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Georgia thumps Mizzou, 49-14

The Dawgs broke a tie late in the first half and then never looked back once.

NCAA Football: Georgia at Missouri Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Georgia and Mizzou were tied at 14 with 1:20 to go in the second quarter. The Tigers had sprung off a blocked punt and seemed to be poised to carry momentum into the second half. However, George Pickens made a spectacular catch in the end zone despite being interfered with, and came down with it to give Georgia a 21-14 lead.

That lead wouldn’t soon be relinquished, as the Bulldogs scored four straight touchdowns after that that Pickens TD reception. The Dawgs’ 35-0 run would lead them to a 49-14 victory on the road against a Mizzou team that was unfortunately only feisty for two quarters.

Pickens pretty much dominated this game. He’d scored on another touchdown in the third quarter, as two of his five receptions were for scorers. What’s more, he racked up 126 yards on those five receptions, good for a rather ridiculous 25.2 yards per reception. He was basically unstoppable in this one and was pivotal in igniting Georgia’s run.

JT Daniels was once again excellent. Daniels threw for 299 yards, three touchdowns — two to Pickens, one to running back James Cook — and no interceptions. He tossed passes to seven different receivers, with three of them — Pickens, Jermaine Burton and Darnell Washington — coming away with multiple receptions. Cook, Kenny McIntosh, Kearis Jackson and Demetris Robinson were the others to nab one reception each.

Zamir White and Daijun Edwards ran for over 100 yards against Mizzou’s porous run defense. Both scored touchdowns on the ground, as did Cook and McIntosh, giving the Dawgs four rushing scores on the day. Each of them also averaged at least 5.3 yards per carry, with White going for a crazy 10.5 YPC himself. Mizzou was flat out unable to stop them on the ground, as the Dawgs ran for 316 yards on 45 carries on Saturday afternoon.

Mizzou found the end zone just twice in the game, both scores coming on the ground. Connor Bazelak ran one touchdown in, as did Larry Rountree III. Bazelak was rather unproductive as a passer, throwing for just 139 yards with an interception tossed to Eric Stokes. It was probably Mizzou’s least productive day on offense in some time, as the Tigers had been getting it rolling of late and seemed prepared to give Georgia a run for their money. That was true for the first half, but they let it all slip by them in the second.

Georgia is currently scheduled to play Vanderbilt next week while Mizzou is slated to face Mississippi State.