ATHENS, GA— Georgia was placed at No. 2 in the first CFP rankings released on Tuesday. No. 12 Missouri traveled to Athens to test their 26-game winning streak.

Missouri’s offense was cooking early and had the game tied up at 10 at the half. The Tigers kept the score close the entire game, but the Bulldogs ultimately pulled away 30-21.

 

OFFENSE

 

The Bulldogs played their second straight game without their top target Brock Bowers. It took a while for the Dawgs to fully get in rhythm and connect in the passing game. But in the second half, Beck started getting going.

Georgia struggled to run the ball effectively against a talented Missouri defensive line.

Carson Beck finished 21-of-32 with 254 yards and two touchdowns. He got sacked a couple of times, but he proved to be a willing runner when there wasn’t an option down the field.

Ladd McConkey was the leading receiver for the second-straight week with seven catches and 95 yards. 

One thing to monitor is the health of Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. He was shaken up after getting taken down on a short gain. He did not return to the game, but didn’t head to the locker room and kept his uniform on.

Dominic Lovett scored a touchdown against his old team in the first quarter. Kirby Smart said that it meant a lot to him and his teammates.

The offense will need to put up points again next week against a potent Ole Miss offense.

 

DEFENSE

 

This was the second time this season Georgia has been out-gained on the ground (Sept. 30 vs. Auburn). The Tigers ran for 151 yards, while the Bulldogs were held to 131 rushing yards. 

The Dawgs pride themselves in stopping the run first, but the Tigers rushing attack of Cody Schrader and Brady Cook proved to be troublesome for the Georgia defense. In turn, that helped them open up the passing game and create some explosive plays downfield. 

The game was sealed by two interceptions, first one by the big man. The Dawgs collapsed the pocket on Brady Cook and he threw it right into the hands of Nazir Stackhouse midway through the fourth quarter. Then, Javon Bullard got the second interception on Missouri’s final drive.

Jamon Dumas-Johnson got injured on the second drive of the game. He was seen on the sideline in a sling on his left arm for the rest of the game.

True freshman C.J. Allen replaced him in the lineup with Raylen Wilson also getting a few snaps.

 

UNDER THE RADAR

 

The true freshman kicker Peyton Woodring struggled to begin the season, but he has turned it around. Today, he made all three of his field goals including a 48-yarder to make it a two-score game in the fourth quarter.

Woodring was the No. 1 kicker in the nation coming out of high school and he is showing why Kirby Smart trusts him to be the guy when the game is on the line.

He has shaken off the freshman year jitters. Anticipating that Georgia will have more close games towards the end of the season, Woodring could prove to be a very valuable asset for the Bulldogs.

 

Offensive Player of the Game: WR Ladd McConkey- 7 receptions 95 yards

Defensive Player of the Game: DL Nazir Stackhouse- 1 INT, 1 solo tackle