Ge­or­gia clears SEC hur­dle at Mis­souri

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Joe Wall­jasper

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Fu­eled by op­por­tunis­tic de­fense and spe­cial teams early and a quick­strike pass­ing game late, No. 2 Ge­or­gia notched an­other road vic­tory against a divi­sional foe.

Jake Fromm threw three se­cond-half touch­down passes and the Bull­dogs re­turned a fum­ble and a blocked punt for scores to beat Mis­souri 43-29 on Satur­day.

“We didn’t play with dis­ci­pline, com­po­sure and re­ally not much phys­i­cal­ity when you look at the run game for us and stop­ping the run game de­fen­sively, but I am proud of the way we com­peted and I am proud of the way we were re­silient,” Ge­or­gia coach Kirby Smart said. “When they made a play, we came back and made a play.”

The Bull­dogs (4-0, 2-0 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence) blan­keted Mis­souri’s wide re­ceivers, ha­rassed star quar­ter­back Drew Lock, and forced three turnovers in the first half against the sev­enth-best of­fense in the coun­try en­ter­ing the game. Lock, the highly touted NFL prospect, com­pleted 23 of 48 passes for 221 yards for the Tigers (3-1, 0-1 SEC).

The Bull­dogs opened a 20-7 half­time lead with­out an of­fen­sive touch­down. In the first quar­ter, Ge­or­gia cor­ner­back Tyson Camp­bell stripped Mis­souri tight end Al­bert Ok­wueg­bunam, scooped up the ball and re­turned it 68 yards for a touch­down — along the way, pick­ing up an ac­ci­den­tal down­field block from an of­fi­cial against Lock. In the se­cond quar­ter, Eric Stokes burst off the left side of the Ge­or­gia line, blocked a punt and re­turned it 8 yards for an­other TD.

“When you have a punt blocked for a touch­down, you have a fum­ble re­cov­ery for a touch­down, it gives them and spots them 14 points, and that’s hard to over­come,” Mis­souri coach Barry Odom said. “There aren’t many teams in the coun­try that I know that can be in the turnover mar­gin on the neg­a­tive side and end up win­ning the ex­ter­nal score­board.”

Fromm threw touch­down passes of 33 yards to Ri­ley Ri­d­ley, 61 yards to Jeremiah Hol­lo­man and 54 yards to Mecole Hard­man in the se­cond half. Fromm com­pleted 13 of 23 passes for 260 yards. Eli­jah Holy­field rushed 14 times for 90 yards, and D’An­dre Swift added 16 car­ries for 71 yards.

Mis­souri rushed for 172 yards, with Larry Roun­tree III, Da­marea Crock­ett, Tyler Badie and Lock all scor­ing rush­ing touch­downs. Ok­wueg­bunam had nine catches for 81 yards. Ge­or­gia cor­ner­back Dean­dre Baker held Mis­souri lead­ing re­ceiver Emanuel Hall — who en­tered with 430 re­ceiv­ing yards — with­out a catch.

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