Saturday, September 3, 2011
Big MU mistake puts Miami on the board
By David Ubben
James Franklin hadn't made many big plays in today's game against Miami (Ohio), but he hadn't made any big mistakes, either.
Until the second half, anyway.
Franklin forced a pass to the sidelines and threw his first interception of the season. Miami's Dayonne Nunley picked it off and returned it five yards to the Missouri 14-yard line.
Three plays later, the RedHawks cut Missouri's lead to 10-6 in the third quarter after a missed extra-point attempt.
Additionally, Missouri defensive end Jacquies Smith was helped off the field by trainers on the touchdown play. There's no word on his status, but he's a senior and one of the team's best pass-rushers. He left the field and headed to the locker room. The Tigers' defensive line is deep and the best in the league, so look for hyped redshirt freshman Kony Ealy to get some playing time later in the game.
Franklin though, in a tight game, can't afford many more mistakes like that.