COL FB: Missouri 41, North Carolina 24

Dec. 26, 2011 at 8:54 PM
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SHREVEPORT, La., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Quarterback James Franklin scored twice on the ground and once through the air Monday, powering Missouri past North Carolina 41-24 in the Independence Bowl.

Franklin rushed for 142 yards and tossed for 132 more as the Tigers (8-5) jumped out to a 31-7 lead in the first half and cruised to the victory.

Missouri finished the season with five consecutive wins, including four straight in the Big 12 Conference. The school will switch to the Southeastern Conference next season.

The Tar Heels (7-6) fell despite 317 yards and three touchdowns from Bryn Renner. The North Carolina signal-caller was intercepted once.

Jheranie Boyd made three grabs for 95 yards and a score.

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