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November 10, 2012

Game Balls: Tennessee



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KNOXVILLE, TN--After each game this year, PowerMizzou.com will recognize the standout performers by handing out our game balls. Here is our list from the 51-48 win at Tennessee.

Kendial Lawrence: The 77-yard TD run on the first play of the third quarter gave Missouri life and made a game out of it when it shouldn't have been. For the day, he had a career-best 153 yards and two scores on 21 carries.

Trey Barrow: Barrow's first punt went 66 yards. He had a 59-yarder. He downed one at the one. Phenomenal game.

Jimmie Hunt: Hunt's 87-yard kickoff return was the only thing that put the Tigers on the scoreboard in the first half. It allowed Missouri to remain just close enough to have a shot in the fourth quarter. Hunt also caught the Tigers' opening touchdown in overtime.

Bud Sasser: Sasser ignited a touchdown drive with a 40-yard catch. He had 21 more on a second reception and was Missouri's only real positive in the passing game for the first three-and-a-half quarters.

Andrew Wilson: Wilson recovered a fumble, made a couple of bone-rattling hits and led the Tigers with eight stops on the day and made a tackle on Tennessee's two-point play in overtime that kept the Tigers alive.

Dorial Green-Beckham: He didn't have a catch for 59 minutes and 13 seconds. But on fourth down and 12, he was alone in the corner of the end zone and caught James Franklin's first touchdown pass since September 29th.

Michael Sam: Missouri didn't get a lot of pressure on Tyler Bray. But what they got came from Sam who had a sack and a handful of hurries. Sam was held on a Tennessee touchdown in OT that would have tied the game.

Randy Ponder: Forced into action when E.J. Gaines got hurt, Ponder broke up three passes in the end zone in overtime. Tennessee targeted him and Ponder responded.

Ian Simon: Simon made one play. But it was a monster. Thrown on to the field in the fourth overtime, Simon got a hand on a fourth-and-three pass to force an incompletion. It kept the Vols off the scoreboard and set up Missouri's winning field goal.

James Franklin: Last week, four bad throws overrode all the good he did. This week, the first 55 minutes didn't even matter. After going six weeks without a touchdown pass, Franklin had four in about 35 minutes. Nobody more exemplifies this Tiger comeback.

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