Franklin’s 5 Touchdowns Vault Tigers over Cyclones in Homecoming Game

Emily Hauger and William Joy have all the coverage as the Missouri Tigers take on the Iowa State Cyclones for the celebration of the 100th homecoming.

Saturday, Oct. 15 –

After two tough losses in a row on the road, the Missouri Tigers came back home to Columbia for their Centennial Homecoming Game against the Iowa State Cyclones in their third conference game of the season. The Tigers gave their fans and alumni a huge treat as they defeated the Cyclones 52-17.

Sophomore quarterback James Franklin had five total touchdowns in the game against Iowa State, throwing for three and running for two. Franklin finished the game throwing for 289 yards and rushing for 84 yards.

Franklin also received a lot of help on the ground from break-out running back Henry Josey. Josey ran for a game-best 129 yards on nineteen carries, with one touchdown. Standout tight end Michael Egnew was the leading receiver, piling 105 yards on six receptions with a touchdown.

Franklin and the Tigers were efficient on their first set of possessions in the game, scoring on each of them to gain a 31-10 lead heading into the half. The Tiger offense did not let up for the rest of the game, scoring fourteen unanswered points in the first part of the third quarter.

The Cyclones put up one final touchdown on a run by Jeff Woody, but the Tigers quickly followed that up with another touchdown. Mizzou finished with an incredible 583 total yards of offense.

The defense also put up a strong performance, forcing three turnovers, an interception and two fumbles in arguably their best game of the year. Sophomore defensive lineman Michael Sam picked up 1.5 sacks in the game, sharing a sack with junior defensive lineman Brad Madison. Madison also picked up an interception in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers now welcome the undefeated No. 6 Oklahoma State Cowboys next week at home in arguably the Tigers’ toughest test of the season.

– Christopher Novak
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Staff Writer