Monday, November 12, 2012
SEC Player of the Week
By Edward Aschoff
Hobbled and working with basically one good shoulder and one good knee, Missouri quarterback James Franklin willed his team to a quadruple overtime win over Tennessee on Saturday.
Not a ton was really expected from Franklin with all the pain surging through his body -- especially after that four-interception outing in the loss to Florida the week before -- but Franklin stood tall against Tennessee's struggling defense and served up 226 passing yards and four touchdowns.
His first touchdown pass -- a 25-yarder to Dorial Green-Beckham -- with 47 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter sent the game into overtime tied at 28. He proceeded to throw three more touchdown passes in the extra frames, including two that came on third down.
He also carried the ball 17 times for 43 yards. Seventeen times is a lot for someone who was basically held together by Band-Aids. But that just shows you how tough this guy is.
Franklin was really hurting physically and mentally after the loss to Florida, but bounced back in a major way to keep the Tigers' bowl hopes alive. Tennessee's defense has struggled all season, but the Tigers needed this win in the worst way and Franklin's play against the Vols was a major reason why Mizzou is one win away from being bowl eligible in its first year in the SEC.