Georgia overcame self-inflicted mistakes and sometimes sloppy play in the second half to defeat the Missouri Tigers 43-29 in Columbia. Even though the ‘Dawgs committed seven penalties for 66 yards, converted only three of twelve third downs plus a roughing the passer penalty gave Missouri new life in the third quarter. Georgia Head Coach Kirby Smart was not happy with his team’s overall performance.
“Well, I didn’t exactly expect it to go that way,” Smart said. “Thought it might become a shootout but not in that form. They’ve got a really good football team let me start by saying that. We didn’t play with discipline, composure, really not much physicality when you look at the run game for us and stopping the run defensively.
“I am proud of the way we competed. Proud of the way we were resilient,” he continued. “When they made a play, we came back and made a play. A lot of guys stepped up today. We’ve got a team that’s banged up, had guys beat up, banged up. Lost some guys in the game but other guys stepped up and played. We didn’t play with the discipline we need to play with and I’m responsible for that. We’ll get it fixed.”
Bulldogs quarterback Jake Fromm threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns. He also had one interception. Elijah Holyfield ran for 90 yards on fourteen carries. D’Andre Swift ran for 71 yards on sixteen carries. Riley Ridley, Jeremiah Holloman and Mecole Hardman each caught a touchdown pass from Fromm.
The Georgia defense held highly touted Missouri Tigers quarterback Drew Lock to 221 yards passing, only completing 23-of-48 passes. Running backs Damarea Crockett and Tyler Badie each ran for a touchdown as Mizzou tallied 172 rushing yards on 37 carries.
J.R. Reed led the Georgia defense with eight tackles on the afternoon. Reed’s backfield mates Richard LeCounte and DeAndre Baker each had seven tackles. Baker and LeCounte each had a pass breakup.
Georgia’s next game will be against the Tennessee Volunteers, ‘Between the Hedges’ at Sanford Stadium Saturday, Sept. 29.