The Missouri Tigers beat a top-ten team on the road for the first time in 32 years Saturday, with a 41-26 drubbing of the depleted Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium.
James Franklin lead the Tigers to a 28-10 lead at halftime, but Georgia came surging back to within two points in the fourth quarter. Franklin went down with a serious shoulder injury as the Tigers were trying to extend the lead, and Maty Mauk came in for relief.
Mauk’s first play came on a third down, and he scrambled six yards for a first down. The next play would be written in Mizzou lore, as Mauk threw a backwards pass to Bud Sasser who found La’Damian Washington in the end zone for a 40-yard touchdown.
Missouri missed the extra point to keep it a one-score game, but the Tigers intercepted Aaron Murray on Georgia’s next drive. Henry Josey sealed the victory with a seven-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive.
Media reports after the game surfaced about Franklin’s injury, saying he would be out for the rest of the regular season with a seperated shoulder. Coach Gary Pinkel would not elaborate on a timetable for Franklin’s return. Pinkel also announced that EJ Gaines had a thigh bruise that he suffered in the second quarter.
The Tigers welcome in the Florida Gators for the first of three straight conference games at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. You can hear the game beginning with Tiger Gameday at 8 AM on KTGR, with kickoff set for 11:21 AM.