The score may not be indicative of Mizzou’s performance in its first SEC game, but Georgia walked out of Memorial Stadium with a huge 41-20 win on Saturday night.
Both teams traded possessions without scoring through the first quarter. The first points came off of a 28 yard field goal from Andrew Bagget at the 12:07 mark of the second quarter.
Georgia answered with a field goal of their own a few minutes later. Marshall Morgan booted it 52 yards to tie up the game.
Mizzou quarterback James Franklin and receiver Lucas Marcus hooked up for the first touchdown of the game with a 41 yard pass with just a minute and a half left in the second quarter. But Georgia wasn’t ready to go into the locker room down by seven.
In less than a minute, the Bulldogs drove 71 yards down the field and scored on a two yard toss to Marlon Brown. However, the PAT was no good, leaving Mizzou with a 10-9 lead at the end of the half.
Mizzou charged back onto the field in the second half, but the Tigers’ early success dwindled with the game clock.
Defensive Lineman Brad Madison sacked QB Aaron Murray to cinch a 3 and out in Georgia’s first possession.
Then L’Damian Washington took a pass 69 yards to put Missouri up 17-9.
Georgia came back with a 75 yard march to the endzone that ended with a seven yard pass to Tavaress King at the halfway mark of the third quarter. The Bulldogs evened the game on a two point conversion pass to Michael Bennett.
Mizzou came back with their own steady progression, but had to settle for a 25 yard field goal to take a three point lead.
But it didn’t last long. Georgia found some holes in the defense to convert 5 plays into 72 yards, culminating in a touchdown pass to Marlon Brown.
Georgia took control of the back and forth offensive showing at the start of the fourth. An ill-advised fake punt attempt by MU at the start of the fourth gave the Bulldogs possession at Mizzou’s 38. Another field goal game off of the foot of Marshall Morgan to extend Georgia’s lead.
The flood gates opened when Jarvis Jones intercepted a pass and set Georgia up on the Missouri one yard line with 7:38 left in the game. Five seconds later, Todd Gurley punched in the touchdown that put Georgia atop by 14 points.
The final blow was dealt after Franklin fumbled and Georgia’s Damian Swann recovered at the Missouri five yard line. Ken Malcome walked in to score the last touchdown of the night.
Mizzou is back at home against Arizona State next Saturday.