The Georgia Bulldogs have moved one step closer to clinching the SEC East as their defense proves to be too much for the Missouri Tigers. Georgia wins 27-0.
Heading into this matchup, Kelly Bryant was questionable to start at Quarterback, and without the Clemson graduate transfer, Missouri's offense was emaciated here in Athens.
Georgia's defense forced six punts in the first half alone, allowing just 99 total yards in the opening two quarters. The second half was a lot of the same, as Georgia held Missouri to a dismal 4 of 14 on third down. Missouri had just 198 total yards on the game.
Georgia’s defense fought till the final whistle, making a goal line stand and keeping the streak alive. Georgia’s defense has yet to allow a rushing TD, nine games into the season.
Missouri's defense did everything they could, but with the time of possession as slanted as it was, there were destined to give up a few big plays eventually, as they did to start the 4th quarter when Georgia put the nail in the coffin, going up 27-0 with just over 14:00 left in the game as Fromm hit George Pickens on a deep TD pass, the freshman's 2nd TD of the game.
Though he did miss a 46-yarder, Rodrigo Blankenship had three field goals in the game, accounting for almost half of Georgia's total team scoring.
The bad news for Georgia fans, however, Lawrence Cager appears to continue to battle the same left-shoulder injury that has sidelined him throughout the season. Cager is neck and neck with freshman, George Pickens as the team's leading receiver.
Not to mention Trey Hill, Cade Mays, and Isaiah Wilson going down in the midst of this game, though Wilson did return later in the game. The Dawgs were forced to play three different centers in this contest.
Though, Kirby Smart made it clear he wasn’t exactly worried about either three offensive linemen and their status next week.
The good news, the Dawgs won and though some in the fanbase will likely find a way to complain about the redzone stalls and "settling for field goals", the mission was accomplished in rather dominating fashion.
Kirby has been very pleased with the performances of some of his young freshmen. Tyrique Stephenson played a good share of minutes late in tonight’s game, and Nolan Smith got his first career SEC sack.
The Dawgs now move to (8-1) on the season as they head to Jordan-Hare Stadium next week to take on the Auburn Tigers.