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October 13, 2013

The Day After

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  • Quarterback: James Franklin stared down maybe the hottest quarterback in college football and matched him...at the very least. It was Franklin's worst statistical game of the season, but it was his biggest win as a college quarterback. Maty Mauk led the Tigers to two touchdowns for a save and now moves into the starting rotation for a few weeks, potentially for the rest of the season. GRADE: A
  • Running Back: Missouri's tailback trio was held to 118 rushing yards, easily its lowest output of the season. But Marcus Murphy was huge for the Tigers and Henry Josey scored the game-clinching touchdown. Not a banner day, but still pretty solid. GRADE: B
  • Receivers: Hey, L'Damian Washington, have a day. The senior had 115 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches. Dorial Green-Beckham made a huge grab late. And, oh by the way, the biggest pass of the day was thrown by Bud Sasser. GRADE: A
  • Offensive Line: Georgia got four sacks and the running game wasn't great. But in a stadium as loud as I've ever been in, the Tigers didn't have a single false start and they held up pretty well. GRADE: B+
  • Defensive Line: Two sacks and two more called back by penalty. They scored a touchdown too. But you can't simply ignore the fact that the Tigers had three offsides penalties, basically handing the Bulldogs two of their three touchdowns. GRADE: B
  • Linebackers: Nothing really stood out to me here, but it didn't seem that the Bulldogs had a ton of success over the middle. Kentrell Brothers had the pick to completely end the game and Andrew Wilson led the way with 11 tackles. GRADE: B
  • Secondary: Without E.J. Gaines, the Bulldogs tested John Gibson and Aarion Penton. For the most part, the youngsters responded. Randy Ponder had a huge pick and Braylon Webb was flat out fantastic from start to finish. GRADE: A
  • Special Teams: Christian Brinser was an underrated star in this game. He should have had two punts downed inside the five. Marcus Murphy finally busted a big return. On the downside, it didn't hurt, but oh, that missed PAT. GRADE: B
  • Coaching: Missouri wasn't intimated. It wasn't too small for the moment. Some will focus on the third quarter lull, but Gary Pinkel got his team back together and delivered perhaps his biggest win with his best offensive and defensive player on the sidelines. And how about that double pass called by Josh Henson? GRADE: A

  • ***GAME AT A GLANCE***

  • Player of the Game: Give it up for L'Damian Washington. While everybody thinks Green-Beckham is the top receiver on this team, Washington now has 22 catches for 340 yards and a team-high five touchdowns. His effort on the touchdown catch from Sasser will be the moment everyone looks at if this Tiger season turns out to be special.
  • Play of the Game: Yes, the double pass was it obviously. But how about the defense answering the bell with a Markus Golden sack to keep Georgia at bay and then the Ponder interception?
  • It was over when...: Josey scored from eight yards out to put the Tigers up 41-26. At that point, Georgia was in complete desperation mode and never came close to threatening.
  • Reason to feel good: Maybe because Missouri is 6-and-0, should be ranked in the top 15 and controls its own destiny in the SEC East? I don't know, maybe that's just me. Also, as Evan Boehm said after the game, "We haven't played our best game yet."
  • Cause for Concern: Franklin has been this team's heart and soul all season. Is Missouri good enough to win without him?
  • Up Next: Missouri hosts Florida at 11:21 a.m. next Saturday in the first SEC home game of the season. The game is televised on SEC-TV.


  • Best since when? When was the last time the Tigers came up this big in this kind of spot? Maybe 2010 against Oklahoma. Maybe 2007 against Kansas. But considering all that surrounds it, this might just be Pinkel's biggest win.
  • Line up on the right side Shane Ray, I'm looking at you. Pinkel called the penalties "embarrassing." He was right.
  • Time to talk defense The Tigers have now held two explosive offenses (and Vanderbilt) down for much of the game. Maybe they bend too much for your taste, but this defense had four takeaways and turned in one whale of a performance.
  • Spread it around As mentioned, Washington has taken over the mantle the last couple of weeks in the receiving corps. Now, maybe teams turn their attention more to him. And that's when Marcus Lucas and DGB go off again. A lot of weapons for Maty Mauk to work with.
  • Can they win the East? Why not? Florida and SC are good. Are they better than UGA? They have to come to Columbia too. And an opportunistic defense, a healthy offensive line and a fine, fine running game will help break in a new QB.

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