Missouri Tigers: James Franklin’s Injury Overshadows Upset of No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs
Yes, the No. 25 Missouri Tigers defeated the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs in a statement 41-26 upset to remain undefeated at 6-0. The Tigers moved up in the rankings, while snapping a 15-game win streak for the Bulldogs at home. In the fourth quarter, receiver Bud Sesser threw a 40-yard touchdown to L’Damien Washington. In their second season, Missouri proved that they belong in the SEC with the commanding win. It was Missouri’s first road win against a top-10 team since 1981. But, none of that was the buzz after the game.
The big talk was the injury to starting quarterback James Franklin, who was tackled and had a tough fall on his shoulder early in the fourth quarter. The injury is reportedly a Grade 2 separation of Franklin’s shoulder per head coach Gary Pinkel. Although Grade 2 separations usually take about 5-6 weeks to heal, Pinkel seemed more optimistic about the timeline of Franklin’s return.
Just when the Tigers were making a statement, the loss of their quarterback, whether for a week or the rest of the season, is sure to halt progress. Franklin was just starting to get noticed after an injury-riddled 2012 season and his draft stock was rising with the Tigers scoring at least 38 points in each of their victories this season. Before leaving the game, Franklin was having a great day against a strong Bulldog defense. He went 18 of 27 for 170 yards, and added 23 yards rushing and a touchdown.
If Franklin is unavailable the rest of the season, he will miss games against No. 22 Florida next, followed by No. 11 South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky later this season. Unfortunately, with Franklin giving the Tigers the momentum all season, his absence will hit hard. Redshirt Freshman Maty Mauk will take the reigns with very big shoes to fill.
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