Mizzou quarterback James Franklin accounted for 313 yards of total offense in leading 5th ranked Mizzou to a 28-21 win over 19th ranked Texas A&M last Saturday in his final game at Faurot Field. It was a great ending to his regular season, after it was initially feared he would miss the rest of his season due to a shoulder injury at Georgia on October 12. Now, here he is, ready to lead the Tigers to Atlanta, Ga., in their first-ever SEC Championship Game.
Franklin’s night included 233 yards and 2 TDs, completing 18-of-28 passes with no interceptions. Franklin also recorded a season-high 80 yards on a season-high 18 attempts, showing no ill-effects or fear of running with his shoulder. He outplayed reigning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who had 216 yards of total offense on the night and Franklin continued his personal undefeated run this season as a starter, as last Saturday’s win over Texas A&M moved him to 8-0 this season.
Franklin’s ranks 16th in completion percentage (66.9), 21st in passing efficiency (153.2 rating), and 35th in total offense (262.7 ypg).