Scores

Final

(25) Missouri 41

(6-0, 2-0 SEC)

(7) Georgia 26

(4-2, 3-1 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN

12:00 PM ET, October 12, 2013

Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA

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#25MIZZ 7 21 0 1341
#7UGA 7 3 10 626

Top Performers

Passing: A. Murray (UGA) - 290 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Murphy (MIZZ) - 5 CAR, 57 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: L. Washington (MIZZ) - 7 REC, 115 YDS, 2 TD

No. 25 Missouri improves to 6-0 with upset of No. 7 Georgia

Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. -- Gary Pinkel said No. 25 Missouri won more than a second straight SEC road game when it upset No. 7 Georgia.

"I just think we earned a little more respect," Pinkel said. "The respect level just went up a couple notches."

Receiver Bud Sasser threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to L'Damian Washington in the fourth quarter after quarterback James Franklin left with a shoulder injury and Missouri held off Georgia's comeback attempt to beat the short-handed Bulldogs 41-26 on Saturday.

Pinkel said Franklin separated his right shoulder and expects the quarterback to miss at least one week.

Freshman Maty Mauk, who replaced Franklin in the fourth quarter, could start when Missouri (6-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) plays No. 17 Florida next week.

Missouri led by 18 points in the first half before Georgia (4-2, 3-1) cut the lead to 28-26 in the fourth quarter.

The Tigers answered the challenge with two late touchdowns, despite losing Franklin.

Missouri's first road win over a top 10 team since 1981 helped continue the Tigers' recovery from a 5-7 finish in 2012, their first in season in the SEC. The Tigers have scored 38 or more points in each of their six wins, including last week's 51-28 win at Vanderbilt.

"There is no question that one of the goals for this team is to get back to Missouri's winning ways," Pinkel said. "It is a big deal to them. ... They want to get back to competing for championships."

The Tigers ended Georgia's streak of 15 straight home wins.

After Franklin was taken to the locker room, Mauk threw a lateral to Sasser, who stopped and tossed a high, deep pass to the end zone for Washington. Washington, who outfought cornerback Damian Swann for the catch, had 115 yards and two touchdowns.

"I came in and everybody just told me to keep calm," Mauk said. "So I came in and got the plays to our guys. We executed well at the end. ... We scored when we needed to."

James Ponder's interception of Aaron Murray's pass with 4:25 remaining set up Henry Josey's 7-yard touchdown run to end Georgia's hopes.

Murray threw two interceptions and lost one of Georgia's two fumbles.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said turnovers helped decide the game.

"It was 4-0 on the turnovers," Richt said. "They did a really good job of securing the ball, and we didn't. You hear coaches say it over and over, but you can't win a game turning it over like that."

The Bulldogs had won four straight on the strength of a powerful offense, including 44-41 over LSU and 34-31 in overtime over Tennessee the last two weeks. Georgia's wave of injuries at tailback and wide receiver left Murray with inexperienced backups at the skill positions to keep pace against another high-scoring opponent.

Georgia almost filled a bench on its sideline with injured players who wore their red game jerseys over black warm-up pants. Among them was star tailback Todd Gurley (ankle).

After the game, Missouri players ran to edge of the Sanford Stadium hedges and celebrated their biggest SEC win yet with fans in the corner of an end zone.

Murray threw his second interception in the final minute. He completed 25 of 45 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns.

"We had plenty of chances to tie it up, but we just didn't execute," Murray said.

"We did a pretty good job of getting back in the game. We were within 2 points of tying it up but just couldn't quite get it done."

Franklin scored on a 5-yard run in the first quarter and threw a 16-yard scoring pass to Washington in the second quarter.

Franklin completed 18 of 27 passes for 170 yards. Marcus Murphy had a 36-yard touchdown run for the Tigers.

Defensive end Michael Sam returned a fumble recovery 21 yards for a touchdown to give Missouri a 28-10 lead late in the second quarter. Murray fumbled when he was sacked by defensive end Shane Ray.

Georgia rallied as Murray threw touchdown passes of 7 yards to Rantavious Wooten in the third quarter and 10 yards to Chris Conley early in the fourth quarter. Conley couldn't catch Murray's pass on the 2-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game, leaving Missouri with a 28-26 lead.

Georgia was also without running back Keith Marshall (right knee) and three of its best receivers. Freshmen J.J. Green and Brendan Douglas filled in at tailback.

Georgia starting safety Tray Matthews, who hurt his hamstring in practice Tuesday, also did not play.

The loss of so many top threats on offense was the big news of the week for Georgia, but season-long problems on defense were just as glaring against Missouri. The Bulldogs began the day 12th in the SEC in pass defense and last in the league with its average of 32.2 points allowed.

Missouri almost matched that total in the first half.

Georgia needed help from three Missouri penalties, including two offside calls, for its only touchdown drive of the first half which ended with Murray's 7-yard scoring pass to Douglas late in the first quarter.

Missouri outscored Georgia 28-3 the remainder of the half.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MIZZ
UGA
1st Downs2326
Total Yards375454
Passing233290
Rushing142164
Penalties10-575-40
3rd Down Conversions5-124-11
4th Down Conversions0-01-1
Turnovers04
Possession30:3729:23

Passing Leaders

MissouriC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Franklin18/271706.310
GeorgiaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Murray25/452906.432

Rushing Leaders

MissouriCARYDSAVGTDLG
Murphy55711.4136
Josey11514.6110
GeorgiaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green12877.3057
Douglas14705.0013

Receiving Leaders

MissouriRECYDSAVGTDLG
Washington711516.4240
Lucas33913.0028
GeorgiaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wooten48320.8148
Conley56012.0118

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMIZZUGA
TD03:44Brendan Douglas 7 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Marshall Morgan Kick) 07
TD01:00James Franklin 5 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERMIZZUGA
TD12:33L'Damian Washington 16 Yd Pass From James Franklin (Andrew Baggett Kick) 147
FG09:54Marshall Morgan 29 Yd 1410
TD05:56Marcus Murphy 36 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick) 2110
TD05:46Michael Sam 21 Yd Fumble Return (Andrew Baggett Kick) 2810
THIRD QUARTERMIZZUGA
FG13:09Marshall Morgan 28 Yd 2813
TD03:23Rantavious Wooten 7 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Marshall Morgan Kick) 2820
FOURTH QUARTERMIZZUGA
TD12:15Chris Conley 10 Yd Pass From Aaron Murray (Two-Point Conversion Failed) 2826
TD09:22L'Damian Washington 40 Yd Pass From Bud Sasser (Pat Failed) 3426
TD02:18Henry Josey 7 Yd Run (Andrew Baggett Kick) 4126