Right before the game, it was announced Missouri Tigers quarterback Kelly Bryant would not play. And with that announcement went the hopes this could be a good game.
The Georgia Bulldogs defense swarmed backup Taylor Powell and did not allow the Mizzou running game to get anything going. The Bulldog offense wasn’t perfect, but it was able to get the job down in a decisive 27-0 win.
After the Tigers opened up the game with a three and out, Jake Fromm completed passes on two thirds and longs with the latter one ending up as a 25 touchdown pass to George Pickens. Mizzou went three and out on their first three drives and Georgia took advantage after the 3rd one with a field goal, making it 10-0. The Mizzou defense actually played pretty well in this game considering the offense couldn’t do anything. The backbreaker came in the 2nd quarter. Powell had completed a couple passes for first downs and the Tigers were moving the ball a bit all the way to the Bulldog 24 yard line. Powell dropped back and threw an interception that was returned 71 yards by Richard LeCounte to the Mizzou 18 yard line.
The Tiger defense was able to limit UGA to a field goal but it seemed like the Tigers chance to score and get back in the game was over. Rodrigo Blankenship was able add a third field goal right before halftime and it was 16-0 at half. It was more of the same in the 2nd. The Bulldogs missed a field goal, but after a Tiger three and out Blankenship hit his fourth of the game. Another quick ending Missouri drive brought the Bulldog offense back on the field and they were not settling for a field goal.
An eleven play drive that went 88 yards ended with Fromm finding Pickens again for both players 2nd touchdown of the game. Freshman quarterback Connor Bazelak came in for the fourth quarter and one pretty good drive. The Tigers had first and goal at the one yard but a three yard loss on a rush and a couple incomplete passes saw the Bulldogs keep the shutout. The game ended 27-0 for Georgia’s 2nd shutout of the Tigers since 2014
It was an unremarkable game for Jake Fromm against was a game Tiger defense. He finished 13/29 for a 173 yards and a couple TD’s. He didn’t turn the ball over making Mizzou drive the length of field, which wasn’t happening tonight. D’Andre Swift got 12 carries and found 83 yards, while Brian Herrien had 10 carries for 42 yards. Lawrence Cager had six catches for 93 yards and Georgie Pickens had five catches for 67 yards and the two touchdowns.
The ugly stats for Missouri are as followed: Taylor Powell went 10/22 for 84 yards and an interception. A bright spot was Bazelak going 8/12 for 64 yards while UGA left their starters in. Back to the ugly though. Larry Rountree lll managed 24 yards on nine carries. Tyler Badie only had 19 yards on eight carries. The leading receiver for the Tigers was Jonathan Nance with four catches for 45 yards. Albert Okwuegbunam had four catches for 30 yards. The Tigers had a 198 total yards.