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Final from Athens: Georgia 53 Mizzou 28
« on: October 13, 2017, 06:39:46 pm »

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Time for some predictions: Can Mizzou put a scare into Georgia? http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/matter-s-picks-can-mizzou-put-a-scare-into-georgia/article_d2f37d47-3283-516e-996f-de4caa9c3781.html … via @stltoday


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Missouri at No. 4 Georgia
6:30 p.m., SEC Network

Line: Georgia by 30

The first time Mizzou played at Sanford Stadium, Gary Pinkel’s 2013 Tigers stunned the nation’s seventh-ranked team 41-26. Two years later both teams failed to score a touchdown in a 9-6 Georgia win. After another one-possession game last year in Columbia, the Bulldogs are expected to romp Saturday. The last time Mizzou was picked to lose by more than four touchdowns? Try 2000, when Nebraska was a 33-point favorite, in a game that turned out to be more competitive than most expected, a 42-24 Cornhuskers victory.

Georgia’s defense has been dominant, but the Bulldogs’ secondary remains mostly untested. The most efficient passing team among Georgia’s five FBS opponents is Vanderbilt, with a season rating of 137.4, which ranks No. 66 nationally. The other four opponents rank Nos. 66 (Appalachian State), No. 112 (Tennessee), No. 113 Mississippi State and No. 116 (Notre Dame).

Georgia’s secondary features experience and talent, but teams haven’t challenged them vertically.

“They’re  not as tall as Kentucky but they’ve got five or six DBs that all can run and all can cover,” Mizzou receivers coach Andy Hill said. “It’s going to be a good challenge.”

Drew Lock’s deep ball sparked last week’s comeback at Kentucky and ultimately kept the Tigers in the game.
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Re: Final from Athens: Georgia 53 Mizzou 28
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2017, 06:53:13 am »

Georgia's secondary rebounds after early-game struggles against Mizzou:


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ATHENS

Georgia knew Missouri quarterback Drew Lock had a big arm, and it saw his talents on display early.

On the Tigers’ second drive, wide receiver Emmanuel Hall broke down the seam and ran past Bulldogs’ safeties J.R. Reed and Aaron Davis. Fortunately for Georgia, the strike from Lock narrowly overthrew his target. But that wouldn't be the last the defensive unit would see of Hall.

Two drives later, Hall broke deep and Lock threw it up to him. Georgia had a similar miscue, but this time it was a different result. Lock pinpointed Hall, who hauled the ball in. Hall then trotted to the end zone for a 63-yard score.

It was the first of two 63-yard touchdown connections from Lock to Hall on the night. While it didn’t matter significantly in the final result as Georgia topped Missouri 53-28 for its seventh win of the season, it marked the first time that the Bulldogs had given up over 20 points at any point.

In fact, Georgia opened its first three games of conference play by allowing a grand total of 17 points --

A majority of Missouri’s offensive production came early in the contest, and was halted when momentum changed hands.

Lock was raring up for another deep throw, but it found the hands of Georgia safety Dominick Sanders rather than his target. Sanders leaped up, hauled it in and returned it 18 yards to put Georgia in opposing territory and set up its fourth touchdown of the contest.

Sanders’ latest interception allowed him to obtain 329 return yards on his career, setting a school record.
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