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Mizzou knocks off UGA, but James Franklin separates shoulder

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That noise you hear could very well be the air leaking from Missouri’s balloon.

Yes, the Tigers knocked off injury-ravaged Georgia in Athens, its first road win over a team ranked in the Top 10 since October of 1981.  Yes, pending the outcome of the Florida-LSU game, Mizzou could be sitting alone atop the SEC East standings at day’s end.  And, yes, the win did come with what appears to be a very stiff price.

In the fourth quarter of the 41-26 win, starting quarterback James Franklin went down with what appeared to be a right arm/shoulder injury.  After gingerly walking to the locker room, he returned to the sidelined with his right arm wrapped in a sling.

Following the game, head coach Gary Pinkel confirmed that Franklin had suffered a separated right shoulder, the severity of which is not yet known.  Pinkel indicated that it’s highly doubtful Franklin plays this coming weekend, and there’s a very good chance he could miss the following weekend as well.

That would serve as the most devastating part of the injury: the next two weeks, Mizzou hosts Florida and South Carolina, two of the teams the Tigers will have to fend off if it hopes to earn the SEC East’s slot in the conference championship game in early December.

If Franklin were unable to go, the responsibility for keeping the Tigers in the division race would fall on the shoulders of Maty Mauk.  The redshirt freshman has thrown just six passes in his career, with three of them coming in relief of Franklin today.

UPDATED 5:41 p.m. ET: Citing a source with knowledge of the injury, Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com is reporting via Twitter that “Franklin is expected to be out for at least the next 6 wks, probably longer w[ith] a Grade 2 shoulder separation.”  That would mean the absolute earliest Franklin could return would be for the Nov. 23 game against Ole Miss, the next-to-last game of the regular season.

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21 Responses to “Mizzou knocks off UGA, but James Franklin separates shoulder”
  1. dhardy8207 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:04 PM

    Well how do ya do…. Mizzou beat the DAWGS…now let’s see how long Aaron Murray stays on that Heisman list….

  2. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Oct 12, 2013 5:06 PM

    Georgia at #7 was a joke.

    Glad Missouri exposed them on their own turf.

    Makes South Carolina and LSU’s loss to Georgia look even worse now.

  3. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 12, 2013 5:07 PM

    Mizzou is legit. Their WRs are huge and a mismatch for anyone. They can get after the passer really well and force turnovers. Of course if Franklin is hurt that goes out the window.

  4. Deb says: Oct 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    WOO-HOOO, Mizzou!!!!!

    Congrats to the Tigers!!!!! Still rollin’ with my Tide, but have to show some love to the alma mater!! Great job!!!

  5. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 12, 2013 5:09 PM

    Georgia at #7 was a joke.

    Glad Missouri exposed them on their own turf.

    Makes South Carolina and LSU’s loss to Georgia look even worse now.

    Georgia was ranked too high but they’ve lost 3 wrs and their top two rbs. However, their defense can’t stop anyone.

  6. missouriman4ever says: Oct 12, 2013 5:11 PM

    While Franklin is experienced, I’m not entirely sure he’s a better option than Mauk. Franklin has ZERO pocket presence. After he gets hit once he has a deer in the headlights look the rest of the game. He can’t take a hit either. And in the SEC, QB’s get hit. Mauk is the better option going forward IMO.

  7. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 12, 2013 5:13 PM

    While Franklin is experienced, I’m not entirely sure he’s a better option than Mauk. Franklin has ZERO pocket presence. After he gets hit once he has a deer in the headlights look the rest of the game. He can’t take a hit either. And in the SEC, QB’s get hit. Mauk is the better option going forward IMO.

    Mauk isn’t ready. That showed today. He’ll get his chance it looks like though.

  8. skwackquackwoof says: Oct 12, 2013 5:16 PM

    Good for Missouri! They have a lot to be proud of today and certainly earned a lot of respect, especially down the stretch. Well done. Injury to Franklin sucks, but you’re in the hunt for sure.

  9. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 5:29 PM

    missouriman4ever, I agree. Franklin does not feel pressure coming. If MU can get some QB play, they will be dangerous.

  10. kcrobert10 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:46 PM

    What a game what an awesome atmosphere in Athens. Hauling but back to kc to see the chiefs beat those losers from Oakland. Franklin is a lose but mauk made plays when needed today and he has plenty of talent around him to do well. This is going to be fun the next month. Poor deb is going to have allegiance issues if mizzou can get to Atlanta to play Alabama esp if its for the right to go to the national championship.

  11. thraiderskin says: Oct 12, 2013 7:24 PM

    Congrats to Missouri, they got dragged through the mud last year because of thier “poor” transition to the “SEC”.
    Georgia seems to have that game every year, where they lose one they weren’t supposed to win, reminds me a lot of Clemson.

  12. novoodoo4409 says: Oct 12, 2013 8:56 PM

    Lmao at the fraugs….

  13. Deb says: Oct 12, 2013 9:42 PM

    @kcroberto10 …

    Have to stick with the Tide if they face in the SEC Championship, but would be so proud for Mizzou! And congrats to the Chiefs! Have had a soft spot for them since the Derrick Thomas days, and I like Andy Reid. Glad to see them doing so well this year!

  14. wabbitslayer says: Oct 12, 2013 9:48 PM

    True, the UGA defense hasn’t been able to stop anyone all year. The whole team is a joke, though? Hardly.

    Top three WRs out.
    Both #1 and #2 running backs out.

    I agree they aren’t a top ten team without those guys. To but say this reflects on the LSU and So Car games….pleeze!

    But Mizzou will find out about So Car (and UF) soon enough.

  15. kcrobert10 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:03 PM

    We will see deb. Sorry for down yr on Pittsburgh but they have had lots of success so one bad yr is ok. I like Missouri chances even with mauk as the qb now. We have both south Carolina and Florida at home if we can win 1 of those we should get a shot at ur tide. Anyway we have hit our rest stop out side of st Louis so its my turn to drive. What a day though next 2 weekends shouldn’t be as much travel given the fact Mu is at Columbia and the chiefs are at home to. By the way the south Carolina game is homecoming u should come up esp if we win next week college gameday may very well be in town for that game to.

  16. lokm88 says: Oct 12, 2013 10:20 PM

    Great game. I think/hope Mauk will do well but you Frank the Tank haters are dbags.

  17. Deb says: Oct 12, 2013 11:31 PM

    Drive carefully, kcrobert10!! I like Mizzou’s chances for the SEC Championship. But I’m not counting my chickens as a Bama fan. We still have LSU, our always-contentious rival game with Auburn, and Arkansas–which played A&M pretty tough. It’s not a given for us.

  18. normtide says: Oct 12, 2013 11:52 PM

    I agree Deb. The defense is awesome, but offense has been lack luster at times. It seems we play to our opponent, and that’s dangerous. The talent is there, and anything besides talent can be fixed during the season. Not counting my chickens at all. But, I still think we can get the offense on time. The UT game scares me, their going to beat a good team. LSU and auburn will both be tough.

    MU has a tough road too. What SEC team doesn’t? Just get done solid QB play, and rely on that defense. Best of luck.

  19. dhardy8207 says: Oct 13, 2013 9:50 AM

    normtide says:

    “The UT game scares me, their going to beat a good team. LSU and auburn will both be tough”

    ————————————————–

    I agree Norm… There are a few teams on the schedule that I’m sure Saban is urging the team not to sleep on. LSU is a given, they are always a tough team to play and beat. UT and Auburn are dangerous because they have the ability to be the stumbling block if BAMA only focuses on LSU as the obstacle between them and another SEC championship…

  20. Deb says: Oct 13, 2013 1:41 PM

    @normtide …

    UT scares me, too!

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Oct 14, 2013 3:44 PM

    I’m glad for Mizzou to have a great win on the road, but Mizzou fans thinking they are going to a national championship now because they beat an UGA team that is just DECIMATED by injuries may want to temper those expectations.

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