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MU's Franklin: Doing what he does best

Tigers quarterback James Franklin got flushed out of the pocket, but tucked it and ran. Three or four busted tackles later, complete with an inadvertent spin move, he was in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown and put Missouri up 7-0.

Franklin's passing mechanics aren't pretty, but he's a better passer than he gets credit for.

That said, when he's running the ball, Missouri is at its best. It's Franklin's best asset.

In past weeks, he's been perhaps a bit too tentative to run. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, he showed today what can happen and just how dangerous he can be when he gets aggressive and looks like he's running angry.

Texas A&M has the nation's No. 5 rushing defense and last-ranked passing defense, but the numbers don't tell the whole story in this one. If Franklin makes a point to make plays with his feet, the Tigers will be in much better position to spring the upset and get a much-needed win to give their bowl hopes a boost.