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October 6, 2013

The Day After
















***GAME DAY REPORT CARD***


  • Quarterback: There was discussion after the game about whether or not this was James Franklin's best game as a Tiger. That pretty much says all you need to know. GRADE: A
  • Running Back: Henry Josey was the workhorse, Marcus Murphy came up with a couple of long runs and Russell Hansbrough helped salt it away late. Missouri once again ran for well over 200 yards. GRADE: A
  • Receivers: So it was an off night for Dorial Green-Beckham? How about two touchdowns from L'Damian Washington, six for 60 from Marcus Lucas and a pretty big performance from Eric Waters? GRADE: A
  • Offensive Line: I think Franklin got sacked a couple of times, but Missouri scored on the first eight possessions which it tried to do so. GRADE: A-
  • Defensive Line: Seven sacks. Seven. No need to say more. GRADE: A
  • Linebackers: Donovan Bonner had a career-high 10 tackles and Kentrell Brothers made the play that turned this one into a laugher early with his first quarter interception. GRADE: A
  • Secondary: Yes, there were some yards late. Yes, Jordan Matthews' final line looked pretty good. But while Missouri was rolling to a 30-7 lead in the first half, Matthews caught two passes for eight yards. Good enough for me. GRADE: A
  • Special Teams: Andrew Baggett made all nine of his kicks. He said after the game that Christian Brinser said he was bored on the sidelines. When your punter is bored, that's a great thing. GRADE: A
  • Coaching: A coach's job is to have his team ready to play. Missouri had 20 points before Vandy had a first down. I'm not sure I've seen a Missouri team more ready to play. GRADE: A

  • ***GAME AT A GLANCE***


  • Player of the Game: I want to not do this. It's getting kind of repetitive. But I have to do this. This is a quarterback driven offense. And James Franklin has been a hell of a driver. He had 341 yards of total offense, four touchdowns and no turnovers. How do you pick anyone else?
  • Play of the Game: For me, it was the Brothers interception followed by the beautifully executed play action touchdown from Franklin to Waters. At 10-0, Vandy was one play away from being right back in it. At 17-0 less than eight minutes in, it was starting to feel like an uphill climb that was never going to be completed.
  • It was over when...: Missouri answered a Vandy touchdown to open the second half with one of its own. For a second, the 'Dores might have thought they had a shot after getting it to 30-14. They did have some momentum. But the simple fact is that the Vandy defense never looked even semi-capable of stopping Missouri on offense. Even when the Commodores started to get moving, Mizzou had an answer..
  • Reason to feel good: If I have to give you one, you probably are not a very pleasant person to be around. I mean, did you watch the game? Well, on that note, at least Missouri is playing well enough that Charter shouldn't be in charge of their broadcasts anymore.
  • Cause for Concern: It occurred to me that maybe Tennessee served Georgia with a wakeup call. The Bulldogs had their national title hopes on life support and survived. Maybe they come out on a mission next weekend. It's a little bit of a stretch, but I couldn't really find anything actually related to Missouri to have a problem with.
  • Up Next: Missouri travels to Athens for a noon kickoff against the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. The game will be televised by ESPN.

  • ***FIVE THOUGHTS ON THE TIGERS***


  • Best since when? I'm being serious here. When was the last time Missouri dominated a game against a decent to good opponent like it did on Saturday? Not Oklahoma in 2010. I mean, it was a great win, but there were times the Tigers weren't in complete control. There were none on Saturday. It's been a while.
  • Markus Golden is good. Like, really good. Every time he's in the game, he's doing something to make you notice him. I don't know that he should start, though, because...
  • Michael Sam is good too. Sam had three sacks for the second week in a row. He led Missouri last season in that category...with four-and-a-half.
  • Right down the middle There was no clearer reason for optimism than Baggett's performance. He made all three of his field goals, two of them when the game was still somewhat in doubt. Very good sign.
  • The seat just got cold. I said all along it was fair to talk about whether Gary Pinkel's job was in jeopardy. And it was. And now it's not. Barring a complete disaster, Missouri's going to win at least seven. Honestly, less than eight will be a letdown at this point. And more than eight isn't out of the question. Unless he for some reason decides he doesn't want to be, Gary Pinkel is going to be the coach at Missouri next year.

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