The Missouri Tigers are in search of their first conference win and fourth victory on the season, but the team will need to do it without starting quarterback James Franklin, who suffered a left knee injury during Saturday's game against the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first quarter.
The 6-foot-2 Franklin will not be able to return to the game, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star. Before suffering the injury, the junior quarterback completed 5 of 9 passes for 56 yards through the air and was able to pick up 23 yards on the ground.
In Franklin's stead, the Tigers have turned to freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser. Since replacing Franklin, Berkstresser has completed just four of his thirteen pass attempts for 29 yards.
The loss of Franklin will greatly hurt the Tigers in the short-term, as the team continues to battle for its first conference win, but also in the long term, considering the early struggles of Mizzou's freshman backup.