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Georgia Shuts Out Missouri 27-0.
Gets Read To Head To Auburn

Matchup: Missouri Tigers (5-4, 2-3 SEC)
at #6 Georgia Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 SEC)
 Date: Saturday, November 9, 7:00 pm
 Location: Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium (92,746)
  TV: ESPN; Play-by-Play: Steve Levy,
Analyst: Brian Griese,
Sideline Reporters: Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
 RADIO: In Atlanta: 750am/95.5,fm:  
Scott Howard
(play-by-play);
Eric Zeier
(color analyst); Chuck Dowdle (sideline)

 Satellite: SiriusXM 81/81/81
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By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta - Live blog from Dooley Field at Sanford Stadium

  A chilly but clear night in Athens promised temps to dip into the upper 30s by the end of the game, carried nationally by ESPN.
  This was a very important matchup in the SEC East. UGA was already in the driver's seat with a clear path and a third straight trip to Atlanta within view. But, they still needed to win out with three tough conference games ahead. At Auburn, at home with Texas A&M and here with the Tigers, who had won 9 consecutive November games dating back to 2016.
  With Florida having already won, Mizzou came in knowing that a win would make it a three way tie for first.
  Georgia won the toss and deferred with Missouri starting their drive at their 24. Taylor Powell was in at quarterback replacing an injuried Kelly Bruant. Tyler Badie caught a 8 yard pass but that's all they got. The punt was returned back by Dominick Blaylock 18 yards to the 40. On a third and six, Laurence Cager went deep with a 32 yard catch at the MU24. The Dawgs were 12 for 18 last week on third downs against Florida, one of the keys to their 24-17 victory. After connecting on the third down pass to Cager, Jake Fromm did it again. This time needing 11, he hit George Pickens up the middle for a 25 yard touchdown and the first points of the 7-0 game. The first drive went 60 yards in just six plays.
  Mizzou began their second drive at their 25, but were again stopped on a three and out.
  UGA took their second turn at their 27. Brian Herrien got some tough yards to the 36. And, for the third time, his team converted on third down as he took it for 7 more to the 43. Zamir White with his first carry got five. But the drive stalled there with the punt fair caught by the dangerous Richaud Floyd at the MU14.
  Larry Rountree gained six, but the 20 yard line was their limit.
  After a 50 yard Tucker McCann punt, the Dawgs got the ball at their 30. After a three yard James Cook rush, Trey Hill had to be walked off the field with an ankle injury. After a five yard D'andre Swift run, Fromm converted another third down with a nice run for 15 up the middle to the MU47. They needed 8 for this third down and got twice that with another Cager catch at the MU28. A third and six came up short but was given after a big roughing the passer call moving it to just outside the 10. Cager caught another for five for a first and goal at the five as the first quarter came to an end. Being from Missouri and an alum, I know the smattering of fans clad in gold and black in the northwest end zone were used to this weather. But, they couldn't like the ice cold offense their team had shown being held to just 23 yards so far.
  Rodrigo Blankenship added three to the lead from 20 to extend their lead to 10-0.
  An 11 yard Powell pass to Barrett Bannister got his team their first first down of the game at the 35. The QB kept it for 9 to the 45. Facing a fourth and one, Barry Odom took his first time out and wisely decided to punt. Dawgs ball at their 23.
  But UGA's drive got off to a slow start with a nine yard sack of Fromm by DeMarcus Acy at the 14. Too big a hole to dig out of. The punt landed and took a Mizzou bounce back to their 41.
  Albert Okwuegbunam moved the drive with a pair of catches for 17 to the UGA37. Kam Scott caught another for 10 to the 27. But, the defense rose up and stopped the promising drive in its tracks as Richard LaCounte leaped up at the 10 yard line and picked Powell off running it back 71 yards to the 18. An errant snap lost 12 as Fromm fell on it at the 30. A delay of game made it third and 27 at the 35. A short four yard pass moved it to a more makeable 48 yard field goal, which Blankenship took care of for a 13-10 lead.
  The Tigers gook over at their 25 with a false start bringing up a third and 11 at the 24 with a punt following fair caught at the 36.
  Up by just 13 after dominating the first half, UGA could have used more points but went three and out. Giving the visitors the ball back at their 11 with 2:31 left before halftime. The moved it a bit. But, an unsportsmanlike conduct call on Scott moved it back to the 14. After a 42 yard punt, Georgia had the ball at their 37 with just 36 to work with.
  That was enough as Fromm hit Cager for 30 yards to the MU30. The star receiver was banged up on the play and wouldn't return.
  A few plays later, Blankenship put one through for the third time from 47 to give his team a 16-0 halftime lead. Mizzou had been held to just 99 yards of total offense. UGA lead in time of possession 18:24 to 11:36. The Dawgs had only put up 164 yards themselves but made it count for the 16 point lead.
  How times have changed. For Veteran's Day, they've been honoring several UGA cadets on the field, each appropriately greeted with lots of cheers. Unfortunately, I'm pretty sure, when I was in college, they would have been booed. Vets were treated very poorly in the early 70s in this country.
  I don't drink coffee but got more than a few cups of decaf (and a nice hot chocolate) in me to ward off the chills.
  Georgia began the second half at their 25 with a 47 yard burst from Swift sprinting to the MU28. But, that drive came up empty as Blankenship's attempt went wide left. Tigers' ball at the 26.
  A third and 11 resulted in a sack at the 20. Blaylock took the 47 yard punt at his 37 and escaped a few defenders to add 16 to his 47 for great starting field position.
  Fromm quickly got a first with a nine yard toss to Pickens at the MU36. Demetris Robertson took a reverse handoff and motored 16 yards around the edge to the 19. Herrien added six more to the 13. Cook carried it to the 11, two yards shy for another third down. But, they couldn't put it in again, settling for the fifth time for a field goal with Blankenship connecting for the fourth time to pad the lead to 19-0.
  Temps had dropped to 38. But, fans didn't seem to mind with the comfortable three score lead.
  Another touchback and Missouri had the ball again at their 25. Powell was swarmed by several Bulldogs for a nine yard sack at the 16. Nolan Smith was given credit. The QB made u for it wit a 20 yard pass to Jonathan Nance to the 36. That's all they could get. The visitors from the Show Me state had pretty much been sitting on their hands all game with little to cheer for with their team only mustering 109 yards of offense so far.
  Georgia got the ball back pinned back at their 14 after a 45 yard punt. Another third down conversion as Pickens got 11 on a catch at the 31. Herrien looked like he was stopped but refused to go down as he moved the pile for 11 more to the 42. Then, the ball got a bit slippery as two straight plays had it come loose with both plays ruled dead. Redshirt freshman Kearis Jackson got his initial catch with a 14 yarder and another third down conversion into Missouri territory at their 44. 
  A great tradition as everyone pulled out their IPhones on flashlight to usher in the final quarter. The fantastic red LED light show restarted as punctuation. Herrien ran out of bounds at the 34 yard line, a half yard short of what he needed. Swift got enough for a new set of downs at the 33. Cabe Mays hobbled off the field.  A deep ball to Pickens in the end zone drew a flag on Jarvis Ware putting it in the red zone at the 18. On the next play, he went back to Pickens who made an outstanding catch for six. Kirby Smart went for two and got it on a completion to Cook. If it wasn't already, the game was comfortably in hand at 27-0. That was enough for most of the Tiger faithful who began to hit the exits.
  Mizzou got the ball back at their 15 after an amazing 62 yard kickoff by Blankenship. Backed up on their 16, the Tigers again went three and out.
   Mizzou's next drive was their best of the night as they took the ball from their 20 all the waydown to the UGA 4. But, the defense continued doing an amazing job and stopped them as Odom was forced to go for it on fourth and goal. The Bulldogs remained the only team in the nation at any level to have not allowed a single rushing touchdown. The final 27-0 score gave UGA its third shutout of Missouri in their last nine games and was also the third shutout this season in nine games. They had held the Tigers to just 198 yards of total offense, 50 of it on the ground.
  The Dawgs can lock in the SEC East Division title and a return trip to Atlanta to probably face the #1 ranked LSU Tigers, who just knocked off Alabama in Tuscaloosa. A win next Saturday at a very tough Auburn would cement that goal. Kickoff is at 3:30pm on CBS.

Geo