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Missouri Tigers Football news and notes

From the University of Missouri

TEAM NOTES

· Mizzou achieved bowl eligibility for the 7th-straight season (extending a school-record streak) with a thrilling come-from-behind 31-27 win Saturday in Columbia over Texas Tech. The Tigers trailed 14-0 after the first quarter, and faced a 27-17 deficit to begin the 4th quarter. QB James Franklin threw for a TD pass early in the 4th to make it a one-score game, and he scored on a 9-yard keeper with 2:22 left for the game-winner…

· The Tiger defense did their part too, as it clinched the victory with a dramatic goal-line stand in the closing seconds, capped by DE Michael Sam's interception at the MU 4-yardline on a pass that was deflected at the line of scrimmage by DT Dominique Hamilton. That play came with just :32 seconds left in the game, and the Tigers ran out the clock for the win, which improved them to 6-5 overall and 4-4 in Big 12 play…

· The comeback marked the 2nd double-digit 4th-quarter deficit overcome to win in less than a month. On Oct. 29th, Mizzou trailed at Texas A&M by 11 points in the 4th quarter before coming back to force overtime, eventually claiming a 38-31 OT win. The A&M comeback stands as the 2nd-largest 4th-quarter deficit ever overcome to win for Mizzou (13 points is the biggest 4th-quarter deficit overcome, against Nebraska in 1949), while the 10-point deficit is the 3rd-largest overcome…

· Despite playing its first game without Big 12 leading rusher Henry Josey (116 ypg), the Tigers ran for 318 yards against Tech, the most for Mizzou this season against an FBS opponent (season high was 428 vs. FCS' Western Illinois). The Tigers retained their hold on the Big 12 rushing lead, as they lead the league, and now rank 11th nationally in rushing, with an average of 242.18 yards per game…

· Mizzou is one of only three schools in the nation to average 240 yards per game both rushing and passing (along with Nevada and Northern Illinois). Mizzou ranks 11th in rushing (242.18 avg.) and is 50th in passing (241.27 avg.)…

· Mizzou's offense has displayed an uncanny balance to it, as through 11 games, there's only a difference of 10 yards between its season rushing yardage total (2,664 yards) and passing yardage total (2,654 yards)…

· The win over Tech gave Mizzou victories in consecutive weeks for the first time this season, as it followed a 17-5 win the previous week in Columbia over #21 Texas. They'll look to make it three in a row this Saturday when they take on arch rival Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. The nation's 2nd-oldest rivalry will see the 120th game between the two schools. Mizzou holds a 56-54-9 edge in the previous 119 matchups (Kansas claims a 55-55-9 tie, due to a forfeited game in 1960 that both schools claim as a win)…

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

· James Franklin, QB – Soph., 6-2, 225, Corinth, Texas

o Franklin led the charge for the Tiger offense, as he accounted for all four touchdowns on the day (2 passing, 2 rushing) that made the difference in Mizzou's thrilling comeback win. He ended the day with 324 yards of total offense (including a career-high 152 yards rushing), and scored the game-winning touchdown on a 9-yard keeper with 2:22 to play…

o Mizzou trailed by a 27-17 score entering the fourth quarter of play yesterday, but Franklin led a 63-yard drive that ended with his 7-yard TD pass to WR Marcus Lucas on 3rd-and-goal with 12:03 left to pull the Tigers to within 27-24. After a defensive stop, Franklin and the offense got the ball back on their own 11-yardline with just 6:06 left in the game. On the game-winning drive, Franklin ran 5 times for 39 yards and completed 2-of-3 passes for 35 yards…

o In the 4th quarter alone, Franklin complete 5-of-8 passes for 85 yards and a TD, while he ran 9 times in all for 76 yards and a score…

o Franklin has accounted for 31 touchdowns on the year (18 passing / 13 rushing), and that total ranks as 4th-most on the MU single season charts. In the last four games (where MU is 3-1 including wins over two ranked teams), Franklin has a passer rating of 152.68 and has completed 69.0% of his throws for 881 yards, 7 TDs and zero interceptions. He's also rushed for a team-high 349 yards and 5 TDs in that stretch, and is averaging 307.5 yards of total offense in those games…

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK

· Luke Lambert, LB – Sr., 6-3, 230, Brookfield, Mo.

o Lambert registered a game-high 13 tackles against Texas Tech, which included a game-high total of 2.5 tackles for loss. He also added a QB hurry on the day as the Tiger defense held Tech nearly 7 points below their scoring average of 33.70 coming into the game…

o Lambert is 2nd on the team for the season with 69 tackles, while his 10.5 TFLs leads the Tigers and ranks as 9th-best in the Big 12 currently. He ranks 3rd in the Big 12 among linebackers with his 10.5 TFLs, as well…

 

INDIVIDUAL NOTES

· Sophomore CB E.J. Gaines had two pass break ups Saturday to bring his season total to 16, which breaks the previous MU single-season record of 15 (set in 2002 by Michael Harden). Gaines ranks 3rd in the nation, and leads the Big 12 in passes defended, with 18 (1.64 per/game average)…

· Junior TB Kendial Lawrence just missed his 2nd-straight 100-yard rushing day as he tallied 94 yards on 15 carries (6.3 avg.). Senior De'Vion Moore also added a career-high 79 yards (including a 54-yarder) to help the duo combine for 173 yards in the absence of Henry Josey, who was lost for the season last week against Texas with a knee injury…

 

 

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