensive back Kenya Dennis lowers his head as the Tigers struggle for a win against Tennessee. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou Football Head Coach Gary Pinkel walks off of Faurot Field for the last time following the 8-19 loss against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Mizzou football head coach gary pinkel walks off Faurot Field for the last time following the 8-19 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Missy Martinette Pinkel embraces her husband after players lower him to the field on his last home game. Photo by Shane Epping.

Missy Martinette Pinkel embraces her husband after players lower him to the field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Jake Brents (26), a wide receiver for the Tigers, puts his arm around Andrew Stevens (40), a tailback, as they watch Head Coach Gary Pinkel walk off the field and into the locker room following the 8-19 loss against the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Jake Brents (26), a wide receiver for the Tigers, puts his arm around Andrew Stevens (40), a tailback, as they watch head coach Gary Pinkel walk off the field and into the locker room following the 8-19 loss to the Tennessee Volunteers Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Senior Evan Boehm carries a rock from the historic Rock M beyond the north end zone and walks off the field with members of his family one last time as a player. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior Evan Boehm carries a rock from the Rock M beyond the north end zone and walks off the field with members of his family for the last time as a player. Photo by Shane Epping.

The scoreboard above the north end of Faurot Field thanks Coach Pinkel for his many years of coaching Mizzou Tigers football. Photo by Shane Epping.

The scoreboard above the north end of Faurot Field thanks Pinkel for his many years of coaching Mizzou Tigers football. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman the Tiger holds up a student's poster-board cutout of Head Coach Gary Pinkel near the end of the first half of the game against Tennesee, Saturday evening. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Truman holds up a student's cardboard cutout of head coach Gary Pinkel. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

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