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TIGER KICKOFF: Five most memorable moments of 2011 season

By Harry Plumer
December 22, 2011 | 11:34 p.m. CST

While Missouri fans might be disappointed with the team's 7-5 record in the 2011 regular season, there were plenty of intriguing story lines to keep fans entertained.

Best play: James Franklin's touchdown run at Texas A&M

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This one isn't even close. Franklin's punishing 20-yard run in the first quarter featured a memorable spin out of a hard hit from an Aggie defender and gave the Tigers an early lead in their eventual road win in College Station.

Worst after hours memory: Grant Ressel's missed field goal at Arizona State

Ressel's missed game winner as time expired in Week 2 against the Sun Devils led to an eventual overtime loss. "Coulda, shoulda, woulda" became a common theme for the Tigers throughout the season, and the miss was also the start of Ressel's descent from All-American kicker to nearly losing his job before an injury to his hip flexor sidelined him for the season.

Best team milestone: 17-5 victory over Texas

The Longhorns were the only Big 12 team coach Gary Pinkel had never beaten, and the Tigers defense delivered him that victory in his final attempt, holding the Longhorns to three offensive points and just 247 yards.

Lowest moment: Pinkel arrested for DWI

Just a four days after Pinkel captured his first victory over the Longhorns, he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Pinkel pleaded guilty to the charge and was suspended from the football program for one week. 

Most hilarious mixup: The SEC helmet debacle

After months of speculation, MU held a press conference/celebration to announce its move to the Southeastern Conference. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton had a football helmet to give to SEC Commissioner Mike Slive, and Slive was supposed to have an SEC helmet to give to Deaton in exchange. 

But the SEC helmet was nowhere to be found, leading to a very awkward moment. Eventually the helmet was located, and presented at the podium.