Mizzou’s Offensive Play of the Week comes courtesy of senior quarterback James Franklin and sophomore wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham.

The play, a 68-yard touchdown toss from Franklin to Green-Beckham, highlights the show-stopping potential both players bring to the gridiron every game.

Franklin drops back with just more than 12 minutes left in the second quarter, looks and steps up to show off the arm that found him a place on the Davey O’Brien Watch List for the nation’s top quarterbacks at the start of the year.

The throw is high and hard and finds itself in the lap of Green-Beckham, who had sprinted past three Arkansas State defenders to the 20-yard line. Green-Beckham twists to catch the ball and glues it to his fingers before tucking it away.

Then the former number one recruit in the nation beats all three defenders to the end zone to put Mizzou up 13-7.

Green-Beckham led all Tiger receivers with 95 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. The sophomore already has 334 yards receiving and four scores this season, just one off his career high set in 2012.

Franklin was also in his routinely dominant form against Arkansas State. The senior piled up 225 yards in the air and three touchdowns on 20/29 passing. He also ran for 33 yards and a touchdown.

Missouri defeated Arkansas State 41-19 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

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September 30, 2013

Mizzou-Georgia Football Game Chosen for ESPN

Oct. 12 Game in Athens Will Kick at 11 a.m. Central

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The University of Missouri football game at Georgia on Oct. 12 has been chosen for a national telecast on ESPN, and will kick off at 11 a.m. central time (Noon eastern), as announced today by the Southeastern Conference office.

Mizzou’s game at Vanderbilt this Saturday (Oct. 5) will kick at 6:30 p.m. (central) and will be televised on Comcast Sports South (CSS).  Affiliate information is being finalized for the CSS broadcast and will be announced soon. 

– M . I . Z . Z . O. U. –

Sam had a big 3.0-sack night against Arkansas State to earn SEC recognition

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Mizzou Football senior defensive lineman Michael Sam (Hitchcock, Texas) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Line Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Sam was a disruptive force in the backfield for much of the night in Mizzou’s 41-19 win over Arkansas State on Saturday, as he recorded a career-best 3.0 sacks and forced a fumble.

Sam’s 3.0 sacks tie the NCAA single-game high through Sept. 28 this season. His 1.8 tackle-for-loss average through four games leads the SEC and ranks tied for eighth nationally.

Sam is the third Tiger to earn Defensive Line Player of the Week from the SEC after junior DL Markus Golden (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior DL Kony Ealy (New Madrid, Mo.) earned the award for their defensive scores in the Sept. 7 win over Toledo and the Sept. 21 win at Indiana, respectively.

Mizzou (4-0) hits the road to start SEC action, taking on Vanderbilt on Saturday, Oct. 5, with a 6:30 p.m. kickoff on CSS.

A minute-by-minute guide to the highlights of Missouri’s 41-19 victory over Arkansas State on Saturday night.

0:10 – Michael Sam sack of Arkansas State quarterback for a loss of 7 yards.

0:20 – Russell Hansbrough 42-yard rush to Arkansas State 33 yard line.

0:35 – Marcus Murphy 19-yard rush to Arkansas State 8 yard line.

0:46 – Marcus Murphy 8-yard touchdown run off the James Franklin option to tie the score at 6-6 in the first quarter.

1:00 – James Franklin 68-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham to put Missouri up 13-7 in the second quarter.

1:25 – Missouri’s front line relentlessly takes down Arkansas State at the end of the first half.

1:42 – James Franklin 13-yard pass to L’Damian Washington on third down.

1:54 – James Franklin 18-yard rush to Arkansas State 17-yard line.

2:14 – James Franklin 2-yard touchdown pass to L’Damian Washington to put Missouri up 20-16 in the third quarter.

2:32 – James Franklin 21-yard pass to Marcus Lucas for a first down.

2:46 – Henry Josey 1-yard touchdown run off the James Franklin option to make the score 26-16 Missouri.

2:55 – Russell Hansbrough 16-yard rush to Arkansas State 32 and a first down.

3:05 – James Franklin 23-yard play-action pass to L’Damian Washington for a first down inside the Red Zone.

3:19 – James Franklin 9-yard rush for a touchdown to put Missouri up 33–19.

3:31 – E.J. Gaines interception.

3:45 – James Franklin touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham.


Top Performers:

Quarterback James Franklin: 20-29, 255 YDS, 3 TD

Wide Receiver Dorial Green-Beckham: 4 REC, 95 YDS, 2 TDS

Linebacker Andrew Wilson: 17 tackles

Ariel Montgomery loves the tradition at Mizzou, and the fact that it’s not just the school’s students and alumni that get excited about the Tigers, but the Columbia community at large.

Ariel comes to Columbia out of Chicago as a health-science major. Her dedication to training is the passion that drives her as a leader on the cheerleading squad.

With so many things going on at Mizzou, she knew after making a visit that this was the right school for her. This coupled with the fact that she was getting a great learning experience made it an easy choice.

When it comes to her favorite parts of the Mizzou football experience, the pregame ceremony is tops in her book. And as far as memories go, the Homecoming game against Oklahoma her freshman year stands out as number one in that department.

Tigers continue in The ZOU with the Red Wolves at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football returns to Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium to continue its non-conference schedule with Arkansas State at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Family Weekend contest will be televised by CSS, and broadcast in the state of Missouri by several local affiliates. The best source for updated game day information, including maps, traffic flow, parking, tailgating information and much more is mizzougameday.com.

FAMILY WEEKEND – Fans with Family Weekend tickets to the Mizzou-Arkansas State football game can pick them up from 8 a.m.-Noon on Saturday at the Student Center. Any tickets that remain can be picked up beginning at 2:30 pm. at the Memorial Stadium Ticket Office (Gate 1). The entire Family Weekend schedule can be found here.

TV INFORMATION – Mizzou’s 6:30 p.m. game vs. Arkansas State will be televised by CSS, with several local affiliates in the state of Missouri picking up the broadcast. A list of those stations can be found here. Additionally, the game will be available to Charter cable subscribers in Missouri, with more information available here.

TIGER WALK – Approximately two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff (4:15 p.m. this Saturday), the Mizzou team will arrive via bus at the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex (MATC). Don’t miss the opportunity to join in on this game day tradition that has become a fan favorite. Join hundreds of Tiger fans and welcome the team and coaches as they cross the Tiger Walk Bridge, spanning Providence Road, and walk down behind the stadium to their locker room.

TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE – Fans who haven’t purchased their tickets yet still have a chance to do so, as seats for the Tigers’ matchup with the Red Wolves are still available. Fans can purchase tickets for as low as $27 (general admission), with reserved seats available for $55. Orders can be made via phone at 1-800-CAT-PAWS, online at mutigers.com, or in person at the Mizzou Arena Ticket Office. The Memorial Stadium and Mizzou Arena ticket offices will open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

ARRIVE EARLY – Due to the large crowd that is expected, fans are encouraged to arrive early and make plans to enter the stadium early. Long lines can form outside of the stadium just before kickoff, and with security checks of bags, it can take a while to get into the stadium. The stadium gates will open at 5 p.m.

PARKING INFORMATION – Parking lots will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, with the exception of Truman’s Landing (for all RVs) at 7 a.m. Tailgating tents should not exceed 10’x10′ and may not be set up prior to Saturday when the parking lots open.

Separately, Truman’s Landing will open at 6 p.m. on Friday evening, with RV staging beginning at 2 p.m. Fans are not permitted to setup at Truman’s Landing before the lot opens at 6 p.m.

Fans can park in any general public lots, which include a small lot to the immediate south of Truman’s Landing on Research Park Drive, as well as in the Dalton Parking Lot located to the north of Truman’s Landing on Research Park Drive. The Tiger Ave. Garage and Parking Structure #7 are also available during any home game this season on a first come, first served for a fee of $25. Complete parking information is available in detail at mizzougameday.com.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATES – Due to ongoing construction on Memorial Stadium’s east side, Mizzou fans are asked to pay careful attention to added signage and directions posted throughout the facility. Continue to visit @mizzougameday on football game days for additional updates on the east side construction.

East Ramp Closed: The ramp which allowed movement between the south side and east side of the stadium has been closed. A temporary stairwell has been constructed to provide access directly south of the previous stairwell near Gate 6E and Mick Deaver.

Gate 2E: In an effort to assist guests who access the east side of the stadium, this gate has been temporarily expanded for the 2013 season. When approaching the stadium from the east side, please follow any directional signage in order to expedite entry into the stadium. Please plan on allowing extra time for entering the stadium from the east side.

Gates 3E, 4E, 5E and 6E: These gates will all remain open during construction and will remain the designated entry point for students. When approaching the stadium from the east side, please follow any directional signage in order to expedite entry into the stadium. Please plan on allowing extra time for entering the stadium from the east side.

NEW SPEAKERS – New speakers have been added in the area immediately behind the south end zone. The intention of these speakers is to enhance the student-athletes’ on-field experience. These speakers will be used both pre-game and in-game. Pre-game, the speakers will play music used by the Mizzou Football program during its warm-up period. In-game, these speakers will amplify the band. During the pre-game portion, these speakers will be playing different elements than the main sound system located in the north video board, possibly causing interference.

TIGER TAILGATE RADIO SHOW FROM THE HEARNES CENTER’S WEST LAWN – The Tiger Tailgate Radio Show, presented by St. Louis RV, on the Mizzou Radio Network is every Tiger fan’s chance to get ready for the game, with each hour-long show beginning two hours prior to home kickoffs (4:30 p.m. on Saturday). Hosted by Brad Tregnago, weekly appearances are made by Voice of the Tigers Mike Kelly and broadcast partner Howard Richards, as well as other Mizzou personalities. Broadcast from the Hearnes Center’s west lawn, fans can get in on the action with prize giveaways each week, including a $100 Tiger Team Store gift card. Additional prizes are available for the first 100 fans to stop by!

MIZZOU EXPERIENCE AND KIDS CARNIVAL – Fans and children can take part in the Mizzou Experience and Kids Carnival prior to kickoff (3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.) inside the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The event includes an inflatable bounce house, face painting and balloon artists. A big-screen TV will be on hand to help attendees keep track of other games around the country!

MIZZOU STATS APPLICATION – A new, free, in-game statistical distribution system is in place for Mizzou fans during home events. MizzouStats.com can be accessed from desktop and mobile devices, with the mobile website available to most smart phones and tablets (Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, etc.). The TapStats mobile application used in previous years on iOS devices will no longer be in service.

MIZZOUGAMEDAY.COM – Fans can get all of the information they need to attend a Tiger Football game at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium by going to the new and improved mizzougameday.com. Everything from parking and tailgating information to maps and Mizzou traditions can be found in that one convenient location. Follow us on Twitter @mizzougameday for up to the minute parking, traffic and game day information.

WEAR GOLD – All fans are encouraged to wear gold to all of the Tigers’ games, with the exception of the annual Blackout game. The Tiger Team Store, located on the North concourse of Memorial Stadium, has plenty of gold-colored merchandise on sale, with the store opening at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Additionally, the Tiger Team Store located in the lobby of Mizzou Arena will be open on Saturday from Noon until kickoff. Temporary Tiger Team Store locations will also be available near Lot TQBC and Lot X (both open at Noon) on game day.

PASS OUTS – This is a reminder that there are NO pass outs at Mizzou football games. For many years our fans have had the chance to enter the stadium for the start of the game, exit at some point and re-enter. That no longer became a possibility last season, per SEC policy, and will continue for 2013 and going forward. We know this will continue to be an adjustment for some of you, and we appreciate your understanding.

SMOKING POLICY – As of July 1, 2013, the University of Missouri has become a smoke-free campus. In order to promote an enjoyable game day experience for everyone, smoking is not permitted in Memorial Stadium or in the surrounding parking lots. For more information you can visit smokefree.missouri.edu.

BE LOUD, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE – Fans make a difference for the team when they’re loud. Along with that, fans are always expected to be respectful of those around them and to be responsible with their actions.

GAME DAY TEXTING SYSTEM – Fans who have an issue or concern within Memorial Stadium on game day are encouraged to utilize the game day text messaging system. By texting “MIZFAN (space) issue and location” to 51234, the appropriate personnel will be dispatched to aid in resolving the issue in a timely manner. The system is primarily for facility, security or medical issues. Standard text messaging rates apply.

MIZZOU FAN FEEDBACK FORUM – Have a question about Mizzou Athletics, or an opinion to share about an experience at a Tiger home game? Fans are invited to share these with the Athletic Department by visiting mutigers.com, and clicking on the “Fan Forum Feedback” button, located on the front page, to let us know what you think. You may also email any comments or questions to fanfeedback@missouri.edu. After each game the most common fan questions are noted and addressed.

FOLLOW MIZZOU ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER – Fans can share their experience, including photos and video, of their day at the game on Mizzou’s page on Facebook. For more frequent updates, including text messages to your phone, fans can follow the Tigers on Twitter.

MIZZOU PRIDE POINTS – Remember our Pride Points that encompass all of the above:

Wear Gold

Be Responsible

Arrive Early/Stay Late

Celebrate our Traditions

Respect the Game

mizzou vs indiana 3Going into Saturday’s game, Mizzou and Indiana were both averaging more than 48 points per game, so fans expected to see a lot of offense.

After 33 straight games with a forced turnover—the longest streak in the nation—fans also expected to see rock-solid defense from Mizzou.

Tiger fans weren’t disappointed.

After erasing a 14-0 first quarter deficit, the Hoosiers were trying to keep momentum and knot up the score at 21 going into halftime. But, Kony Ealy had other plans.

With 2:03 left in the half, the 275-pound junior defensive end got past his blocker and leapt up to snag the Hoosier quarterback’s pass out of the air. Ealy took the ball 49 yards the other way to the house.

Kony’s ultra-athletic play changed the game and boosted Mizzou to roll over Indiana 45-28.

“It changed momentum going into the half,” Ealy said. “The crowd got out of the game for a little bit there and that kind of gave some momentum to our offense to get out and just run the ball and try to score on them.”

That was the first of three interceptions for the Tigers, who now have a total of nine on the young season. Linebackers Darvin Ruise and Kentrell Brothers also picked off passes.

The Tiger defense built on this momentum and continued its strong play in the second half. It held the nation’s sixth-ranked offense to just two first downs and forced four punts over the first 24 minutes of the half. To put that into perspective, Indiana had punted a total of four times in its first three games, combined.

Mizzou’s dominance even forced Indiana’s quarterback, who entered the game seventh nationally in passer efficiency, to the bench. On the day, the former four-star recruit wound up 21-39 for 229 yards and a touchdown to go along with three interceptions.

In addition, Mizzou held the Indiana offense, which was averaging 50 points per game, to a season-low 28. It’s worth noting that this number would have been even lower if the Hoosier’s backup quarterback hadn’t thrown a 68-yard TD pass. The Tigers also limited the Hoosiers to 98 yards on the ground.

On the other side of the ball, James Franklin shined once again. The senior was nearly flawless. He completed 32 of his 47 attempts for 343 yards and two touchdowns. He also tucked it and ran 13 times for 61 yards and a touchdown.

Six different receivers hauled in Franklin’s passes. Marcus Lucas had a career day, corralling 10 balls for 101 yards, both career-highs. Dorial Green-Beckham continued his breakout campaign with eight receptions for a career-best 105 yards and a score. L’Damian Washington also found the end zone on a 14-yard pass from Franklin and ended the day with five catches for 77 yards.

Behind Franklin was a balanced rushing attack that saw all three running backs get at least 10 carries. Russell Hansbrough paved the way with 13 rushes for 104 yards, including a 45-yard touchdown scamper late in the third quarter. Marcus Murphy had a 10-yard touchdown run of his own to go along with 10 carries for 67 yards. Henry Josey rounded out the trio with 12 rushes for 47 yards.

The Tigers return home on Saturday as they take on the Arkansas State Red Wolves at 6:30 pm at the ZOU. The game will air on Comcast Sports South KMIZ.


Justin Smith – San Francisco 49ers – NFL Network, Thursday, 7:25

Tim Barnes – St. Louis Rams – NFL Network, Thursday, 7:25

Chase Daniel – Kansas City Chiefs – FOX, Sunday, 12:00

Beau Brinkley – Tennessee Titans – CBS, Sunday, 3:05

Colin Brown – Buffalo Bills – CBS, Sunday, 12:00

Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville Jaguars – CBS, Sunday, 12:00

Andrew Gachkar – San Diego Chargers – FOX, Sunday, 3:25

Zaviar Gooden – Tennessee Titans – CBS, Sunday, 3:05

Ziggy Hood – Pittsburgh Steelers – NBC, Sunday, 7:30

Sheldon Richardson – New York Jets – CBS, Sunday, 3:05

C.J. Mosley – Detroit Lions – FOX, Sunday, 12:00

Chase Coffman – Atlanta Falcons – NBC, Sunday, 7:30

William Moore – Atlanta Falcons – NBC, Sunday, 7:30

Michael Egnew – Miami Dolphins –  ESPN, Monday, 7:40