COLUMBIA — This week in Missouri sports, the Missouri football team defeated No. 7 Georgia 41-26 on Saturday for its first road win over a top-10 team since 1981 but lost quarterback James Franklin to an injury. The volleyball team moved to 21-0 for its best opening record ever.
Missouri football topples No. 7 Georgia on the road, moves up in AP poll
The Missouri football team moved to 6-0 on Saturday when it went on the road and upset No. 7 Georgia, 41-26. Missouri led 28-10 at halftime and allowed the Bulldogs to pull within two points in the second half, but wide receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington on a trick play to give the Tigers the lead for good. It was Missouri's first road win over a top 10 team since 1981. Missouri vaulted 11 spots to No. 14 in Sunday's Associated Press coaches' poll, with Georgia falling to No. 15.
The win came at a cost, though, as the Tigers lost their senior quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a separated shoulder while being tackled in the fourth quarter Saturday. Although coach Gary Pinkel said there's no exact timetable on Franklin's return, he expected it to be a multi-week absence. Redshirt freshman Maty Mauk, who took over for Franklin on Saturday, is expected to start next week against Florida.
Missouri volleyball off to best ever start at 21-0
After a sweep of Tennessee on Friday, the Missouri volleyball team was 20-0 and officially off to the best start in program history. The Tigers defeated Alabama on Sunday to improve to 21-0. Missouri players and coaches downplayed the significance of the red-hot start, while players from the 1982 team that set the 19-0 mark were happy to see their record broken.
The Tigers will be at home again next weekend, hosting Georgia on Friday and Florida on Oct. 20.
Missouri soccer falls below .500 with loss to LSU
The Missouri soccer team had revenge on its mind heading into its road matchup with LSU on Friday, but the Tigers ended up on the losing end of a 1-0 game. The team is now 6-7-1 overall and 2-3-1 in conference. Missouri freshman Rachel Hignett, who played in the top professional league in England, is working to catch up with the rest of her team after arriving in Missouri in mid-September.
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