COLUMBIA — Missouri won the game, but for at least a quarter the Tigers lost their star quarterback.
Freshman quarterback James Franklin entered the game and drove the Tigers 70 yards for a touchdown on Missouri's first possession of the fourth quarter as Blaine Gabbert watched from the sidelines with ice wrapped around his midsection.
The ice covered a right hip pointer, and with a 19-0 lead, Missouri coaches decided to pull Gabbert from the game. Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said that Gabbert played a few series before telling coaches he was injured.
Before the injury, Gabbert was having one of his best games of the season, completing 17 of 29 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns.
All but 10 of Gabbert's total passing yards came in the first half. Gabbert was 2 for 6 in the second half. Many of those pass attempts were after he sustained the injury.
Pinkel didn't know exactly when Gabbert was hurt, and Gabbert didn't say, either.
"He could hardly breathe. He's a tough guy," Pinkel said.
Gabbert was in good spirits after the game.
"I feel great. It's just a little hip pointer deal," Gabbert said. "It was bothering me quite a bit. I can tolerate a lot of pain, but throwing the football affected me a little bit."
Gabbert said that he will play next week against Texas A&M.
"I'll see you guys next week in College Station," Gabbert told the media.
Franklin looked unfazed in his first Big 12 action, scrambling for a 34-yard gain and throwing a perfectly placed rainbow pass to Michael Egnew for a touchdown.