2011 Top 10 Mizzou Football Plays of the Year
COLUMBIA - The Mizzou football team had a roller coaster season before finishing on a three week high. We take a look back at the Missouri football top 10 plays of the year.
Nothing matched the Moe Miracle or Gahn McGaffie's game opening kick return against Oklahoma in 2010, but 2011 still provided many memorable Mizzou football moments.
#10 comes from the Border War, that's where James Franklin threw a perfect pass to Wes Kemp. After originally ruling him out, a review shows Kemp kept one foot down. It broke a 10-10 tie in the Tigers Border War win.
#9 came on a punt. Tiger Eric Waters blocked the Texas Longhorns kick and the Tigers recovered. It led to the final Mizzou points in the Tigers 17-5 win against Texas.
#8 came against Texas Tech. The Tigers trailed the entire game until there was 2:22 left. James Franklin kept it himself and outran the defense to the corner of the end zone. It put Mizzou up for good in the 31-27 Senior Day win.
#7 belongs to Tiger defensive back EJ Gaines. He picked off Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden in the end zone, but wasn't satisfied with a touch back. Gaines went 54 yards on the interception return.
#6 was the steal of the season. James Franklin threw deep to L'Damian Washington, but just when it looked like it was about to be intercepted Washington snagged it away from the defender. It was a 30 yard gain for Washington.
#5 came on 4th down. In overtime at Texas A&M, the Aggies were trying to match the Tigers touchdown. That's when Dominique Hamilton's deflection made the pass incomplete and clinched the win for the Tigers.
#4 we rewind the first half possession of overtime at A&M. The Tigers Franklin put it in the endzone where only Marcus Lucas could catch it and the sophomore snared it. The 11 yard TD was the game-winner in Aggieland.
#3 Henry Josey ran wild against Western Illinois. Josey racked up 263 yards in the FIRST HALF. It was highlighted by a 68 yard TD run, the longest of the season for Missouri.
#2 takes us to the closing minute of the Tigers contest against Texas Tech. Mizzou was clinging to a four point lead when the Red Raiders pass was deflected by Dom Hamilton and intercepted by Michael Sam with :32 left. It clinched the win and guaranteed Mizzou a bowl game, and a win on Senior Day.
#1 was James Franklin taking hit after hit after hit but refusing to fall against Texas A&M until he reached the end zone. The 20 yard score set the tone for the Tigers tough win and also earned the Mizzou football play of the year.
Despite finishing the season with 12 interceptions, the Missouri defense didn't score a touchdown this season.
The Tigers will play in the Independence Bowl on December 26th in Shreveport, Louisiana against the North Carolina Tar Heels.