Missouri vs. Georgia: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Bulldogs

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 12, 2013

Oct 5, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) is tackled by Georgia Bulldogs linebacker Jordan Jenkins (59) and nose tackle Chris Mayes (93) during the second quarter at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports
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Missouri 41, Georgia 26—Final

The No. 25 Missouri Tigers effectively ended No. 7 Georgia's national title hopes on Saturday by quelling a Bulldogs comeback and pulling out a 41-26 upset victory in Athens.

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Final Grades

Pass Offense: Aaron Murray took the game into his own hands in the second half, but a dropped pass thwarted a two-point conversion that would've tied the game at 28 apiece. His fourth-quarter interception all but sealed it.

Run Offense: J.J. Green got going in the second half with a 57-yard scamper, but the struggles on the ground—including a Brendan Douglas fumble in the red zone—were a huge factor in the Bulldogs' early deficit.

Pass Defense: Holes in the secondary allowed for James Franklin to have his way early on, but the unit stiffened up noticeably in the second half as Georgia mounted its comeback. Inability to force a stop late in the fourth quarter, though, was the difference.

Run Defense: Georgia's front seven quelled Franklin's scrambling (except an early touchdown), but Marcus Murphy gashed the defense for a 36-yard score in the second quarter. He and Henry Josey surpassed 100 yards on 16 combined carries.

Special Teams: Punter Collin Barber's struggles forced a switch in the second half to Adam Erickson, who punted just once. The Dawgs avoided any major mishaps in the special-teams unit but needed a boost there and didn't get one.

Coaching: The halftime adjustments by Mark Richt paid off and got the Bulldogs back into the game. It was a lack of execution and some untimely mishaps that played the biggest roles in Georgia's upset loss.

Oct 12, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; Missouri Tigers defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) returns a fumble for a touchdown past Georgia Bulldogs tight end Arthur Lynch (88) during the second quarter at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Spor
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1st-Half Grades

Pass Offense: Aaron Murray kept his team alive early on and neutralized his ineffective receiving corps. But no playmakers on the outside—and a sack-fumble for a touchdown by Mizzou—left an impact on the scoreboard.

Run Offense: Without Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall, this crew is struggling, to say the least. J.J. Green can't find daylight—five carries for nine yards—and Brendan Douglas coughed it up in the red zone. Ouch.

Pass Defense: The secondary allowed Mizzou's James Franklin to chip away at long drives and couldn't tighten up in the red zone. Other than two early sacks, Georgia's pass defense didn't do much to stop a hot Franklin.

Run Defense: The Tigers struggled early to establish the run, but that all changed when Marcus Murphy scampered for a 36-yard score. Franklin's first-quarter scramble for a five-yard touchdown gave the ground game some life early on.

Special Teams: Special teams had little impact in the first half. Marshall Morgan converted a chip-shot field goal, but Green had one kickoff return for just 15 yards, and Collin Barber averaged 32 yards per punt. 

Coaching: Play-calling wasn't as much of an issue as was failure to adjust defensively. The Bulldogs were the more disciplined team early on but ended up finishing the half with more penalty yards than the Tigers.