(Missouri Football App) - James Franklin finally pieced together a solid performance this season in Mizzou's 51-48 victory over Tennessee.
Franklin's numbers were not the most impressive (19-32 for 226 yards, four touchdowns and one interception) but he made big plays in crucial situations, most notably the 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham with 47 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game.
The four touchdown passes were part of what was a bounce back half of football for the Corinth, Texas native and was a departure from his play earlier this season.
Franklin's struggles have been well documented this season. He struggled to make the important throws in the second half of the game against Georgia when the contest was still close; he threw a big interception against Central Florida and had trouble finding open targets; it got even worse against Florida as Franklin (trying to throw without adversly affecting his injured knee) threw four interceptions and missed wide open receivers on throw after throw; he seemed to have hit rock bottom during the first half against Tennessee by only completing two of eight passes for 18 yards and throwing one interception.
Now that Franklin has demonstrated a tremendous amount of heart after turning things around in the second half in Knoxville, the question is can he find consistency the rest of the way?
I believe the answer is yes.
Head coach Gary Pinkel says this is the healthiest Franklin has been all season long. If that's true then his accuracy will improve. The fact that he picked apart a defense after not being able to hit water if he fell out of a boat will help his confidence even further.