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Saturday, November 26, 2011
James Franklin struggling for trailing Tigers

By David Ubben

Missouri trails Kansas in the second quarter, and James Franklin's poor play so far has been a big reason why.

The sophomore has struggled and has thrown three interceptions. The third pick was returned for a 64-yard touchdown by former receiver Bradley McDougald to put Missouri behind, 10-0.

That came on a 3rd-and-16 that came from the wrong read on a run play that resulted in a six-yard loss. Then he missed what should have been an easy throw on a swing pass to a running back.

So far, it's been his worst day of the season, and the Tigers' offense has looked ugly. He's just 4-of-11 for 41 yards with the three interceptions, adding 13 yards rushing on his four carries.

It's a windy day, and Franklin's passes have floated, especially his first interception hauled in by Tyler Patmon with one hand. At at some point, Missouri's offense has to adjust.

This one's pretty simple: Franklin has to be better, or Missouri will join Texas A&M in leaving for the SEC with an embarrassing loss as a favor to a longtime rival.