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Tom Herman and the Longhorns mocked Mizzou QB Drew Lock’s celebration

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The Mizzou QB took it in stride.

During Texas’ 33-16 win against Missouri in the Texas Bowl Wednesday, Longhorns coach Tom Herman and quarterback Sam Ehlinger appeared to mock Missouri quarterback Drew Lock. More specifically, they mocked one of Lock’s touchdown celebrations.

Early in the second half, Lock celebrated a TD pass like this:

That made the score 21-14, Texas.

Later, once Texas had its win in hand, Herman and Ehlinger celebrated on the sidelines by doing what looks like a parody of Lock’s earlier celebration:

Without having been inside Herman’s head or heard an explanation from him, this seems like a certain mocking of the other team’s QB.

Lock took Herman’s gesture in stride:

It seems like Texas players approved of Herman in general:

Texas and Missouri are former Big 12 opponents. They have a bit of previous rivalry heat, most recently when former UT AD DeLoss Dodds said of Mizzou four years ago: “Our bad years are better than their good years.”

And there’s some potential background to Herman’s move on Wednesday:

Missouri started the tension between the former Big 12 rivals by flashing the "Horns down" sign before the game. It's unclear whether Herman's celebration was a response to the Tigers' antics, or just some old-fashioned trash talk.

Herman’s Longhorns finished the year 7-6, good for the program’s first winning record since 2013. They’re going to finish this recruiting cycle with one of the best classes in the country. They’ve now started off their offseason in style.