Missouri's James Franklin separates shoulder in upset of Georgia
ATHENS, GA - OCTOBER 12: James Franklin #1 of the Missouri Tigers reacts after their 41-26 win over the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) By Kevin C. Cox
(CBSSPORTS) - Missouri got their first road win over a top-10 team since 1981 and thrust itself into the thick of the SEC East race with a 41-26 win at No. 7 Georgia Saturday, but the win may have come at a cost after quarterback James Franklin separated his shoulder.
Per CBSSports.com's Bruce Feldman on Twitter:
#Mizzou QB James Franklin is expected to be out for at least the next 6 wks, probably longer w a Grade 2 shoulder separation, per source.
Per Rivals reporter Gabe DeArmond and other outlets, Gary Pinkel confirmed after the game that Franklin had suffered a separation. Pinkel set no timetable for his return, but did say he expected Franklin to be out "a while."
Franklin was tackled and landed hard on the shoulder early in the fourth quarter, with his Tigers up 28-26. He subsequently went to the Missouri locker room and was replaced by backup Maty Mauk. Franklin later reappeared on the sideline with his shoulder iced and his arm in a sling.
The injury came with Franklin enjoying one of the biggest performances of his career, going 18-of-27 for 170 yards and rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown as he led Missouri to a 28-10 lead.
The senior struggled with injuries in 2012 but had gotten off to a hot start for the undefeated Tigers in 2013, ranking fourth in the SEC in passing at 281 yards-per-game entering Saturday's game.
The Tigers will be encouraged by Mauk's performance down the stretch in leading Missouri to the 41-26 victory. He hit 3-of-3 for 23 yards, rushed for 7 yards on a critical 3rd-and-6, and saw both of his drives end in touchdowns to salt away the upset.
After hosting Florida, Missouri plays at home against South Carolina Oct. 26 and then Tennessee Nov. 2.