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Bulldogs Take Down #12 Tough Missouri Tigers Team 30-21


By Don Stone - Georgia Football Magazine and Football Atlanta

  Kirby Smart knew coming in that Missouri was going to be a tough opponent. They held a lead over his Dawgs last season at Columbia into the fourth quarter before Georgia pulled it out in the end.

  And they looked even better this season coming in at 7-1.

  The Tigers jumped up early with a nine play seventy five yard drive culminating with a 39 yard Luther Burden touchdown to take a 7-3 lead.

  The Bulldogs didn't wait long to retake the lead on a Dominick Lovett score.

  It was tied at 10-10 at halftime.

  But, from there, UGA took control outscoring Mizzou 20-11. There were three key plays that dramatically turned the game around.

  After the Tigers had regained the lead 13-10 on a field goal, Georgia hit right back with a Kendall Milton TD to go up 17-13. At 8:06 in the third quarter,  Marquis Johnson took the ensuing kick and tried to take it out instead of fair catching it. He was immediately brought down by Cole Speer. On top of that, Johnny Walker got a holding call enforced half the distance to the goal line at the 2. The defense held and the Bulldogs came right back down on the next drive to go up 24-13 when Carson Beck found Oscar Delp in the end zone.

  UGA was up 27-21 when the next turning point occurred. Brady Cook was rushed and threw a short pass that went right into the arms of a surprised Nazir Stackhouse. The 320 pound lineman rumbled down the field all the way to the four yard line before being brought down. "You gotta give me some type of credit," he explained. "My chest started to stick out, my stomach started to stick out, it's hard to pick up your knees when you got all that meat right there" The Dawgs tacked on a field goal to seal it with the final score of 30-21.

  The game was winding down  with just 1:37 left when Javon Bullard jumped in front of a deep pass, ending all hope of a miracle comeback, giving his team the ball for the last time.

   Georgia's "Tretch Stretch" continues as they welcome another tough ranked SEC team to Sanford Stadium on Saturday. Smart's former coaching mate at Alabama, Lane Kiffin, brings his 8-1, 10th ranked Ole Miss team for a 7:00 pm kickoff. It will be on ESPN.