Missouri Football: Report Card Grades for the Tigers' Win Against Iowa State

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IOctober 15, 2011

Missouri Football: Report Card Grades for the Tigers' Win Against Iowa State

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    The Missouri Tigers were able to get a big win against Iowa State by the score of 52-17 in their annual homecoming game on Saturday.

    Sophomore QB James Franklin had one of his best games of the year, as he nearly had 400 total yards of offense, and added five TDs as well.

    The offense racked up nearly 600 total yards, while the defense held ISU to just seven points in the second half.

    Here are the report card grades for Mizzou's homecoming win over Iowa State.

Quarterback

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    Mizzou sophomore QB James Franklin had a very good day overall for the Tigers' offense.

    He passed for nearly 300 yards and rushed for 80-plus yards on the ground to help lead his team to nearly 600 yards of total offense against the Cyclones.

    He also scored five touchdowns as well.

    The only reason why I can't give him an A for his performance is because of his two interceptions that he threw in the first half.

    Grade: B

Running Backs

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    Missouri's running backs were the star of the show on Saturday afternoon.

    They rushed for over 200 yards and two touchdowns for the game

    Sophomore back Henry Josey led the way with his 129 rushing yards, while backup Kendial Lawrence had 78 yards on 16 carries.

    Mizzou's affective ground game help open up the passing attack for Franklin.

    Grade: A

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    Missouri receivers and tight end Michael Egnew also played well in this game.

    All-Big 12 receiver T.J. Moe led the receivers in catches with five, while Egnew had a season-high 105 receiving yards and added a touchdown catch as well.

    Even sophomore wideout L'Damian Washington had two big catches for 70 yards on the day.

    There wasn't alot of bad things that you could say about the MU receiving corps in their win against Iowa State.

    Grade: A-

Offensive Line

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    The Tigers' offensive line played a great game vs. the Cyclones.

    They allowed zero sacks of QB James Franklin, as he didn't have a ton of pressure on him throughout the game.

    The O-line also did very well in run blocking, as they paved the way for nearly 300 rushing yards for Missouri's offense.

    This might have been their most complete game as a unit so far this season.

    Grade: A

Defensive Line

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    Missouri's D-line was very inconsistent in this game.

    On one hand, they picked up two sacks and several tackles for loss.

    On the other hand, they were terrible against the run, allowing nearly 200 rushing yards to the Cyclones offense.

    They will need to play much better against the run if they plan to head back to another bowl game this season.

    Grade: B-

Linebackers

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    Other than the play of senior Luke Lambert, Missouri's linebacking corps struggled in this game.

    They did a poor job against the run, and they struggled at times against the pass as well.

    It's becoming more clear that this group doesn't have too many playmakers in it.

    Hopefully, they can look back at their performance in this game and start playing better for the rest of this season.

    Grade: C

Secondary

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    Mizzou's secondary was easily the best unit on their defense on Saturday.

    They limited ISU QB Steele Jantz and Cyclones' passing offense to just 186 passing yards in the game.

    Sophomore E.J. Gaines had a big game from his cornerback position, as he had nine tackles, a forced fumble and a pass deflection in the contest.

    They also limited Iowa State's big-play receiver Darius Reynolds to just two catches on the day.

    Grade: A-

Special Teams

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    Special teams had an up and down day for the Tigers.

    Punter Trey Barrow had a nice game on his three punts, and Henry Josey had a couple of solid kick returns as well.

    However, All-America kicker Grant Ressel missed yet another field goal, this time from 47 yards out.

    It was Ressel's sixth miss of the season, as his kicking woes continue.

    Grade: C+

Coaching

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    There isn't much criticism that I have for Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff in this one.

    For the most part, they called a great game on offense, and executed well on defense when they needed to.

    They did a great job of incorporating the pass and run on offense as well.

    Overall, it was a solid effort by the MU coaching staff in Week 7.

    Grade: A-